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Backcountry Skiing in Hokkaido

Dive into the deep powder of Japan’s northernmost island!

Known for its incomparably deep snow and unique culture, Hokkaido is a top-tier destination for off-piste adventurers! Receiving a whopping 25 to 45 feet of dry powder per season, it is home to some of the most memorable and exciting backcountry runs on Earth!

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There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Japan

The relentless snowfall on the island is just one of the alluring qualities of Hokkaido. The backcountry from Niseko and Sapporo all the way up to Hirotachi and beyond has powder snow perfect for exploring. The ski culture across the island is dedicated to snow tourists and caters to the needs of even the most demanding excursions.


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Japanese yen

Best time to visit

During the winter, from mid-December to March

What’s the weather like?

Arriving in winter will be cold, but it provides arguably the best snow conditions in the world - it snows a lot! The powder is notoriously deep and dry, with certain backcountry areas gated to control access and preserve quality

How long should I stay?

Depending on your schedule, you can plan a few days of skiing to a few weeks. Dip your toes into the expansive backcountry on shorter guided trips to introduce yourself to the impressive mountain terrain. Many programs are easily accessible, so you can easily spend a week discovering great virgin runs and pioneering your way through a lifetime of pristine snow

More info about Backcountry Skiing in Hokkaido:

The backcountry in Hokkaido and the terrain surrounding Mt. Yotei in the southwest are great for intermediate to advanced skiers, though backcountry beginners are sure to find routes perfect for their needs. Participants should be in reasonable physical condition and well-aware with the risks associated with backcountry skiing programs. Avalanche safety equipment and training is necessary, often included in certain programs. Some off-piste locations near the resorts can be crowded, so finding a guide for a program further off the beaten path can provide a more personal wilderness ski experience

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