Ski tour the awesome Hokkaido backcountry ski spots of Sapporo Kokusai, Niseko and Asahikawa over 7 memorable days with JMGA mountain guide Yasuko!
Jan, Feb, Mar
Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan and the second largest. It’s known for having the best powder snow in the world and its backcountry runs are a dream come true!Along this 7-day program we’ll enjoy different runs along the best backcountry locations in the Island. Some days we’ll use lifts to access the best locations on the mountains and other days we’ll use skins to go as far away from the crowds as possible!One of the best features of the program is to ski Mt. Yotei, the tallest mountain in Hokkaido. It has over 1000 meters of elevation change and offers spectacular open faces and perfect tree runs!During this amazing adventure you’ll also enjoy relaxing hot springs that will set you up for the next day!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!
- Guiding fee
If there are 6 or more people in a party, 2 guides will be provided and the fees will vary. Please inquire for those fees.
Pick up at Sapporo hotel at 7:30. Use the gondola at either Kiroro Resort or Kokusai Ski Grounds to enjoy side-country skiing. After that warm-up, travel by car to the countryside town of Makkari to spend the night at the foot of Mt. Yotei.
Amazing backcountry tour to the tallest mountain in the island. After the tour, drive to Niseko and spend the night.
Either a backcountry or side-country tour and another night in nearby Niseko.
Enjoy Sightseeing or a half day tour. After lunch, a 5 hour drive to Furano and stay at Tokachidake Onsen.
Backcountry tour at either Furanodake, Maetokachi, or Sandanyama areas and stay another night at Tokachcidake Onsen.
A side-country tour using the ropeway at Asahidake Ski ground.
Enjoy the last day with a backcountry tour around the Kiroro Resort or Sapporo Kokusai Ski Grounds and return transportation to Sapporo hotel for the last night.
We will sleep in hotels.
Airport pick-up and drop-offs can be arranged for a separate fee of Yen10,000. 7 guest maximum.
Equipment: -Bring your own gears like boots, skis, skins, poles, Avalanche Safety Gears (beacon, probe, shovel). -Some of the items like Avalanche safety gears can be rented. -Please let me know which equipment you will need to rent. In case you need to rent skis, you should send me photos of your boots so I can learn about the brand / model / boot size. - skis / snowboard - avalanche safety gears (beacon, probe, shovel) - Ice axe / crampons (optional)
We will meet at Shinchitose airport.
JMGA Mountain Guide
I was born in Kitami city in east Hokkaido. I grew up loving outdoor sports, skiing, and mountain climbing. I now lives in Sapporo and I have been a guide for the last 15 years.
I have accumulated vast experience in mountaineering in both Japan and abroad. I have served on the Canadian Ski Patrol and I have a wealth of experience skiing, rock climbing, and mountain climbing all over the world including Europe, North America, and Nepal.
I pride myself on my skill and experience rock climbing during the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter months. I have climbed Mt. McKinley in the U.S., Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ama-Dablam, in Nepal, The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, in Europe and Insubong in Korea.
Please contact me if you want to experience Japan walking, climbing or skiing! I will be very happy to guide you here.
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