Japan Guided Freeride- Hokkaido Powder Trip

Ski one of the snowiest regions in the world

Join us on a trip to ski two of the snowiest regions in Hokkaido. Starting on the coast in Niseko, you will spend four days skiing the area’s side-country terrain. You will then travel to the west coast Hokkaido resorts.
 
Each day you will ski Hokkaido’s famous powder and finish by bathing in thermal hot-springs. In the evenings treat yourself to gastronomic local Japanese cuisine.

 


The Area
Niseko is in the west of Hokkaido and the area is renowned for huge accumulations of snow and for exceptional tree skiing. The west coast resorts are the first to receive snow from the Sea of Japan. Low humidity levels produce some of the lightest consistency powder in the world.

Terrain and Snow
Alpine and tree skiing terrain. Expect deep powder.

Trip Type
Side-country areas will be accessed initially from lifts and then skinning to out of bounds terrain.

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

 


Typical Program

Day 1

Arrive in  to Sapporo. Transfer to Niseko, the powder skiing capital of Japan. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a hot spring before dinner.

 

Day 2

The first guided day you will be sampling some of Hokkaido’s famous powder. There are stunning views of the Sea of Japan and Hokkaido’s Mt Fuji. The widely spaced birch offer world-class tree skiing. Our last run finishes at a local outdoor thermal hot spring called the Pool of Five Colors.

 

Day 3

Travel to a nearby resort and ski some amazing powder runs. The off-piste areas funnel back to the lifts so it will be a big day of powder riding. On the return journey soak in an outdoor thermal spring that has views of the Mt Fuji of Hokkaido.

 

Day 4

Cat ski overlooking Sea of Japan. Iwanai is located on the western side of the Annupuri Range about an hour from Niseko. Ski 8-10 runs for the day. The vertical of each run is between 600-800 meters.

 

Day 5

Today we travel to the coastal resort of Kiroro, an hours drive from Niseko Village. Regarded by many as the 'Snow Factory' as it seems to get fresh snowfalls even when Niseko doesn't. The snow here is always dependable as the prevailing wind and precipitation comes straight from the ocean to the resort. A deep day here is what you might describe as, 'overhead.' Transfer to traditional ryokan hotel for the next three nights.

 

Day 6

Today we travel to a coastal resort where there are views of the ocean. The area has some of the steepest terrain in Hokkaido. 

 

Day 7

Ski another of Sapporo's local resorts. It is in one of the zones that gets a lot of snow from the predominant wind direction, straight from the Sea of Japan. A fast gondola ride accesses all the side-country terrain that we need for an exceptional day of powder skiing. The trees are like Niseko, widely spaced silver birch and the snow quality is light and dry. Celebrate in the Hokkaido's original port town of Otaru on your last night.

 

Day 8

Transfer to the airport or your next destination.