Nature has placed Japan in a dire situation. Many of the people here are concerned about their loved ones, homes, and posessions. We are on the north island of Hokkaido and are fortunate enough to be unaffected by the disaster. While we are trying to get the skiing aspect of our job done, we also realize that people in life or death situations on the main island. Currently we are awaiting confirmation that it is safe to be in the vacinity of Honshu without being exposed to a potential nuclear disaster. After that we plan on volunteering a few days to help clean up the widespread debris across the country.
I ask that the skiing community takes into consideration the suffering of the people in Japan. For a country that has given us almost a decade of sick ski segments and the definition in itself of powder snow, it is now time to give back to them. The numbers are very unreliable at the moment, but at least thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have lost an unimaginable amount.
I am going to search for the best option of help from abroad over the next week and try to post an update. I appreciate everyone taking the time to read this and I will post any update I can. We also will update with skiing information as soon as I get the time to sit down and rest. From all of us at the Black Diamond Lodge in Niseko, Japan, stay safe and keep the good vibes going for all of us here.
Please comment here if you are interested in helping out.