JAPOW! It's the bucket list trip isn't it, the pilgrimage that all true snowboarders hope to one day take. Though, once you're there you'd hope that the pure powder you've been dreaming of isn't tracked out and turned into a colder version of te beach scene in Saving Private Ryan, half-cut Aussie novices standing in for the Allied troops.

One way to circumvent that is to get away from the chair lifts and jump in with the likes of The House Of Powder, a snowcat operation based in Chisenupuri, a disused resort close enough to the mecca of Niseko to warrant a day trip.

Jenny Jones clocked onto the fact a few weeks ago, and the proof is in the pudding. Bottomless pow with no one else in sight. One day Rodney, one day...