4.18.2014

Peace Park Day One

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Day one is a wrap...and what a good one! Partly cloudy skies led to some great compositions in the photo and film world with a crew of radical riders pulling stunts on a slope filled with berms, banks, table tops, hips, a half pipe and a twenty-two foot bowl. The 2014 edition of Peace Park took a serious evolutionary step in the direction of using an entire mountain slope, not just a section of it, translating into full park runs and plenty of obstacles to choose from.

 

Starting the day with a quick event briefing from the hosts, we headed up the chairlift, grabbed the snowcat and sleds for the rest of the journey upward and began dissceting all the possibilities Snow Park Technologies created with Burton Snowboards and Mountain Dew. Top to bottom laps were in order for all involved to kick things off, which led to sorting out a few different sessions in the bowl and frontside hip, while rounding out the day in the halfpipe. As the sun was setting, we wrapped it up, high-fived and made our way down, excited for day number two just an evening away. Blotto

 

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.17.2014

Stormy Drive

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With the first day of Peace Park all about organization and preparation, we grinded out the morning with logistics and planning, then I hit the road in the adverse weather conditions hoping for some sort of afternoon / evening light to break through.

 

Drove out of Grand Targhee, over Teton Pass, through Jackson and headed north on the 26, eventually hitting Moran Junction some thirty miles later. The entire drive was wind, rain, sleet and snow, but as I entered the national park an 'evening glass off' started to take effect and give me a sense of this mission being worthy! Without being in this area previously and sans guide, I started driving down random roads until I finally located Jackson Lake...which was 'sort of' the plan from the onset.

 

I was under the impression springtime was setting in around these parts and I would see some water in the liquid form...couldn't have been more incorrect...still blazing winter conditions! The lake was frozen over but looking as beautiful as ever, so I camped out as the clouds did their constant transformation in and out of the Grand Teton mountain face. A couple hours chilling in nature shooting pics made the stormy drive all worth it...mission complete I turned around and headed back to Targhee to get ready for day one of Peace Park 2014. Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / blotto Photto

4.16.2014

Prep: Peace Park 2014

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In getting ready for shooting the 2014 edition of Peace Park, here's a few flicks from the 2013 gathering in Squaw Valley, California (USA). This shoot brings out a whole grip of riders, media and the behind the scenes peoples from Burton and Mt Dew...always rad to see your colleagues in person that you chat with on-line all season! Enjoy the flicks...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.15.2014

Wyoming Arrival

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A quick reGear in the Valley of the Sun led to an afternoon flight out of Sky Harbor Airport, making the trek across the Four Corners, continuing over the southwest Rocky Mountains and into Denver International Airport. Barely making the connection to Jackson Hole, I was greeted by a host of my talented colleagues on board, ready to get the party started at Grand Targhee, Wyoming for Peace Park III.

 

When you deplane at the Jackson Hole Airport, you're immediately greeted by the overwhelming beauty of the Grand Teton mountain range, it's all time! Seeing how April 14th was going to be a blood moon occasion, it made the decision to stay out late shooting photos that much easier...not that the Teton Range wasn't reason enough!

 

I crawled around Highway 189 for a couple of hours watching the moonlight cast different lighting effects on the mountains, then swung a U-turn and headed back through Jackson, over Teton Pass (Highway 22 that turns into Highway 33 once you enter Idaho), through Driggs, ending at Grand Targhee Resort. As I pulled in, Gabe L'Heureux was front and center for the peak of the Blood Moon occasion...why not join 'em for a bit? Which I did!

 

That was the travel day to Wyoming from California/Arizona...not bad. Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.13.2014

California to Wyoming

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A few days in California post Tokyo mission to edit the 2014 season leads to the next photo shoot in Wyoming...Peace Park III is on the books...I'll update as soon as possible with some 'behind the scenes' images of crew, location and happenings...stay tuned...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.7.2014

Tokyo Out

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It's a wrap! See you next time Tokyo! Thanks to everybody taking care of us, showing us around and hanging...peace, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.5.2014

Pedal Tokyo

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Great day in the city as spring is starting to roll in...the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people are out in force enjoying Tokyo life...we opted for a look around the mighty metropolis via the bicycle.

