Japan Guided Freeride- Hokkaido Road Trip

Ski one of the snowiest regions in the world

Join us on an 11 day trip to ski the snowiest regions in Hokkaido. Starting in Niseko, you will spend four days skiing the area’s side-country terrain, before transferring to Hokkaido's west coast resorts. The trip will then be capped off in Central Hokkaido, skiing some of the lightest snow you will ever experience.
 
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.

 

This is the ultimate Hokkaido freeride journey.


The Area
Niseko and the west of Hokkaido is renowned for huge accumulations of snow and for exceptional tree skiing. The resorts of Central Hokkaido produce some of the lightest consistency powder in the world due low humidity levels.

Terrain and Snow
Tree skiing terrain. Expect deep powder.

Trip Type
Side-country areas will be accessed from the lifts. There may be some short skinning in to the 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. 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 Hokkaido's 'Mt Fuji.'

 

Day 4

Ski the local's resort of Niseko. Its located on the lee side of the Annupuri Range, and so storm days tend to be deep days.

 

Day 5

Today we travel to a coastal resort. Regarded by many as the 'Snow Factory.' The snow here is always dependable as the prevailing wind and precipitation comes straight from the ocean to the resort. Conditions can sometimes be, 'overhead.' Transfer to a traditional ryokan hotel for the next few nights.

 

Day 6

Today we ski 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 short skin out of bounds accesses great side-country terrain. Transfer to Furano, in Central Hokkaido.

 

Day 8

We will be skiing locally on Furano Ski Resort. Furano provides some of the steepest lifted terrain in Hokkaido and has options for excellent side-country skiing. On a clear day there are magnificent views across the valley to the smoking volcano of Daisetsuzan.

 

Day 9

Journey south to Tomamu Resort. This destination always provides great skiing with dry and colder temperatures than other parts of Hokkaido. The tree skiing is some of the best in Central Hokkaido with widely spaced birch trees. 

 

Day 10

Today you will ski Asahidake, a live volcano. You will be awed by this conical shaped mountain that billows steam from multiple vents. We will be riding the rope-way which provides for backcountry skiing on the front side. Ski through primeval forests of birch and old growth spruce. Dinner at a traditional restaurant to celebrate the last night.

 

Day 11
Transfer to airport.

 

2020 Dates

TBA

 

Price

Please inquire with group size and accommodation preference.