@ Grand Hirafu Ski Resort vol.1 Mari Mizukami's "Backcountry Slope"

This project is to introduce a backcountry-like slope.It was triggered by many comments such as "I want to ski outside the ski resort" and "I wonder if I should climb the snowy mountains alone" to me who is skiing in the backcountry.

Even if you are taken to a backcountry guide, you can only rely on your skills to slide on tree runs and deep snow.First of all, it is a project that I started with the desire to introduce backcountry-like slopes all over the country in order to hone my skills on the backcountry-like slopes and take steps to gain experience.

This time I decided to ski at the Grand Hirafu ski resort in Niseko.

Niseko has many tourists, skiers, and snowboarders who also visit from overseas.

This light snow in Hokkaido is japow = Japan Powder from overseas people

It is called.It's a special light snow.

And this place is one of my favorite ski resorts.

Speaking of Niseko, the name goes up first at Gran Hirafu Ski Resort.

It was 15 years ago that I first skated on Grand Hirafu.

At that time, I was allowed to slide on a TV program in Hokkaido called snowsweet life.

At that time, I was a backcountry member of a girl named Brighta.

I was skating from here.

On days when there was no shooting, about XNUMX girls skated like a race from top to bottom.

To be honest, I couldn't remember the course at all at that time because it was too wide.

I didn't have much chance to come from there,

An American girls camp that has been held in Niseko for two years.

I was called by a BTbound coach and decided to skate again in this area.

I was able to remember the feelings of those days, and the snow quality was still the best.

I regret the years I didn't skate in Niseko.

I even decided to come from there every year.

The vast slopes have a long gliding distance and wide slopes.

I've been staying in Niseko for XNUMX weeks since early February,

This year's snowfall is amazing.Anyway, it piles up.

It's a disaster level.

In fact, the hot spring area in the mountains was temporarily closed due to the lack of snow removal, and without knowing it,

I went to the hot spring area alone and got stuck in the parking lot there,

It was only a few weeks ago that I had been waiting in the car for an hour before my friends came to help me.

When heavy snow falls in such a deep snowy place,

It was an experience that I learned that it is good to stay at home without going out too much.

Anyway, the snow is light.The snow quality is such that the powder rises even if it is not turned.

This snow quality is also on the course on the slopes.

The light snow flew in the air and turned white, so that I couldn't see the front.

My face got sick while saying, "I can't see the front at all!"

For skiers and snowboarders, it's the happiest complaint.


There was still more no-track powder in the wide course.

While giving the powder of the previous turn, the powder of the next turn also goes up.

Because the snow is light, it takes a long time to fly in the air.

You may only be able to enjoy such light snow here.

I thought I would enjoy the snow in Niseko to my heart's content.


The symbol of the top of Niseko Hirafu.The site of the Niseko Observatory.

Because the gate from the top lift of Hirafu is open

I decided to climb because it was a big deal.

I walked up from the gate to the summit for about XNUMX minutes.

Since the place to walk was decided, it was easy to walk because the footprints of the ancestors remained.


The visibility was poor at the top of the day, but everyone was waiting for the fog to clear, aiming for a long run of the finest powder.

It was a little windy and snowing, but

The summit was crowded with people chatting and taking commemorative photos.

Everyone smiled because of the sense of accomplishment they had climbed to the top.

The power of nature that makes many people smile easily is really great.


Outside the gate of Grand Hirafu where the distance between the trees is just right.

There is a sense of accomplishment when climbing to the top.

Because I climbed, I can slide on a different slope from the inside of the gate.

A special place different from usual.

This kind of feeling is for the backcountry

It will be an opportunity to become stronger in admiration.


The view from the top of the mountain is exceptional.

The terrain of this mountain is exactly XNUMXD.

Not only can you do a tree run (sliding between trees) on a flat surface,

There are also ups and downs.You can also see the slope from the opposite side.

Interesting for both slippers and photographers.

You can draw various lines,

Because you can shoot it from various angles.



Looking for the point you want to slip,

Tell the cameraman what you are aiming for.

How to tell the cameraman where you are aiming

It's important on a slope like this backcountry.


If it's a park, "I'll fly here at such a height."

"I'm rubbing this rail, so the angle from here should be fine."

Easy to imagine.


There are many slopes that are open for a long time, so you can enjoy it at high speed.

But on slopes like backcountry and backcountry,

Of course, even if I say "I will turn next to that tree", it doesn't convey at all.

The punch line is said to be "Which tree?"

It wasn't until I actually had this exchange that I was surprised at my lack of vocabulary.

It's easy to say "that red sign" in the city,

While similar trees are lined up in the forest,

How to tell the other person who is looking from a different place.


In fact, at BTsound's Girls Camp,

American riders take pictures of where they want to slip

I drew a line on a photo on Instagram and sent it to the cameraman.

It's probably because it's hard for everyone to tell.

However, it is common in the backcountry that the radio waves are not connected.

It is recommended that you practice so that you can explain to the other person in words.


"XNUMX meter from the big birch tree just below my fall line,

Turn on the heel side with the rider's light (on the right side when viewed from the mountain side). "

It is necessary to have detailed exchanges with such things.


On the slope where the finest snow continues forever, the points you want to slip come out one after another.


When skiing on a slope like backcountry or backcountry

I feel that the ability to accurately convey my image to the other party is also important.

Not only because of shooting, but also when you slide normally, it is essential to have the ability to accurately convey to the other party.


It's a backcountry-like slope wherever you slide.

For example,

Suppose you slip ahead of your friends and notice a big hole.

Even if you say "Be careful because there is a hole on the right side of that tree"

"Which tree is it?"

I slipped while misunderstanding that the other party was a different tree,

The right side of the tree falls into a sliding hole.


To prevent that from happening, "a big tree with many branches on the XNUMXm rider's left, XNUMXm above me" etc.

It is also possible to hone your ability to accurately convey the right place to the other party with your friends.

I think it will be a useful skill in the future.


So when I went skiing on a slope near the backcountry like Grand Hirafu,

We encourage each other to practice telling their peers where to slip in their own words.

It's harder than you think, but you'll find it quite interesting.


Continue to vol.2

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Mari Mizukami Snowboarding history 26 years

GNU snowboards, Norrona, Drakebindings ,Northwaveboots, Spy goggle, Hestra gloves

Goofy stance F21 R3  51.5 cm


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