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Trip Report: Niseko Roundup

We’re back home now.

It was a 20-day trip to Hokkaido, Japan, with 16 days of skiing, and it hardly ever stopped snowing. None of us had ever caught a storm cycle like this before, not this sustained. We are grateful for our good fortune, and we have all been struck by this place. To come here is to want to come back.

We still have a number of reviews from Niseko that we’re finishing up, but while we do, we wanted to post one more photo gallery to convey a further sense of this place and our time here.

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Jason Hutchins, Mizuno no Sawa, Niseko Village.

Jason Hutchins, Mizuno no Sawa, Niseko Village.

Julia Van Raalte, Miharashi, Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Julia Van Raalte, Miharashi, Niseko Grand Hirafu.

Jonathan Ellsworth, Mizuno no Sawa, Niseko Village.

Jonathan Ellsworth, Mizuno no Sawa, Niseko Village.

Jason Hutchins, Niseko Annupuri.

Jason Hutchins, Niseko Annupuri.

BLISTER Headquarters, Niseko.

BLISTER Headquarters, Niseko. After spending our first nights at Black Diamond Lodge, we moved operations to this cabin just around the corner, where we’d hunker down to eat, write, and watch the snow pile up.

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Occasionally, things got weird. Like when we noticed that Andrew kept quietly putting on goggles before he’d begin to write. While I’ve yet to try it, he swears that it makes it much more “pleasant” to sit in front of a computer screen. I definitely hope this become a new trend across college libraries everywhere.

Reason enough to come to Niseko.

Reason enough to come to Niseko. In addition to writing a lot, we ate a lot of these culinary wonders of edible genius: an ice cream sandwich, covered in chocolate, wrapped in a waffle cone. We don’t know how it’s done, we just know it’s a delicious miracle.

Jason Hutchins, Rusutsu.

Jason Hutchins, Rusutsu. Then we’d ski more. On this day, Clayton Kernaghan, the owner of Black Diamond Lodge and Tours took us out to Rusutsu, a 40-minute drive from Niseko. There we found more natural features, deep, untracked snow, and excellent tree skiing.

Clayton Kernaghan, Hollywood Rock, Rusutsu.

Clayton Kernaghan, Hollywood Rock, Rusutsu. And if you hire Clayton as a guide, he won’t merely point out the fun stuff.

Jason Hutchins, Waterfall area, Niseko Hanazono.

Jason Hutchins, Waterfall area, Niseko Hanazono. Back at Niseko the next day, we picked up exactly where we had left off.

Superstition, Niseko Village.

Superstition, Niseko Village.

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Mt. Yotei-zan

Mt. Yotei-zan Occasionally, the snow and the clouds would break, and we would be reminded of our surroundings.

Jason Hutchins, Niseko Hanazono.

Jason Hutchins, Niseko Hanazono. As I mentioned at the start, to come here is to want to come back here. We do, and you will.

1 Comment

  1. jonathan February 29, 2012 Reply

    Would love to hear some Powderboard comparisons when you get around to the Protest and L138 reviews! (I’m sure it will come up anyways, you guys do great reviews)

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