23 Jan - Hakuba Alpine

What a great day, and what a change from yesterday. All that warmth and moisture - it was like it never really happened. We climbed from 1600m to 2600m and had good soft mostly stable snow to move on the whole way. 35cm deep powder from the main ridge line was a rare treat, and it was good well down slope as well. Once up high we were above the thick clouds below, yet had thin high clouds above to shade the snow from the sun. Our own private alpine world without one breath of wind and comfortable -7C air temps. The mountains have good snow in them, and currently offer the chance to use terrain in a variety of fun ways and avoid hazard, which has improved significantly from the previous wet day, at least in the a area we travelled.

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So envious. Thanks for this photo. I've been dying to see the prototype jacket Thor's testing for us, in location. Sweet!

I'm afraid to say that powder stuck to that jacket like glue. Not sure what brand it was.

Thanks for this heads up, we noticed this when we were testing in Australia too. We're investigating and so far found:

1. Modern day jackets are almost all nylon, or similar petro chemical fabric, and come coated with a teflon chemical, that happens to be <a href="http://www.peakoilcompany.com/2012/11/greenpeace-highlight-toxic-chemica... toxic for people working with it</a>. That chemical wears off pretty quickly, which is why those jackets work well when new.

2. We're trying out traditional materials, made to modern designs.. Thor is wearing an oilskin canvas mixed with ventile, lined with tweed. These two outer fabrics are cotton, and we think the slight fur of the material is what's catching and holding the snow. In saying that, <a href+"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_vqXkCe-r4&feature=share&list=PL8F2E4C7B... a video of a guy explaining what he wears</a> in snow country, and we notice that snow is not sticking to his Korean War era oilskin anorak. Maybe its the type of oilskin treatment..

So, the investigation continues... any ideas? Did you notice if the snow was sticking mainly to Thor's shoulders and hood and less his mid body? The mid body is Ventile and the shoulders are oilskin.

"....Did you notice if the snow was sticking mainly to Thor's shoulders and hood and less his mid body? The mid body is Ventile and the shoulders are oilskin."

Thor frequently had snow all over him, head to toe. But he is a Tele skier after all ;)

I did notice a bit of snow on his shoulder which surprised me, and I even commented on it. Tree bombs and blowing snow from trees was getting all of us.

Good luck with your quest to offer an alternate clothing range for the outdoors. For teh record, I use plastics, but get about 400-500 days of use from all my gear (and it shows in a public image fail kind of way).

Cotton gets wet, heavy and freezes and makes you cold. Snow sticks badly to wool. Light plastic clothing will be hard to replace.