 

Thanks to Rip Zinger and Moto at W-Base, we were outfitted with a couple of solid rental bikes to get our pedal on, pop a few wheelies, throw a skid here and there while visiting the crew at the Burton Flagship Store in Harajuku for some new threads, running across some fine folks visiting Tokyo as well, and of course enjoying the delicious espresso at Streamers, served up by award winning latte maker Hiroshi Sawada and his trusty sidekick Bambi

 

Errands completed we embarked on a day long ride navigating 'the other side of road' taking main streets, side roads and cut-thru's...heading here, then there...looping back to home base...and doing it once again. We'll see what tomorrow will bring...peace! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.4.2014

Cruising Tokyo

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Cruising the city via shoe leather express, trains and subways...checking Tokyo as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom...great time to be in the city nine million people call home. More photos to come...thanks for checking in! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

4.3.2014

Chari and Co NYC - Book Signing

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This evening (April 4th, 2014) in Tokyo, I'll be signing books with FDNY's Mike Hernandez at the 'Chari and Co' pop-up shop at Beams T Harajuku. I've been shooting photos of Mike as he pedals NYC the past few summers, and finally decided to throw all the images together in a 50-page soft cover. It turned out great! If you're in Tokyo, stop by...all the information is below. Holler!! Blotto
CHARI&CO NYC POP UP SHOP 
04.04 - 04.20.2014
AT BEAMS T HARAJUKU
RECEPTION PARTY 04.04  19:00〜
NY90年代のOG Skater で映画KIDSにも出演、現在 BrooklynのFireFighter である MIKE HERNANDEZ のストリートライドを
Burtonの専属フォトグラファーBlotto Photoが撮り下ろしたCHARI&CO NYC 初のBOOK 発売の記念も兼ね、
今回4/4のBEAMS T 原宿のPOP UP SHOP レセプションPARTYに両氏もアメリカより参加。
本に直接サインや彼らと記念撮影も可能。
 2008年にNYのLower East Sideにオープンしたバイクブティックのイメージを原宿で体感できるチャンス。
POP UP SHOP 期間:04.04 (FRI) - 04.20 (SUN)
レセプションPARTY:04.04 (FRI) 19:00〜21:00

 

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All photos by Blotto ©DeanBlottoGray / Blotto Photto

4.2.2014

TOKYO arrival

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Just landed in Tokyo for the start of a 72-hour mission...book-signing event in Harajuku on April 4th at Beams T (Ton-Chan Street). I'll post some more information tomorrow with location, times and other pertinent info! Stay tuned! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©deanblottogray / blotto photto

3.28.2014

Mammoth Cruising

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Arrival to Mammoth via the automobile from SF...highway 88 was the nearest mountain pass open for winter travel...bringing you past Kirkwood Resort, through Markleville, graze _______ (one of Standard Films epic backcountry locations / early 2000's), then connect with the 395 and swoop into Mammoth Lakes 137 miles later (220km).

 

Always a pleasure to collaborate with Tyson and TJ at the Unbound Terrain Park...this would be our umpteenth photo shoot on their slopes over the past decade...memories. The plan for the next few days is capturing resort riding with the Burton crew, while mixing in a couple of custom features during the day and night.

 

I'll try to get another Mammoth blog up sooner than later...thanks for checking in y'all! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©DeanBlottoGray / blotto photto

3.22.2014

BC Mission Complete

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The mission to British Columbia for work on the Burton movie is complete…six days of accessing the backcountry via snowmobile. Our crew(s) were hit with every type of weather scenario imaginable…white outs, bluebird, fog, partly cloudy, semi-sunny and on and on, Mother Nature put on a daily display of beauty and the frustrating shut downs.

