Freeride and ski touring in Hokkaido

There are so many wonderful ski spots in Hokkaido, Japan, like Furano and Niseko! And Stephane, IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you to them in this varied 9-day ski trip.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range

Daisetsuzan

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

Do you want to find powder, lots of it? Then join me on this freeride ski trip in HokkaidoJapan, touring around the island to go to the best spots! I designed this unusual trip in the country of the rising sun.

Snow of a quality and quantity that you have never seen before!  We ski in the forests, so dense that we feel we are alone. We also ski at very low altitudes, near the sea, in unique landscapes.

During lunch, we can enjoy delicious noodle soup in the local restaurants. I chose to be based around Furano and Niseko, the local Chamonix. The accommodations are very comfortable, and the location allow us to also enjoy the evenings. But before the after-ski and dinner, we go to the onsen for some relaxation.

Some of the highlights of this trip in Japan are:
– a good skiing rhythm, we are not here to relax!
– discovering the best freeride spots in Hokkaido
– days with incredible runs in beautiful forests
– quality accommodation
– comfortable minibus transfers during the whole trip

Do you find this trip interesting? Then please contact me, you can join one of the planned trips, but we can also set new dates for your group!


Price per person

 
Group of 5
3004 USD

Group of 6
3004 USD

Group of 7
3004 USD

Group of 8
3004 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Mountain guide's expenses
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Furano

    Arrival at the Sapporo airport (New Chitose). Transfer by minibus to Furano. Overnight in the area.

  • Day 2 to 4: Furano, Kamui, Asahikawa, Asahidake

    Breakfast and departure to one of the surrounding areas: Furano, Kamui, Asahikawa, Asahidake, depending on the conditions. Skiing during the whole day with some short ascents with skins. Overnight in Furano area. Possibility of onsen.

  • Day 5: Teine

    Breakfast and transfer South. We stop at the Teine station, which has great couloirs and incredible views over the sea. Late in the afternoon, transfer to Niseko. Hotel in the city center. Possibility of onsen.

  • Day 6: Niseko

    Breakfaste. Freeride ski in Niseko. Overnight in Niseko. Possibility of onsen and/or party.

  • Day 7: Rusutsu

    Breakfast. Departure to the Rusutsu station for freeride ski. Overnight in Niseko. Possibility of onsen and/or party.

  • Day 8: Niseko

    Breakfast. Freeride ski in Niseko. Overnight in Chitose to be near the airport.

  • Day 9: Departure

    Breakfast and transfer to the airport.

 
 

Other details

 
Meeting point
Sapporo domestic airport, arrival hall.
Accommodation

3* hotel with breakfast (double room). Single rooms may be available, contact me for pricing information, keep in mind that accommodation in Japan is very expensive.

More info

Group size: 6 to 8 people.

Breakfast is included.
I can loan you technical equipment (AVD, shovel and probe).

Technical level: For good skiers in all snow. We have a good rhythm during the ski days. There may be some short steep passages. It's possible to make short ascents on skins (no more than 45 min per day and you don't need to have ski touring experience).
To carry: a light bag with what you need for the day.

Calculate around 250€ for the lifts for the 7 days, which are not included in the price.
I recommend you to have cancellation insurance. Search and repatriation insurance is mandatory. I propose you to hire insurance through Europ Assistance upon booking the trip with me.

Disclaimer
This is an example of freeride and ski touring in Japan. The weather and snow conditions, as well as the level of the participants, may make me modify the program or the order of the itinerary, in different areas. IMPORTANT: if you are joining a group, please be aware that I need a minimum of participants to guarantee the departure. You’ll be notified the latest 21 days before the starting date in case I need to cancel because of a lack of participants. Your money will then be transferred back. This trip is organized by “AZIMUT” - Atout France IM005120010
 

About the Guide

 
 

I enjoy very much discovering and re discovering the most beautiful spots in the world, in the Ecrins mountain range but also all around the planet. With all my joy and my passion, I will share with you unique moments and an amazing journey. From les Ecrins to Chili, from Morocco to Greenland, from Les Gorges du Verdon to Japan, from Italy to Norway… tons of destinations offering all types of mountain activities, different at each season and making me so happy when I can share them with my friends and clients.
In the case you want to join one of the programs I propose and if I'm not available, you'll be going with a colleague of mine, IFMGA certified as well.

 
 
FROM 3004 USD per person
 

 

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