Colorado gets three hundred days of sunshine. During the thirty-five days we were in Japan, we only saw the sun for two of those days. While we enjoyed the snowy wonderland of Japan, we definitely missed the sunshine. Continue reading Mt. Yotei
While Niseko boasts many options for touring or in-bounds riding, it’s not the Japan we came to see. The base area of Niseko might as well be Aspen or Vail, just with a few more noodle options. Additionally, with so many Westerners flocking to the area (us included) English is widely spoken and businesses accommodate to travellers. It’s too easy and comfortable, taking the adventure out of the whole experience. Continue reading Touring around Furano
After a night in Sapporo enjoying the Snow and Ice Festival, we got back on our boards at Kiroro. Just when I think the riding can’t get any better, it does. We hit Kiroro during a midweek powder day, so we were able to get fresh tracks all day long. Continue reading Kiroro and Whiskey
When we first started planning our trip to Japan, I noticed that it lined up with the Sapporo Snow and Ice Festival. The festival is arguably one of the best in Japan and draws more than two million visitors, so naturally we had to check it out! After a day of skiing the legendary Japanese powder we headed to Sapporo, Japan’s fifth largest city. Continue reading Sapporo Brewing, Snow Festival and Ramen!
Before making the big move North to the island of Hokkaido with the hopes of more consistent snowfall and a deeper snowpack (which was instead met with rain), we stopped to see the snow monkeys at Jurokudani before leaving the area. Continue reading Snow Monkeys!