3Days Niseko/Mt. Yotei Spring Ski Touring

Explore Niseko in spring, with longer days and milder weather, through this 3 days spring ski touring with a local IFMGA guide, Takao.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Mt. Yotei, Niseko

People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    The Niseko/Mt. Yotei areas are famous for having the best powder skiing on the planet in winter.  But there is something about spring time for skiers that really cannot be missed!

    I will take you there for ski touring to experience the joy of exploring this area in the beautiful springtime which not many people are fortunate enough to do during this season.

    In March, there are higher chances of clear weather days and you can enjoy backcountry skiing. You don’t have to worry about trail breaking and the risks of surface avalanches are significantly lower.

    The Spring charm of these mountains means that with longer and warmer days, you can travel longer distances with long ridge traverses to other mountains and enjoy longer ski days. Also you will be able to take longer breaks and be more relaxed whilst overlooking the beautiful mountain scenery.
    For those climbing Mt. Yotei, the longer hours for climbing in spring significantly increase the chance of a successful summit. But if the upper part of the mountain is frozen and icy you only can go to 70-80% of the full height. Please respect my decisions and judgements on whether to summit (or not) so as to avoid unnecessary risk.
    I will take you to the best ski touring that Niseko has to offer in Spring time! Please come and enjoy Niseko’s superb backcountry ski trails with me!

    Accommodation options in NISEKO:

    Hotel Kanronomori: Japanese style onsen hotel (half-board). JPY 12000~20,000 (pp per night).

    – Goshiki Onsen: An Onsen accommodation in the mountains, far from ski resorts. Self catering JPY 4,000. Half board JPY 10,000.

    – The Woodpeckers: mountain hut-like accommodation, just below Niseko Moiwa ski resort. Half-board included. JPY 7,500.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    200000 JPY

    Group of 2
    150000 JPY

    Group of 3
    120000 JPY

    Group of 4
    100000 JPY

    Group of 5
    90000 JPY

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Niseko~Mt. Chisenupuri 1,134.2 m

      Depart from Sapporo at 7 AM

      Hike and ski Niseko~Mt. Chisenupuri  1,134.2 m (~2.5 hours skinning)

      Overnight at Goshiki Onsen

    • Day 2Mt. Mekunnai 1,190m

      Mt. Mekunnai 1,190m (~3 hours skinning)

      Overnight at Makkari Lodge or Onsen

    • Day 3Mt. Yotei 1,898m

      Mt. Yotei 1,898m (~5 hours skinning)

      Return to Sapporo at 7 PM

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    Sapporo station or your hotel in Sapporo. Please let me know your preference.

    Accommodation

    At Goshiki Onsen and Makkari Lodge or Onsen.

    More info

    If you want to upgrade your hotel, it will cost JPY2,000 more per night per person. Please include this in the comments section when enquiring.

    Required Level:

    - Technically - all levels from beginner to expert skiers are welcome!

    - Physically – open for beginner backcountry skiers and snowboarders. You won’t be buried even if you fall!

    Snow Condition:

     - The chance to ski deep, dry powder is available around 1,500m elevation until Late March.

     - “Corn snow” covers the mountains from Early April but this is sometimes icy.

     

    Temperature: +2 to 3°C during the day time

    Other Info:

    ・Deposit amount – 30% of Trip Price

    ・Reservation opens 6 months prior to the trip date. Please reserve well in advance -– Booking request under 1 month is usually not possible.

    ・Full payment needs to be made at least 1 month in advance

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    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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    What People are Saying about -Takao Miyashita

     

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    Diane Kneilmills
    Takao took my wife and I on two wonderful days of skiing! We are so glad we skied with Takao. He knows the backcountry very well near all the ski areas near Sapporo and wasted no time bringing us to the best snow. I think it is worth mentioning that this was not a good year for snow in Hokkaido and still Takao found untracked powder for us! There were some avalanche concerns that he also managed very well.
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    Jim
    Everything was peerfect and prepered for our grup (six persons). Our Guide Yuki is a very nice guy and very good mountain guide. It is important to have Japanese guide in Hokkaido:)
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    Tomasz Kapela
    Great, experienced guide. Very knowledgeable and professional and had a great time. Would definitely recommend.
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