Hokkaido's Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Specialists

Power Trip Deuce Deuce

 

 

The second Power Trip of the year was blessed with about a meter and a half of freshies leading up to departure and blue skies for the following week.  Toby and I agreed that we had never seen better weather from nearly all the stops on the trip, making it memorable for the whole crew, which included Theresa and Nick from Scotland, Conny and Gunner from Scandanavia, Nina and Simone from Austria, Mikel from Holland, John and Brent from the USA, Kiwi Josh and Rich the token Ozzy.

 

The first day was a classic Niseko backbowls day, though the crew established themselves as seriously hardcore as we were unable to both take a lunch break and shred 3 peak laps.  Toby and Yuya took off for a snack run as the crew set off on a slow ascent of the peake at 1:45.  Colin picked up the chocolate, and made it to the top in double time for the Goshki drop and beer/onsen finish.   Everyone was starved for the Okonomiyaki dinner and by this point were bonding like old friends.

Rusutsu the following day delivered some of the deepest snow around as well as the start of the blue skies and high pressure system.  The road run capped the ski day and by 4:30, the crew was gassed and beered up for the road to Tokachidake.

 

Waking up in Daisetuzan National Park is an experience for any true ski bum as you are within minutes of touring to some epic terrain.  Not a puff of wind spoiled the morning and Colin was greeted with a waist deep trail cutting mission, but it was certainly worth the trip.

The traditional Japanese cuisine may have not been a huge favorite for the crew, but the onsen was approved as well as the access to Asahidake the following day.  Once again blue skies and mild temperatures were the go and Toby was even able to take a crew on an exploration mission to unlock some of Asahidake’s best terrain.

The trip to Sapporo was quick as the roads were clean and before you knew it, the crew was getting local in one of Suskino’s best ramen alleys listening to dirty rap and hip hop.

 

By this point, most of the crew tucked in early and made the right choice, since Kokusai was going off the next day.  Nearly 50 cms of fresh snow plus a heap of sunshine.

Teine closed up the trip and by this point everyone was ready for a break.  6 full days of skiing and road tripping is enough to zap anyone.  We still got some great turns and Toby rounded out the trip with a 1500 meter run from Teine highlands down to the city of Sapporo where the crew was handed a familiar beverage.  That night went off at Hinodehampo and everyone replenished their fluids with liquid courage.

A great trip and awesome crew!  Hope to see some of you guys back here next year!

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