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January is the best season for this Asian powder skiing in the neighbor Japanese cities of Kurodake and Asahidake, in Northern Hokkaido.
Volcanoes, powder, thermal springs and sushi are the key ingredients of this memorable Japanese off-piste experience.
Kurodake and Asahidake are two very small resorts at the heart of Daisetsuzan National Park (which means “big snowy mountains”). They are at the foot of the Daisetsukan volcano range, the highest mountains in Hokkaido. The tallest summit in the area is Mount Asahi, at 2291 m.
This is one of the wildest and least populated areas in Japan. In fact, is the home of various endangered animals, like the brown bear.
Kurodake and its sister village of Asahidake are a true high mountain setting, breaking the mould of “easy and mellow” Japanese ski. Actually, their few lifts and cable cars open a wide spectrum of superb off-piste and ski touring itineraries.
Unlike most Japanese resorts, as little is done in the way of piste grooming, there’s free access to the whole mountain without the intervention of the piste police.
The place gets about 15 m of snow per year. It remains light due to the cold and dry atmosphere at the center of the island.
In Kurodake ski resort you can find the long and steep Alpine runs that are missing elsewhere, still with the quantity and reliability of powder that people are looking for in Japan. Because of this, I consider it one of Hokkaido’s well kept secrets.
ABOUT THIS TRIP
You will ski alternatively on the vast powder slopes at the top of the volcanoes and in the pine forests in the valleys, with elevation differentials between 500 and 900 m, and much longer runs than in the mountains of the South.
At the end of the day, you can relax in the “onsen”, the popular hot thermal springs in the region. After that, you’ll enjoy the delicious traditional food offered in the inns you will be staying in.
For this trip, we’ll stay both in Kurodake and Asahidake. Both places are far from the touristic resorts on the south of Hokkaido.
Please contact me and we’ll start planning together this amazing ski touring week in Japan!
- Guiding fee
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.
- Inn in Kurodake
- Inn in Asahidake
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