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Stories of Sheevas In Japan: Italians riders experiencing more than only fresh awesome powder.

Freeride in Japan, and particularly in Hokkaido, is something completely different than what we ha have so far experienced and enjoyed on the Alps. Morphologically, Hokkaido mountains are not as steep and imposing, but their geographical location allows them to be completely and constantly covered in snow, that popular Japanese powdery and light snow that you can’t find anywhere else. The always muffled atmosphere contributes to render the trip a real Zen experience, where smiles and joyful moments are the only coloured touches in a total white environment.   Travelling for skiing, skiing to travel: the passion for deep snow brought us to this amazing place.

Since the very beginning the research was addressed to the depth of Japanese snow but, as soon as we got there, we realized that our curiosity and attention was caught by something else, not only snow.

We thought we would have reached a futuristic place, we pictured very modern ski lifts, instead we found a world where simplicity rules.

The atmosphere you breathe among those mountains is mystic and astonishing; snow falls slowly to the ground and the birch forests surrounding the scenery, magically create the perfect line for the downhills.

The silence is deafening, you only hear your own laboured breath and the heart beats accelerating for the fatigue and the enthusiasm when navigating the snow sea.  Not only mountains caught our focus, but volcanos n too, such as Mt. Tokachi.

Skinning up on the sides of this active volcano has been wonderful where we could enjoy an amazing view from the top, the crater was covered in snow and was smoking sulfur.  

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