Thursday, February 7, 2008

Skiing in Japan (Niseko)

This place is gorgeous, it has been quite a trip to be back in Japan and using my Japanese to get by. The slopes are not crowded at all, we had a good 6 inches of powder last night, and there are little to no lift lines. the food was incredible (although not cheap, we had a 9 course meal last night, with fresh fish, pasta, a great wine). and the coolest thing is that there is a big volcano rising in the horizon across the valley that continues to pass in and out of the clouds. i climbed up to the top (about 20 minutes from one of the chairlifts, a one person lift), and found some of the best powder i have skied in a while. i was spoiled by California powder last year, but this experience has been fantastic. i skied by myself most of the day since we have too many different ability levels, but managed to meet a nice Slovenian, and ski with one of my co-workers on this back bowl, who has done this trip now 4 of the 5 years he has been in Korea. the only bummer about the whole place is that it is minus 10 (celcius), so something like 10-15 degrees. but that is what leads to such great powder. The resorts are wide open, and I didn't get sick of the area I skied, and apparently there are 3 areas total here!

Oh, and my favorite part of the whole thing? we have a natural hot springs in the hotel, which is perfect for post skiing!

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