People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar
Type of Trip
Looking for powder and untracked terrains in Hokkaido but not into too much hiking?
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:
- Guide Fee
*This is the guide fee for 1 day
Excluded from Price:
- Gear rental fee
- Accommodation fee
- Lift fee
- Guide expense (Lift fee for guide)
- Ski Gears (Skies, snowboard, boots)
- Skins or snowshoes for snowboarders
- Ice Axe / Crampons (optional)
- Ski poles
- 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
Price per person per day
- Guiding fee
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
1 Day tour
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.
Day 2 to 7:
1+ Days tour
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.
About the Guide
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.
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