 

The snowmobile (filming) grind is one heck of a work place! Up at 4:30am, depart the trailhead by 6am, watch the sunrise from the first spot around 6:30, start shooting (or building), then spend the entire day moving around the beautiful backcountry in every direction.

 

After an entire day spent on snow, you make your way out down the logging roads as the sun is setting, make it back to the parking lot, load up, meet for dinner then peel the gear off and get ready for the next morning that’s a mellow eight hours away! Gotta love it! Thanks for checking in y’all! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©deanblottogray / Blotto Photto

3.19.2014

Canada Updater

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Up to Canada after the US Open...Sled Land...early ups daily battling the elements, snowboarding, building, being patient. Movie clips coming together...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©deanblottogray / blottophotto

3.8.2014

US Open Day Four

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The weather was in full cooperation with the halfpipe finals schedule, so the vibes were "fun under the sun" up on the slopes of Vail Resort. Six women and ten men competed for the 2014 title that reads 'US Open Snowboarding Championships Halfpipe Champion.' On the ladies side, Kelly Clark took home her seventh title, while Taylor Gold won his first US Open halfpipe.

 

In addition to the contest snowboarding and the incredible riding that came along with it, the poachers made their appearance in the U-tube, much to the delight of the spectators as multiple riders were flying through the air at any given time between TV breaks and contest runs. BIG UP to Burton and their team of contest organizers for feeling the poaching vibe and truly making this a unique contest that all strive to be a part of. Until next year...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

3.7.2014

US Open Day Three

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Day three consisted of Men's and Women's slopestyle finals...the day starting out with consistent snowfall which never let up through out the afternoon. Fresh snow on the course didn't seem to slow down the progressive nature of the spins and flips as the eventual winners weaved their way through the course claiming gold, silver and bronze. Day four will be pipe finals...stay tuned.

 

Burton.com has all event information for live webcasts...check 'em...Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

3.6.2014

US Open Day Two

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Day two out here in Vail, Colorado...halfpipe semifinal qualification scenario...lots of ladies and dudes laying down big airs and tweaks, spins and flips...you know the deal. Good people on both sides of the fence today, great times. Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

3.5.2014

US Open Day One

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Day one at the US Open of Snowboarding, coming to you from sunny Vail, Colorado (USA), men's and women's slopestyle course semifinal qualification. Spins, bonks, slides, flips, stomps...all things ramping up to the finals on Friday and Saturday. If you're in Colorado...get here. If you're not, road trip time. Peace, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

3.4.2014

Stevens Pass

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What a great week at Stevens Pass (Washington, USA) hanging with the locals, cruising the mountain and finding epic snowboarding terrain. If you're looking for a powder filled shred trip with terrain that exceeds your ability, check out Stevens some time...you won't be disappointed. Big thanks to the locals for showing us around, the marketing department for the assistance and Tim, Danny and Nicolas for coming through and throwing down. Peace! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

3.1.2014

Washington Post

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Been in the Pacific Northwest the past few days working with Cinematographer Tim Manning and Burton Team Rider Nicolas Müller; searching out terrain, filming for the new Burton movie. Conditions have been wonderful; the locals have shown us some great spots, with the end of each day producing high-fives all around.

 

The photos with this blog post are from past missions in this part of North America...times spent with Kevin Pearce, Nicolas and Gigi, as we filmed for various Burton and Absinthe Films projects. I'll try and get some photos from this current shoot up in a few days...cheers! Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

2.24.2014

Upcoming: US Open of Snowboarding

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As winter begins to loosen its icey grip, you know the US Open of Snowboarding is right around the corner, presented by Burton Snowboards in Vail, Colorado. March 3 - 8 includes the qualifying rounds, live webcast, live TV coverage, entertainment and of course epic snowboarding on the slopes of Eagle County. All of the event details can be found HERE.

