Here is another great skiing adventure in Japan! I will take you to some fantastic backcountry skiing spots in Hokkaido!
I offer the following 8 day program – it can of course be adapted to suit your wishes.
Day 1: Meet and Relax
Meet at Shinchitose airport. We will then drive to Asarigawa Onsen (which is 30 mins away from Kiroro or Sapporo Kokusai ski resort.) At Asarigawa we will stay in a Japanese style Inn (Ryokan) and relax and enjoy the hot springs! This will heal the fatigue of your flight and help to prepare for our adventure tomorrow!
Day 2: KIRORO or Sapporo Kokusai ski-resort for either off piste tour or Backcountry tour.
Today we will experience our first day of powder snow ! We will use the gondola and do some ski touring to access the best parts of the mountain, far from the main crowds. The program and exact location will depend on the snow and weather conditions. A full day of backcountry touring could also be an option. We will stay in the same lodge as Day 1 to relax, have a good dinner and get a good night’s sleep.
Day 3: NISEKO or Remote Secret Mountain near this area
Here we will backcountry ski the other remote areas of Niseko. After finishing skiing we will transfer to Makkari – close to Mount Yotei.
Day 4: MOUNT YOTEI
Today we ↗skin up for 3 to 5 hours with an elevation difference of 1000+ m`or more.
The objective of the 4th day is to skin up Mount Yotei. Mount Yotei is knowns as the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido or Ezofuji because of its strato volcanic shape. It has a potential downward elevation drop of 1500 meters through some of the best powder snow available in Hokkaido!
Day 5: Transfer to FURANO
The Tokachi Mountains in the Furano area offer a variety of excellent spots for ski touring. The trip takes 4 to 5 hours by car. This will be a “rest day” but a morning session at the ski resort could also be organised as an option.
In the evening we will stay in another Japanese style inn with authentic Japanese cuisine and hot springs…! Since coming to Japan is not only about skiing some of the best powder snow in the world but also about enjoying a different culture!
Day 6: MOUNT FURANO
↗Skinning up 3 hour with an elevation difference of 1000 m or more and enjoying a full day of backcountry skiing on Mount Furano.
Day 7: MOUNT TOKACHI or MOUNT ASAHIDAKE
Full day of backcountry skiing on Mount Tokachi or Mount Asahidake. If the weather is with us we will skin up to the summit but the best spots on Mont Asahidake can also be accessed with a gondola.
↗Skinning up 3 to 5 hour to summit (for each mountain – *when using a gondola, no skinning to summit.)
At the end of the day, we will transfer to Sapporo and stay there for the night. We will spend our last night in Sapporo, enjoying a great diner and discovering the nightlife of the city.
Day 8: SAPPORO AREA / SHINCHITOSE Airport
We will go back to Shinchitose airport to fly back home.
Please join me for this fantastic 8 days of ski touring in Hokkaido to enjoy Niseko, Furano and Sapporo…but also some secret spots far from the crowd and full of powder!
You also will enjoy Japanese local culture as Hokkaido is famous for its delicious foods and cuisine as well as relaxing hot springs during the tour.
If you are interested in this great skiing experience, please get in touch with me and let’s discuss! I will be glad to organise you the tour you are looking for!