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Watch: Crafting the Perfect Turn in Japan

Japan’s steep and deep lines of untracked snow have topped everyone’s destination list, resulting in a recent inundation of content produced from the Land of the Rising Sun. And while there will always be a special place in our hearts for the classic blower "Japow edit”, it’s eye-catching when a crew like Seeking Nirvana opts to challenge the norm as they did in their latest filmedit “The Lost Craftsmen."

The Seeking Nirvana crew highlights in their latest film how the Japanese have applied ages-old attention to detail to crafting the perfect turn. Seeking Nirvana Photo 

Holistically approaching the ski film from Japan’s culture and history, they artfully weave a narrative focused on the correlation between snowsports and craftsmanship. The group of childhood ski buddies turned filmmakers—Riley Leboe, Joe Schuster, Matt Margetts and Mike Henitiuk—travel the world “together in search of Nirvana.”

No word on if the trip brought them to enlightenment, but through their pursuit they definitely found more than just snow. Watch and appreciate the 11-minute piece, where crafting a perfect turn is explored through Japan’s master artisans. 

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Real Skifi Tries 21 Tricks on the Same Rail
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Real Skifi Tries 21 Tricks on the Same Rail

Real Skifi Tries 21 Tricks on the Same Rail

The Real Skifi crew put the creativity back into skiing. In an era of competition slopestyle runs that look like Olympic aerials skiing, the crew of Finnish misfits give skiing a breath of fresh air. This time, the guys try 21 different tricks on the same handrail. Oh, and did we mention theres no snow in sight, and the handrail leads straight into a river? Looks like a great way too cool off to us. 

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Ditched: Speedflyer and Skier Go Head to Head
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Ditched: Speedflyer and Skier Go Head to Head

Ditched: Speedflyer and Skier Go Head to Head

We’ve all had the following conversation: “you’re still in bed dude? Come on—I’m outside waiting!” There’s always at least one friend who just can’t seem to get their act together when you’re trying to head up for the mountains. Skier Jake Hopfinger and speedflyer Hayes Majerus know this dynamic all too well, in fact, it’s so ingrained into their normal routine that it served as the basis for Benshi Creative’s latest short film, Ditched. Benshi Creative is a two-man team comprised of Cameron

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Far Out Places: The Purcell Mountains and British Columbia
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Far Out Places: The Purcell Mountains and British Columbia

Far Out Places: The Purcell Mountains and British Columbia

In Canada, pilgrimages to backcountry huts are a fairly common pastime during the wintertime. The idea is to use these little structures as a strategic basecamp for foot-powered missions and TGR is no stranger to the remarkable landscape of British Columbia. For this year’s Far Out segment in the Purcell Mountain range, which are home to both world-class heli-skiing and the resort Kicking Horse, we opted to do as the locals do with some Canadian-style hut accommodations. In classic TGR