Miles Clark, Helly Hansen ambassador, took a break from more blower powder in Japan to give us a conditions report of the epic, bluebird conditions they've been experiencing:
HAKUBA, JAPAN – The month of January saw only 1.37 days of sunshine in Hakuba this year. By doing the math, you can easily gather that it snowed exactly 29.63 days in Hakuba this past January. Like most years, it snows nearly everyday of January in Japan. There is a reason that we come here...
February, however, gives you a bit more of an opportunity to see that burning ball of H & He in the sky. By no means does this suggest that the native snow freaks were ready for its 4 day late-February spectacle.
Hideous sunburns, chapped lips, crusty noses, and horrible smiles were the norm during the sky-bound nuclear reactor's rare mid-winter visit.
Hakuba has fantastic storm day powder skiing. We know that. What we didn't know, is that this place has big mountain lines on a scale that rivals Alaska itself.
During our late-February sun stroke, we were finally able to see what Hakuba had to offer. We got out onto some of the more exposed terrain and gave a bit of a motorboat to mother natures bosom. We don't think she minded too much.
Conditions = billowing-smoke-filled-grenade-explosion-every-turn-powder
Locations = Happo-One ski resort in Hakuba Japan's sidecountry
Vistas = Ridiculous 10,000+ foot fluted, pillow pillared peaks that belong in Alaska
Dates of Meltdown = February 19-22, 2012