12-day freeride ski trip in Niseko

Josef, IFMGA mountain guide, takes you on a 12-day ski trip combining a lot of freeriding with some ski touring in the best spots of Hokkaido: Niseko, Kiroro, Rusutsu, Moiwa and Mt Yotei.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

12 days

Mountain Range

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People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
     

    Enjoy skiing in the lightest powder snow on Earth. Join this exciting freeride ski trip in Niseko and its surroundings!

    Niseko is one of the most famous ski resorts in Japan. Located in the island of Hokkaido, it receives (in average) a jaw-dropping amount of 18 meters of snow per year.

    Our itinerary will consist of 9 days of skiing, including short hikes. Besides, there’ll be 1 or 2 optional days of backcountry ski touring.

    Here are some of the spots we’ll visit:
    • Niseko: it has 4 ski resorts: Hanazono, Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village. Besides, this area has probably the best night skiing in the world, with illuminated deep-powder runs.
    • Kiroro: a pretty undiscovered location that receives a great amount of snow.
    • Rusutsu: you can find the best tree skiing here. There’s also a side-country park, ideal for those willing to try some freestyle.
    • Koukusai, Moiwa: these are smaller resorts… absolutely hidden gems!
    • Sapporo Teine: the steepest terrain in Hokkaido, with amazing ocean views.

    We’ll be based in Kutchan, a small village with easy access to Niseko and Sapporo area. We’ll rent a house for the whole group and eat food cooked by our chef, on a friendly and unique atmosphere.

    Furthermore, we’ll visit some Onsen (hot springs), restaurants with delicious Japanese food and bars for relaxing after skiing all day. So prepare to have a lot of fun!

    Even though you can find an itinerary below this description, flexibility will be key in this trip. I’ll adapt the trip according to the weather conditions, as well as the requirements of the group members. I will always be looking for the best snow!

    During the trip, we’ll do video-analysis of your technique and give you specific tips to improve your skills in deep snow.

    In addition, you’ll receive an Avalanche Training Session, to learn about avalanche rescue and how to move safely on a backcountry terrain.

    How do I know if this programme is for me?

    You should be able to ski comfortably on most black slopes and be reasonably fit. However, you don’t need to be an expert skier or snowboarder. The idea is to work on your powder technique!

    You can join an existing group if you are traveling on your own or gather a group of friends (up to 5) for a private guide.

    Besides, if you want to travel around Japan after this trip, I can help you with some local tips and flights arrangements. You can also let me know if you want a shorter trip.

    Please get in touch with me if you want to join this freeriding trip in Japan! It will be my pleasure to guide you here and make sure you spend an unforgettable time.

    And in case you’re looking for a similar trip with more ski touring and less freeriding, you should consider this road trip and backcountry ski touring in Hokkaido.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    2190 EUR

    Group of 2
    2190 EUR

    Group of 3
    2190 EUR

    Group of 4
    2190 EUR

    Group of 5
    2190 EUR

    Group of 6
    2190 EUR

    Group of 7
    2190 EUR

    Group of 8
    2190 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Lifts tickets
    • Transport during the trip
     Keep in mind that the price may vary according to the time of the year. The price also includes: - Breakfast - 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
     

    Itinerary

     
    • 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 / Evening: Onsen.

    • Day 8Rusutsu
    • Day 9Kiroro

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

    • Day 10Moiwa
    • Day 11Teine or Kokusai

      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
    27/12/2019 to 06/01/2020
    1 spot available. 1990 EUR.
    06/01/2020 to 16/01/2020
    1 spot available. 2190 EUR.
    16/01/2020 to 26/01/2020
    4 spots available. 2190 EUR.
    20/02/2020 to 01/03/2020
    4 spots available. 2190 EUR.
     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    More info

    Equipment: There's no need to bring your own equipment. Powder skis/snbs and avalanche equipment already prepared for you in Japan. | We 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, we 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.

     
     


     

     

    What People are Saying about Josef Simunek

    • 13 reviews

     

    What an experience! Vojta, Tomas, Cyril and Kuba run a great camp with good balance of ski touring and lift access to get to the best lines of the day. I liked the idea of not having daily program set in stone but rather wait for morning weather report to decide on the best option for the day. I highly recommend Sherpas ride for Japow experience.
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    Martin Vana
    Definitely provided one of the best sports experiences I\'ve ever had. Organization and support was great, staff very competent and ambitious. Skis and boards provided, guides were able to find the best powder lines on the mountains. Big thumbs up!
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    Manuel Wildtgrube
    I recently did the Freeride Camp with Sherpas Ride and it was amazing. First of all the staff is not only very competent but also highly motivated to provide a great experience on and off the mountain every single day. The provided equipment (Skis, Poles & avalanche equipment) was new and worked well. Breakfast was freshly made every day and the guys did a good job creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere throughout the trip. I\'ll definitely try to come back for another trip!
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    Bastien Adrien
    (Travelled Feb 2017) Josef\'s colleagues Vojta, Cyril, Kuba and Thomas run a top notch guiding company. They led my group on an amazing 8 day trip in Hokkaido during the second half of February 2017. They prayed to the snow gods and we were rewarded with 6 feet (~150 CM) of light delicious JaPow over the 8 days, surfing snow all over the region. It was beyond epic. Great bunch of dudes, highly competent guides, I would ride with them any day! Highly recommend for anyone considering hitting up Japan or any of their other awesome trips.
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    Alex
     

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