Sneak Preview – Editing the Hokkaido Backcountry Project

Arc’teryx athlete Greg Hill dives into the powder at Niseko resort – Photo: Matt Standal

Sick of summer yet? If you’re in the northern hemisphere, chances are you’re thinking about biking, boats and fresh cut grass right now.

Not me. I’ve been editing video and creating sneak previews of theĀ Hokkaido Backcountry Project Kickstarter final cut.

The first video was taken in February during an awesome, snowy, photo shoot with the Arc’teryx crew from Vancouver, B.C.

Atomic skier Molly Baker is the subject of the second preview – she was the first pro to visit the Hokkaido Backcountry Club in December of 2014.

The Hokkaido Backcountry Project final cut will feature even more footage of pro skiers and snowboarders, including Mark Abma and Sean Pettit. We’ll also be featuring the Nimbus Independent crew, including Chris Benchetler, Eric Pollard, and John Jackson.

Pro skier Sean Pettit in a candid interview shot for Red Bull TV near the Shimamaki cat ski operation in southwest Hokkaido – Photo: Matt Standal

Norwegian big mountain skier Pia Nic Gunderson in the Niseko backcountry – Photo: Matt Standal

Pettit makes a huge slash in the powder at the Shimamaki cat ski zone – Photo: Matt Standal

Greg Hill disappears into a cloud of white – Photo: Matt Standal

I’m also excited to announce that we’ll be featuring some footage shot by Nimbus Independent, and that means a true collaboration with one of the most respected and creative ski film companies out there.

My final cut should be ready for my Kickstarter backers by the end of July. I’ll email out a link to everyone who has pledged that will allow the download and/or access to the video in 1080p resolution.

As I’m logging and editing footage, I’m finding tons of great shots I want to share with you. These behind-the-scenes photos are screen grabs from 4K video, but look just like photos to me.

I’ve started cutting and uploading them to this shared folder on Google Photos.

Here’s the look guide Darcy Chilton usually gave me when skiing in the backcountry – Photo: Matt Standal

HBC guides Shaun King and Pablo Arsenault (left to right) check the GPS during an exploration near Shiribetsu-Dake – Photo: Matt Standal

The guides map out a suitable backup zone for cat skiing near Rusutsu Resort – Photo: Matt Standal

Ever feel like some sports just aren’t for you? That’s how I felt most of the winter while trying to snowmobile through Hokkaido’s deep powder.

The short video “The Learning Curve” shows my first attempt at snowmobiling in the Shimamaki backcountry while riding tandem with HBC guide Darcy Chilton. Luckily, my GoPro was rolling the whole time and captured the sad truth that I am a sack of potatoes.

And while it’s true that I once nearly crashed my sled into a river, my snowmobiling skills did eventually improve. I swear.

Check out my “behind the scenes” videos in the gallery below: