• Trip duration
    1+ day
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    6 people
  • Mountain range
    -
  • Best period
    Jan, Mar, Jun, Jul

Description

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.

Technical Level:
Intermediate –  you need to be able to ski off-piste without problems

Physical Level:
You need to have good fitness for 4-6 hours of skiing / snowboarding in a day including 2-4 hours of hike-up.

Previous Experience:
Previous backcountry skiing experience preferred

Included in Price:
Guide Fee

Excluded from Price:
Gear rental fee
Accommodation fee
Transportation fee
Meals and Snacks during tour
Lift pass
Onsen (hot spring) entrance fee
Insurance

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.

Kit List
  • Ski gear (skies, split board, snowboard)
  • Skins / Snowshoes
  • Ski poles
  • Ski / Snowboard boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles (better to bring extras)
  • Helmet
  • 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)
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid
  • Cap
  • 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)
  • Compass
  • Whistle
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)

Rental Gears

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. 

ItemRental Price per day
BeaconJPY 1,000
ShovelJPY 500
ProbeJPY 500
Snowshoe (for snowboarders)JPY 1,000
Extendible polesJPY 500
Backpack to strap skis or snowboardsJPY 500
ALL of aboveJPY 3,000
Gloves / GogglesJPY 500
Gore-tex hard shell jacket and pantsJPY 1,000
Skis with tour-able bindings and skinsJPY 2,000
Gentemstick Snowboard Demo Centre

Gentemstick is a Niseko based Snowboard brand, famous for riding powder like surfing.

Gentemstick snowboardJPY 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 splitboardJPY 500 per day
JPY 1,000 for 2 days
Skins for splitboardJPY 1,000 per day
JPY 1,500 for 2 days

Itinerary

Day 1

1-7 Days Backcountry ski tour in Sapporo

Sample Itinerary
Day 1-7:
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.

Price per person

1 Person37000JPY
Group of 219000JPY
Group of 313000JPY
Group of 413000JPY
Group of 513000JPY
Group of 613000JPY

Price includes

  • Guiding fee

Other details

Accommodation

SappoLodge - guest house that is built like a contemporary mountain lodge
Dormitory style room - JPY3,000 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 amusment area on foot. Hand built guest house with woody interior of local lumbers
Delicious local food and alcohol drinks.

More info

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.

Cancellation Policy:
Please see Cancellation Fee as below in case of last minute cancellations:
- For cancellation 14-2 days before the trip – 30% of Trip Price
- For cancellation on the day before the trip – 50% of Trip Price
- For cancellation on the day of the trip – 100% of Trip Price