Jan, Feb, Mar
The powder at the Kokusai ski resort is second to none. As plentiful as it is exquisite, the snow at the resort is incredible. In fact, many claim that more snow falls in the resort area than in the famed town of Niseko. And on this trip, which can last one, or several days if you wish, you will get to enjoy that snow on a number of different descents.
While not very well known in the international skiing community, the Kokusai ski resort is very well known by local skiers from Sapporo, as well as other parts of Hokkaido. So if you are looking for that place where the people who live nearby prefer to go, then the Kokusai ski resort is definitely for you. Moreover, even though the resort is near Sapporo, the weather can sometimes be drastically different. Hence giving the resort area a distinct atmosphere that is well worth enjoying.
Filled with fantastic descents and great views, you can’t go wrong with ski touring at the Kokusai resort. And whether it’s for one day, or several, I have no doubt you’ll have a wonderful experience. Just send me a request if you would like to enjoy it for yourself.
I can also take you ski touring at the Teine ski resort, also in Hokkaido, on this trip.
Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Some accommodation options which I personally recommend in Sapporo include the Route Inn Sapporo and the Sapporo Aspen hotel, which costs between 8,000 and 9,000 JPY and does not include food, and the Sapporo Grand Hotel, which costs between 10,000 and 20,000 JPY.
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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