BD athlete Johnny Collinson reports on his powder-hunting trip to Japan
Black Diamond athlete Johnny Collinson, like most of the BD skiers, has had to get his hustle on this winter due to the less-than-ideal snow conditions so far. Not one to sit about and complain, Johnny knows it has to be snowing somewhere and sets off to get the goods. His recent trip to Japan is one such case where he managed to hit a motherload of endless pow. Here's the email and photos he sent us shortly after his return.
From: John Collinson
Date: February 7, 2012 12:36:17 PM MST
As everyone knows, the weather in the lower 48 hasn't been extremely beneficial for skiers this season... well, the ones that like soft snow, that is. So, as any one else would do, I accepted an invite to head over to Japan for three weeks in January. Grant Gunderson shot photos, and the other athletes were KC Deane, Carston Oliver and Adam U. We basically just choked every day, all day on the overload of snow. I really had no idea it could snow that much that fast. We were skiing three feet of new snow everyday, and it wasn't dense, watery snow… it was fluffy, dreamy shit. We basically spent three weeks living the dream. Deep snow every day, good food every night, and doing it all in a pretty cool part of the world. I definitely want to head back there sooner rather than later and explore more of what Japan has to offer.
As for now, I'm back on the storm chasing boat. Heading up to BC for a few weeks, try to get some filming done, and then crossing my fingers for an Alaska trip! I'll keep you updated on what I'm up to!