Stories, pictures and video from the mountains of Hokkaido



I’m a skier, living in the powder Mecca that is Central Hokkaido, Japan. I work as an English teacher but I’m still able to ski 70-100 days per year, most of which are powder days. I started this blog to record some of the stories, photos and video from our time here. Hopefully a few people will happen upon this site and find it interesting or useful for planning trips to Hokkaido. Or more likely, it’ll just be a little record for me to look back on when I’m old and can’t ski any more.

If you want any information or advice on Hokkaido, then drop me a line. If any of my posts get you stoked to go shredding, then write a comment and let me know!

See you in the mountains!


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7 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Hi, have read lots of your posts on s’heads but this is the first look at your blog……what a great way to remember Hokkaido when you are back in blighty….and of course provide invaluable info to others. Will enjoy a leisurely look at your blog as we await the arrival of the snow…..looks good for you for Tuesday. I’m a lurker on s’heads and only contribute if someone asks about Zao. Keep up the great work, Mac46

    October 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  2. I just found your blog somehow! Great stuff here! I finally convinced my wife to move to Hokkaido and like I will be teaching English and skiing my butt off every winter! Lookinf forward to seeing more articles.

    June 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    • * and like you I will be teaching….
      I’m not a teenage girl. LOL!

      June 6, 2015 at 4:50 pm

  3. Hi Paul! Thanks for reading!

    You’ll have a great time in Hokkaido sure. Do you know where you’ll be based? If you need any info or advice, please get in touch!

    A good place to meet people to ride with is the Hokkaido Snowboarding and Skiing Cartel on Facebook.

    June 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    • I’ll check it out thanks! I’ll be based in Sapporo, probably in the Maruyama area. Hopefully we can move there by next summer. How is the backcountry in the hills just next to Sapporo?

      June 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      • There’s a definitely some decent lines to be had if you’re prepared to hike for it. All in the trees, but lots of fun. Over the backside of Teine is good if you hike out.

        Lots more stuff out past Otaru or towards Nakayama Touge.

        Maruyama is a really nice area 👍

        June 7, 2015 at 8:25 pm

  4. Mike or Mac

    Hi! back again…..the first response up top from Oct 2014. Was in Sapporo on and off last season and this year have made a move here for 3 months, but…….well the first time I went to Wengen from Japan we skied parts of the Lauberhorn at New Year, skis on then off then on again… happens. Tomorrow maybe Teine and at the weekend local advice is Kiroro.
    p.s. thanks for putting the “u” in Touge…..must make the effort to ski Nakayama this season, before it closes!

    December 18, 2019 at 11:19 pm

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