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People

We uncover the personalities that make up Asia’s skiing community.

One Hakuba business owner has been posting envy-inducing powder videos all season long
4 months ago

One Hakuba business owner has been posting envy-inducing powder videos all season long

By  •  People, Features

Those of you who haven’t been able to make it to Japan for the last couple of years can thank guys like Nick Kowal for their commitment to giving us …
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Hakuba ski instructor reveals the perks of his dream job
6 months ago

Hakuba ski instructor reveals the perks of his dream job

Being able to share my passion for the sport that I love and for being in the mountains is what inspired me to become an instructor. Combined with a love …
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Peter Tupper on starting a ski school in China at 24
9 months ago

Peter Tupper on starting a ski school in China at 24

By  •  Features, People

Starting a ski school and adventure business as a recent university graduate is a bold move any way you look at it, not least in a country like China, where …
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Meet the skier putting Hokkaido’s backcountry on the map
3 years ago

Meet the skier putting Hokkaido’s backcountry on the map

By  •  People, Features

Just over a year ago, Rob Thomson launched Hokkaido Wilds, an English-language database of ski touring routes complete with maps, photos, downloadable GPS files and detailed descriptions. In the short …
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10 minutes with Hokkaido’s most experienced mountain guide
5 years ago

10 minutes with Hokkaido’s most experienced mountain guide

By  •  Features, People

When Cveto Podlogar addresses his clients at a “Beyond the Niseko Backcountry” clinic in December, he will be calling on almost 30 years of experience as a guide in the …
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Meet the couple behind Niseko’s game-changing new ski club
5 years ago

Meet the couple behind Niseko’s game-changing new ski club

By  •  People, Features

Founding a business will always have its challenges. But for Anthea Hung and Miha Grilj – who have this year launched Hokkaido Ski Club, a boutique snow sports operation in Niseko, …
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These Dutch riders have discovered Japow … and they’re hooked
6 years ago

These Dutch riders have discovered Japow … and they’re hooked

By  •  People

Dutch skier Anne Bakker and his friend Jaap Sturm visited Niseko, Japan over the 2015/16 winter season and were floored by the quality of riding and vast quantities of snow in …
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Rusutsu Insider: Ski Instructor Natalie Lai
6 years ago

Rusutsu Insider: Ski Instructor Natalie Lai

By  •  People, Guides

Rusutsu ski instructor Natalie Lai logged hours on Hong Kong’s most popular indoor ski slope before taking work at a resort in mainland China and, later, Japan. She is now a …
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Nozawa Onsen Insider: Snowboard Instructor JT Chau
6 years ago

Nozawa Onsen Insider: Snowboard Instructor JT Chau

By  •  People, Guides

Snowboard instructor JT Chau’s resume reads a little differently from many of his fellow snow industry workers. Since taking a break from his job as an exercise physiologist in 2011, he’s …
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