 

For today's blog I've posted a few images from the 2013 US Open in Vail, a brief summary of the spectators, entertainment, riders and events. Enjoy...and get to Vail if you're in the area, well worth the mission. If you can't attend, check the schedule and catch the broadcast. Peace, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto

2.23.2014

Spectator with Camera: Washed Up Cup

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Couple years ago at the US Open of Snowboarding at Stratton Resort in Vermont, Burton featured 'The Washed Up Cup' as a Friday night activity. To enter, one had to be washed up, that is, not having a sponsor for at least six years and had competed in a past US Open. The course consisted of a start gate, couple of bank turns, some gates and a jump...with the hardest obstacle being the crowd lined up through the middle section getting rowdy, yelling and possibly throwing a beverage or two your way. I'm not really sure who posted the fastest time and / or highest scoring run, but it sure was fun hanging out with the people. Blotto

 

Editors note: We have learned that Curt Gurry championed the 2012 Washed Up Cup

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto / The 'Spectator with Camera' posts are events and / or happenings I happen to attend, not as photographer, I'm simply a spectator with a camera in hand.

2.20.2014

Superpark 17, Post III

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During our final day at Superpark, the entire Burton team (in attendance) gathered at the top of the Summit Express Chairlift so we could film a 'group shred' clip. Fourteen riders dropping in at the same moment, racing around each other, popping ollies, trying not to catch an edge within the madness. Good times for sure!


After racing past us, they popped over the boundary rope, smacked the Superpark sign on the way through, and headed down for the live webcast at the Boreal Mountain Street Zone. This feature was by far one of the most popular set ups of the week, a beast of a design with all sorts of metal and plywood to smack, bonk, jib and get wild with. Hours of entertainment watching the trickery, the stomps and the moves that didn't go so well.

 

You can catch the Burton edit from Superpark 17 right HERE. Big Up to the entire staff at Snowboarder Magazine for inviting our crew and thanks to the riders, filming and team managers for providing an epic spring fling in the beautiful Northwest. Blotto

 

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2.19.2014

Superpark 17, Post II

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Mt Bachelor was the perfect host for Superpark 17, with base camp set up at Sunrise Lodge, utilizing the Skyline and Summit Express chairlifts to get the onslaught of riders to the top in just a few minutes. At any given moment there were dozens of riders flying past you, hitting jumps, sliding metal features and throwing high fives as each crew put their original twist and style on every attempt. During the evening hours the snowcat drivers were out in force grooming up the terrain and runs in lieu of another fine day at Superpark 17 under partly cloudy (and epic) skies. Blotto

 

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2.16.2014

Superpark 17

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Been off the blog post radar for a few days, as we stayed busy in the Midwest United States working on the new Burton movie. Lots of snow, cold temperatures and plenty of terrain for Ethan and Jeremy. For the next couple of days I'll be posting some highlights and behind the scene photos from Snowboarder Magazine Superpark 17.

 

This once per season event brings in hundreds of riders from around the globe to shred, film and shoot on the numerous terrain park features built up by a handful of shapers from the states. Pat Bridges and his editorial team at Snowboarder keep this event live and uncut, anybody is free to ride whatever they'd like, film anything anytime and they bumped up the coverage at Mt Bachelor with live daily webcasts. Good folks doing good stuff. Blotto

 

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2.5.2014

Scope It / Shred It / Shoot It

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While filming for the Burton 'STREETS' video in Canada, team rider Mark Sollors found this hefty frontside wall ride to drop, a stone's throw away from the Canadian library. Pretty big consequences if things went drastically wrong, but after plenty of scoping and figuring out the best line, we built up the kicker and landing, did a few run-ins, then got to bizz.

