Kenji Matsuzawa

Kenji Matsuzawa - Profile
Country Manager
Skier or snowboarder

Skier, but sometimes snowboarding and telemark skiing as well.

Favourite Ski Safari

Hokkaido Explorer Ski Safari - not because I grew up in Hokkaido, but because you can experience the deepest powder snow of your life!

Best mountain moment

Skiing in Asahidake with a local professional backcountry guide. I lived just one hour away from Asahidake at the time but never thought there was a powder heaven within such a short distance.

Ski/ boarding history

Started skiing properly when I joined a ski race club in secondary school (very late for local Sapporo kids). I was a part-time ski instructor for five winters in New Zealand and more than 15 winters in Japan. I still join a ski race at least once a year!

Resorts visited in 2016/17

Rusutsu, Kiroro, Furano and other major resorts in Hokkaido (and I can ski in Niseko every day as I live there).

Next trip

Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and some other smaller resorts in Honshu (main island of Japan), searching for hidden gems for new tours.

Interesting fact

I am a British qualified teacher having taught in New Zealand for four years, however, I have not done any teaching in Japan as I am not a Japanese qualified teacher! I am also a Canadian qualified mountain bike instructor. What should I go for next?

Top ski trip recommendation

Use an experienced local guide if you would like to experience the best powder day of your life. The guide does not only ensure your safety in a backcountry environment but will also take you to the best powder pitch.