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Ray McDermott and Daniel Rahn tame the wild lands of Japan

Colorado locals Ray McDermott and Daniel Rahn headed out to the Land of the Rising Sun this January, realizing early on that winter in Colorado was not going to be what they had hoped for. Fully infected by the powder bug, they booked a flight to Japan and headed to Myoko Kogen Ski Resort in the heart of the country’s mainland, in search of the deepest conditions they could find. As the locals say about the snow here: “It comes from the sea and stays in the trees.” This fantastic edit, complete with a super funky, animated opening segment, will surely satisfy all of your powder-hounding dreams. Powder, pillows, cliffs, tricks and everything else you’ve come to expect from a great Japan recap are featured in this enjoyable, wild ride of an edit.

In their own words:

The Japanese Alps are a pretty special place, the combination of culture, snow and terrain is so unique it almost doesn’t seem real. My friend Daniel and I booked plane tickets the moment we realized that our winter in Colorado wasn’t going to materialize into much. We headed for the Japanese Alps, and more specifically a place called Myoko Kogen. It was so much better then we expected, and so much worse. After skiing some of the deepest snow of our entire lives, we got days of rain and terrifying avalanche conditions. There were wet slabs ripping to the ground through a 3 meter snowpack around every corner. Right before we left, Myoko got pounded by yet another insane storm, while the sky went blue and the snowpack stabilized out. We had an amazing time, and I hope you can enjoy our video as much as we enjoyed our trip!

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