Summits and Sea

Skiing by the Sea of Japan

Backcountry skiing Hokkaido's South West

Backcountry ski in one of the snowiest regions in the world. The western coast mountains of Hokkaido are renowned for huge accumulations of precipitation straight from the Sea of Japan.


Over the week you will be based from two different areas. Finish days in the ryokan hot springs and enjoy delicious local cuisine in the evening. On three days ski isolated terrain accessed via snowmobile.


Join us on this coastal backcountry adventure.

The Area

Hokkaido and in particular the west coast mountains are renowned for huge accumulations of snow and exceptional tree skiing.


Terrain and Snow

Predominantly tree skiing. The Hokkaido snowpack is deep and generally stable.


Please inquire with your prefered dates and accommodation preference. We can offer a package price including this guided program and accommodation through a local licensed travel agent.  We can also help organising airport transfers, ski and equipment rentals.

Typical Program

Day 1

Arrive to Niseko, the gateway to the west coast mountains and the high snowfall region of Hokkaido. Meet your guide who will fill you in on snow conditions and forecast for the week.

Day 2

Due to the regions frequent storms, today will be lift accessed at one of the four accessible resorts. All receive different snow amounts depending on the wind direction. Dinner in a local micro-brewery with the best IPA in Hokkaido. 


Day 3

We will be skiing a cone shaped peak with possibilities to ski on a few different aspects. This is some of the steepest tree skiing terrain in the area, and all with stunning views of Mt Yotei, the 'Fuji of the North.'


Day 4

Ever skied in to a volcanic crater? Mt Yotei is referred to as the 'Mt Fuji of the North' and a dormant volcano. Our plan is to ski in to the crater and then down the other side. Finish in a local hot spring with views of the volcano.

Day 5

We travel to a secluded backcountry destination accessed by snowmobile. The leeward terrain provides deep powder skiing and is a guide favorite.  

Day 6

You will be heading along the rocky coast to a backcountry area accessible by snowmobile. Transfer to a traditional ryokan hotel on the coast. After a hot spring, sit down to a traditional 'kaiseki' dinner.


Day 7

Snowmobile tow in to start the day.  Ski terrain with fantastic views over the Sea of Japan. Finish at a renowned sushi restaurant after skiing to celebrate the last night. 


Day 8

Transfer to airport.


2020 Dates




Please inquire with group size and accommodation preference for a private booking.