the many walking styles of asia

location: niseko terrain: resort town with fresh snow and high winds style: slowly, usually with our heels slipping out from under us resembles: location: rusutsu terrain: hotel lobbies and designated trails to the uploading lift style: upright resembles: location: otaru and sapporo terrain: flat & urban, fresh/packed snow, sub zero temperatures style: mostly small steps […]

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another day in niseko

day three on the mountain and it might be our last one of the niseko portion *insert sadface*, barring any magical dumps in the next 36 hours.  with the snow forecast predicting 1-3cm everyday during our stay, we’ve had some mercy from the snow gods and have had knee deep runs every one of the […]

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Lazy Day in Grand Hirafu

Spent the morning researching and mapping out all the onsens in the area while the boys enjoy powder runs. Found three onsens within a three block radius from our hotel. Before we started any relaxation, we went in search of nourishment. Found a ramen place with some people waiting outside. Figured the place must be […]

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Snowy Mountain

Snow, lots of snow. My snow boots finally look at home and prove to be awesome. Explored Hirafu and Kutchan today. While waiting for the bus to Kutchan, I noticed a man working hard to remove snow on a sloped roof in only a t-shirt. Checked out the local grocery stores and enjoyed the various […]

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niseko!!! finarry!!!

after a 24 hour travel day, we arrived in niseko to clear skies, no crowds and cold & crisp weather to boot. a 2.5 hour bus ride from the airport to rusutsu & finally niseko grand hirafu. they’ve gotten about 1-3 cm everyday for about a week before we got here which isn’t ground breaking […]

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