Hokkaido 1-day backcountry ski tour

Cveto, an IFMGA mountain guide, takes you on a 1-day backcountry ski tour enjoying Hokkaido's best snow in Niseko or Furano.




Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar

Type of Trip

Not specified



    With large backcountry fields of pure powder snow, Hokkaido -the northernmost island of Japan- is one of the finest ski destinations in the world. 

    I propose to take you on a 1-day trip for a taste of this unique backcountry terrain at some of the best spots on the island. We’ll go backcountry skiing around Niseko or Furano, depending on the snow conditions.

    Niseko (Hokkaido)

    It’s the largest ski resort in Japan, located at a 2.5 h drive from Chitose Airport. Beyond the most crowded ski runs, the backcountry offers many interesting possibilities you can access on a guided tour. Iwaonupuri, Chisenupuri and Annupuri are some of them.

    Furano (Hokkaido)

    This is the most popular ski resort among Japanese people and therefore, a good choice for a more authentic experience. It’s famous for having the lightest and driest powder snow in the country, as well as the highest vertical drop.

    Are you ready for a backcountry ski experience in Hokkaido? Send a request! I believe we’ll have a great time in the best fine snow in Japan.

    If you are looking for other winter activities in Japan, you may consider this introduction to ice climbing at Mt. Akadake of Yatsugatake.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    50000 JPY

    Group of 2
    50000 JPY

    Group of 3
    50000 JPY

    Group of 4
    50000 JPY

    Group of 5
    50000 JPY

    Group of 6
    50000 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required



    About the Guide


    I am an IFMGA mountain guide, also certified by the JMGA, born in Slovenia. Slovenia is known as one of the major sporting countries in the world - I used to compete at the Olympics representing Slovenia in Cross-country Skiing. After I left Slovenia, I travelled all over the world and ended up in Japan, where I have now lived for more than 20 years, mainly because I love the beautiful Japanese mountains too much, and I feel privileged to be able to enjoy these mountains through the entire four seasons.

    I am based at the foot of the Japan Alps, in Nagano Prefecture. In the winter, we go climbing or skiing around Mt. Fuji or Yatsugatake and in the summer, we can enjoy shower-climbing or canoeing. It is my absolute pleasure to also take you and guide you in my home country in Slovenia.

    In addition to guiding the mountains, I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach mountain climbing skills to every level of climbers. This is because I want everyone to enjoy Japanese mountains safely.

    I am the first non-Japanese mountain guide registered with the Japan Mountain Guide Association. Please contact me if you would love to have great experiences in the mountains in all seasons with me!



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    What People are Saying about Cveto Podlogar


    Our climbing trip was amazing - despite being during the wettest & hottest season in Japan! Due to the weather, our original destination was not possible. Yet Cveto was able to quickly coordinate an alternative plan that would get us on the rocks. Both Cveto & Chiharu were highly communicative & responsive with us (as we planned our trip from Australia). Cveto himself was easy to get along with as well as being extremely knowledgeable. He helped us grow, both in terms of learning climbing skills and pushing mental barriers with lead climbing and rappelling. Overall a really enjoyable course with plenty of practical application of the new skills packed into the two-day course. We highly recommend Cveto for anyone looking to actually apply these skills on rock rather than practicing endlessly on the ground. We are hoping to travel next year to climb & learn with Cveto again.
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    Emi Flynn
    Our family of four had the best time with Cveto. Our goal was to get our kids (ages 9 and 11) to the top of Fuji-san before the public open season and I don\'t think we could have done it without Cveto. Of everything we did during our 11 days in Japan, climbing Fuji-san was our favorite highlight. Cveto was communicative about preparations, gear, and weather before the trip and was the consummate professional during the climb. He even short-roped our 9-yr old during a period of altitude sickness.
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    Brad Jefferson
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    Eric Robinson
    Thanks again for the climb, the instruction, and the conversation. For me, this was one of those unforgettable moments in life and I sincerely appreciate your time and energy. You went above and beyond the call! Please also give my best to your wife. I know I was pestering her with questions and she relieved my anxiety! I woke up to a clear view of the mountain and still can\'t process that we somehow were up there and I couldn\'t have done it without both of you! Thanks!
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    Eric Robinson

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