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Why we travelled to Niseko to ski four volcanoes in four days
1 year ago

Why we travelled to Niseko to ski four volcanoes in four days

In February 2020 seven challengers from the UK, USA, and Singapore made their way to Niseko to take on 4 volcanoes in 4 days in support of Protect Our Winters …
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Japanese mountain associations urge skiers to stay out of the backcountry
2 years ago

Japanese mountain associations urge skiers to stay out of the backcountry

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Japan’s four predominant mountaineering associations have urged residents to stop all mountain-based activities immediately, including ski touring and split boarding. The announcement was prompted by the Japanese government’s declaration of …
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Backcountry skiing near Sapporo: Takao Miyashita’s Top 5 Spots
2 years ago

Backcountry skiing near Sapporo: Takao Miyashita’s Top 5 Spots

By  •  Guides

Takao Miyashita is a Hokkaido native who started skiing when he was just a 3-year-old, and since then he has made the mountains and snow his life. He has been …
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Meet the skier putting Hokkaido’s backcountry on the map
2 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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Solo snowboarder buried in Hakuba avalanche is rescued by strangers
3 years ago

Solo snowboarder buried in Hakuba avalanche is rescued by strangers

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A snowboarder in Hakuba is lucky to be alive, after a group of skiers in the Happo backcountry came across avalanche debris and decided to check the scene for potential …
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A first timer’s guide to backcountry skiing in Japan
3 years ago

A first timer’s guide to backcountry skiing in Japan

By  •  Guides

Over the last two decades, Japan’s ski resorts have firmly established themselves as a mecca for skiers and snowboarders seeking the deepest, lightest powder. As the resorts have become more …
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Furano operator lands new backcountry area for 2018/19
3 years ago

Furano operator lands new backcountry area for 2018/19

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Alpine Backcountry Guides, one of the longest running international ski tour operators in Japan, has purchased a block of land that will give it exclusive access to a range near …
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10 minutes with Hokkaido’s most experienced mountain guide
4 years ago

10 minutes with Hokkaido’s most experienced mountain guide

By  •  People, Features

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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