While not commonly thought of as a place famous for skiing, several parts of Asia are developing into a destination for the sport. Japan is becoming very popular for powder hounds craving consistently deep powder. With the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China is pushing the sport to its massive population. And while remote, there is several world class ski spots found throughout the Himalayas and periphery mountain ranges.
Long overdue, this blog entry follows a ski trip some friends and I went on in January to an area of Japan where not many foreigners (or Japanese) have skied. What we got was some great Japow in Japanuary all to ourselves.
The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival is an annual event traditionally celebrating the 1st born son of the family but in more recent years, a good ski season. Since it coincided with a rainstorm, it was a chance for us to experience several days of Japanese Après ski.
After a December 4th tumble in a boulder field broke 3 of my ribs and a hair-bone fracture in my arm, I was sidelined during one of the most stellar early seasons in Whistler’s history. After a painful month of waiting, I finally was able to get back on the mountain.