Wow! I'm in Japan. I think I'll be kicked out of this library soon, so I'll keep this short.
So far I've had a quick look at Teine Highlands near Sapporo and I'm right near Niseko tonight so I'll head there tomorrow. Teine is pretty cool. Most of the upper part of the mountain was closed due to high wind and low viz, but it's got a bunch of steep terrain and some fun-looking trees. I'm taking things very easy at the moment to recover from an injury, so I didn't try anything too spectacular. It will be great to head back there in a few days with some of the guys from the trial trip and see what the rest of the hill is like.
More updates are to come. You can follow some of the (terrible) pics I'm taking on instagram: @thepowderproject