"Wait, where are you gonna go again?" I asked.
"I'm pointing right through these trees, launching here, and aiming for that smurf-like mushroom," responded Drew Tabke. "Hopefully I don't take it between the legs."
After loading up on candy and nuts from the ubiquitous 7-Elevens, a crew of Giro athletes found themselves airing among birch trees on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido for five days. Rather than night ski in Niseko, Tabke, Ingrid Backstrom, Riley Leboe, Izzy Lynch, and Reine Barkered—a diverse set of skiers, to say the least—hopped in a Toyota van with 12 ski bags piled high and toured a few "ski areas" around Daisetsuzan National Park, which is translated as "Big Snow Mountain" National Park. Backstrom, Leboe, and Barkered had been to ski Japan before, while Tabke and Lynch fulfilled the skier dream of cultivating JaPow.
To see if Drew tapped the mushroom successfully, be sure to check out the above gallery and the Digital Feature of this trip in the coming months.