As part of Niseko United Area, Annurpurni added a great selection off riding. Plenty off long easy and intermediate runs to get the legs in first couple of days. Some great off-piste areas through the gates.
Took a while to get back across to Hirafu via lifts in afternoon, especially when blizzard like conditions but was part of the fun.
Had one great session of night riding here with my girlfriend. They'd just groomed the runs and
As part of overall Niseko United Area, Higishiyama was excellent with long, consistent gradient runs and wicked natural half pipes bowling through the trees.
Was generally quieter than Hirafu on the slopes. Onsen at Prince Hotel was a bit of a rip-off, if I pay 1000yen, I'd much rather see naked women than unabashed Japanese men towel flicking each other on the bare rump!
For the riding, I loved working on my speed turns and
This place far exceeded my expectations simply by amount of snow, terrain and overall experience. (Reviewing mountain as one entire area covering Hirafu, Higa's and Annurpurni).
After eighteen months without snow, a new stick under arm, I arrived straight from working twelve hours a day in 45C heat in northern Australia to boarding twelve hours a day in -10C and perfect powder. Feeding frenzy, was I in for the first few days.
I had heard a lot about niseko area over the past 7 yrs but had never got there. I'd always opted for Fernie and Whistler in BC, Canada.
We made it to Niseko this yr and were blown away. The village is awesome and has piles of snow everywhere. The temperature never got above -4 and it snowed every night bar one, in some capacity. We found fresh lines everyday (even as late as 3pm) and we were treated to one