Lying in a hot onsen bath with light snow flakes dissolving in the steam and a view of fresh tracks between silver birch trees, well it doesn't get much better than that. Especially as we'd been ski touring all morning receiving face shots of Japow.
This is what we'd signed up for coming to Japan with Ski Safari rather than skiing in Niseko resort where there may be masses of snow but also masses of people skiing it.
Our guide, Zach from Niseko Photography & Guiding picked four of us up in his van at 07.45 and we drove for around 20 minutes to Nito, parking up with half a dozen other vans beside a wall of snow over two metres high.
It was around an hour's hike up with Zach making tracks and bashing the snow making kick turns sooo easy #perfectguide #gavtakenote. Then it was a ski down through the silver birch trees in classic Japow and another skin up to do it all again. The sun even came out for a while so we could actually see not only where we were going but also the views including Mount Yotei (main image above).
Mike and I then decided it was time for a soak in a nearby onsen while Gav and Samir did another tour with Zach. The natural hot spring water was a pretty amazing finish to the day, even though the smell of sulphur seeps into your skin - and aroma wise it's no Chanel No 5.
As the winds were due to be howling at 70kph today, Tuesday, we're taking a break plus most of us are hanging a tad after doing another tour but of the bars and night life last night.
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