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Skiing in Asahikawa on the island of Hokkaido is one of the best options to find the finest powder snow in all Japan! So why not leaving together on a guided freeride ski tour, ride some deep snow and discover the Japanese culture and traditions?
Asahikawa is located in the middle of Hokkaido. It is the 2nd city of the island, 120 km north east of Sapporo. It makes a great base to visit the different ski resorts of the area: Kamui, Asahidake, Furano, Kurodake and Tokachi-dake.
Asahidake, one hour from Asahikawa, is a fantastic ski resort with not so expensive ski lifts. Powder and freeride skiing lovers will love it there!
Tokachi-Dake is around 60 km southeast from Asahikawa. This backcountry ski region has to offer the ultimate powder. You can get very light snow there, because almost all the slopes are facing north area and high altitude. It is also very amazing to ski in the on the volcano and ski in the forest with big spruce trees.
The main advantage of being based in Asahikawa is that every morning we can decide to which resort we want to go based on the conditions of the day. It can be either for some freeride / off-piste skiing or for some ski touring on the volcanoes of the region. You can be almost 100% sure that we will find great powder that Hokkaido is famous around the world for.
The best time for skiing in Hokkaido goes from January till March. The heavy snowfalls happens in January and February sometimes up to 15 meters in 2 months.
We can ski together either for one or several days. I can also organize an entire ski week for you and take you to the best ski spots of Hokkaido. In the evening, we will enjoy together some good beers, sake and delicious Japanese meals. In addition, we will visit the onsen (natural hot spring baths) for some great relaxation.
I’m happy to guide you here and let you live an unforgettable ski experience.
I’m a certified mountain and ski guide from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association (JMGA).
Please contact me and let’s start planning your ski tour!
Price per person per day
- 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.
Please note that my Transportation Expense for this programme is JPY 22,000 which I will need to ask the guests to cover.
Renting ski equipment in Japan is not easy but I can try to do it for you. I will need you to give me the model and the size of the DYNASTAR boots that fit your feet. Please let me know also your size (for the skis). Here are the renting prices:
- Avalanche security set (beacon, shovel, probe) = 15,000JPY/week
- Boots = around 15,000JPY/week.
- Skis, poles and skin = 28,000JPY/week
About the Guide
I wish you a very warm welcome from Hokkaido, the north island of Japan. The dream spot for any fan of powder skiing!
I'm Jun, I'm a JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) mountain and ski guide. I'm also a ski and telemark instructor. I graduated from the Hokkaido University. I have been skiing all around Hokkaido and I know every corner of this incredible island. I'm also an expert in avalanche safety management.
I'm guiding my friends and clients in all the most beautiful places of Hokkaido: Shiretoko (UNESCO World Nature Heritage), Daisetsuzan National Park, Rishiri, Niseko, Yotei volcano, Asahikawa... hiking, skiing and mountaineering.
Have a look to the different tours I propose to have more info on what you can experience here and get in touch with me. I will be very happy to help you organising your trip and guide you in our beautiful mountains. I'm also the director of the Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA) which includes around 84 guides.
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