May 01, 2012
As the frozen ground thaws, Niseko bursts with spring color of varieties of wild plants such as Dogtooth violets, white arum, and amur adonis. You can see colonies of Ezoengosaku (corydalis ambigua) and Katakuri (Dogtooth violet) in Sakuragaoka Park in front of the Niseko Station, which is also great locations for bird watching.
Please rush to Niseko during the holiday weeks and don’t miss this moment of spring color!
No more words.Here you are!
Photo by KEI from Niseko HANAZONO Hill Climb Jikkoiinkai Jimukyoku.
May 30, 2011
Yesterday, I went rafting with Hokkaido Lion Adventures.
The Shiribetsu River, one of the most dramatic rivers in Japan, offers a number of activities you can enjoy throughout the year, and spring rafting is the most thrilling experience of all . Click to read more…
May 18, 2011
Mr. Hanamura, a photographer who worked in Niseko last June for Trail-running Kingdom, ran a story about his memories of Niseko for his blog.
“An artisan photographer’s story/Spring in Niseko”
Don’t miss his work in Trail-runnning kingdom !
Mr. Hanamura mentions flowers of potatoes in his blog.
Potato-flowers are usually in full bloom from mid June to late June in Niseko. We can enjoy magnolias and cherry trees at their best now!
Apr 07, 2011
We have been blessed with beautiful weather for the past couple of days in Niseko. With Mt. Yotei and the peak of Annupuri unobscured by clouds, this is the best time for spring skiing! Today, one of my neighbors was in the Hirafu #1 parking lot when I pulled up. She said, “I’m going out to go training!” so I followed her up the mountain.
When riding on the King No.4 lift, it was so windy around the peak that we felt like we were going to blow away! Instead, we took the King No.3 lift up and skied down Jumbo over and over again.
The conditions, she said, make a sound like pouring sugar, and is nice and soft. The sherbert-like corn snow is called “showder” among Niseko locals.
It may not be powder, but “showder” is fun to ski as well! These are prime spring skiing conditions – come try spring skiing on Niseko’s corn snow!
Apr 06, 2011
Niseko HANAZONO Resort hosted two FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) Snowboard-Cross competitions last weekend.
Snowboard Cross is a four-man race, all riders aiming to be the first to cross the finish line of a course peppered with obstacles such as jumps, rollers, steep banks, step-ups, and more.
Snowboard Cross has been an official Olympic event since the Torino Olympics in 2006. Click to read more…
Apr 04, 2011
NISEKO FREESTYLE SESSION “SUPER BUMPS NISEKO CUP” is known as a steppingstone to success for young mogul skiers going for Worldcups or Plympic games, as well as a showcase of any mogul-bums from around the country.We had the 21th Super Bumps Niseko Cup yesterday(April 3).
Contrary to the weather forcast that said it would snow all day, we got some sunshine in the morning and even blue sky around noon!Then look at those dynamic air tricks toward Mt.Yotei!!!
Beautiful skiers against blue sky! This is one of the best part of spring skiing!!!
Snow was getting softer in the afternoon, landing sites were deeply carved, then many skiers fell to the ground after the tricks. Games had to be seen to the finish line for the dual mogul competition.It must have been a really tough day for participants!
I’m sure some Olympicans will appear from these copmetitors for Sochi or later.
In-between the copmetition, some competitors and others, especially young skiers, ran as exhibitions for charity. It was really moving!!!!
Thank you all the staffs and atheletes for such a great event and performances. See you next year, and till then, enjoy workout for each!
I heard the course would open for public for some days. Please come to try the bumping run along the King2 chairlift.
Spring is the best season for bumping!!!
Mar 28, 2011
To support the people who have been suffered by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Tohoku and eastern coastal areas of Japan, a Niseko Charity Event was held on March 27 in Grand Hirafu ski resort.
37 of professional skiers and snowboarders and 123 of their fans who sympathize with the goal of the event gathered at Niseko Grand Hirafu.
Mar 28, 2011
Cherry trees are said to have started blooming somewhere in Japan recently. We have to wait for a while till flowers bloom, but still can feel some spring sunshine!
Blue sky, fluffy powder in the tree runs and soft corn snow in the base area in the Niseko Village Ski resort ( pictures taken on March 22) .
We’d like to express our heartfelt condolence and sympathy to all who have suffered from the huge earthquake and tsunami hit the eastern coastal areas on March 11.
The earthquake activity has not directly affected Niseko so far. We’d pray to those affected by the earthquakes and hope every reconstruction and prosperity.
As our message to all who love and support Niseko from all over the world, we have opened new webpages to introduce the upcoming melting snow season in Niseko.
Japanese 輝きの春 ニセコへようこそ！
English Spring Sunshine Green of Niseko!
Korea 봄빛 넘치는 니세코로 어서 오세요!
Simplified Chinese “春季推荐”
You are always most welcomed in Niseko with the beautiful nature in the colorful four-seasons.
Mar 04, 2011
We came near to think,” Oh, it’s getting warmer and spring will come soon”, but it’s not Niseko-thing.
Miraculous comeback of powder!!!!
Grab your gears and let’s head on to the ski hills this weekend! Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
Mar 02, 2011
I was taken out to dinner by local cyclists at Sekka Dining the other night.
Sekka Dining is one of the facilities in J-SEKKA building, located at the heart of the Hirafu village. It is the place to be if you’d enjoy a selected taste of Hokkaido in Niseko. Click to read more…