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Freeride skiing and ski touring in Niseko

Ski touring and freeriding in some of the best ski spots of Hokkaido, including Niseko, Sapporo, Otaru and many more, with Jean Marc, IFMGA mountain guide.

Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripGroup


Hokkaido is known worldwide for its exceptional snow. It is now a key destination in the world for freeride / off-piste skiing. In particular, the resort of Niseko, near Sapporo, is the starting point to this famous off-piste ski area.

The setting: carved slopes of this volcanic landscape, covered here and there with birch forests and copious powder snow. You can imagine it’s indeed a true powder-ski playground.

Frequent and abundant snowfalls from Siberia and Kamchatka make it a location with exceptional quality snow. The average snowfall per month in Niseko and its surrounding during January and February is 5-8 m. The quality of the powder snow here is generally considered to be the best in the world.

Although there are frequent periods of bad weather in the area, this problem has a solution. We can ski in the amazing birch forests that offer skiers protection and very good visibility.

Depending on the weather and the level of the participants, we can also go backcountry skiing in the other resorts of the area. Therefore we can ski in Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Tomamu, Asahidake and Rusutsu. Here we will find great skiing on less crowded routes.

In addition, we work during the week with a local guide, a specialist in off-piste skiing in Hokkaido. This will guarantee that we go to the best ski spots according to the snow and weather conditions.

We will stay in a very comfortable hotel. In addition, the wonderful Japanese cuisine and the “onsen” baths will fill your trip with unforgettable memories.

I propose the following day to day program.

Day 0
From your departure airport, flight to Sapporo via Tokyo (or other cities).

Day 1
Arrival to Sapporo and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2
Off-piste skiing from Sapporo. The choice of the resort will depend on the conditions. Then transfer at the end of the afternoon to Niseko Hotel in Niseko.

Days 3 to 7
5 days of off-piste skiing and ski touring in Niseko or in the surrounding ski resorts.
Then on day 7, at the end of the afternoon, transfer to Sapporo. Overnight in a hotel in Sapporo.

Day 8
Leaving in the morning to go home via Tokyo (or other cities). Arrival in Europe at the end of the afternoon.

Are you interested in this Japanese freeride and ski touring trip? Then feel free to get in touch with me for more details! I would love to take you there and make you discover the best slopes. The greatest snow in the world is waiting for us!



Hotel equivalent **** in Sapporo on arrival and the night before departure as well as in Niseko. In case of travel to ski resorts located some distance from Niseko, because of more favorable snow and weather conditions, we will stay in hotels of equivalent standing.

More info

The price is based in double room accommodation. Level: good skiers with experience in off-piste skiing. During the stay, all transfers will be by private minibus.

Meeting point

In Sapporo.



About the guide

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UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide

- The passion of virgin areas -
Climbing, mountaineering, trekking, off-piste skiing, ski touring, heliskiing, I have used all the resources available in the mountain to explore the Alps in France, Italy, Switzerland, and also Nepal, Peru and Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Alaska, Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Turkey, Norway, Greenland and Spitsbergen…
Currently, with the enthusiasm of being a guide, I traverse the world’s mountains and I share my passion with those whom I call “clients” but after many years of common adventures have become my friends.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 3970 each

Group of 2

EUR 3970 each

Group of 3

EUR 3970 each

Group of 4

EUR 3970 each

Group of 5

EUR 3970 each

Group of 6

EUR 3970 each

Group of 7

EUR 3970 each

Group of 8

EUR 3970 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

Price details

This is the price to join a group tour

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