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While waiting patiently in line at Seicomart I heard a lady say…

ACCORDING to Wikipedia.com, it’s been 3060 years since Niseko’s iconic volcano Mount Yotei last erupted. That was in 1050BC, from a cone emerging from the north-west flank of the mountain at Lake Hangetsu. Prior to that, an earlier eruption was also recorded at 3050BC. So with 2000 years separating the previous two eruptions, are we 1060 years overdue for our next one?

SPEAKING of Yotei, it seems the little brother of Mount Fuji has inspired a local artist. Seasonal worker Sarah King from England recently sent a unique piece of art in to Powderlife. It’s a typographical drawing of Yotei, abstractly illustrated with snow-themed words and sentences. Go on, take a closer look! For more of Sarah’s art, check out www.sarahaking.com.

This old-timer on the peak the other day said…

RUMOUR has it the six-star Capella Niseko resort has perked the interests of U2’s frontman, Bono. This could well be because Capella Niseko – to commence construction in May this year – was designed by one of Japan’s greatest living architects, Tadao Ando, who also drew up the plans for one of Bono’s houses.

WHILE we’re on the topic of rumoured celebs, someone told us they spotted movie star and the Gladiator himself Russell Crowe, in Niseko the other week? Apparently he was en route to Yuki Bar. Did anyone else see him?

Apparently an Irishiman at Paddy McGinty’s said…

KOALA Cottage owner Mark France bumped into some Finnish skiers the other day who’d ridden in Alta, Utah, often touted as having the best powder in the world. When asked how Niseko compared they said: “…if you want powder, come to Niseko.”

EVER think Niseko’s powder looks good enough to eat? Go outside and grab a big bowl full of fresh powder. Sit with a group of friends around the bowl, fill your glass with powder then add a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream. Stir with a teaspoon, eat, and repeat. You’ll be surprised how fast a bottle disappears!

Apparently a guy in the gondola said…

BEFORE jumping on the Hanazono #1 lift, grab a mug of something steaming from the newly opened ‘Hana1′ café. The beats are cranked up as you enjoy your cuppa in the snow. Already getting quite popular at this funky little wooden shack.

THINK you’ve been to all the onsens in Niseko? Think again. The Vale Niseko has just lifted the veil on its brand new onsen, opening it to the public. So, what are you waiting for? Go soak it up!

IN search of a local drink that packs a punch? Try a ‘Jet Li’ at Barunba. We’re not exactly sure what the ingredients are, but we do know that it is delicious…and it does the job! If you’re feeling brave, you can upsize to Jet’s bigger, 1L brother named ‘Bruce Lee’!