As the colors descend in to the valley, there are occasional flurries in the alpine that precede the full blown snow storms that seem to swallow the landscape, turning everything in to a white
hue. It heralds the arrival of expert skiers from all around the world and the start of the powder season.
It is one of the smaller ski areas in Hokkaido. I call it a ‘ski area’ as it doesn’t have the safety and conveniences of a regular resort. First, it is unpatrolled and grooming is limited to two
cat tracks which snake down the short 500 meters of vertical. Hotels can be found at the bottom. The apre-ski is the hotel hot spring and there is no night life.