2014 First Snow In Hirafu Contest

The Kutchannel has opened up submissions for the 2014 First Snow In Hirafu Contest. This is the 7th year the contest has been running. Give it a shot and see if you enter the ranks of Grand Snow Predictor. You simply choose a date and time when you think the first...

End of the 2014 Season is Upon Us

As is the cycle of life, all things must come to an end – skiing and snowboarding in Niseko included. Niseko Village and Hanazono will officially cease operations for the 2013/2014 season on Sunday April 6th. However, Niseko Village will restart the lifts for a period...

Hiking Mount Yotei

I heard a guide once mention the following; ‘you don’t climb Yotei for the snowboarding’. There is also a famous Japanese saying; ‘you are wise to climb Mount Fuji once, and foolish to climb it twice’. After having climbed Mount Yotei twice in three days, I wonder if...
Magic Morning

Magic Morning

There wasn’t a huge amount of fresh snow in the village this morning (15.5cm – see snow report here) and peak gates weren’t set to open, so hopes weren’t high for today. Well, there was plenty of snow out there if you knew where to look, as these shots from...
Another January In Niseko

Another January In Niseko

No one likes that guy who talks about the weather, but it’s unavoidable in a ski town. January has been phenomenal, with nearly 300cm of accumulated snowfall in just 12 days – yes, if you do the maths that is nearly 30cm of snow per day so far this year. It has been...