This is the center of backcountry skiing in Hokkaido. There is great tree skiing during the storms and the only proper alpine terrain in Hokkaido, when it does clear.
Of all the places we considered to start our guiding operation, it was right here. Furano and Daisetsuzan National Park mountains have, in our opinion the best available backcountry
skiing in Japan. Ski the highest mountains and volcanoes of Hokkaido in the park, and also exclusive tree skiing accessed by snowmobiles. The powder here is the lighest that you will
experience and the central location on the island provides more stable weather in between storms. The itinerary will combine some days staying in Furano where there ample choices to eat
out at traditional restaurants, and then in a Japanese style hot springs hotel, high in the national park. If you do one backcountry trip to Japan, we recommend it be this one.
Transfer to the township of Furano, known as the 'Belly-button of Hokkaido.' Check in and meet your guide who will fill you in on the snow conditions and weather forecast for the week ahead.
We will venture north to the locals' mountain. An easy approach gives us good sustained fall-line skiing on a choice of multiple aspects. This area always delivers excellent powder skiing.
Our skiing today starts in a different isolated backcountry location accessed by snowmobile. Transfer to the highest mountains and volcanoes of Hokkaido. Stay in a hot spring hotel nestled in the heart of the backcountry.
Ascend through a primeval spruce forest. From here there are three ridge-lines with superb skiing on either side. Retire to the outdoor hot spring at the end of the day.
Traverse to the 'Three Step' mountain and ski the good lines along the route. The circuit has magnificent views of the volcano. On a clear day, the volcano's billowing smoke rises high in to the sky.
Ski the live volcano of Mt Tokachi. Peer in to the crater before skiing one of the gully runs feeding from the summit. Finish the day in a spring in the middle of a magical primeval forest.
The last day you will ski the highest mountain in our snowmobile backcountry terrain. We celebrate the last night at a local traditional restaurant.
Farewell and airport transfer.
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