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Hakuba Ski Touring and Backcountry Skiing Week

Join IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide Caroline on an exhilarating ski touring and backcountry skiing week in Hakuba, Japan!

Mountain RangeJapan Alps
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Japanese snow is just right, abundant, fluffy, a dream. Just outside of Nagano lies Hakuba, a lovely village in the Japanese Alps. And also, one of the best spots for ski lovers like yourself looking for great alpine runs and tree skiing landscapes. On this one week Hakuba ski touring and backcountry skiing trip I will show you some of its best slopes!

We will begin our tour in Hakuba proper. It takes around 3-5 hours to get there from Tokyo airport and is quite straightforward. Once there, we will be staying at the Hakuba Powder Lodge. This will be a great spot from which to kick start every morning before hitting the snowy peaks. We will begin by skiing in the resorts. Then, as we advance we will look for some backcountry opportunities. Weather, fortunately is usually very favorable in this respect. Also, you might catch sight of some snow monkeys when we are out skirting the trees. Additionally, you will get to eat some great sushi and experience the beautiful Japanese culture.

In terms of difficulty, Hakuba offers different terrains that are suitable for different levels. Consequently, we can adapt the tour to suit your needs and preferences. It is of course important that you have a good fitness level because we will be out skiing all day for many days in a row. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you.

Are you ready for a taste of Japanese snow? Then book your place now and join me on this amazing ski week in Hakuba!

Would you like to explore other remote ski destinations? How about a week skiing in Norway? Find out more here.

Accommodation

Hakuba Powder Lodge

Meeting point

Hakuba. It takes between 3-5 hours by public transport to get from Tokyo Narita airport to Hakuba. HOW TO GET THERE: Take train to Nagano directly via train and continue to Hakuba by bus or shuttle. There are also some services that provide direct transport from the airport to Hakuba that may be practical for groups traveling together. Also, it is possible to have skis and luggage sent overnight to Hakuba at a reasonable fee, which avoids traveling on the train with lots of baggage. We will be happy to help you sort out any doubts.

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About the guide

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I was born in a small ski village in the Swiss Alps and was immersed in the climbing culture through my parents at a young age. After three years competing in the ice climbing world cup and after graduating from law school, I decided to pursue climbing professionally, both as a guide and as a professional alpinist.

My passion for everything relating to the mountains - alpine climbing, ice climbing, skiing, skimo races, rock climbing, etc. - has taken me all over the world, doing first ascents and repeated beautiful climbs in places such as Canada, Ethiopia, Norway, Jordan, Iceland, Antarctica, Morocco, Thailand and more. But some of my greatest climbs have been here in the Alps, climbing the north faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn, Grandes Jorasses and Drus, or Beyond Good and Evil in Chamonix. What I love most though is climbing big frozen waterfalls.

Through guiding, I get to share my love for the mountains, as well as my skills and knowledge with guests around the world, in the alpine, on ice, rock or on skis. What I love about my job in the Alps is that I get to speak so many different languages - English, French, Italian, German - as the mountains sit on or close to borders.

The mountains are my passion and have been my way of life for most of my life. It is a community I am proud to belong to. And on this journey, I have met my husband and fellow mountain guide, Adam. We love working together. We live in Finhaut - a small Swiss village right the French-Swiss border between Chamonix and Verbier - with our lovely daughter Olivia. We have access to beautiful climbing and ski touring right from our doorstep and are close to world class terrain in France, Switzerland and Italy in a matter of minutes!

When I am not guiding, I play for myself in the mountains, work on translations, blog and love to rediscover the wonders of the world through the eyes of my daughter.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

CHF 10310 each

Group of 2

CHF 5155 each

Group of 3

CHF 3437 each

Group of 4

CHF 2578 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

Price details

• INCLUDED: Guide fees and expenses with an IFMGA mountain guide; Lift passes for the week as needed; Transportation for the week and taxi fares as needed; 6 nights lodging (Sun – Fri) at the Hakuba Powder Lodge. NOT INCLUDED: travel to and from Hakuba; rescue/trip insurance; food and drinks during the week.


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