Niseko Delivers Smiles and back to Chamonix

Nito powder smile

Japan lived up to hopes/expectations. We arrived to significant, even by Japanese standards, new snow. I think about a metre and a half fell in the first seven days. It is not just the quantity of the snow but the quality.-10/10.The cold air and continuous light snow provides the best snow I have ever skied. It carried on day after day.  It was nice to have a couple of days of sunshine to see the mountains but to me  Japan is about skiing open tree glades whilst the snow falls. On one day skinning on the north side our skin track was almost filled in each 40 minute lap.

Ski, eat, sleep repeat. If you can it is a trip you must make. Some photos…..

 

Cal is in the white smoke. Goshiki Onsen is in the background. 20 minute skin back to resort or 50 euros in a taxi
GS turns on the North Face – only available to those who want to skin out
Mount Yotei
Sea of Japan from the summit
On the summer road at Nito. We spent a day here with Mattias lapping perfect powder.
Blower Powder
Not a blower day but ok…
Goodbye to the Lodge

A long trip back to Chamonix left me with man flu. Completely debilitating -couple of days in bed feeling very sorry for myself followed by 2 more on the couch (feeling equally as sorry for myself). Penny managed out for some good powder on a bluebird day – having to be on first lift with the English school holiday crowds and also a small tour with Ziggy .

It was this week before I ventured out.. surprisingly good snow on Tuesday on the Vallorcine side of Le Tour.  We returned the next day with the intention of doing a couple of short hikes to ski the last of the powder  but high winds and freezing temperatures sent us scuttling home by 11.  Next, a morning skinning in Les Contamines delivered some solitude and a nice walk but not the best skiing.

Despite the snow depth we could do with some fresh snow. The pistes are in great condition if a little hard. There is little by way of easily accessible off piste available.We are promised some of the coldest days on record for this time of year and hopefully some fresh snow

Penny skinning for some peace and quite
Private Valley

 

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