Jan, Feb, Mar
Filled with steep descents that will take you right into the snow blanketed forest, the skiing around Mount Tokachi is as unique as it is fun. There are a variety of runs you can enjoy during this trip, which can last one, or several days. Those runs include the classic run and the magic forest run.
Located in the Daisetsuzan national park, visiting Mount Tokachi just to view it would be a worthwhile trip. However, on this trip, you will get to trek up the magnificent mountain and then enjoy skiing down its fresh and plentiful powder.
Because this trip involves some trekking, as well as skiing, it is important that participants are in good physical condition. Furthermore, because of the wild, adventurous nature of this trip, participants should have prior skiing experience in similar environments.
The skiing, the scenery and the powder around Mount Tokachi is incredible. And to enjoy one or more days of skiing in the area is an experience I know you will never forget. If you would like to enjoy it for yourself, just send me a request. I look forward to guiding you.
I can also take you on a ski touring trip in the famous Niseko ski resort here.
Some accommodation options which I personally recommend near Mount Tokachi include Ryounkaku, which is a half-board option with onsen and costs 10,000 JPY and Hakuginso, which is a self catering option with an outdoor onsen and costs 3,000 JPY per night.
I am an experienced IFMGA mountain guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. I started skiing when I was 3 and started climbing when I was 6. My high school years were spent in ski competitions and I joined mountaineering club at University, where I developed my ski mountaineering skills. I have been a ski instructor for Miura Dolphins founded by Yuichiro Miura (first ski descent of the Everest “The Man Who Skied Down Everest” and the oldest Everest summiting record holder at 80 years old) and also supported Yuichiro's Aconcagua ascent and ski descent in 1984 as a part of his 7 summits ski descent challenge.
I was inspired by the works of mountain guides in Chamonix when I visited there in 1983, and decided to start guiding as a mountain guide in Japan in 1989 to share my passion and experiences in outdoors sports with other people, as well as to offer instruction to people enjoying the mountains to be better climbers / skiers. I have also contributed to the proper training of JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) guides and the affiliation of it to IFMGA. I am responsible for the pioneering of the climbing and backcountry skiing scenes in Japan.
My main guiding arena is alpinism, whether it be mountaineering or ski mountaineering, mainly in Hokkaido. I usually take a small group of people (2-5) for Sawanobori (canyoning up waterfalls), alpine climbing, ice climbing, and ski touring in the more remote areas of Japan.
I enjoy finding the best experience for each client accordingly to their physical abilities, preferences, and weather/conditions. I guide because I like watching and feeling that people are enjoying and having fun, and see how this buzz infects other people through skiing and climbing. I find this invaluable as a mountain guide.
There is more to Hokkaido than skiing lift accessible powder in January and February. Please reach out to me to find your own customised way to enjoy Hokkaido’s mountains, natures and culture!
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