Rob and Pawel will share:

  • Why Hokkaido gets so much snow
  • What makes ski touring in Hokkaido a powder chaser’s dream
  • The legendary “onsen”—what are they and why should skiers care
  • What sort of touring gear is best for Hokkaido
  • Getting around—lifts, huts, and transportation
  • How deep does it really get?!

Skiers of the world, rejoice! After two years, Japan is finally opening its borders and the island of Hokkaido is ready to share its iconic powder with the rest of us. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to earn your turns on the mountains of Japan, and whether Japow really lives up to the hype, this is just the webinar for you.

All of your burning questions and more will be answered by our two expert hosts, Rob Coppolillo and Pawel Kunachowicz, as they discuss preparations for their upcoming adventure in the northernmost province of Japan.

No topic will be left untouched. Hot springs, the food, cozy huts, and of course—the deepest snow on Earth!

For Pawel, this will be his 12th season in Japan, while Rob will be guiding there for the first time. Rob will have a lot of questions, so tune in to this one-hour session to hear all about ski touring in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Webinar hosts

Rob Coppolillo
IFMGA Mountain Guide

Rob is an AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide and owner of Vetta Mountain Guides. He’s lived in Boulder, Colorado; Chamonix, France; and most recently moved to Seattle with his wife and two sons. He’s also a freelance writer who speaks English, Italian and French, and his most recent book, “The Ski Guide Manual,” was published by Falcon Guides in November 2020.

Paweł Kunachowicz
IFMGA Mountain Guide

Pawel is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and alpine ski instructor based in Chamonix. He’s been working as a professional in the mountains for over 20 years. In winter he skis off-piste and guides multi-day tours around Chamonix or the Monte Rosa massif. In summer he climbs the classic alpine routes of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and the Eiger.