Grand Hirafu Opening Ceremony.

Hirafu had it’s opening ceremony today despite the lack of snow (which no-one is overly concerned about – except one poor spectator, see below). The resort is still a big dump away from opening but there is a great vibe in the village – a sense of a great season to come!! Today was a beautiful day compared to last years bitterly cold snow storm that threatened the fingers and toes of everyone that showed up.

Pray for snow.

Pray for snow.

The official party.

The official party.

More snow prayers.

More snow prayers.

REALLY praying for snow!

REALLY praying for snow!

The simultaneous ribbon snip!

The simultaneous ribbon snip!

The Daiko Drummers - Always Awesome!

The Daiko Drummers - Always Awesome!

Daiko Drummers!

Daiko Drummers!