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Miikka Hast blasts through blower pow in Niigata, Japan.

Credits: Miikka Hast

Miikka Hast / International Team


Home ZoneScandinavian Alps
SponsorsDr. Zipe, Protest, Asenne Surf
2014 Season Highlights I had to wait a long time for the conditions to line up perfectly past season. The highlight of my season came in the very end of it. Beginning of May we did a final mission to Tamok and Lyngen area and then everything came together. It was a two-week splitboard mission filled with sun, stable powder, first decents and friends all in amazing settings of the Northern Norway. Favorite Jones Boards I mostly ride the Solution 61 and Flagship 61 because they are great for all-terrain and conditions. If I know the conditions will be special, like in Japan, I ride the Hovercraft Split 56 and for more freestyle terrain I use the Mountain Twin 57. The Hovercraft is the best in deep pow and for pillow bouncing! Why do you love to backcountry snowboard? I love to explore and I love fresh snow. Every line and zone are different so you always get a new perspective on snowboarding wherever you go in the backcountry. If you only got one pow day for the entire next winter, where would you ride? If I have to choose one spot... I would probably pick a small secret resort in the Alps. I have golden memories of bottomless days in Italy where we were lapping up the pow via chairlift with friends for eight hours straight!
What's your dream line look like? A concave face filled with features that ends in a forest filled with pillows and gullies. What do you look for in a line when your analyzing shreddability vs danger? Snowpack of course and the weather, current and recent days. Are the snow conditions variable within the line? What are the safety spots and how is the outrun if something does go wrong. I try to figure out the consequences if something goes wrong and the probability for it. And of course if it's going to be a fun ride or sketchy slipping and sliding. It's a combination of assessing risks and gains. What ranges or lines are on your radar for the upcoming season? I definitely look forward of exploring Northern Norway more. I bought this sweet RV which makes it easy to drive around in the vast terrain. Tamok, Lyngen and Lofoten islands are on my radar but I also hope to make it to B.C. again. In the end all comes down to conditions.