Three Swedish friends living in Chamonix, France posed the question to each other over a few drinks one night: “What would you do if you had a year off work and few money restrictions?”
All three decided the ideal year would be to ski all the continents of the world on a non-stop skiing journey. They promptly tidied up their affairs, employed a film production company to produce a DVD of their trip and packed their bags, cameras and skis and took off in May 2007.
They recently arrived in Japan for this leg of their trip and were lucky enough to encounter a few rare bluebird days along with the ubiquitous great snow while they were here.
Being on the home leg of their journey to 35 countries and more than 70 ski areas, they rated Niseko’s snow up with the best they have experienced. They also loved the quality of the food, the friendliness of the people and the chance to experience a really different culture as key elements of their Japan experience.
From Niseko, the verticals move onto China, Tibet, through to the Middle East and back to Europe to complete the journey in April. For more information on the “Verticals” see: www.verticalwayaround.com.