People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Type of Trip
I propose you this 6-day backcountry ski roadtrip in Hokkaido! We will be travelling from Sapporo to Asahidake area, stopping by my selection of spots with the best condition and best quality of powder snow.
The roadtrip will be a mixture of classics you see in magazines and videos to some secret spots that I discovered through my persistent exploration! If you’re interest is in touring and skiing in untracked faces away from the crowds then you’ve reached the right place.
As a trained JMGA mountain and ski guide as well as through my guiding experiences I will take your mountain safety seriously.
A stomach full of delicious Japanese cuisine and a rejuvenating dip in the hot spring ‘onsen’ will prepare you for another full day of skiing! Such Japanese hospitality are not to be missed if you’re visiting this country!!
The itinerary of this tour will give you a full plate, from enjoying the open powder runs to experiencing powder skiing in between trees (trust me, it’s fun!) to greeting some steep terrains.
This an intermediate level trip, so you’ll need to have previous experience in backcountry skiing and to be a able to ski on advanced slopes.
Please contact me if you want to be a part of this adventure! I can also adapt this trip to you if you would like it to be shorter or longer. If you’re short on time, make sure you check out my shorter 3-day Hokkaido backcountry trip based around Asahidake. Or if you’d like to indulge in even more Hokkaido powder and culture then check my more complete 12-day trip in Hokkaido.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Mountain guide's expenses
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.
Arrival at Chitose Airport and check in at the your hotel.
Meet at your hotel or Chitose Airport.
I will pick you up at your hotel or at Chitose Airport at 8:30 a.m.
Then, we will drive up to one of the sites for the warm-up skiing. (Kiroro, Sapporo Kokusai or Teine)
Let’s enjoy skiing around Sapporo area. I will select the best site depending on the snow condition. It may be Kiroro, Sapporo Kokusai or Teine. At night, we will stay at hotel in Sapporo.
We will move to Tokachi area and we’ll stay at a hotel in Tokachi. I will prepare your breakfast and dinner. I will appreciate if you could pay for the ingredients.
I will take you to Mt. Asahidake and we will stay at Asahikawa at night.
This day, I am happy to take you to the secret spot of my favorite area. We will stay again at the hotel in Asahikawa at night.
Secret Spot (Asahikawa / Sapporo stay depending on your choice of airport for departure).
I will drive you up to Asahikawa or Chitose Airport on Day 7, if you need rides with optional transportation expense. Please feel free to ask me.
JPY3,500 per person / night in Sapporo
JPY6,500 per person / night in Asahikawa (with breakfast)
JPY3,000 per person / night in Tokachi
-Ski gear (skies, split board, snowboard)
-Safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel)
*The following items can be rented by prior arrangement.
-Beacon, probe, shovel, backpack, snowshoes, poles
This items are not included in the price:
- Accommodation for you and for guide
- Lift pass for you and for guide: JPY 4,000 per person / day
*When there is lift usage and depending on conditions
(to be paid on the spot)
About the Guide
I was born in Tokyo, and moved to Sapporo via Nagano. I've skied for however long I can remember and I've been in love with skiing for 35 years now.
My high school years were spent following outdoors related curriculum and skiing in the winter, whilst studying in the evenings. I then moved onto competing in Ski Cross at World Cup level twice, as well as competed in Big Mountain competitions.
I also have experiences as a ski instructor and a ski patroller, driven by my desire to help others through skiing. I spent 2 seasons at Niseko Moiwa and 5 seasons at Sapporo Kokusai ski resorts, where I now know really well. I also have 16 years of river guiding experience during the summer times in Hokkaido.
I jumped into the world of mountain guiding after my seasons at Sapporo Kokusai, and I currently manage the Taisetsu Ishimuro Hut whilst guiding Taisetsu, Tokachi and Hidaka areas (Central Hokkaido).
I have ski guided film crews and pro-riders from brands in the past as well. I would love to share the climbing, skiing and overall outdoor experience and beauty of it with you.