Hokkaido Backcountry Must-follow Instagram Accounts

Posted on Jan 15, 2024
Posted on Jan 15, 2024
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Here at HokkaidoWilds.org, we have dayjobs. That means we only get out on the weekends (boo). So, to keep your Hokkaido backcountry ski content cravings satisfied throughout the week, we recommend following these amazing backcountry Instagram legends from Hokkaido. Get inspired, keep up on current conditions, and find new places to ski.

Handle Details
@360niseko Daily unofficial snowfall updates for Niseko.
@aaron_jamieson_ Not a huge amount of backcountry. But, Bob.
@aramankinu Telemarker. Interesting, esoteric lines around Hokkaido. Also has a Youtube Channel.
@atsushiasahidake Regular updates on Asahidake backcountry conditions.
@ayana.mi18 Often in the backcountry around Hokkaido.
@daisukesasaki1721 Sapporo-based guide and international ski mountaineer extraordinaire.
@jimi_yuki_oertli Professional photographer getting amongst in the Hokkaido backcountry.
@kiekon19 Japanese backcountry snowboarder.
@koens123 Always going big. Ski tech at Rhythm.
@koji.saitoto Convinced this man lives in the mountains. Good beta on conditions. Youtube Channel here.
@makochan009 Ski mountaineer. Seriously big days and big lines. Also on Twitter.
@marimofufu_hokkaido Marimo and Sho. A Japanese couple doing big adventures in the Hokkaido backcountry.
@paulhanlon25 Works at Rusutsu. Gets out into the backcountry regularly.
@powdermanken Sending it at Hokkaido resorts and in the backcountry.
@saki_chow Niseko exploring.
@shingo_sasaki Big lines on Rishiri Island and beyond.
@shohei__sasaki Saporo based guide, guiding all over Hokkaido.
@shu.skibum Self-proclaimed ski-bum in Niseko.
@stefanboers Backcountry splitboarder. Guide at Rhythm.
@taisuke0822 O_o
@taiyonakanishi Pro skier. Sapporo based. BIG lines.
@toshiya_watanabe Rishiri Island backcountry guide. Great way to get beta on Rishiri conditions.
@yamanomakochan Hokkaido Backcountry blogger and Youtuber. Worth following for location-specific conditions beta throughout the season.
@yukiumi_house Central Hokkaido and north Daisetsuzan (Kurodake) lines.
@yutakachiba.newaccount Freeride skier. Skis some serious terrain in Hokkaido. Founder of @deerhornpoles.
@zing.zin.zing Snow-groomer in Niseko.

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