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How about an annual snow fall of 11 meters, at 11 resorts easily accessed on Honshu, the main island of Japan? That is what Hakuba has to offer. The oldest ski resorts in the Hakuba Valley have been around for over 70 years. But freeskiing has until now never been in focus in the area. In fact, skiing outside the slopes is partly forbidden even today. However, aware of the importance of snow quality and access for freeskiing and ski touring tourists, things are changing as Hakuba hosts the Freeride World Tour in January 2018.
Japow – now a commonly used word for Japanese powder snow – has become a key factor for dedicated skiers worldwide. The potential, development and even survival of skiing in Japan is considered dependent on international ski fanatics having japow on their checklist. It also requires ski resorts to provide the possibility of access to the backcountry. Of course, that is something we welcome, and we are really looking forward to the day the FWT season kicks off.
Not only is Elisabeth Gerritzen a top-performing skier, she is also busy studying International relations in Geneva. A suiting study area, as she last winter combined her first season on the Freeride World Tour with competitions in both Japan and New Zeeland, keeping up her international relations for sure.
Despite her young age, the confident Swiss skis stronger than most. Showcasing strong skiing by combining high speed, great control and big airs, she definitely proves to be reckoned with for the upcoming winter. If she makes the final cut, the reward is to compete in the FWT finals on home turf in Verbier.
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