Happy New Year 2019

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The New Year was celebrated in style here in Niseko as locals and visitors ushered in the Year of the Pig for 2019. A massive snowfall period between Christmas and New Years eve had spirits in town at an all-time high. With plenty more on the horizon, Japow lovers in Niseko have a good reason to smile during 2019!

New Years Eve Fireworks

Japan is well known for putting on stunning fireworks displays to wow the crowds, and Monday night was no exception. Nearby Annupuri resort enjoyed a separate display while revellers here in Grand Hirafu gathered above the Welcome Centre to enjoy the big show. Our team couldn’t resist the opportunity to capture the action – be sure to check out the video below!

Torchlight Skiing

Prior to the midnight fireworks, Japan’s largest torchlight skiing event took place with up to 150 skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes with torches in hand. This was the 43rd year for torchlight skiing in Niseko and the sight of the rider’s torches winding down the mountain in unison was spectacular.

Footage from previous year’s Torchlight Skiing event in Niseko.

 

First Prayers

For those seeking a more traditional environment, “Hatsumode” (or first shrine visit) was the perfect way to spend the turn of the new year. Nestled in between Izumikyo 2 and 3, the usually dormant Yamada Shrine came to life with a welcoming candlelit pathway leading to the entrance. First prayers of the New Year took place at the stroke of midnight accompanied by traditional sake.

 

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New Years Day

Riders who resisted temptation and had a quiet-one-in at their Niseko accommodation the night before were greeted by plenty of early morning fresh powder up on the hill. Afterwards, there were a number of traditional Kagami-Biraki events at locations such as Hanazono 308, King Bell, and Alpen hotel.

 

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Where will you be for New Years Eve 2020? Contact the team at SkiJapan.com for a customised holiday package if you’re dreaming of deep powder and Japanese sake!


 

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