MARCH has arrived, we’re out of the official ‘powder season’ and heading into spring.
The snow was literally relentless this winter, but finally it’s backed off and we’re enjoying more and more blue skies. It was a super-cold January and February too, with a few days creeping down towards 20 below at village level. We’re up above zero quite often now, and it won’t be long before it’s T-shirt weather again.
After all that snow, all but the most powder-addicted locals are looking forward to spring – experiencing the dramatic changes in the seasons is one of the great things about living in Niseko. And one of the great things about March is you can enjoy a little bit of everything – the mountain still has a huge snow base, there are usually quite a few powder days, and it’s a great time to do some backcountry hiking. You could even sneak in a few early green season activities like rafting and cycling… although golf and mountain biking are still a while off yet.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, winter’s still kicking and this issue of the mag is packed with lots of what’s going on in sunny March. Our weather correspondent The Don gives us the run down on what Mother Nature has in store for us, we introduce the Hirafu pig who thinks she’s a dog, join the Powderlife paparazzi as they crash a few parties going on around town, enjoy a traditional sushi meal at new restaurant Shiosai, walk through Hirafu’s biggest house, and ogle over some of the awesome images our photogs have been snapping on the mountains.
March is one of the best times to be in Niseko. Enjoy!
Kristian Lund, Powderlife Managing Editor email@example.com