Editor’s Note

By 21st February 2009 August 27th, 2013 Powderlife Magazine, Uncategorized

JANUARY and February in Niseko are generally the biggest snowfall months, characterised by days and often weeks on end where it will snow every day. It’s an adrenalin-seeking powder hound’s dream come true, and for the beginners, it keeps the runs beautiful and soft for those inevitable tumbles. But you’ll often hear visitors in these beautiful snowy months wishing for a blue sky day (?!?).

JANUARY and February in Niseko are generally the biggest snowfall months, characterised by days and often weeks on end where it will snow every day. It’s an adrenalin-seeking powder hound’s dream come true, and for the beginners, it keeps the runs beautiful and soft for those inevitable tumbles. But you’ll often hear visitors in these beautiful snowy months wishing for a blue sky day (?!?). Well, this year we’ve had a fantastic mix of both powder and blue sky days, which has ensured everyone has been catered for. The ultimate in Niseko is when a storm comes through and dumps a thick blanket of powder before clearing up for a bluebird the following day. It’s happened several times this year, which has been a treat for both locals and visitors.

While on the subject of beginners, this issue in our news section we take a look at Hanazono’s new kids-friendly infrastructure, catering for the growing number of families flocking to Niseko, particularly from Asia. Until now, Niseko had minimal facilities dedicated to providing more than just basic day care facilities for kids, but that’s all changing in a big way as Niseko matures into a world-class international ski resort, with Hanazono leading the way.

In this issue we also take a look at all the non-ski hill activities on offer in Niseko, and you’ll be surprised by the breadth of experiences on offer. While building an igloo is one activities kids can try, in our Niseko Survival Guide this issue we teach you how to build a snow cave for those unlucky enough to get lost in the backcountry and need to spend a night. We’ve interviewed a great local character Tachibana-san, who many of you will meet at the Welcome Centre on your arrival or departure. There’s plenty more, plus all our regulars, so we hope you enjoy reading.

Whether it be blue skies or deep powder, we hope you enjoy whatever Niseko has to offer over the next two weeks!

Kristian Lund, Powderlife Managing Editor kris@powderlife.com

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