Sunday, January 1, 2012

Powdering the Happiness

Niseko Grand Hirafu is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this season and the snow has cooperated with an abundance of snowfall in December. In the above photo, Dr.B. is "powdering the happiness" as he glides across the slopes.
In the last 50 years, this year happens to be the one with the most snowfall in December so despite the fewer skiers and snowboarders on the hills, the conditions are reportedly immaculate.
It was Jacques Socks idea to cram 9 grown "haole" sized adults into the 8 person gondola. Little Miss Sunshine wasn't too amused as these gondolas were probably fitted for 8 Japanese people.
Mike (aka Makin' Bacon) used his Go-Pro Helmet Cam to take some nice shots. He traveled all the way from California to join us here in Niseko. Mike, welcome to the SWAT!
A couple of days ago, I decided to try that new gourmet restaurant, Lupicia, that's about 1 mile away towards Higashiyama so I got Colin & Julia to come me. We ran into Paula and she brought two of her boys for lunch. The dish above is their version of a Caesar salad with Chinese cabbage, bacon, egg, fried lotus root and delicious dressing. All the food was very nice.
Sarah's sister & family were staying near us in the Yotei Tracks condos. They were on the 5th floor penthouse which was modern and attractive. Many of the buildings that are being erected here in Niseko are these 5-6 floor condos with high end amenities and rental fees.
The Powder Hound Lodge is a place for games and fun. There's never a shortage of excitement and bragging about the winner of "Liar's Dice", "Hearts", or "Knee/Sit Pong".
Russ took the Christmas tree photo from the slopes. Winter is gorgeous in the mountains.

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