Nito W, Low

Niseko

A great storm day touring zone with pleasantly spaced trees and sheltered spots for transitions.

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
403 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
165 m
Low Point
705 m
High Point
871 m
Gradient
31˚
Nito W, Low Map

This is a fun and classic W facing run on storm days. It brings you from about 100 metres below the summit of Nito back down to Route 66 close to your skin track, so taking multiple laps is very feasible.

Description

To get to this run, it is recommended to follow the Nito Ascent W route. Follow this to the bench where the trees begin to thin. If weather allows it is possible to ski this run from the top of Nito. Remember to check the local Nadare Forecast (linked below) before heading into the backcountry.

From the bench, access is very simple: drop in to the tree filled bowl you skinned back up. The run is about 150 metres, and ends gradually at the road. One can explore to the riders left by skiing along the bench before dropping in. There are several small terrain features that make up several different bowls in this zone, all are west/south-west facing.

Be wary there is one significant creek that follows the road. You will have walked by this creek when bypassing the switchback in the road before the bridge, so it will not be an unfamiliar obstacle. In December, this creek is still exposed but by January it is usually filled in and is simply a deep concavity.

A nice linkup involves skiing this zone and taking the Nito SW, Nose run as a return to the trailhead.

http://niseko.nadare.info/

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, December

Features

  • Trees
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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