Backcountry Skiing trips – Mount Yotei

Discover the deep powder and panoramic vistas of one of Japan’s most famous mountains!

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Due to the quantity and quality of the powder that it receives each winter, Mount Yotei is an incredibly popular backcountry skiing destination. It’s name in Japanese, Ezo-Fuji, literally translates into Mount Fuji of Hokkaido.

Rising to 1.898 meters above sea level, practically from sea level, there are plenty of excellent options both on the slopes as well as around the volcano’s base. Mount Yotei is the tallest mountain in the region and offers the longest skiing runs down its slopes.

Among the most popular backcountry spots are spending five to eight hours skiing up to the crater and then speeding right back down its steep and snowy slopes.

Exploring the forest and surrounding national park are also great ways to spend a backcountry skiing trip to the mountain. Most skiing here is rated intermediate or advanced, so perfect for powder hounds looking for something different.




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What’s the weather like?

During the winter, Mount Yotei receives plenty of snow. It is widely considered to be one of the snowiest places on earth. Winter temperatures are generally below freezing, but sunny days are quite common.

How to get there:

Any trip to Mount Yotei begins with a flight into the New Chitose Airport (CTS), near Sapporo. From here, Mount Yotei is only a two hour drive away. It can also be accessed by bus.



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Japanese yen (JPY)

Best time to visit:

December to March






What People are Saying

  • 46 reviews


I participated in the Sherpas Ride Trip Dec/Jan 2018/19 and I loved the experience of freeriding in Japan as well as the guiding and organization of Tomas and Vojta from Sherpas Ride. The trip was booked directly with Vojta and he advised me carefully on fitness level and equipment required for the trip. I felt well prepared and any question or organizational detail was delivered in a timely manner. At arrival the pickup went smoothly and Vojta is great in making you feel welcome and at home from the first minute. The housing, where our group of 12 people, was accommodated was conveniently equipped and close to restaurants and supermarkets. The facilities like bathroom and kitchen are shared and the group was super lovely and easy to deal with. The equipment (ski, poles, backpack with avalanche rescue equipment, and skins) was all comparatively new and well maintained. Tomas and Vojta were always helpful if there was any need or problem with it. The organization of breakfast, driving to the best spot and during the freeriding or touring day went well because the guys mange everything in a nice and relaxed way. I asked for and appreciated that they gave me advise on how to improve my freeriding skills and that they had a good speed and thus, I was also challenged to become better. I felt well informed on where to go and how to behave and there was always room for discussing snow conditions and how to best spot a line and estimate risks. I definitely learned something there and the two guides made things fun, yet clear when limits are reached. The scenery of the volcanos, trees, and the masses of snow is simply faboulous. There is nothing comparable to enjoying the ride in the deep snow spraying all over you. I would definitely do it again! Thanks for the time, Sherpas Ride, and my great group Dec/Jan 2018/19 - you will always enjoy a special place in my memories.
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Booked the Hokkaido Roadtrip - this can be described in one word: Fantastic! I would book this trip again immediately! Super organized camp with excellent powderlines. Guides are also trying very hard to put together an alternative program (ski tours) if it happens that there is no fresh snow for a few days. Really absolutely recommendable Trip to Japan with all-round care.
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Fortunat Signorell
What an experience! Vojta, Tomas, Cyril and Kuba run a great camp with good balance of ski touring and lift access to get to the best lines of the day. I liked the idea of not having daily program set in stone but rather wait for morning weather report to decide on the best option for the day. I highly recommend Sherpas ride for Japow experience.
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Martin Vana
Definitely provided one of the best sports experiences I\'ve ever had. Organization and support was great, staff very competent and ambitious. Skis and boards provided, guides were able to find the best powder lines on the mountains. Big thumbs up!
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Manuel Wildtgrube



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