Utter the name Hakuba, and you’ll have a bunch of skiers and snowboarders frothing for tree skiing, hot springs, and fresh powder. But for mountain bikers, the village in the Japanese Alps doesn’t resonate much. That is, until Brandon Semenuk decided to explore the area on two wheels. Last summer, while everyone was prepping for Red Bull Rampage, Semenuk traveled eastwards to dig a new set of jumps at the Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort. From the looks of it, Japow is a year-round thing.
Although for most people, ski season is in the front of our minds during winter, there's a small population that still spends their days thinking of berms, tabletops, and some good old fashioned brown pow. If you're one of those people who tunes their bike more in the winter than their skis (the chain was just looking a little dry, right?) this video's for you. Those lucky enough to call the Northwest home, like Oliver Parish, are here to help us live vicariously through them. Although the
In the words of Jesse Melamed: “The season doesn’t start til June!” Maybe that’s why we’ve been seeing more of him in British Columbia’s bottomless pow than out on his bike – after all the man needed some rest after his domination of the 2020 EWS season. Well, we’re glad he’s finally decided to throw a leg back over the saddle and join his friends on the Rocky Mountain enduro squad for some off-season riding in the woods around home. It never gets old watching him chase Andreane Lanthier
If the Disney movie and our film had a love child, it would be this edit. Seriously, though. Kilian Bron and Commencal Bikes abseloutely killed it on this one. Not only do they capture some pretty unbelievable riding, but they've also managed to highlight the beauty of this Middle Eastern haven. Between the excellent terrain and the stunning visuals Turkey has to offer, we're not even sure how a place like this is even allowed to exist. Oh, and did we mention how cool the hot air balloons