Learning to Fly in Hakuba

Japan’s Northern Alps are huge and filled with POWDER. Mikey Basich and Shin Biyajima lead the Flow team of Scotty Lago, Tim Humphreys, Scot Brown and Atsushi Ishikawa on a freeriding and heli-boarding mission.

Find out why heli-skiing in Japan is just starting to change after 50 years…



Generation Snow

Superb video from Generation Snow featuring deep powder, tree skiing and awesome backcountry lines as Olympian Steve Lee explores Hakuba, Japan with alpine racer Stephanie Auderer.

Also featuring the wonderful Phoenix Hakuba (which you can book with Japan Ski Experience!).

Tell us about your best Hakuba experience. When were you there? Share your experiences below or send us a video to show how deep you got!

Experience Hakuba

Hakuba on a powder day is an experience very few ski resorts in the world can offer. Check out this video filmed over 3 days of blue skies, fresh snow and no tracks at Hakuba Cortina and Happo One. Perfect back country conditions meant the group were treated to epic runs and views to match.

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Japan Journals from Tokyo and Hakuba

The fourth and final Japan Journals episode was released last week. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you take a look now. In Episode 4 the guys travel back to Tokyo and take in some Japanese culture. They then head to Hakuba for the Slope competition and check out some of the area’s terrain.

We’d also like to remind you that a lot of great Early Bird offers end on the 31st May with discounts of up to 30% applicable on accommodation bookings made by that date. For more information and to make an enquiry, visit our Accommodation page before the end of the month!

Somewhere in Hakuba

Hakuba has been getting some awesome snowfalls lately. Check out this video from the guys at Hakuba Snow Sports School and let them welcome you to 99cm of fresh overnight! Then you’ll have a better idea of just how good it is in Japan right now.



Powder Junkies

It’s been a great week for snow in Japan and many resorts in the northern half of the country are now open and have lifts turning. We were out riding in Niseko today and, after a metre of fresh over the last 48 hours, the snow was fresh & deep and everyone had a big smile on their faces. We’ll be bringing you videos and snow reports with more frequency as the season progresses to make sure you’re kept fully up to date with how much snow is falling here in Snow Country.

In the meantime, we’d recommend watching this trailer for the upcoming Japanese snowboard film “S”Trippers & Powder Junkies to get you in the mood for winter. Featuring a host of talented and well known Japanese riders, everyone looks like they’re having a great time smashing park and powder all across the world and, of course, back in Japan. Be safe and have fun :D


Extreme Japan

Check out this footage of deep powder skiing shot across several resorts in Niigata, Nagano and Hokkaido. Epic conditions and super smooth riding in some of Japan’s best known ski areas. Watching it gets us excited for the start of the season which is now only a few weeks away!




“Stupid Amounts of Almost Daily Pow”

“Why is it that a country that features in almost every snowboard movie ever made and has twice hosted the winter Olympics, still gets greeted with “I didn’t know you could snowboard in Japan” whenever you mention it to non-riders? In fact, over 70 per cent of Japan’s land is mountains, so while it’s slightly smaller than the state of California, it has over 500 ski resorts. And yes, everything you’ve heard about the Land of the Rising Sun’s endless storms and incredible pow stashes is true. The country takes facefulls of the cold air streams coming down from Siberia, which pick up moisture on their way over the Sea of Japan, so when they hit the mountains they bust their almighty load in a big way. The average resort has never seen a snow cannon in its life – instead (poor things) they have to make the best of 10 metres or more of the driest natural powder in the world … if it is stupid amounts of almost-daily pow you want, then get there in January and February.”

Taken from the introduction to the Japan section of the new Whitelines Snowboard Resort Guide.

There are travel books that contain less detailed information than this guide – and it’s all right up to date. Plus the whole thing is filled with the kind of photos you’d expect from Whitelines – shot on location by the world’s best snowboard photographers. Head down to WH Smiths and grab yourself a copy now!


Not so many wintery scenes this week but what you do get is a collection of beautiful visions that really capture some of the reasons we love being in Japan. Plus an endearing appearance by the snow monkeys of Jigokudani. I’d like to think that anyone who has been to Japan will smile watching this and those yet to visit would want to go more as a result of watching it.