In the middle of the Snow Festival, halfway down the length of Odori Park, stood a giant ski slope on a scaffold. Throughout the festival, teams of (mostly local) skiers and snowboarders put on aerial exhibitions high above the shivering crowd. The guys and gals below tackled the freestyle moguls the night Nana and I came by to watch. The skiers ranged in age from about 13 to 50 (no joke); they were freestyle beginners, national team superstars, and everything in between.
That guy's 50.
Softening the landing.
That guy's 14.
13, I think. Doing a front flip.
Yeah, it seems you can get pretty good at this sport if you grow up with world-class skiing in your backyard!