Hokkaido backcountry and off piste skiing

Ski touring and freeride skiing in the best ski spots and resorts of Hokkaido, such as Rusutsu, Niseko, Neemy Onsen, Mt Yotei, Sapporo Kokkusai... with Daisuke, a local IFMGA guide and a freeride skiing expert.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range

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People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
     

    An awesome ski tour that combines 2 unique elements: powder skiing and cultural experience. Join me in the north of Japan, in Hokkaido. 

    Due to its location, the island of Hokkaido benefits from really good quality snow during the first months of the year. Some say that it is the best powder in the world because it is light and abundant.

    We can leave together for several days and based on your wishes set up a great program combining:
    Freeride / Off piste skiing in some of the best ski resorts of the island: Niseko, Furano, Asahikawa, Rusutsu
    Ski touring / Backcountry skiing on some volcanoes like Mt Yotei, Mt Asahidake…

    We can even go to Rishiri and experience the far north conditions!

    As a guide, I will define the itinerary based on what type of ski you want to do, the time you have here, the level of skiing you want to do and the snow conditions of course!

    I can also recommend accommodations for you depending on what you want: budget, onsen, food, traditional (ryokan) or more modern lodging, location etc.

    I usually select some spots and we move from one to the other during the trip using my van. This gives us also some flexibility and the chance to go where the conditions are the best.

    Being guided here with a local allows you to access the best skiing areas. But it’s also great to learn about the Japanese culture, the traditions, our history…

    I’m a IFMGA / UIAGM mountain guide living in Sapporo, the main city of Hokkaido. I love backcountry skiing and above all, freeriding!

    Please get in touch with me if you are interested to come here and know more about the different options. It will be my pleasure to guide you here and let you live an unforgettable skiing and cultural experience.

    I recommend you to read this great article about 2 clients that joined me in January 2016 for a 10-day backcountry and off piste skiing tour in Hokkaido and this story about 5 friends that I guided in January 2017. They will give you a good idea about the experience we can share together.

    If you didn’t find what you were looking for, check out Explore-Share.com’s selection of backcountry skiing trips in Hokkaido, Japan.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    45000 JPY

    Group of 2
    23000 JPY

    Group of 3
    15000 JPY

    Group of 4
    13000 JPY

    Group of 5
    13000 JPY

    Group of 6
    13000 JPY

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     If you want to book my services during the weekend, my daily fee is of 60,000 yen to be divided among participants. Not included: transportation and accommodation (around 10,000 yen each), lifts (around 5,000 yen per person).
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Accommodation

    I can recommend accommodations for you depending on what you want: budget, onsen, food, traditional (ryokan) or more modern lodging, location etc.

    Here are some of the Ryokan I recommend you to check out:

    - Niseko Koikawa onsen

    - Koganeyu (between Niseko and Sapporo)

    - Asahidake Onsen Yukomanso

    - Asahikawa Senshoen

    - Furanodake

    More info

    The price will vary depending on the number of days you want to ski and the program you choose for. Moreover, you will need to add certain expenses like accommodation (for yourself and for me), transportation, lift pass fee when estimating the final cost of trip.

    Guide Fee per person per day changes for weekends and national holidays:

    1 person JPY 50,000

    2 people JPY 25,000 per person

    3 people JPY 16,700 per person

    4 people JPY 15,300 per person

    5 people JPY 14,500 per person

    Please get in touch with me and let's discuss about it.

    If you are more than 6 people, a second guide will join us.

    In case you would need some ski equipment rentals, I can help you renting part of it.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    Japanese IFMGA / UIAGM mountain guide
    I was born in 1977 in Sapporo. I'm still living here today, guiding my friends and clients in Hokkaido and Honshu but also all around the world. I did many ski expeditions going down some of the most known peaks on hearth: Mt Manaslu (8193m), McKinley, Alaska, Greenland, Mt Muztagh Ata (China), South Pole, Mount Darwin (Patagonia), Mont Blanc... I also did many extreme skiing contests.
    I got my IFMGA certificate in 2014.
    Please get in touch with me if you wish to come to Japan for some great skiing. I will be happy to guide your here and let you live an unforgettable experience !

     
     
    FROM 13000 JPYper person, per day
     

     

    What People are Saying about Daisuke Sasaki

    • 11 reviews

     

    Truly excellent guide, with unique knowledge of backcountry spots for freeride and touring. Extremely nice guy too.
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    Anton Arriola
    Great for experienced backcountry ski/board tourers. Daisuke looked after us very well. We experienced some of the local culture going to onsens and restaurants after a hard day on the snow. The yakitori stand at the end of the first day was a real treat.
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    Anna O'Sullivan
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    Armand Girard Noyer
    Daisuke was an awesome guide! We ran into some unstable snow, so we modified our original plan and found some great snow on a safer slope. Daisuke was super helpful skiing and also in helping us to figure out logistics for the rest of our trip. I would and will recommend Daisuke to everyone I know going skiing in Japan!
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    Connor McCune
     

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