People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar
Type of Trip
Enjoy the best quality powder snow in the country!
Due to the colder climate, Asahidake and Furano areas are known for ultra light powder snow..
This area is also one of the few alpine areas in Hokkaido.
There are gondolas and lifts that we can utilise to efficiently enjoy the top quality powder at Furano and Asahidake ski resorts.
Not to be forgotten is to experience one of the most important Japanese cultures, which is the Onsen! Stay at Onsen ryokans and experience traditional Japan!
Required Technical/Fitness Levels:
– Suitable for all technical levels
– You need to be able to hike 2-3hours per day with a basic day pack
– No previous experience required
JPY 150,000 – 200,000 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 and drive to Furano. Overnight stay at a lodge.
Day 2: Lift accessed side country skiing from Furano Ski resort, utilising gondolas and lifts. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 3: Full day backcountry ski tour in Mt Furanodake. Overnight stay at Asahidake Onsen.
Day 4: Lift accessed side country skiing in Asahidake Ski resort, utilising the gondola. Overnight stay at Asahidake Onsen.
Day 5: Lift accessed side country skiing in Asahidake Ski resort, utilising the gondola. Enjoy onsen and having cleansed yourselves, I’ll drive you to 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. 4-days Hokkaido Powder Hunting
3. 4-days Backcountry Skiing Camping Trip in Mt Teshiodake
Price per person
The price ranges between JPY 150000 and 20000 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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