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This photo gallery features outtakes from the story—featured in the V15 December issue of FREESKIER—surrounding a Nimbus trip to Hokkaido, Japan. Pep Fujas? Not terrible at skiing. Eric Pollard? Blew doors for years and cemented those doors into the floor with a Level 1 segment this year (inventor of the cork zero, anyone?). Andy Mahre? Smashing turns, with the DNA to match. Chris Benchetler? Incapable of keeping his collar bone intact while doing a cat track nollie, and also a seven-plus-year monster of ski media. All of them superstars, and all of them on this trip to Niseko and Rusutsu ski resorts (special thanks to Black Diamond Lodge for helping with logistics). So check out the gallery, our first to launch at mega-high speeds on the new freeskier.com, and grab the December issue of FREESKIER to see the snaps that made the cut.
Also in the December issue: The second half of our Japan Mega-Feature, with the Level 1 jibbers; Kye Petersen profiled and lives up in the air; Hoji and friends hike for their turns and live on a boat in Lyngen, Norway; mini profiles on Karl Fostvedt and Leo Ahrens and much more. The issue hits newsstands 11/13/12.