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.




Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb

Type of Trip



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!


Price per person

1 Person
3850 EUR


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
 This is the price to join a group tour


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.


Next departures

For private groups contact the guide
Next datesInfo
25/01/2019 to 03/02/2019

Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Meeting point
In Sapporo.

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.


About the Guide


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.

FROM 3850 EUR per person


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