It's very sad......... Japanese wife and child.
"Sam Kerr (35) was reportedly snowboarding in an off-limits area at the Niseko ski resort in Kutchan, Hokkaido where he ran guided adventure tours."
But the question also needs to be asked: If he was a guide around Niseko, he could have taken 10 paying customers with him down that area. What are the requirements for guiding and avalanche safety for people who are guides (or people calling themselves guides) around Niseko?
Not saying this is the case but a thought that comes to mind , with a group of friends it's such an easy mistake to make to think / assume along the lines of " the others know what they are doing so it must be OK. "
Japanese news just ran a story on the tragedy and it showed footage of this area and the rescued Japanese snowboarder being taken out of the rescue sled at the bottom of the family run.There is a photo on the Niseko tourism fb page of the area. It's not a detailed enough photo for me to work out if there's a photo of the slide on it or not.
I highly recommend the brand new app - if you are going to Niseko and you plan on going out the gates then download it - you can have the Nadare report at your fingertips two clicks away from your home screen on your phone.
That couldve played a huge effect at that elevation in either not supporting the snow above or sliding on the crust. I know you mean well but you are talking about something you know very little about.That rain crust would have extended to maybe 600-700m, not to the top.
Tragic for everyone this news.
Niseko is special because with the help of the ski patrol, avalanche guys and lift companies we can ski outside the resort. Most Japanese resorts you can,t. But we have to follow the Niseko rules and play the game.
These mountains are leased from the government and if its shown that people are endangered by skiing backcountry there the government will stop it. Believe me they can.
Thats why the patrol are so strict on ducking ropes and only skiing out of bounds when the gates are open.
It,s in everyones interest that we all play the game , especially professionals.
It saddens me when this happens to locals.
Thoughts go out to Sams family and friends.