About Us

Hokkaido Powder Guides is owned and operated by Chuck and Toshie Olbery. Together they have been operating the business for 13 years, combining their backgrounds in the travel and ski guiding industries.

Hokkaido Powder Guides are members of the Japanese Avalanche Network and share snowpack analysis with other organizations. This system is similar to the Infoex in Canada and New Zealand and is an important part of the operations with regard to avalanche safety.

Guides have been chosen for their dedication, professionalism and attention to client care and satisfaction. All are career guides and work the summer months guiding alpine and rock climbing or skiing in the southern hemisphere. Together they bring a collective experience in guiding gained from years working for operations in Japan and abroad. They are certified through their individual country’s guiding association which is part of the IFMGA.