Skiing into the crater of a semi-active volcano
Aerial footage from a descent into Mt. Yotei, a semi-active volcano in Niseko, Japan
Skiing into the crater of a semi-active volcano won’t seem like a sensible idea to most people. But trust us when we tell you this is virtually the pinnacle of Japanese powder skiing. At roughly 1900 metres, Mt. Yotei – located just beyond Niseko United – is becoming an increasingly popular conquest for the many skiers and snowboarders travelling to Hokkaido in search of its famously deep, dry powder snow. There’s no heli access, no cat service – just an old fashioned hike to the top, which is tough but more than duly rewarded.
In the video above, local photographer Glen Claydon captures riders Tatsumi Kono and James Winfield as they hike up and drop into the crater on an all-time bluebird day. Read Glen’s blog post for a full account of the adventure.