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Digital Subscriptions > DNA Magazine > DNA #235 - Modern Man Issue > HAKUBA – JAPAN’S GAY SKI WEEK


Following a successful 2019 debut in Hakuba, Gay Ski Week Japan plans to return for 2020 – bigger and better!

With over 500 resorts operating over the winter, Japan is one of the world’s favourite places to ski and snowboard, and it’s famous for its mountains of fresh, deep powder.

So it was only a matter of time before Japan joined Europe, North America and even Australia and New Zealand in hosting a dedicated Gay Ski Week.

Japan’s first ski week happened in March this year in Hakuba in the district of Nagano, which has plenty of ski cred having hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. In fact, the Hakuba Ski Jumping stadium is still there.

Hakuba is nestled in a basin surrounded by the Japanese Alps. The Happo-one resort is within walking distance of the village and the other mountains are easily accessible via short bus trips or by car.

Hakuba’s Gay Ski Week was hosted by Justin St Baker and Greg Engan, who operate the Penke Panke Lodge – literally a five or tenminute walk from the Happo-one Resort ski lift, even in ski boots! The event attracted a small but fun group of skiers and shredders from Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK, who skied hard and partied hard, starting with an opening night party, Candy Mountain, which broke the ice.

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