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Advanced backcountry ski tours in Hakuba, Japan

Follow a certified mountain guide for an advanced backcountry skiing adventure. Discover the awesome powder slopes of Hakuba, Japan!

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration1+ day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Discover Hakuba, an amazing winter destination in Japan.

  • Try yourself with a backcountry skiing trip for advanced skiers.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Japan Alps.

Description

Are you an advanced skier looking for a stunning winter adventure? Then join one of our guides for a backcountry tour in Hakuba!

Hakuba is one of the most popular skiing regions of Japan. It takes less than 3 hours to get there from Tokyo on the Shinkansen bullet train. In the Nagano Prefecture, this alpine valley encompasses 10 ski resorts with a about 200 runs and huge untracked terrain.

On this trip, you will enjoy an unforgettable backcountry skiing experience. We will use the lifts of several resorts such as Hakuba Cortina,  Norikura Onsen, Tsugaike Kogen,  Happo-one or Goryu.  Then, after gaining altitude we will walk away from the crowds with snowshoes or skins to reach amazing powder spots. You can join us for one or several days!

Please note that this trip is suitable only for advanced backcountry skiers. Furthermore, you will need a good fitness level.

So, if you want to discover a premium winter destination in Japan, get in touch with us. Let’s enjoy a stunning backcountry adventure in the scenic Hakuba Valley!

We also offer backcountry skiing outings for beginners, make sure to check out this option if you’re just starting out and ready for a fun adventure skiing in Japan!

More info

Skiing time: 4 to 8 hours (Ending at 2 or 4PM)

Meeting point

We will pick you up at your accommodation at 8AM

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About the guide

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I am a JMGA Mountaineering and Ski guide, as well as a JMGA Ski guide examiner, based in Hakuba in Japan. I am also certified with Japan Avalanche Network Level 2 and am also a Mountain Rescue for Northern Japanese Alps.

I have been pioneering backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Hakuba area in Nagano, Japan since 1992. Since then, I've skied numerous first descents and opened new routes in the area which includes Happo Ridge, Mount Karamatsu, Mount Kaerazu, and Mount Goryu. I've also pioneered the field of extreme ski mountaineering here, utilising double ice axes for climbing followed by ski descents. My climbing and backcountry experiences outside of Japan extends to backcountry skiing in Canada and Alaska, and spending 6 months in Switzerland as a trekking guide whilst climbing 11 of the 4,000m+ peaks within 1.5 months time span.

Backcountry skiing and ski touring is becoming increasingly popular at an exponential pace, and as a guide and a pioneer of backcountry skiing in the Hakuba region, I am also leading the efforts here to promote responsible and safe backcountry skiing, including raising awareness around avalanche risks.

What I value a lot when guiding is communication and trust between guides and clients. I look forward to getting to know you, and to show all of you from around the world what skiing and snowboarding we can do in Hakuba area, where I personally opened a lot of backcountry skiing routes.

I guide backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing, free climbing and also run backcountry skills improvement courses.


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