Interview with Steve Lee about his Hakuba Powder Tours
World Snowfaris Senior Consultant, Josh Allen, interviews Triple Winter Olympian, Steve Lee, about his Hakuba Powder Tours...
1. Tell us about yourself Steve. What does Steve Lee do besides tear mountains to shreds?
I love to surf between seasons, good for the body and soul to get a nice saltwater fix. However currently its full steam ahead working on my Hakuba property, getting it all sorted for winter 2016.
2. You were a member of three Australian Winter Olympic teams, who was your inspiration during your career?
Malcolm Milne was my inspiration as a kid. He was our number one ski racer through the 60’s and 70’s and was the first non European to win a world cup race. An amazing feat. He was a Falls Creek local and back in the day, if you could snag a Tbar ride with him you felt 10’ tall!
3. What is it about Japan that you love so much? Can you tell us a bit about your experiences over there?
It's just so much fun, we all know the snow is epic, which certainly helps. The short time between snow cycles means there’s always lots of fresh snow to ride, and I think that really sets a relaxed atmosphere. Its not a full on race to get first tracks, as you get them pretty much daily!
4. How long have you been operating Steve Lee Powder Tours in Hakuba?
This will be my second year. However I did 4 years out of the Phoenix Hotel Hakuba prior to starting my own business.
5. A lot of your tour takes place in the backcountry of Hakuba. Do you provide guidance to people who have never skied powder before?
Absolutely, that's a big part of the day. Our main guidance is on being safe, then being efficient with your gear and energy so you get up the hill easily to enjoy a great snow on the way down while getting the most vertical for the effort. It's all aimed at our motto of delivering “your best day on snow”.
6. What is your favourite resort in Hakuba and why?
Depends on the conditions of the day, they are all equally great.
7. A day in the life of someone on your powder tour?
Depends on which one they opt in on, however we work with our guests to get them riding well, moving safely, enjoying every run, eating at the best places if in bounds, totally enjoying the backcountry if out of bounds. They are big days, and super rewarding days. We hope they are ones that our guests will remember for years to come.
8. If conditions aren’t suitable for going into the backcountry, what do you do instead?
If its dumping snow, then there’s plenty on offer in and around the resorts. If its a total shit weather day (which happens but not that often) we will take a lay day. Guests can take a range of other off snow tours on offer, or relax and take in an Onsen and massage. Also loads of great food options, so a nice long lunch is always an option.
9. Finally Steve, why should people book one of your tours?
We work hard to deliver our guests their best day on snow! And when we do, it’s as rewarding for us as it is for our guests.
Steve Lee Safari Weeks start from AU$1,872 pp ALL INCLUSIVE
That's 3 dinners, 6 lunches, 7 breakfasts, and a full photography pack, in addition to your accommodation and first class guiding!
- 7 nights’ accommodation at Steve Lee’s -Thousand Mountain Inn including breakfast daily.
- All daily resort transport, transport to and from dinners
- 6 full days of guiding, splitting groups if required
- Photo package included
- Training of AVI gear and effecting a rescue included and assistance with gear setup, ensuring right equipment for conditions
- Packed lunches provided on backcountry touring days. Inbound days snacks, water etc.
- 3 In-house dinners. 1xBBQ night, 1xPizza night, 1xJapanese
- Daily Apres Ski nibbles
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