Richard's Report - Friday, 6 January 2017 7:42:50 AM

Slow Start To 2017

Reports from Hokkaido indicate that the ski season there is off to a slow start with not a lot of snow and the sasa grass and fallen trees blocking much off piste.

SpongeBob Pete and Wendy have joined Peter and Andrea in Rusutsu whilst Rosco has arrived in Niseko to check out the replacement of the triple hooded chair.

The snow measuring tree in Rusutsu (<a href=http://www.ciau.com.au/snow/rrr.asp?rrid=905 target=_blank>click here to see last year)</a>
The snow measuring tree in Rusutsu (click here to see last year)

Some warmer air systems have added to the problem
Some warmer air systems have added to the problem

Peter always an alternative to skiing and boarding
Peter always an alternative to skiing and boarding

Out in the wide open spaces
Out in the wide open spaces

Where the snow seems deep enough
Where the snow seems deep enough

Deep enough to get down and dirty
Deep enough to get down and dirty

Sunrise or sunset over Rusutsu - courtesy SpongeBob
Sunrise or sunset over Rusutsu - courtesy SpongeBob

Another beautiful shot from SpongeBob
Another beautiful shot from SpongeBob

SpongeBob entering the deserted summer fun park
SpongeBob entering the deserted summer fun park

The new hooded quad in Niseko - courtesy of Rosco
The new hooded quad in Niseko - courtesy of Rosco

An overnight email from Rosco informs me that snow conditions have been improving yesterday and better times are expected today. I'll have more photos from Rosco in my next report.

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