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Explore Hokkaido’s deep dry powder skiing from the heart of Sapporo! Stay at my cozy guesthouse with a ‘mountain lodge’ feel and ski / ride the best snow in Hokkaido.
Winter mountains in Sapporo are very popular among mountaineers and local climbers. They are not high in altitude but have very high quality snow.
As a local JMGA guide from Sapporo, I will guide you all around the numerous local Sapporo ski area during this tour. This is a group programme, so the price will change depending on the total number of participants on the day.
I will pick the best powder mountain for backcountry skiing according to the weather, snow and mountain conditions. We’ll enjoy a mixture of hike-ups and lift assessed side-country skiing.
Besides, we will 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.
Guests can stay at my cozy mountain lodge type hotel. There is a counter top which is made of 350-year-old Japanese spruce. This lodge for wanderers was basically handmade by me and my friends, using Hokkaido’s local lumbers.
From here to Susukino, which is the most famous entertainment area in Hokkaido, there are 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.
Main skiing area in Sapporo
Here are some of the spots we can visit on this trip:
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.
Are you interested in this backcountry ski trip in Sapporo area? Send a request to join a group for this trip and get ready for a wonderful experience!
Useful information for rental Gears
Please prepare your own gear as much as possible (you’ll find a complete kit list below). 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
(These split boards I’m renting usually cost around USD 1000-1500 per board!)
Price per person per day
- Guiding fee
Gear rental fee Accommodation fee Transportation fee Meals and Snacks during tour Lift pass Onsen (hot spring) entrance fee Insurance
Trip price changes depending on the total number of participants on the day. However, the amount you will pay at the time of booking is determined by the size of your group. If the price determined is different to the amount the client paid, then the differential amount will be settled after the tour - in the form of Refund to Credit card or by charging additionally .
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Day 1 to 7:
1-7 Days Backcountry ski tour in Sapporo
We will leave SappoLodge at 7:00 a.m., make a quick stop at Sapporo station at 7:15 a.m. then drive to the mountain of guide’s choice of the day. The drive is expected to be around 1 hour. I will decide the best ski/snowboard area the night before. If you want, we can stop at a convenience store to buy some snacks. At the entrance of the mountain, we will prepare for hike-up and also will pack our gears. After a mandatory briefing, we’ll start our tour! It will be ca. 2-4 hr ascent and total tour will be approximately 4-6 hours a day. You can ski up several lines of fine powder snow depending on the condition. After skiing, I will take you to my favourite Onsen (hot spring) to relax the muscles. You will then be able to enjoy some fresh local cuisine. We head go back to Sapporo with full and satisfied stomach.
Tour length will be flexible. It can be from 1 day trip to 7 days trip. Please contact me in advance for reservation.
SappoLodge - guest house that is built like a contemporary mountain lodge
Dormitory style room - 2700JPY ~ 4000JPY per person / night
Twin Room without Bathroom (up to 2 people) - JPY 8,000 per room / night
Twin Room with Bathroom (up to 2 people) - JPY 10,000 per room / night
Japanese style Room (up to 3 people) - JPY 10,000 per room / night
Very convenient to go out to the center of Sapporo for sightseeing. It takes 3 minutes to go to Susukino, famous amusement area on foot. Hand built guest house with a woody interior of local lumbers.
Delicious local food and alcohol drinks.
Sapporo is a snow festival from 31 JAN to 11 FEB 2020. Accommodation from 04FEB to 11FEB is particularly crowded. And the accommodation cost is very high.
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
Requirements for joining the trip:
- Have your own skis / snowboards / splitboards / telemark ski gear with touring / hike-up set up.
- You need to be covered by an appropriate insurance that covers mountain rescue and off piste / backcountry skiing in Japanese mountains.
Course change option:
If you would like to go sightseeing around Sapporo, this tour could be flexible. In that case, I will take you to approximately 5 to 8 of my recommended sightseeing spots around Sapporo area. For sightseeing guide, the guide fee will be 30% off of ski tour guide fee. Please feel free to contact me.
-Ski gear (skies, split board, snowboard)
-Skins / Snowshoes
-Ski / Snowboard boots
-Goggles (better to bring extras)
-Gloves (better to bring extras)
-Avalanche safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
-Backpack (for snowboarder, board attachable type)
-Thermos flask (500ml-1L)
-Headlamp (with spare batteries or new batteries)
-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).
About the Guide
I am a Japan Mountain Guides Association (JMGA) mountain and ski guide, born and raised in Sapporo. I have been an avid traveller all my life, starting as a hitchhiker as a primary school child and travelled around 40 different countries in the world since then, including South America (Aconcagua and Andes), USA (Denali), Greenland etc. I have been involved with the JMGA for about 18 years now, guiding in the mountains both in the summer and in the winter on skis. I am a board member of Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA). I also have an experience as a field guide in Antarctica between 2011 and 2013 as a part of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition. Since my return from Antarctica, I have been running my own guesthouse and a bar, SappoLodge, which is located at the heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido. It has approximately 30 beds and is always filled with travelers from all over the world. I am happy to be able to guide these diverse and curious visitors in the nature around Hokkaido.
My main field of guiding is in the backcountry all around Hokkaido in the winter. My choice of toy in riding the pow is a snowboard but depending on the type of guests I’m happy riding on my skis too. In the summer, I enjoy guiding in the mountains (climbing and grand traverses), sea-kayaking and canoeing in the river or lake. I full heartedly recommend these fun activities to explore the nature of Hokkaido too!
Get in touch with me if you’d like to enjoy the nature of Hokkaido with me!
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