Japan Guided Freeride- Central Hokkaido Powder Belt

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Photo: Takahiro Nakanishi

A ski trip to Central Hokkaido is an opportunity to ski some of the lightest powder in the world

Crowning this area is the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range known as the ‘Roof of Hokkaido’ where consistent precipitation falls from constant low pressure systems. From your two bases on the trip, you will ski the best that the area has to offer.


Along the way you will finish ski days soaking in thermal hot springs and dine on exquisite Japanese cuisine.

 

This is a trip of a lifetime.


The Area
Daisetsuzan National Park is Japan’s largest national park. ‘Daisetsuzan’ means Big Snowy Mountains. Resorts in Central Hokkaido accessible from Asahikawa and Furano.
 
Terrain and Snow
Ski area side-country and backcountry terrain in the Central Hokkaido region. A combination of alpine and tree skiing.

Trip Type
A combined resort side-country and backcountry trip. Expect to ascend around 1,000 meters vertical on the backcountry day.
 
Please contact us with your prefered dates and accommodation preference.  We also organise airport transfers, ski and equipment rentals as part of the package.

 


 

Typical Program
Day 1
Transfer to Asahikawa in Central Hokkaido. Hokkaido's second largest city makes an excellent base to the ski areas in the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. Meet your guide and discuss the forecast and snow conditions over dinner.
 
Day 2
Today you will ski one of the live volcanoes of the Daisetsuzan National Park. Asahidake is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido. You will be awed by this conical shaped volcano that billows steam from multiple vents. We will be riding the ropeway which provides for backcountry skiing on the front side. There are no groomed trails apart from two cat tracks and so we will ski through primeval forests of birch and old growth spruce.
 
Day 3
Ski Kurodake or 'Black Peak,' which is further north in the range. We will catch the old tram from a deep gorge to 1,250m on the mountain. After some off-piste skiing accessible from the upper lift from tree line, we hike to the peak and ski a number of runs. Retire to the hot spring at the end of the day. Check out the ice village after the hot spring.

Day 4
Ski the Asahikawa local's resort. It is located forty minutes drive from the center of Asahikawa and is located in the center of a valley. Its exposure to the west and the predominant direction that most of Hokkaido's precipitation comes from, makes it a compelling location for lift assisted untracked powder. 

 

Another ski option is for cat skiing which we are able to arrange.
  
Day 5
Travel to the southern end of the Daisetsuzan National Park. Ski another volcano. Peer in to the smoking caldera and then ski down one of the gully runs. Finish the day in an outdoor natural hot spring with views of your ski lines. Transfer to Furano, known as the ‘Navel of Hokkaido’ for its central location on the island.

Day 6
We will be skiing locally on Furano Ski Resort. The day’s off-piste provides for 900 vertical meters of skiing each run. 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 7
Journey south to Tomamu Resort for our last ski day. 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. Dinner at a traditional restaurant to celebrate the last night.

Day 8
Transfer to airport.

 

2019 Dates

February 17-24

 

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