Spring is in the air

Hokkaido mountains have had a few late lashings of winter lately with powder days enjoyed by those skiing and riding at the Niseko resorts and also at Rusutsu and Teine Highlands in Sapporo. Check out the shots below to see just how good it's been. Never under estimate the spring! Spring of course is the best time to hit the park and take advantage of those soft landings. This year Hanazono resort finally stepped it up for Hokkaido by making a respectable park and decent superpipe. Big up Hanazono! For the Niseko area after Hanazono closes the park action shifts to Hirafu. At this time of year Sapporo Kokusai usually has a couple of jumps up and Nakayama Toge a tiny one chair affair at the top of the pass between Sapporo and Niseko will also have a fun line of jumps and rails. Get up there for some fun in the sun and don't forget the bbq!