People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar
Type of Trip
Enjoy 4 days of Powder hunting in Otaru / Sapporo areas in Hokkaido!
You’ll be based in a guest house that I run, and there are a lot of ski areas to choose from accessible from the guest house, including some of the ski areas as below:
– Sapporo Teine
– Sapporo Kokusai
– Asari Onsen Ski Area
– Otaru Tenguyama
Everyday I will check the conditions and head to the best skiing area for the day! For big groups, you will also be able to rent the whole guesthouse by yourselves (sleeps up to 11 people)!
There is an option to extend your stay by 2 days to explore backcountry skiing in a less visited areas (Have a look at the itinerary below).
This area in general is known as one of the deep powder snow regions in Japan. Fresh new snow resets itself almost on a daily basis.
Required Technical / Fitness Levels:
– For all technical levels.
– Participants should be able to hike 2-3 hours per day with a basic day pack.
– No previous experience required.
JPY 100,000 – 150,000 per person
Included in Price:-
Guide Fee, Accommodation, Breakfasts and Dinners.
Excluded from Price:-
Lunch, snacks and any alcoholic beverages
Day 1: Meet at Shinchitose Airport. If we have time, ski at Sapporo Teine. Overnight stay at the Guest house.
Day 2: Lift accessed side country skiing at Sapporo Kokusai or Kiroro. Overnight stay at the Guest house.
Day 3: Mt Yoichi backcountry skiing. Sapporo night tour for aprés Ski! Overnight stay at the Guest house.
Day 4: Ski at Teine Highland. Pick up luggage from the Guest house and drop off at Shinchitose Airport.
The aim is to offer you a customised trip so please contact me with your requirements if you have different number of days available, if there are specific areas you wanted to ski in, if you had any objectives or peaks you wanted to ski from etc.
Just to give you some ideas, you can combine the above sample itinerary with my other programmes:
Optional Backcountry Skiing extension
1. 2-days Ski Touring in Harukayama
2. 5-days Powder Trip in Asahikawa and Furano Areas
3. 4-days Backcountry Skiing Camping Trip in Mt Teshiodake
- ski gears (skis, boots, skins, avalanche safety gears)
- ski wears
Price per person
I run a guest house where you can stay and base yourselves for the duration of the powder hunting trip. The price includes accommodation price.
The price ranges between JPY 100000 and 150000 per person.
Day light house in Hokkaido during Jan - Feb is Sunrise at 6:30 / 7am and Sunset at 4:30 / 5pm.
Niseko, Otaru, Sapporo Area - Average daily low at -8c in Jan/Feb. In the mountains, -10c to -15c.
Asahidake, Tokachidake, Teshiodake Area - Very cold in Jan/Feb. Even in Asahikawa City, the average daily low is around -13c and in the mountains it could be as low as or lower than -25c.
In both regions, the number of sunny days are very limited. In general, there are more than 25 days of snow in a month.
About the Guide
I am a JMGA certified Stage II Mountaineering Guide, and am also certified with Technical Rope Rescue license.
My father’s passion got me started in skiing and mountaineering early in my life - I competed in Cross Country skiing during my high school in universities years at the National level and I’ve been a mountain guide since 1996 when I moved to Hokkaido.
I also appear regularly in mountain related media such as magazines, TV programmes and radio channels. My favourite guiding activity is backcountry skiing, especially when I guide clients to remote places for untracked powder runs, which are earned by hiking up. Mt Teshiodake is my favourite destination in Hokkaido for this. I also surf in the summer!
My extensive climbs and expeditions abroad include the Ski descent of Denali, Sea kayak and Ski expedition along Aleutian islands, Sea kayak and ski expedition in Greenland, Himalaya skiing, Climb of Alpamayo south west route, Ski descent of Mt Pisco in Peru, Field assistant in Antarctica over its winter etc.
I will fully support you on your adventure in this land of north for all four seasons, let it be a pristine powder skiing experience in the world’s best powder snow or the summer mountains or the sea. Whether you are a beginner eager to learn the world of mountains or an experienced mountaineer looking to improve your skills, or an advanced mountain goer keen to enjoy the mountains at the limit of your abilities, I will be very happy to guide you for you to achieve your goals.
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