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The legendary powder of Japan’s north island, Hokkaido

Mar. 15th 2012

Photos by Andrew Burr -

Ross Matlock loves to ski just about anywhere. An expert telemark skier, he has made turns all over the world, but one of his favorite places to ski is Hokkaido, Japan. He recently returned from another amazing trip there with great skiing, world class hot springs and delicious food. Below, Matlock reveals the secrets about Hokkaido’s powder skiing.

Another annual visit to Japan this season produced the same result…great skiing. Japan has received much attention in the recent months with both the tsunami and the amount of snow it has received, compared to that of our dry North American winter. The very north island of Japan, Hokkaido, is where I travel and there are three simple reasons why: powder, culture and food.

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