Enjoy Hokkaido powder paradise in lift assisted sidecountry skiing areas on this ski touring programme! A day tour or a multi day tour up to 7 Days with a knowledgable local guide, you can have an unforgettable ski tour and Onsen after ski.
Jan - Mar
As a local guide, I will take you to the best slopes to enjoy super fine snow of Hokkaido! This tour is perfect for those looking for a tour with minimal hiking. I offer this tour on a 1 day basis up to 7 days to fit your schedule.
This is a freeride and lift assisted sidecountry ski tour. We will utilize gondola and lifts at ski resorts and enjoy off-piste skiing with powder snow. On this type of tour, I will take you to Niseko, Kiroro, Asahidake or Rusutsu, etc.
For those who are more keen on getting away from the crowds, going “off-the-beaten-track”, wanting to explore deep into the Hokkaido mountains, I can also offer Backcountry ski tour in Hokkaido. You can also make it a combination of backcountry skiing and sidecountry skiing tour so please let me know what your preferences are when contacting me. If you also have a location in mind then please tell me and I may be able to guide you there.
If you need to stay overnight, I absolutely recommend you to stay in Japanese style inn (ryokans) and enjoy Onsen (hot spring) and Japanese traditional cuisine. As a local guide, I can help you choose the best place!
Required Technical Level:
Intermediate and Advanced
Included in Price:
Excluded from Price:
Gear rental fee
Guide expense (Lift fee for guide)
Ski Gears (Skies, snowboard, boots)
Skins or snowshoes for snowboarders
Ice Axe / Crampons (optional)
Avalanche safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
*The following items can be rented by prior arrangement.
-Beacon, probe, shovel JPY 2,000 per day
-Backpack (30L) JPY 1,000 per day
- Guiding fee
We shall decide our meeting point / time in advance accordingly to your arrangements. We will then travel to the ski resort to start our tour. After our tour, we can enjoy local Onsens (hot spring) to relax our tired muscles! I can drop you off at a place of your choice (within reason) at the end of the day.
If you would like to spend more days, we can arrange a multi day tour. I can pick you up at the airport if you want, or at your hotels. Tour can be extended up to to 7 days and I will drop you off at anywhere you want at the end of tour.
* If you are interested in this great ski experience, please get in touch with me.
If there are more than 5 guests an additional guide will be provided.
How long is this Hokkaido ski tour?
I offer tours from 1 day up to 7 days, to fit your schedule and preferences.
What's included in the price?
The price includes the guide fee for a full day.
What's not included in the price?
The price does not include gear rental (available upon request), accommodation, lift fees, guide expenses (lift fee for the guide), and kit list items.
What should I bring on this ski tour in Hokkaido?
You will need to bring your own ski/snowboard gear, including skins or snowshoes for snowboarders. Additional items like ice axe, crampons, ski poles, and avalanche safety gear are recommended. These items can be rented upon request.
Do you recommend any accommodations?
Yes, I highly recommend staying in a traditional Japanese inn (ryokan) during your trip. This is a great way to experience Japanese culture and enjoy delicious local cuisine. I can help you choose the perfect ryokan for your needs.
Where will we meet at the start of the trip?
We shall decide our meeting point / time in advance accordingly to your arrangements.
What is the guide-to-client ratio for this trip?
Each group of 5 participants will have their own guide.
What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?
JMGA Mountain Guide
I was born in Kitami city in east Hokkaido. I grew up loving outdoor sports, skiing, and mountain climbing. I now lives in Sapporo and I have been a guide for the last 15 years.
I have accumulated vast experience in mountaineering in both Japan and abroad. I have served on the Canadian Ski Patrol and I have a wealth of experience skiing, rock climbing, and mountain climbing all over the world including Europe, North America, and Nepal.
I pride myself on my skill and experience rock climbing during the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter months. I have climbed Mt. McKinley in the U.S., Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ama-Dablam, in Nepal, The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, in Europe and Insubong in Korea.
Please contact me if you want to experience Japan walking, climbing or skiing! I will be very happy to guide you here.
Japanese | English
Yasuko is a very experienced guide. We spent two days with her and thoroughly enjoyed our time. She suggested tours based on our experience level and the weather conditions (one day was extremely stormy, yet she still found a place where we could ski). Both days, we were making fresh tracks :) Highly recommend!
Yasuko did take us to the best power skiing possible day by day. I wish she could take into account the longer time needed in the transitions for the splitboarders from skin-to-board. Often she was off before they were ready to go.
Powder Ski Trip in Niseko and Sapporo
1+ day Ski touring in Hokkaido, Mount Yotei
Backcountry skiing in Rishiri
Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing
Freeride Road Trip and Backcountry Ski in Hokkaido
Ski touring on Mount Yotei in Hokkaido
5-day Backcountry skiing in Rishiri (accommodation included)
1+ day Backcountry Skiing in the Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido
Stay up-to-date on the best adventures.