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.
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.
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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