Japan Guided Backcountry-Daisetsuzan Backcountry Week


 Tokachidake sits nestled at the southern end of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range.

You will stay for five nights in a hot spring hotel in the Daisetsuzan mountains at 1,350 meters.The location puts you to within some of the best backcountry skiing that Hokkaido has to offer.

 

On fine days you will have access to the highest mountains on the island and excellent alpine terrain, and on lower visibility days some of the exceptional tree skiing for which Japan is famous. In the lower ranges you will be towed by snowmobile across the lengthy approaches to the base of the mountains where you start skinning.

Finish each day in local hot springs.

The Terrain
Expect 750 meter vertical descents in the higher alpine zones of Daisetsuzan National Park and 500 meter verticals below tree-line in the lower ranges. We will typically ski up to 1,500 meter vertical days in total. A highlight of the area is having the opportunity to ski a live volcano in the national park.

The Snow
This area is blessed with frequent precipitation fed from cold pressure systems passing over the Sea of Japan, with an annual snowpack that averages between 3 to 4 meters. It also boasts some of the lightest and driest powder in the world due to cold temperatures and low humidity levels.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and accommodation preference.  We also organise airport transfers, ski and equipment rentals as part of the package.

 

Typical Program
Day 1
Transfer to the township of Furano, also known as the 'Navel of Hokkaido.' Check in and meet your guide who will fill you in on the snow conditions and weather forecast for the week ahead.

Day 2
The first day we will ski in the lower ranges. You will be transported by snowmobile across the five kilometre approach before the skinning ascent. Ski some of the finest tree skiing in Central Hokkaido. This is our favourite terrain. Runs like 'Time Warp' which our guides come to ski on their days off. You will then travel across the valley to the southern end of the Daisetsuzan national park, known as Tokachidake. Here you will stay in a hot spring hotel at the heart of the Daisetsuzan backcountry terrain.
 
Day 3
After a traditional breakfast, start the day with a ski descent. The following ascent will take you through a nine hundred year old spruce up to the upper elevations of the mountain, giving way to silver birch and stunning views of the Furano valley. From here there are three ridge-lines with superb skiing on either side. Furanodake provides for a good combination of alpine and tree skiing. Our typical circuit is usually a loop that finishes on the steepest tree skiing in the area. Retire to the outdoor hot spring at the end of the day.
 
Day 4
Traverse to the 'Three Step' mountain and ski the good lines along the route. The circuit has magnificent views of the live volcano which is the next mountain along the range. On a clear day, the volcano's billowing smoke rises high in to the sky. The last descent will take you to a natural outdoor spring in the middle of the forest. Retire back to the hotel for a traditional dinner.
 
Day 5
We are back in the lower ranges today and will be skiing in to the next valley. This is an economical circuit that maximises the skiing. Have dinner in Furano from a choice of restaurants before transferring back in to the National Park.
 
Day 6
Ski the live volcano of Mt Tokachi. Peer in to the crater before skiing one of the gully runs feeding from the summit. We will typically ascend another aspect on the cone shape mountain for another run, before finishing in an outdoor hot spring with views of our lines.
 
Day 7
We transfer back in to the valley where we will be again be tree skiing in the lower ranges accessed via snowmobile.The last day you will ski the highest mountain in our backcountry terrain. This has one of the longest verticals in Hokkaido which is around 1,500 meters from the peak. Even if we don't make it to the summit, there is some amazing tree skiing at the lower elevations. We celebrate the last night at a local traditional restaurant.

Day 8
Farewell and airport transfer.