Spring Skiing Japan 2015

Fortsetzungsreportage von Zach Paley aus dem japanischen Frühling


It’s safe to say there’s been no shortage of media coming from Japan this winter. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, someone, somewhere has told you just how good it is in the land of the rising sun. Frankly, I’m sick of it. I enjoy skiing deep powder in the trees, but it doesn’t get me as excited as adventures in bigger mountains.

Wet Dreams in the Hida Mountains: Shiradake Diagonal Couloir

In Japan, big mountains do, in fact, exist. Unfortunately, they’re shrouded in clouds for most of the winter. Though for the patient and persistent, spring brings some very interesting skiing amongst mountains less frequently skied. The wet dreams fantasizing about these impressive peaks that we rarely get to ski give this series a namesake, and a purpose.

Things will go in chronological order, starting with Shiradake. We opted for a line that zigs and zags down from the peak, and can be broken up into about three pitches. This line was skied in mid winter conditions, a very rare opportunity around here.






Now that your appetite has been whetted, stay posted for more to come!