Originally Posted by FlyingFish
Clearly none of those writers have ever been to Vancouver where the local hills are completely flooded with Japanese tourists...
In fact most of my customers are Asian skiers. It's fantastic! I just assume that somewhere off in Japan there's a Japanese version of epic ski where they're taking about a ski magazine that says there are no white people skiing
Having lived in Vangroovy, in the evenings (Grouse, Cypress) local hills were mostly local Chinese-Canadians from Richmond, not so many Japanese tourists, but often up to 40%ish of the skier total. The Japanese are all up at Whistler.
. And yes, there are Japanese online ski forums that talk about much of the same stuff. I was first made aware of the local telemark forum when a friend told me 'you're famous'. I was puzzled. There was a telemark forum and turns out I was a topic of conversation and people should mention where they'd seen me, etc... All this was in a good way. Even happened on the lift from time to time where a complete stranger would ask. Kind of weird and flattering at the same time. But all this was at at time pre-Australian invasion where on a typical day at Niseko, I'd see Per the ski bum Swede (he was married to a local girl) and a handful of other Swedes who were their on break while doing contract work for Erikkson when Japan was setting up it's cell networks, and Tony from NZ... That was about it. The two Ross's (the first Aussies there)were just getting started in Hirafu. There were a couple of Canadians living near Hakuba, and another where I lived who went over and patrolled a bit at Happo One, later writing a nice article for Powder mag about the experience. I also got to pen an article for a local teley publication as a 'goodbye and thanks letter' when I was leaving the country.
Japanese publications at the time of course showed Japanese skiers, but there were often articles about folks like Stenmark, Richard Burger, Gundy Thoma, etc... Generally top athletes and later stuff about the TGR crew and slope style guys and gals. The Japanese version of Powder was really really good and covered most of the ski world. I also worked in a couple of film shoots and the locals were completely pumped that people had finally noticed their mountains. Also met Eric Pehota in a lift line at Niseko while they were there shooting for what must have been one of Ski magazine's first articles about the area. We were the only two non-Japanese in immediate sight. I wanted to do my Wayne's World "I'm not worthy!" The man's a damned legend!
Also got to ride the lift with Pernilla Wiberg during the Nagano Olympics. She was very nice and asked a lot of questions about the local skiing.
Anyhow, most of the kids I've worked with locally are causacian, but there are also a fair number of Asian and a few African American skiers, the latter by and large military from Ft. Lewis. I also crossed paths with the group mentioned above up at Whistler several years ago and did a nice Blackcomb glacier lap with a sub group stopping to point out some of the Spanky lines they thought they'd like to try the next day. Great group! Super nice folks.
I do sadly remember a day when I was about 12 at Schuss Mtn. Michigan and hearing a poor african american guy getting an earful from a couple of dumb asses in the lift line. It was shameful. Someone in line finally piped up and told them to leave that junk 'down state'. It was many years ago, but certainly made me very aware that people were disparaged for the presence of their skin color.Edited by markojp - 11/28/14 at 3:16pm