A new free magazine dedicated to Hokkaido snowboarding is out , the first issue hit the streets in November. The first issue of the new rag is a visual story of Hokkaido winters, it has short bite size rider profiles and lots of inspiring photos. Pick a copy up at Grand Hirafu Ski Resort locations.
Second issue dropping later this season.
last year on the 15 of November we got first tracks on Annupuri, you can read about that here. This year first tracks were on the 16th but you may have been able to get tracks earlier. When we first looked at the resort at about 8am someone had already be up and ridden down and a couple of new crews were just heading out. We went home and waited as the forecast was saying snow showers in the morning with the weather breaking in the afternoon. We never expected it to get fully clear but decided to leave it until mid-morning.
Onze Ski Jou in Sapporo or more correctly Zenibako Otaru is getting ready to open. On a quick trip into Sapporo yesterday the white line of man made snow is visible from on the Ishikari plain. Due to open on the 22nd of this month, we would say this will happen without fail, even if it is only made snow? snowing outside now here...
Snow Cruise Onze http://onze.jp/ (Japanese Only)