After a day and a half of travel from Steamboat Springs, it’s great to arrive back in Hokkaido, Japan for another ski season! Hokkaido is the north island of Japan and is recognized by skiers around the world as a powder skiing mecca.
During the months of January and February, the island benefits from the combination of a consistent westerly winds that push cold Siberian air over the Sea of Japan creating some of the most intense lake effect snowfall on the planet.
600” winters are common with most of that snowfall occurring in only a couple of months. I’m here for the third year in a row, and second season working as an apprentice ski guide for Hokkaido Powder Guides.
Currently, I’m mostly based out of Furano where I spend my days working on the alpine volcanos of Daisetsuzan National Park and in the mystical birch forests surrounding them.
In addition, we will be skiing all over the island from Kurodake in the North to Niseko, Otaru, and Iwanai in the South. While we all come here for the skiing, it’s the culture that will keep me returning for many years to come.
I’m looking forward to sharing my season with the Ski Haus Steamboat tribe and would love to hear any topics that interest you or questions you might have about travelling here for the skiing experience of a lifetime.
Top Photo: Will Carlton at the office… we should all be so lucky!
Editor’s Note: Will is a Steamboat Springs based skiing and ultrarunning running fanatic and is currently pursuing a ski guide certification through the American Mountain Guide Association certifications. He will be sharing his experiences from Hokkaido with us throughout this winter.