Ski Asia's selection of the 5 videos that typify the epic powder conditions Japanese ski resorts have become known for.
Japan is a powder lover’s dream, and there is no shortage of footage showing the rest of the world what it’s missing out on. Youtube and Facebook edits surface as frequently as your vegan friend’s lunch photos, with seemingly endless reels of blower powder perfection and face shots. Japan’s snow is undeniably the best in the world.
At Ski Asia we’ve picked out the 5 videos that tell you everything you need to know about Japanese powder. Watch, enjoy, and get excited as we gear up for a big winter season.
YUKI [SNOW] – Rusutsu, Hokkaido
SnowLocals have done a phenomenal job capturing and producing this video, which is part 1 of their 3-part series on Rusutsu Resort in Japan‘s north. Stunning high definition, incredible slow-mo sequences and, most importantly, some of the best conditions you’ll find anywhere on the planet. This edit sums up everything there is to love about Japanese powder.
Hokkaido Snowboarding – Niseko, Hokkaido
An amateur edit but an absolute stunner. Uploaded by YouTube user Erin O’Hara, the video shows just how good the conditions can get for those who venture into Niseko’s sidecountry and backcountry (footage is from the Hirafu peak, accessed by a short hike from Niseko Grand Hirafu’s Gate 3). Niseko cops plenty of criticism, largely due to the huge number of Aussies who head there during the high season; however, this is all the proof you need to see that there is still plenty of snow to go around.
Myokoing: Undiscovered Skiing in Japan – Myoko Kogen, Niigata
Myoko Kogen was once one of the hidden gems of Japanese skiing, but is increasingly garnering international attention as travellers look to explore beyond Niseko, Rusutsu and Hakuba. It gets an average of 13 metres of snow a season, which is one of the highest averages of any of the Honshu resorts.
Myokoing: Undiscovered Skiing in Japan gives us 5 minutes of powder goodness as a crew of professional skiers get very deep in some all-time Myoko conditions. Let this film inspire you to get off the beaten path and see a few different resorts in Japan.
Moment’s Notice, Salomon Freeski TV – Niseko & Rusutsu, Hokkaido
It would be a crime to put together a compilation of ski videos and not include at least one episode from Salomon Freeski TV’s ultra poplar web series. In this particular episode, the crew locate a storm moving over Hokkaido and put together a last-minute trip to Niseko and Rusutsu.
In their own words: “What if your buddy called and said, ‘It was storming over in Japan, can you drop everything and leave tomorrow?’ Would you say, yes?”
Hakuba – Hakuba, Nagano
Proof that the Nagano ski resorts can well and truly hold their own for snow. Hakuba is a world-class ski destination (and one of Japan’s most popular), and professional skiers Sam Cohen, Zach Halverson and and Bryce Phillips show us why. The clip embodies everything there is to love about a ski trip in a foreign country.