I’m lucky, spoiled, blessed … all that stuff etc etc.
Here I am crossing my number 1 bucket list item off the list, shreddding white gold in Hokkaido Japan. I never thought it would happen this soon and I wanted to share it with you because it changed skiing for me.
First, you have to check out this video… Have you ever seen anyone go shirtless on a pow day?
Watch my Brother-in-Law Mike Go Complete Savage on Hokkaido
There’s a first time for everything!
How we Found Japow
Skiing Japan came up in conversation over sushi and sake with close friends and family in late 2013 (pure coincidence it was a Japanese meal, or was it??). The main topic was; “If you could ski anywhere in the world where would it be?”
"AK had been done. BC, check. Europe — been there, done that. It was unanimous, Japan was #1"
But, Japan was so far away, a load of work to plan, and frankly, I was nervous about the culture (mostly the food).
I figured it would happen, but I wasn’t about to rush into laboring through itineraries, guides, reservations, what to pack, what not to pack, where to eat,and all that jazz. As time went on more and more friends were into the idea and I didn’t know it, but I was slowly gathering a solid amount of beta for skiing Japow.
Skiing Changed Forever
Check out more pics from my Instagram feed, @snocru_ed.
Bold words, but skiing has forever been changed for me. Fast forward to right now. I’m sitting on a plane headed home from Japan, and I’m still grinning from the days before. Japan delivered.
Everything I read, saw, and heard about the snow was right on. I went in with high expectations and they were blown away.
Bold words, but skiing has forever been changed for me. Skiing and snowboarding will always be the cats pajamas, I just fear the next high might not be as high or “that was good, but not as good….”
Before I go any further let it be known that pitch and lines in Hokkaido will not compare to other places. However the powder quality and depth trumps all, in my humble opinion.
If you’re game for skiing/riding Japan, in particular Hokkaido (north island of Japan) you need to know Yuki and Mako at Rainbow Trail Japan.
I’m not just saying that because over the past 2 weeks we became brothers. I’m sharing their info because they’re core locals who will show you what it really means to ski/ride Japan.
If you’re lucky, Mako will take you to his secret stash. My man lived in an RV parked below his favorite zone for winters on end, and now he’s so generously sharing it with the lucky few. All you need to do is book the flight.
Finally, a few things to know before you go.
- Slurping is wicked cool
- Embrace the onsen — it will keep your legs going,
- You only need one pair of ski’s — the fat ones!
- I was wrong… the food is friggin incredible!