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Reports from Japan hardly wavered this season. Clichéd claims of "all-time" and "epic" were continuously rolling in throughout the season. Seemingly, it was possible to film an entire powder segment in a couple of days. However, as is common with our fickle sport, conditions can change and, likewise, it's necessary to adapt the plan accordingly. "Yes, they had record-breaking snowfall before and after our trip," recalls Teton Gravity Research athlete Chris Benchetler, "but during our attempts to film 'One For The Road' we saw a strange warming trend that put us on the road searching for the goods."
Fitting for the title of this year's film, the TGR crew hit the pavement and headed to the far northeast mountain passes of Japan's north island. "I had always gone back to Japan and more or less skied the same locations, but due to those warmer temps we were able to explore the coast a bit and look for higher ground," continues Benchetler. The impromptu road trip forced the crew to search out snow and get creative on rarely skied mountain passes. It all worked out in the end, as Benchetler notes, "We found good pockets, and were able to build a couple unique features, that gave the trip yet another unique Japan experience leaving me hungry for more."