The ski resorts around Niseko on Japan‘s northern island of Hokkaido are bound to become the country‘s leading mountain biking destinations.
Allegra already designed different trails on different mountains, including the first flow trail. It is located perfectly at the edge of town and is surrounded by sports and service facilities. Further flow trails could be constructed and will be designed when a team of trail specialists returns in 2016.
Planning trails is not just about designing them on a hillside. A lot of factors have to be considered: surface, terrain, soil, social aspects, economic factors, access... All factors have to be taken into account from the very first stages of a development project.
The flagging of the trail corridor in Niseko proved to be very challenging due to the man high bamboo vegetation. It also made it very difficult to see the contour lines of the hill sides. Therefore precise working with the clinometer was as important as ever.
Today, people still ask us one question: „What do you do exactly?“. „We develop mountain biking destinations.“ is our answer, but many cannot imagine what that might involve. That's why we decided to launch this blog series called WORK, in which we'll give you some insights from our work and the results that have emerged from it.