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Japan Skiing

Japan–The Best Powder Ski Vacation, Ever

Japan Skiing

Let’s get it out in the open. Japan is the powder snow capital of the world. With all due respect to Utah and Colorado, neither state can beat the powder I found in Niseko—a big volcano on Japan’s northern-most island, Hokkaido. Niseko powder is lighter than Dom Pérignon. It falls like a curtain of glitter—so fine and delicate that often you don’t realize it’s snowing until you see the sparkle in the glow of the streetlights. It’s not the thick gob-smacking flakes we have in the U.S. but more like the delicate dusting of a snow globe. I was there for a week—and it snowed every day—we had a half-foot to a foot of the fresh stuff to greet us every morning, and nearly two feet for our final hurrah.

Abom anti-fog goggles

Abom Active Anti-Fog Snow Goggles

Abom anti-fog goggles

Back in 2014, Oregon based Abominable Labs ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for their active anti-fog goggles. At the end of last year, they started fulfilling pledges and the snow goggles are now available for the rest of us to order. The Abom goggles promise you can say goodbye to foggy lenses forever.

Pieps Micro

Pieps Micro Avalanche Beacon

Pieps Micro

New for Fall ’16, the Pieps Micro avalanche beacon debuts as one of the smallest and lightest three antenna beacons on the market. Designed for skimo racers (3 antenna beacons soon to become mandatory) and those that like to to travel fast and light, the new Mirco will feature an innovative light sensor technology control and wireless device management.

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Mammut Airbag 3.0

Avalanche Airbag Systems Shed The Weight

Ortovox Avabag

For next winter, avalanche airbag systems and their corresponding packs are shedding tons of weight in order to sway more freeriders and ski tourers to bring these personal safety systems with them on their adventures. Both Mammut and Ortovox came up with new systems that are not only small but also weigh between 3-4 pounds all in.

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