The Great Expectation

We were still waiting for snow, but it wouldn’t come for another three days. Our crew of four high calibre skiers and a solo snowboarder gathered in Asahikawa for the start of our trip. A welcomed mix of urbanism, restaurants and sky bar. Without any refreshment of the snow cover compounded with the recent wind event, expectation of … More The Great Expectation

Season Summation

Sitting on a long haul flight home is always a good time to reflect on the season which all of a sudden seems to have flown pass. This season was filled with plenty of thrills and a few spills to keep us emotionally involved. We had lots of sunshine and much reduced snow falls this … More Season Summation

Asahidake Morning Routine

A typical morning getting ready for our back country tour of Asahidake (20-23 Jan 2017) started with an early morning onsen. Roger, Merv & I were staying at the chalet ‘Nuttapu’ exclusive to Journey Into Japan. Our quintessentially Japanese powder skiing experience was filled with soft powder turns, delicious food and the tallest peak in … More Asahidake Morning Routine

Home Town Glory

It’s been a week of good visibility and wispy blue sky, ie no new snow. We have seen  the peak of Asahidake twice already which is half of this season’s quota. Nevertheless, there were still some freshies hidden somewhere in Furano. Unfortunately there was no friend on these not so powder days, so the selfie … More Home Town Glory