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Backcountry skiing for beginners in Hakuba, Japan

Come with one of our certified guides to the stunning Hakuba Valley, in Japan. Try its top-quality powder snow on a backcountry skiing trip for beginners!

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

Highlights

  • Discover Hakuba, an amazing winter destination in Japan.

  • Learn the basics of backcountry skiing.

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Japan Alps.

Description

Would you like to enjoy the amazing ski opportunities of Hakuba Valley? Then join us for a backcountry skiing trip for beginners and discover an awesome region of Japan!

In the Nagano Prefecture, Hakuba is a valley of the Japan Alps which receives approximately 11 meters of snowfall annually. Its towering peaks host 10 resorts and extensive terrain for all levels of skiers.

On this trip, we will explore the area and reach some stunning backcountry spots. We have options for beginners at Hakuba Cortina, Norikura Onsen, Tsugaike Kogen and Happo-one. From wide open slopes to tree descents, you will find all sorts of skiing options on an unforgettable adventure!

Please note that you need to be at least an intermediate piste skier but you don’t need powder experience: you will learn the basic skills with an expert. In addition, you can join us for several days and gain confidence as you go along! We will be at your disposition to help and guide you on the way!

So, if you up for this thrilling backcountry skiing trip, please contact us. Let’s explore the amazing powder of the Japan Alps!

Additionally, if you are looking for similar tours, check out our 1+ day Off-piste skiing with lift access in Hakuba.

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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