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.




Trip Duration

10 days

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar

Type of Trip




    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    2490 EUR

    Group of 2
    2490 EUR

    Group of 3
    2490 EUR

    Group of 4
    2490 EUR

    Group of 5
    2490 EUR

    Group of 6
    2490 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Lifts tickets
    • Transport during the trip
     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


    • Day 1 to 2Flight to Japan. Private transfer to Niseko.
    • Day 3Rusutsu

      Evening: Avalanche Safety Presentation.

    • Day 4Niseko Backbowls + Avalanche Rescue Practice

      Evening: Night Powder Skiing.

    • Day 5Backcountry day

      Ski-Touring in Niseko Area.

      Evening: Onsen

    • Day 6Kiroro (+ video filming)
    • Day 7Backcountry day: Mt. Yotei Volcano
    • Day 8Backcountry day: Mt. Shirebetsu
    • Day 9Backcountry of Kiroro

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

    • Day 10Backcountry day: Kuro-dake

      Evening: Onsen.

    • Day 11Backcountry day: Furano-dake

      Evening: Good Bye Party.

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

    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
    Next datesInfo
    15/02/2020 to 25/02/2020
    2 spots available. 2490 EUR.
    25/02/2020 to 06/03/2020
    1 spot available. 2490 EUR.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    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.


    About the Guide


    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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    What People are Saying

    • 8 reviews


    I participated in the Sherpas Ride Trip Dec/Jan 2018/19 and I loved the experience of freeriding in Japan as well as the guiding and organization of Tomas and Vojta from Sherpas Ride. The trip was booked directly with Vojta and he advised me carefully on fitness level and equipment required for the trip. I felt well prepared and any question or organizational detail was delivered in a timely manner. At arrival the pickup went smoothly and Vojta is great in making you feel welcome and at home from the first minute. The housing, where our group of 12 people, was accommodated was conveniently equipped and close to restaurants and supermarkets. The facilities like bathroom and kitchen are shared and the group was super lovely and easy to deal with. The equipment (ski, poles, backpack with avalanche rescue equipment, and skins) was all comparatively new and well maintained. Tomas and Vojta were always helpful if there was any need or problem with it. The organization of breakfast, driving to the best spot and during the freeriding or touring day went well because the guys mange everything in a nice and relaxed way. I asked for and appreciated that they gave me advise on how to improve my freeriding skills and that they had a good speed and thus, I was also challenged to become better. I felt well informed on where to go and how to behave and there was always room for discussing snow conditions and how to best spot a line and estimate risks. I definitely learned something there and the two guides made things fun, yet clear when limits are reached. The scenery of the volcanos, trees, and the masses of snow is simply faboulous. There is nothing comparable to enjoying the ride in the deep snow spraying all over you. I would definitely do it again! Thanks for the time, Sherpas Ride, and my great group Dec/Jan 2018/19 - you will always enjoy a special place in my memories.
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    Booked the Hokkaido Roadtrip - this can be described in one word: Fantastic! I would book this trip again immediately! Super organized camp with excellent powderlines. Guides are also trying very hard to put together an alternative program (ski tours) if it happens that there is no fresh snow for a few days. Really absolutely recommendable Trip to Japan with all-round care.
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    Fortunat Signorell
    What a blast! We had the most epic trip with the boys from sherpas ride. Vojta assembled a very good group with strong riders. We got blessed with the weather and found fresh powder lines every day. Vojta always made sure to keep us busy and entertained - no day like the previous one, new highlights every day!! It was a good mix of resort skiing and ski touring. On our off day we went swimming in the ocean followed by whiskey tasting tour. Even got to play around with a drone. Seriously, what more can you ask for? Definitely coming back for more. I 100% recommend this camp. If you want to have a great time in japan with easy going guides that ski hard and always find fresh powder stashes at a really decent price, look no further.
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    Benji Merlin Gaub
    Those guys are amazing! 9 days of ski that I will never forgget! Hope to see you soon guys! Spanish kisses!
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    Albert Vicente

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