A 20 minute hike above the resort out of Gate 3, this line is in the back bowls of Niseko and requires a hike out.

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Description

A classic hike-to line in the legendary Niseko back bowls.

Perfect after a storm day.

Be sure to check the Nadare forecast (linked below) for avalanche conditions and gate openings. Access is via the Niseko-Annupuri Summit Hike, through Gate 3.

From the King Lift 4, the gate is just above the summit station.

From the Ace Pair Lift 4, traverse hard to the riders left to reach the King Lift 4 summit station.

This line is also accessible from Gate 2, by continuing down from the Annupuri summit, to the right along the col above Gate 3, though most skiers access this line via Gate 3 so they don't have to walk downhill. After exiting Gate 3, follow the Niseko-Annupuri Summit Hike, a bootpack along a cat track, until reaching the col.

Continue to the right while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks including Io, Konbu, and Yotei.

The ocean is also visible from here on particularly clear days.

You will know you are at the correct summit because there is a small hut at the top of Niseko-Annupuri, as well as a weather station.

It is usually windy here, and this is a great place to take shelter while grabbing a drink and a snack before your descent.

Treat the hut with respect by carrying out your own trash and trying to keep snow out please! This descent starts out similar to the Kita Shamen W run.

Ski along the SW ridge from the hut.

Be wary, this ridge is frequently wind scoured and is full of holes from eroded, rotten snow, or thermal activity.

Be cautious to not get too close to the ridge later in the season as the cornice gets bigger.

Stay to the riders right of the nose: the dominant feature at the end of the SW ridge.

At this point things get different.

Instead of contouring the riders left side of the nose, drop in to the riders right.

The outlined route has one dropping in right away which is fine too.

Wherever the snow looks best, drop in. The key to this run is after about 600m of descent, one must cut to the riders left to get back on the high side of Route 58.

You know you are at the right point if you are starting to hit a significant stand of trees.

It is important to cut left here to avoid a longer hike back.

There is a significant ridge line one must navigate to get back to the easy return.

Once around this ridge line, it is easy to return in any manner you see fit (though the Goshikionsen lot is comfortably the closest parking lot).

It is important to note that if you give in to temptation and run this line all the way down through the trees, it simply means the return will be a longer walk.

If it is something your party is keen for, this is by all means encouraged as many groups traverse out of this line, leaving the bottom 200m untracked for whomever feels like walking a bit farther. This run is frequently linked up with Io Dake as a full day out back.

Parking is free at Goshikionsen which organised groups and guides frequently take advantage of.

If you are unable to organise a car ahead of time, the onsen has a phone and one can call for a taxi at the lot, though it is recommended to organise the appropriate resources at the parking lot ahead of time.

Skins are recommended for the return, especially if there is an ample amount of fresh snow or there are snowboarders in the party. http://niseko.nadare.info/