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Road trip and backcountry ski touring in Hokkaido

10 days on the road along Hokkaido's best ski areas (Niseko, Sapporo and Furano), with lots of opportunities for backcountry ski touring together with Josef, IFMGA mountain guide.

Duration10 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Description

An outstanding amount of 18 meters of snow per year, makes Hokkaido one of the best ski destinations in the world. Why don’t you come here for an incredible adventure?

I invite you to a 10-day traverse with 9 days of skiing to the top ski areas in the island of Hokkaido. Starting from Niseko, one of the most renowned ski resorts in the country, we’ll drive north till we reach Furano.

Along the way, we’ll enjoy some great backcountry ski touring, find endless hiking possibilities and untouched powder!

If you wish to explore Hokkaido and you don’t mind spending time on the road, this trip is your best option! Besides having some ski experience, you should be fit, as the hiking will demand extra effort.

A few highlights on the itinerary

The trip consists in 9 days of skiing (including short hikes). There’ll also be 2 to 3 days of backcountry ski-touring (this is optional).

We’ll spend 4 days in Niseko area, exploring resorts and volcanos. Then, we’ll move to Furano, in the mountains of Central Hokkaido.

Our itinerary includes tree skiing in Rusutso, an avalanche rescue practice in Niseko and a video filming session in the less-known location of Kiroro. In fact, we’ll analyze these videos later and I’ll give you hints to improve your technique.

Another interesting experience on this trip will be skiing during night in Niseko. 

But definitely one of the highlights will be hiking up Mount Yotei (a 1898 m volcano) and ski the deep powder inside its crater! Then, we’ll enjoy an amazing descent from the summit.

We will also spend a day in Kuro-Dake and enjoy the longest top to bottom ride in Hokkaido.

However, there’ll be much more beyond hiking and backcountry ski touring. At night we’ll relax at typical Japanese hot springs (called Onsen), eat delicious local food and have fun!

In Sapporo, for example, we’ll find lots of snow and also a unique night life and great food.

If you want to find out more, you can check the itinerary below this description. Nevertheless, you should be aware that this will be a flexible trip, adjusted to the weather and snow conditions.

We’ll use a van to move around Hokkaido. You can join an existing group or come with at least 6 of your friends for a private guiding trip.

Finally, in case you plan to stay longer in Japan, I can give you some advice and help you with your flights arrangements.

Please, contact me if you’d like to join me for an amazing road trip and backcountry ski touring in Hokkaido. I’ll do my best to provide you a complete, safe and totally unforgettable experience!

If you prefer more freeriding and less backcountry ski touring, you should consider this 12-day ski trip based in Niseko area.

More info

Equipment: There's no need to bring your own equipment. Powder skis/snbs and avalanche equipment will be already prepared for you in Japan. | I can help you arrange flights too. Surprisingly, return flight to Sapporo (Japan) cost only around 580 EUR / 16 000 CZK. The sooner you book the cheaper the flight. After your booking I will get back to you and organize flights for you if you require. | If you already have accommodation, I will offer you discounted package without it. | Insurance - approx. 100 EUR (Travel and Cancel insurance (not taking the trip due to injury illness etc.), I can arrange it for you.

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Itinerary

Day 1 to 2: Flight to Japan. Private transfer to Niseko.

Day 3: Rusutsu

Evening: Avalanche Safety Presentation.

Day 4: Niseko Backbowls + Avalanche Rescue Practice

Evening: Night Powder Skiing.

Day 5: Backcountry day

Ski-Touring in Niseko Area.

Evening: Onsen

Day 6: Kiroro (+ video filming)

Day 7: Backcountry day: Mt. Yotei Volcano

Day 8: Backcountry day: Mt. Shirebetsu

Day 9: Backcountry of Kiroro

Evening: “Powder Ski Technique” presentation + Video analysis.

Day 10: Backcountry day: Kuro-dake

Evening: Onsen.

Day 11: Backcountry day: Furano-dake

Evening: Good Bye Party.

Day 12: Flight back home OR Optional stay in Japan for more days


About the guide

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I'm a UIAGM certified guide, skitouring-freeride and heliski guide. I'm a lifelong skier, climber and mountaineer, born in Prachovske skaly, a famous sandstone climbing area in the Czech Republic.
I've personally participated in 13 expeditions to 8thousander peaks and stood 5 times on an 8000m peak. I have guided guests on all continents (7 summits, etc..) in numerous treks, climbing or skitouring expeditions.
I run a guiding company in Prague and work for Patagonia, SKI TRAB and ABS avalanche backpacks. I spend my winter guiding in the Northern hemisphere, including heliski in Lappland (SWE), ski touring in Morocco or enjoying the best powder snow on earth in Japan.
The rest of the time I'm on expeditions in Nepal or South America and I spend most of the summer climbing in my hometown or guiding in the Alps.
I like Czech beer and food, passionate guests and jokes. If I'm not available my team will guide you instead.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2568 each

Group of 2

EUR 2568 each

Group of 3

EUR 2568 each

Group of 4

EUR 2568 each

Group of 5

EUR 2568 each

Group of 6

EUR 2568 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

Price details

• The price also includes: - Breakfasts - Ski Pass - Free hire of Scott Freeride Skis in Japan (no need to bring your own) - Free hire of Avalanche equipment in Japan (Transceiver, Probe and Shovel) - Avalanche Training Session - Evening presentations - Video analysis


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