 

All went according to plan, barring a couple minor hiccups, which Mark walked away from unharmed. You can peep the behind the scenes video shots HERE. In addition, these images ran as an opening photo collage in the December 2013 issue of Snowboard Canada Magazine. Enjoy, Blotto

 

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1.27.2014

Midwest Moments Part Two

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The second edition of 'Midwest Moments' features Jeremy Jones as he built up one of his all time favorite video parts, for THE B movie, by Burton Snowboards. A couple of missions to the Midwest provided the backdrop and terrain for a variety of technical and gnarly snowboarding maneuvers, filmed by Brad Kremer and Aaron Hooper. Looking back on these images I remember some really fun, cold and productive days and evenings, working in the streets before the era of the winch. Blotto

 

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1.25.2014

Midwest Moments Part One

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While shooting in the Midwest for the next few days, I'll be looking back at past missions to this region. Plenty of snow, cold temps and excessive terrain make the Midwest United States a prime location for snowboarding on the metal, concrete and pavement. This round of photos is from a trip with the People crew, filming for their 'CHEERS' movie, photographing Jeremy Jones, Seth Huot, Zac Marben and Simon Chamberlain. Enjoy, Blotto

 

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All photos by Blotto ©Dean Blotto Gray / Blotto Photto 2013

1.24.2014

Departure Japan

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Departure…hotel check out, taxi to bus station, bus to Chitose Domestic Airport, ANA aircraft to Tokyo Narita, United flight to San Francisco…Japan mission complete. We fit in as much as possible during the ten-day span on Hokkaido...nonstop powder turns, tons of photos, high-fives all around everyday…the north island at its best. On to the next mission…Blotto

 

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1.23.2014

Searching / Riding / Shooting

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Final day on the north island of Japan, driving around Niseko searching out fresh snow (which isn’t the hard part) and suitable terrain for solid photos and film shots. Wake up, download cards, consume nutrients, gear up, make plan, head out, follow the road each direction, hike, make turns, build, jump, hike out, onsen session, sleep. Another 24 in the powder pursuit life. Blotto

 

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1.20.2014

Next Zones

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Spent the last couple of days cruising with Cinematographer Tim Manning, Terje and Rip Zinger...exploring road side areas around the Niseko region. After unloading the van, we access the backcountry via snowshoes, get out to a zone, ride, shoot, film then move onto the next. Snow has continued to be really good, tracks covered up each evening...all things Hokkaido. Check back in soon...Blotto

 

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1.18.2014

on the move

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After a solid seventy-two hours at Rusutsu Resort, it's time to hit the next location around the Niseko region. The three days at Rusutsu were all time shooting with Kimmy Fasani and her talented Nimbus crew, super thankful to have been invited to join their Japan tour! The next zone promises more good times...I'll check back in ASAP. Blotto

 

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1.17.2014

Japow! at Rusutsu

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What is Japow!? Means big powder days in Japan...and that's what the country is getting, especially at Rusutsu Resort on Hokkaido. The last few days have been 'collarbone deep' as some like to say, sun up to sun down...with a bit of night riding mixed in. If you're feeling the vibes of riding in Japan, get here during January or February for maximum powder dumpage...you won't be disappointed! Blotto

 

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1.15.2014

Lifted Japan

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Morning, afternoon and evening...that's how they get down in Japan. Gondolas, chairlifts...all things in delivering you to the goods sun up through moonrise. Get here! Blotto

 

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1.14.2014

Cruisin Japan

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Cruising the back roads outside of Sapporo in search of good terrain and fresh snow, which isn't too difficult in the Land of the Rising Sun. Did I mention it snows a lot here! Our crew of seven loads up the #vanlife each morning, makes the mandatory stop at Seicomart for rice-based treats, then hits the highway locating spots here and there. Mountains are hiked, split boarded, descended, photographed and filmed...we rest when the moon is out, then repeat the next morning. Thanks for checking in! Blotto

 

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1.12.2014

Canada to Japan

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Finished up the film shoot in Canada and hopped on the plane to the North Island of Japan, to meet up with Burton Snowboards team rider Kimmy Fasani. We'll spend the next week searching out powdery slopes and good terrain, which shouldn't be too hard given the location and the consistent snowfall here season after season after season.

 

First stop is the ski resorts around Sapporo, then we'll move onward to Rusutsu Resort. Stay tuned! Thanks for following...Blotto

 

 

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