Shallow Snowpack? Here’s What You Must Understand About Low Levels of Snow

This year, all of Japan is experiencing low levels of snow, which means up in the backcountry we have fairly typical shallow ‘early-season’ conditions persisting in the snowpack. In addition to that, we also have people in the village going absolutely stir crazy, willing to venture a little further than normal to get some decent turns in during the Japanese …

Hakuba Backcountry Tours

5 Critical Things To Understand About Going Backcountry (And no, this is not another ‘what to buy’ gear list!)

Raise your hand if you’ve been in this situation before: you’ve been skiing the resort (because that’s what you do) and you meet up with a friend over Aprés who’s been backcountry skiing that day… and they are absolutely fizzing. Wide-eyed and sweaty, they begin enthusiastically describing a mountain experience that borders on the spiritual… this leads you to the …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 23 (MTB Fun Ride Tour)

・MTB Fun Ride Tour Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba.  I am presently a Mountain Bike Guide trainee,  and on one occasion I assisted with guiding guests, and I checked what the lead guide does during the MTB Fun Ride tour and helped the lead guide run this tour. I’d …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 22

・Canyoning Tour Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. Today, I guided guests on our canyoning tour as an assistant guide. The temperature was over 30 degrees Celsius, so it was the perfect day for canyoning. In the groups of the guests, there was one family with two daughters. After we …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 21

・Summer Camp Mountain Master Day 1 Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. This past week, I helped with the first day of Mountain Masters Summer Camp. Mountain Masters is a great way for children to learn about mountains and forest ecosystems while having a great time mountain biking, hiking the …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 20

・Summer Camp :  Water Wizards Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. On July 5th, I helped with the Summer Camp Water Wizards which was Day 3 of the camp. Water Wizards is a 5-day camp to discover and learn about the cycle of water. Campers will learn about the natural …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 19

・Summer Camp : Water Wizards Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. This week I helped to run the first of our Summer Camps called the “Water Wizards”.  The Water Wizards is a 5 day camp to discover and learn about the cycle of water. Campers will learn about the natural …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 18

・Canyoning Training Day Four Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. On June 29th, it was the fourth day of the training, and we went to the canyon to check the Full Day course and to practice how to set up the rope systems we use. We set up a guided …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 17

・Canyoning Training Day Three Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. On June 28th, it was the third day of the canyoning training, and we went to the climbing wall to practice rappelling, lowering other people, and using a “shunt” (rope ascender). On a canyoning tour, when guests cannot slide down …

Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day 16

・Canyoning Training Day Two Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. On June 27th, we had the second day of the canyoning training and practiced rappelling. On Evergreen Canyoning tours, guests sometimes need to rappel from the waterfall when the level of the water is high. Canyoning assistant guides need to …