Explore the Hokkaido deep dry powder skiing from the heart of Sapporo! Stay at my cosy guesthouse with a ‘mountain lodge’ feel and ski / ride the best snow in Hokkaido.
I am a local JMGA guide from Sapporo and I will guide you all around the numerous local Sapporo ski area during this tour, assessing the conditions. I will pick the best powder mountain for backcountry skiing that we can fully enjoy in one day from the center of Sapporo, which will be a mixture of hike-ups and lift assessed sidecountry skiing. We will also not forget to relax in an Onsen (Japanese hot spring) at the end and enjoy the abundant fresh local cuisine in Sapporo!
I offer this trip on a daily basis and you can join from 1 day up to 7 days.
There are many good powder snow mountain areas around Sapporo. Among these, I will choose the best place for you depending on the weather, snow and mountain conditions using my experiences as a local guide residing in Sapporo for more than 40 years. Winter mountains around Sapporo are very popular among mountaineers and local climbers, and these are not high in altitude but have very high quality of snow.
Guests can stay at my cozy mountain lodge type hotel that I own. There is a counter top which is made of 350-year-old Japanese spruce. This lodge for wanderers is basically handmade, using Hokkaido’s local lumbers, by myself and friends. From here to Susukino, which is the most famous entertainment area in Hokkaido, it is only 3 minutes on foot. Thus, this is a perfect base for those wishing to explore the less explored Sapporo powder snow and wanting to enjoy the nightlife of Sapporo too.
Intermediate – you need to be able to ski off-piste without problems
You need to have good fitness for 4-6 hours of skiing / snowboarding in a day including 2-4 hours of hike-up.
Previous backcountry skiing experience preferred
Included in Price:
Excluded from Price:
Gear rental fee
Meals and Snacks during tour
Onsen (hot spring) entrance fee
Main skiing area
Local mountains in Sapporo (average 800-1,800m),
Mt. Yoichi (1,488m), Asari, Sapporo Kokusai, Mt. Teine (1,023m), Mt. Shakotan (1,255m), Mt. Yotei (1,898m), Rusutsu, Niseko (1,308m), etc.
Average hike-up duration will be 2-4 hours. We usually have 2-5 powder runs but it depends on the mountain and weather conditions.
- Ski gear (skies, split board, snowboard)
- Skins / Snowshoes
- Ski poles
- Ski / Snowboard boots
- Goggles (better to bring extras)
- Gloves (better to bring extras)
- Ski wear
- Avalanche safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
- Backpack (for snowboarder, board attachable type)
- Thermos flask (500ml-1L)
- Headlamp (with spare batteries or new batteries)
- First Aid
- Hooded Jacket & Pants (breathable)
- Down Jacket (compact enough to put in backpack, hooded)
- Clothes (fast dry inner, layer, cotton not acceptable)
- Snacks or Energy bar
- Map (photocopies available on the day of tour)
It will be better if you have these:
Airbag, Bivouac shelter, Personal medicals items, Rope (6-7mm x 20m or more), Carabiners (2), Sling (60cm, 90cm or 120cm), GPS, external battery for cell phones, Goods for Onsen (hot springs: change of clothes after tour)
Please prepare your own gear as much as possible. However, if you could not bring yours, the following items can be rented by prior arrangement. There is always a risk of avalanche for all backcountry mountain activities. In order to execute a fast and structured rescue operation following an avalanche incident, it is crucial that all participants of backcountry skiing / snowboarding tours carry a set of 3 avalanche safety gears – ‘beacon, probe, and a shovel’.
Please let me know which gears you would like to rent when you contact me.
|Item||Rental Price per day|
|Snowshoe (for snowboarders)||JPY 1,000|
|Extendible poles||JPY 500|
|Backpack to strap skis or snowboards||JPY 500|
|ALL of above||JPY 3,000|
|Gloves / Goggles||JPY 500|
|Gore-tex hard shell jacket and pants||JPY 1,000|
|Skis with tour-able bindings and skins||JPY 2,000|
Gentemstick Snowboard Demo Centre
Gentemstick is a Niseko based Snowboard brand, famous for riding powder like surfing.
|Gentemstick snowboard||JPY 3,000 per day|
JPY 4,000 for 2 days
|Gentemstick Splitboard (without bindings)||JPY 3,000 per day|
JPY 4,000 for 2 days
|Karakoram bindings for splitboard||JPY 500 per day|
JPY 1,000 for 2 days
|Skins for splitboard||JPY 1,000 per day|
JPY 1,500 for 2 days
1-7 Days Backcountry ski tour in Sapporo
Tour length will be flexible. It can be from 1 day trip to 7 days trip. Please contact me in advance for reservation.
Price per person
|Group of 2||19000JPY|
|Group of 3||13000JPY|
|Group of 4||13000JPY|
|Group of 5||13000JPY|
|Group of 6||13000JPY|
- Guiding fee
SappoLodge - guest house that is built like a contemporary mountain lodge
Very convenient to go out to the center of Sapporo for sightseeing. It takes 3 minutes to go to Susukino, famous amusment area on foot. Hand built guest house with woody interior of local lumbers
Requirements for joining the trip:
Course change option: