Na mate, just did 8 days at Rusutsu and had an awesome time. Next year I am going to spend the whole of january in Japan, at this stage Hakkoda is where I will be basing myself. Might try to organise a bit of a meet at Hakkoda with a few of you boys. I am not sure if I will get to Hokkaido or not, might just play it by ear.
The board had a huge role in being able to negotiate the trees like that, I have actually designed "my" perfect japan pow board on cad and am going to start pressing some out in time to give them a good test on the local hill this winter here in Australia. Obviously it wont be a good test for the powder characteristics as we get very little but it will at least allow me to iron out any issues I may have with construction.
If I get them sorted I will definately bring a few over for any local crew to try out.