1. Obviously Niseko is one of your favourite places to ride, can you tell us a bit about why?

A combination of the snow, the terrain and the people. It goes without saying that we get some of the best, most consistent pow up north and while you often hear that it’s ‘too flat’ I think that comes mostly from people who haven’t got out and explored the area.

2. What is it that you enjoy the most about riding in the backcountry?

Freshies for days. The feeling of strapping in after walking for hours to get to your line. Screaming and laughing through every turn. The beauty and serenity of nature. Reading the signs your environment is giving you and making team decisions that get you and your party home safe for a beer at the end of the day.

3. What do you like to do when you’re not snowboarding?

Think about snowboarding. Chill out. Hang with friends. Read. Educate the next generation.

4. What OYUKI products can’t you live without?

The Proclava
It’s super warm, comfortable and breathable. You don’t get too hot and sweaty hiking in it.

Base Layers

Same reason. Don’t tell anyone but I pretty much slept and rode in them every day this season.

The Sencho Mitt

Mine copped a thrashing this season and are still going strong. Durable, warm and they stay dry all day.