Jan, Feb, Mar
I will tell you where we can meet depending on the area we will be riding, and alternatively I can come pick you up from your hotel if you want.
The day is a mixture of lift assisted freeride skiing / snowboarding and full hike style backcountry skiing / snowboarding. I will decide the exact area we are going the night before or in the morning of the day of the tour. It will be somewhere around Asahikawa, based on the weather / conditions and my experience.
Excluded from the price:
– Deluxe hotel / ryokan with onsen (halfboard): about JPY 20,000 / person for 1 night
– Regular hotel with onsen (halfboard): about JPY 10,000 / per person for 1 night
– Basic hotels without meals: JPY 5,000 / per person for 1 night
-Lift fee: about JPY5,000 for one day pass.
-Please buy traveler’s insurance covering this specific activity personally in advance.
Basic gear and wear
- Ski gear (fat ski, snowboard, telemark and suitable ski boots). Ski gear rental is not available.
- Warm jacket (hooded is the best, prevent the cold, water-proof, high moisture permeability)
- Mid layer (e.g. synthetic fleece: cotton parka or shirt is not suitable)
- Base layer (wool or synthetic: easy to dry)
- Ski goggles (Sunglasses are not good enough)
- Gloves (thick and warm)
- Beanie (warm and over ears)
- Neck warmer (for protecting face from cold wind: Balaclava is the best)
- Helmet (strongly recommended)
*Ski gear rental is not available.
It is necessary for you to be covered by an appropriate insurance for this activity.
I am a JMGA certified mountain and ski/snowboard guide, born and raised in Hokkaido, currently living near the foot of Asahidake (in Daisetsuzan National Park), where my primary guiding arena is.
I started snowboarding when I was 14, and competed in halfpipe snowboarding professionally since 2000. Since then, my interests have changed to mainly backcountry snowboarding (mainly on split boards). I’m a professional snowboarder and have been featured in magazines and DVDs as well. I’ve boarded in Alaska as well, both for heli snowboarding and touring by building a base camp on a glacier.
I will guide all genre of backcountry players, whether it be skiers, snowboarders, split boarders, or telemarkers. I particularly enjoy natural half pipe terrains and riding down steep slopes.
Daisetsuzan area (e.g. Asahidake) and Tokachidake area are in central Hokkaido, located far away from the sea. This means that we get the driest powder snow in Japan, and at times it will be hip deep. The total snowfall in this region is typically less than in Niseko, but because of the colder climate, the snow remains powdery for a longer period of time (so you get to enjoy powder even 3-4 days after the snowfall/dump!) and also until later in the season (March) than Niseko.
I would love to show you my home ground, and with my local knowledge I can take you to the best place for your abilities and requirements, and the condition of the day!!
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