WELCOME to Powderlife’s 32nd issue and fifth for the 2010/2011 winter. As I write this, Niseko is experiencing its 20th day of non-stop snowfalls, which are expected to continue. February is one of the best times to come to Niseko because you’re guaranteed quality snow and Gate 3 (The Peak gate) will most likely be open, allowing you to explore some of the best terrain Niseko has to offer.
Our mountains are some of the most pristine environments in the world and they provide enjoyment for many locals and tourists, as well as livelihoods and jobs for mountain communities. In this issue we have tried to highlight a few businesses and people and what they do to contribute to sustainability of this small mountain town.
See Powderlife’s feature story on Niseko local Nobuo Suzuki – a man who has devoted his life to the study of the Alaskan wolf (page 19); the ‘eco’ Powdertools section (page 35); the eco-flavoured ‘We Love’ (page 23); and our restaurant review of Lupicia (page 25), which like a lot of restaurants in the area, is concerned with using as many local ingredients as possible. Powderlife’s travel story takes us on the journey to one of Japan’s most iconic natural monuments – Mount Fuji.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Powderlife. Enjoy the powder!
Lizzy Hoo, Powderlife, Managing Editor, email email@example.com
Photography by Aaron Jamieson