Japan is always somewhere I have wanted to ski. In fact in 2006 I was offered a job teaching in Hokkaido. I had my visa at the ready and was champing at the bit to go. Circumstances however lead me to take up an instructor job at Silver Star mountain in British Colombia. I had tej best 3 winters of my life…however I always wonder…what if. Not. A healthy way to think. I am changing it now to..when I go. I am hoping to be able to take a trip out this winter and enjoy the amazingness of Hokkaidos bottomless powder.

Ezo Pow

Asahidake, September 16th 2014

Asahidake’s webcam this afternoon

I think this is the earliest first snowfall we’ve had in the past 5 years that I’ve been in Hokkaido. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, winter is still a looooong way off. Yesterday, less than 40km from the summit of Asahidake, the Ezopow crew were enjoying the sunshine and jumping into a mountain lake!

Not quite winter yet! Photo by Gin Saito

But its definitely cool to see the peaks covered in a little dusting of snow. In around two months time, we’ll hopefully be getting our first turns of the winter.

Asahidake and Daisetsuzan from Asahikawa.
Photo by Andy Seward

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