For the last 5 years here in Niseko Hirafu the opening day for the season is usually a mad rush to get up on the mountain because by this time of year deep powder awaits - not this year.
You can see the sad rapidly melting lone snowman that someone had scrapped together. Nice try.
The Shinto ceremony is held every year to bless the resort and offer a few prayers for a safe and successful season for all.
Come on snow ...