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).
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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