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Ski touring on Rishiri Island and around Hokkaido

Join IFMGA certified guide Josef for this fantastic 10-day ski touring trip spent between the stunning wilds of Rishiri Island and the best freeride runs in central Hokkaido, Japan!

Duration10 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Explore the island of Rishiri and some of the best freeride terrain in Hokkaido

  • Ski from the summit of Mt. Rishiri down to the sea!

  • Discover Hokkaido´s world-renowned powder snow for yourself

  • Join highly experienced and passionate mountain guides

Description

Beautiful Rishiri Island lies off the north eastearn coast of Hokkaido in Japan. The magnificent Mount Rishiri, an extinct volcano, dominates this 183 square kilometre land mass.

This trip will be split into two halves with the first 4 days being spent on the spectacular Rishiri Island and volcano. After a day of transit our next 4 days will be spent on the best freeride terrain of Central Hokkaido. On this 10-day program, we will enjoy 8 days of skiing.

Our time on Rishiri Island will be spent ski touring in its abundant powder snow. This is the perfect opportunity to explore this wild and remote landscape in the company of a certified guide.

We will dedicate one day to reach the summit and its 360 degree panoramic views will take your breath away. What’s more, we have the option to take the Volcano from any side, you will be spoilt for choice!

It’s rare for us to come across many other people so we will likely have this epic mountain terrain to ourselves. You´ll find plenty of pristine slopes for your pleasure!

We will use snowmobiles for the first 300 vertical metres on each tour so as to save our legs from over-exertion.

During our time in central Hokkaido we will discover some of the best runs for freeriding that are accessed by ski lifts.

This trip is open to both skiers and snowboarders. You need to be comfortable con black pistes and, ideally, have some freeriding experience (though this isn´t mandatory). A good fitness level is also required, although you can always choose to have more rest days if you need to.

As part of the program, you will undergo an Avalanche Training Session to learn how to navigate the backcountry safely. You will be accompanied by certified guides who will observe your technique and give you feedback as well as video analysis.

If pristine volcano slopes and the best runs in Hokkaido sound like fun, then don’t hesitate to sign up! I can’t wait to share this wonderful experience with you in such an epic location!

Excited by this experience? Perhaps you also want to check out this 10-day ski touring trip in the breathtaking fjords and mountains of the Lyngen Alps in northern Norway!

Accommodation

On Rishiri we will stay in a comfortable and spacious Japanese lodge. Lodge serves breakfast and dinners with the opportunity to relax in the onsen every evening. Rooms are twin. During the second part of the trip on Hokkaido Island, we will stay in a hotel in Asahikawa with good access to all neighboring freeriding and backcountry options.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Japan arrival - Flight to Rishiri Island

Arrival to Japan (Sapporo airport). Connection flight to Rishiri Island.

Day 2: Ski Touring Rishiri

Ski touring on Rishiri (each day with UIAGM guide)

In the evening: Avalanche Awareness Presentation

Day 3: Ski Touring Rishiri

Ski touring on Rishiri (a different face) + Avalanche Rescue Practice

In the evening: Onsen (hot spring) relaxation (like every evening)

Day 4: Ski Touring Rishiri

Ski touring on Rishiri (different face)

In the evening: Onsen relaxation

Day 5: Rishiri Summit

Today we will attempt to reach the summit of Mount Rishiri

Weather permitting

Day 6: Cetral Hokkaido

Transfer to Central Hokkaido (Asahikawa)

Day 7: Furano

Day 8: Kuro-Dake

Kuro-dake (longest top-to-bottom run on Hokkaido) ​

Day 9: Undisclosed!!

Undisclosed location in North Hokkaido

Day 10: Return

Return to Sapporo and end of the trip.


About the guide

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I'm a UIAGM certified guide, skitouring-freeride and heliski guide. I'm a lifelong skier, climber and mountaineer, born in Prachovske skaly, a famous sandstone climbing area in the Czech Republic.
I've personally participated in 13 expeditions to 8thousander peaks and stood 5 times on an 8000m peak. I have guided guests on all continents (7 summits, etc..) in numerous treks, climbing or skitouring expeditions.
I run a guiding company in Prague and work for Patagonia, SKI TRAB and ABS avalanche backpacks. I spend my winter guiding in the Northern hemisphere, including heliski in Lappland (SWE), ski touring in Morocco or enjoying the best powder snow on earth in Japan.
The rest of the time I'm on expeditions in Nepal or South America and I spend most of the summer climbing in my hometown or guiding in the Alps.
I like Czech beer and food, passionate guests and jokes. If I'm not available my team will guide you instead.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2980 each

Group of 2

EUR 2980 each

Group of 3

EUR 2980 each

Group of 4

EUR 2980 each

Group of 5

EUR 2980 each

Group of 6

EUR 2980 each

Group of 7

EUR 2980 each

Group of 8

EUR 2980 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

Price details

• Price also includes: half board while on Rishiri Island, breakfast the rest of the days. Not included in the price are your flights. Flight ticket (Europe to Sapporo costs around 580 EUR, Sapporo to Rishiri Island 250 EUR, we can help out with flight reservation) Insurance - approx. 100 EUR (Travel and Cancel insurance (not taking the trip due to injury illness etc.)) - we can arrange insurance for you Lunches and dinners (on Hokkaido) Please note: The trip with flight tickets, insurance, and all meal expenses will cost you around 3800 EUR.


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