Mt. Yotei, Niseko
Mar, Apr, May
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.
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.
Depart from Sapporo at 7 AM
Hike and ski Niseko~Mt. Chisenupuri 1,134.2 m (~2.5 hours skinning)
Overnight at Goshiki Onsen
Mt. Mekunnai 1,190m (~3 hours skinning)
Overnight at Makkari Lodge or Onsen
Mt. Yotei 1,898m (~5 hours skinning)
Return to Sapporo at 7 PM
Sapporo station or your hotel in Sapporo. Please let me know your preference.
At Goshiki Onsen and Makkari Lodge or Onsen.
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.
- 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!
- 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
・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
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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