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Ski Tour in Yamagata, Japan

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Experience the excitement of skiing in Japan at the thrilling Mt. Zao ski resort in Yamagata with an experienced, certified guide. Located in Yamagata, Japan, this winter wonderland offers more than just your typical slopes.


3 Days

Jan - Mar




Delve into the mystical lands of Yamagata

Encounter the mythical Ice Monsters of Mt Zao

Enjoy a crowd-free powder resort


Are you a thrill-seeker looking for an opportunity to ski in Japan? Look no further than this exhillirating ski resort in the formidable Mt. Zao in Yamagata, Japan!

Rising above the snow-covered Japanese scenery, Mt. Zao transcends the typical ski resort experience. It serves as a winter paradise where exhilarating slopes and fresh powder intersect with nature's enchanting artistry, creating the mesmerizing "Ice Monsters."

Descend immaculate slopes, surrounded by a blanket of white, and then encountering these towering, otherworldly figures. These extraordinary formations, crafted from rime ice and snow sculpted by the wind, stand as guardians of the slopes, infusing your skiing adventure with a touch of folklore and wonder.

Explore Mount Gassan, a nearly 2000m (6500 feet) high mountain, engaging in a full day of backcountry exploration. Using a snow-cat, we'll ascend to around 1600m (5300 feet), ensuring a crowd-free experience to enjoy the pristine powder snow. With no crowds to contend with, we'll have the freedom to explore the breathtaking backcountry at our own pace,

Whether you're an experienced skier gracefully navigating the slopes or a newcomer, Mt. Zao is the perfect spot to enjoy some of Japan's most wondrous snowy landscapes.

Seize this opportunity! Reach out to me today and let's begin planning your escape in Yamagata.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Dinner

- Breakfast

- Lift tickets

- Guiding fee

Price details

The following items are excluded from the price: airfare, lunch, rental equipment, personal expenses, and a 10% tax.


Day 1: Arrival to Gassan Pole Pole Farm

You can arrive in Tokyo or Chitose via plane or bullet train, and we will arrange transportation for you accordingly. Here's an example itinerary for traveling from Niseko or other Hokkaido ski resorts:

15:50: Arrival at Yamagata airport via JL2843 14:35/15:50 from New Chitose airport. A shuttle bus will take you directly to the hotel.

17:30: Check-in at the Gassan Pole Pole farm hotel.

Day 2: Journey to Mt. Gassan

At 8:00, we will venture to Mt. Gassan, a mountain that stands at nearly 2000m (6500 feet) high. Our plan for the day involves backcountry exploration. We will utilize a snow-cat to ascend to approximately 1600m (5300 feet), allowing us to relish the pristine powder snow without any crowding.

By 16:00, after our backcountry skiing escapade, we will return to a warm and inviting mountain villa for an early dinner.

At 18:00, you can partake in the local night skiing experience, marking your final night in Yamagata. This presents an opportunity to savor the memorable night powder snow.

Accommodation: Gassan Pole Pole Farm Villa

Day 3: Final skiing day

At 9:00, you can engage in a full day of skiing or snowboarding at the Mt. Zao ski resort.

By 15:30, we will head to Yamagata station or Yamagata airport. Your arrival in Tokyo is expected around 22:00.




Your accommodation will be at the Gassan Pole Pole Farm Villa

Meeting point

You may come from Tokyo or Chitose by flight or a bullet train. We will pick you up depending on your transportation


What experience and how fit do I need to be for this ski touring trip in Yamagata?

Some backcountry experience is recommended, especially if you're unfamiliar with uphill travel and avalanche safety protocols.

What kind of training do you suggest to prepare for this trip?

Ski touring demands a good level of cardiovascular fitness. Regular aerobic exercise, such as running, swimming, or biking, is essential to build endurance. Additionally, strength training focusing on legs, core, and upper body will help you ascend and descend efficiently.

How will accommodation be handled?

Your accommodation will be at the Gassan Pole Pole Farm Villa

Where will we meet?

You can arrive from Tokyo or Chitose by either flight or bullet train, and we'll arrange for your transportation accordingly.

What's included in the price?

This package includes everything you need for an unforgettable ski trip to Yamagata:

2 nights of comfortable accommodation

Convenient transportation within Yamagata

2 delicious dinners

2 hearty breakfasts

Lift tickets for all your skiing needs

A dedicated cat ticket for exploring Mt. Gassan's backcountry

The expertise and guidance of a professional ski guide

What is NOT included in the price?

Not included: Airfare, lunch, rental gear, personal expenses, and 10% tax.

About the guide

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Ski Guide

We are a backcountry ski guide in Yamagata Japan.

If you are looking for a unique ski trip destination, needless to say, with great powder snow,  we can offer them.

We offer an English-speaking ski resort and backcountry guide service, and an accommodation and transportation arranging service these are problems when moving around the Japanese countryside.

There are still many ski resorts in the Tohoku region, especially in Yamagata, that are not well known to foreigners. You can enjoy them with us. You may customize your itinerary according to your wishes.

We are running a hotel, which is cozy mountain villa accommodation in this Mt.Gassan area.
You will be able to relieve your pleasant fatigue after ski at our hotel.

Let's enjoy the deep powder in the Tohoku region with us.


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