The Back Bowls, Niseko, Japan

Massive vertical drops, terrifying cliff face descents and spectacular on-piste tree runs.

Alex Burd Alex Burd

There is no place as powder-sure as Niseko, Japan, with an average accumulation of six inches a day of dry powder in January. While Niseko’s on-piste tree runs are famous for their deep powder, it is the gate-accessed back bowls — the highest of which stands at 550-metres — that stand as one of snowboarding’s true holy powder grails – just you, your mates and a bottomless bowl of untracked fresh snow to do want you want with. There is simply nowhere else on the planet like it.

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