Looking out our bedroom window at 7.30 this morning. Snow clearing machine and
Yotei in the background

Today reminded us why we come to Japan. There was no need to go off piste to find deep powder. Some groomed runs had over half a metre of powder on top. After lots of fresh snow last night, we were on first lifts this morning and had untracked runs for most of the morning. The snow was so heavy at times the visibility was down to a couple of metres. Temperatures were still pretty cold (around -16). Cathy handled the powder really well – check out the photos.

Here is a sample of photos taken under difficult conditions – freezing cold, poor visibility and heavy snow. To see more photos click on the “more photos” link under the “Blogroll” heading in the sidebar – this will take you to my flickr site and select the “Niseko 08” set .

Greg needed a snorkel in Blueberry Fields
Cathy skiing in waist deep snow on a groomed run