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#DoglotionDoesJapan Part 2 – Team America & Other Nonsense

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It’s funny how you sometimes have to travel around the world to find quality time with hilarious friends, old and new. While the Japanese locals we met were unbelievably considerate, helpful and welcoming, some of the real flavour from our Hakuba trip ironically came from the cast of Canadian and American characters we got to ski with along the way. We all shared a common bond – lack of patience for North America’s mediocre ski season, and of course a minor fetish for sushi, onsens, cold Japanese beer, and snow  in our faces.

A trip to Hakuba wouldn’t be complete without the likes of Team America to show us the goods. PNW’s Shane Treat, Tom Murphy, and Mark Erickson were joined last minute by Canucks Dana Flahr and Paul Cotton who got clumped into Team America by association. These dudes cruised over to Hakuba, sniffed out their favourite zone, and pretty much set up shop for most of January and early February. And who could blame them!

Treat, Murphy and Erickson were chasing faceshots and good vibes, while good old Cotton-Tits and Flahr had rallied a last minute  film mission to capture some TGR-worthy footage. Lest we forget that Cotton was the legend behind most of the early 2000’s Gaper Day edits and most of Dana’s first film segments, so we can expect plenty of awesome-sauce to show up next fall.

These guys kept it real from start to finish. Hell they’re more Doglotion than we were, why didn’t I get one of those masks!

I’ll let these photos and instagram tell the rest of the story…

Dana Flahr heads to groomers for some samurai slashes. Guess he needed a break from the pow. Frame grab from Paul Cotton.

Shane Treat flirting with Shadows. Mark Erickson photo.

Shane & Mark getting creepy. Frame grab from Paul Cotton.

Dana Flahr gettin’ all sideways off a pillow. Hell he could land that way if he wanted, it wouldn’t hurt. Frame grab from Paul Cotton.

Treat proudly volunteering to be the tripod sherpa for another bluebird day of spine hunting.

This one kinda speaks for itself.

Chris Kelly thinks the barista might have a crush on him.

Chris Kelly thinks the barista might have a crush on him.

Mark getting after it.

 

Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub.

Mark Erickson making full use of the pillows ‘n pow.

Treat samples some local snacks.

Tom lapping another powdery forest ridge. Screengrab from Paul Cotton’s video footage.

Team America and Dana, a little excited about their new home. Screen grab from Paul Cotton’s footage.

Splitboards of the future. Yes, he's standing on two individual snowboards, for sliding sideways.

Splitboards of the future. Yes, he’s standing on two individual snowboards, for sliding sideways. Photo: Jamie Bond

I forget who this is. He’s hard to recognize with all that white stuff in his face.

We can only imagine what kind of past incident led to this protective measure in the gondolas. Photo: Jamie Bond

We can only imagine what kind of past incident led to this protective measure in the gondolas. Photo: Jamie Bond

Dana Flahr poppin’ another pillow in Hakuba’s slackcountry.

Team America on Instagram

Give these chumps a follow, will ya?

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Gratuitous… #honshupow

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Same shit, different day.

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Deepness.

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And lastly, Andre’s final discovery before getting on a plane back to Canada…

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