Here and Now: Hokkaido, Japan

Here and Now: Hokkaido, Japan

PHOTOS • GRANT GUNDERSON (@grant_gunderson)

Yes, Japow and Japanuary are real things… the time of year when it begins to go off in the Land of the Rising Sun and the entire ski world flocks to Japan. World-renowned photographer Grant Gunderson was able to squeeze in some Japanuary himself, along with Völkl athletes Ahmet Dadali, Paddy Graham, Tanner Rainville and Tom Ritsch, who were there to test out Völkl’s brand new Revolt 121 ski. More on that, later.

The group were treated to classic Japanuary snacks, namely deep powder skiing, at Kiroro Resort and with Shimamaki Snowcats.

Tanner Rainville taking advantage of the snow with Shimamaki Snowcats.
Tanner Rainville taking advantage of the snow with Shimamaki Snowcats.
Paddy Graham skiing at Kiroro Resort.
Paddy Graham skiing at Kiroro Resort.
Tanner Rainville screeching by the lens at Kiroro.
Tanner Rainville screeching by the lens at Kiroro.
Ahmet Dadali with the massive rooster tail at Kiroro.
Ahmet Dadali with the massive rooster tail at Kiroro.
Paddy Graham.
Paddy Graham.
Ahmet Dadali, enjoying the pow.
Ahmet Dadali, enjoying the pow.
The Niseko landscape.
The Niseko landscape.
Ahmet Dadali, buried in Kiroro.
Ahmet Dadali, buried in Kiroro.
Tom Ritsch plundering pow with Shimamaki Snowcats.
Tom Ritsch plundering pow with Shimamaki Snowcats.
Skiing with Shimamaki Snowcats is no fun, just ask Paddy Graham.
Skiing with Shimamaki Snowcats is no fun, just ask Paddy Graham.
Tanner Rainville, attempting a new language.
Tanner Rainville, attempting a new language.
Hidemitsu Okada skiing at Shimamaki Snowcats.
Hidemitsu Okada skiing at Shimamaki Snowcats.
Tom Ritsch, Tanner Rainville, Ahmet Dadali and Paddy Graham take in the sights at Kiroro.
Tom Ritsch, Tanner Rainville, Ahmet Dadali and Paddy Graham take in the sights at Kiroro.
Hidemitsu Okada, mid-flight.
Hidemitsu Okada, mid-flight.

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