Snowboarding in Niseko’s Deep Powder Snow, Japan
A quick photo for you today from a winter well spent in deep snowy Japan. That’s right! You can snowboard in Japan, and I had a whole ski season of fun in snowboarder’s Mecca and powder heaven Niseko, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Powder hounds from all over the world come here to experience the very unique style of snowboarding in Niseko.
This shot is of brooding Mount Yotei, the inactive volcano that watches over the ski areas and the ski villages of Niseko. My trusty 2009 forum board is planted in the snow at the peak of Mount Niseko-Annapuri after a short upward hike from the last chair lift – ready for a blast down the mountain through the eerie forests and legendary pillows of Japanese powder snow.
Also look out for me in this great little video from my ski season buddy Kieran – I’m wearing the same lovely (ahem) jacket you can see in the second photo, and I drop off a nice big rock (at 1min:3ecs) for what seemed like a very long time…
For more photos and videos of snowboarding in Niseko, and other bits about life in Japan, check out local pro photographer Azza’s blog, The Spud Gun.
Video of me crunching chest first into a careless tree on my last day snowboarding in Niseko to follow.