Backcountry – sun, steeze, and snow-surf-style.

After coming to sleep on our couch for 3 days and staying 6 weeks; Esser spent this winter free loading, building split boards on our living room floor, practicing his back country steeze, and perfecting his snow-surf-style. On his last day in Niseko for this season we spent a day out in the back country cruising around with Esser (aka. The Original Couch Guy). We had an amazing day of sun and fun turns in some secret stashes of pow.

Esser, Watkin, Oscar and I toured around for the day getting creative with terrain and turns and a bit of ski vs snowboard and skins vs snow shoes.

Couch Guy showing some well practised back country steeze.

Couch Guy showing some well practised back country steeze.

Couch Guy – laying it down.

Couch Guy – laying it down.

Tracks on the north face of Annupuri.

Tracks on the north face of Annupuri.

Watkin, picking a cruisy first line of the day.

Watkin, picking a cruisy first line of the day.

Couch Guy with a little snow-surf-style in the sun.

Couch Guy with a little snow-surf-style in the sun.


Oscar representing the skiiers in the snowsurfstyle comp.

Oscar representing the skiiers in the snowsurfstyle comp.

Skin track vs snow shoe pack.

Skin track vs snow shoe pack.

Lens flare – all about it.

Lens flare – all about it.

Watkin – snowboarding on skis.

Watkin – snowboarding on skis.

The view with Apres beers in hand.

The view with Apres beers in hand.

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