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Skiing powder snow, that’s what we are looking for in Japan. And Hokkaido is an excellent option!
With regular off-piste / freeride skiing from the lifts and a bit of ski touring, this road trip around the island of Hokkaido will take you to that incredibly light, deep, dry and fast snow. Certainly one of the best in the world.
During those 8 days (7 days of skiing), you’ll get much more than just the ski experience. The food, the culture, the kindness of the Japanese, the Onsen (hot springs) culture, and of course the beauty of a landscape where the word winter gets its whole meaning. All of these are worth the trip and make skiing in Japan a must-do in a skier’s life.
To make the best of these seven days skiing, I have chosen to be flexible and be ready to move around Hokkaido as much as needed to follow the best powder. During the trip, we will be the first half on the southern part of Hokkaido. Then we will move to the north for the last four days. We will live in central places that will allow us to visit many different spots. Since driving on Japanese roads in winter can be really epic, we will have a four wheel drive minivan to move around.
I propose to you the following program.
Flight to Sapporo.
We meet at the airport, then drive towards the Niseko area.
Days 3 to 5
Skiing on the southern part of the island. Depending on the conditions we’ll ski in places like Kiroro, Rusutsu, Niseko…
We move to the north and stop on the road for some good skiing, in a resort or touring. In the evening we arrive in Furano.
Days 7 to 9
Skiing the northern part of Hokkaido in resorts such as Furano, Asahidake, Kurodake or in the backcountry.
Driving back to Sapporo, flight back.
Feel free to contact me to get more info about the trip and the dates. It will be my great pleasure to guide you there and make sure you can have the time of your life, mixing a unique ski and cultural experience!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
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.
The first part of the trip, we will stay in a rented cottage, and cook our food ourselves. Restaurant is also a good option, but shopping your groceries in Japan is a nice experience.
When in Furano, we’ll stay in a Hotel (equivalent European 3 stars), half board.
Level: Off-piste skiing, Ski touring. Technical level C-D. Though this is not a snow that is hard to ski, you need to be comfortable with powder skiing to enjoy it to the maximum. Most of the resorts are open 12h / day, so it’s easy to adjust the ski days to your fitness.
Climate: With an average snow fall that is close to 15m a year, no need to explain that the weather can be bad. It doesn’t mean there is no chance for a bluebird day, but most likely it will be snowing. But that’s exactly what we are looking for, right? The low pressure systems coming from Siberia are maintaining a temperature below 0°c from December to February, and bringing some snowfalls that are not only remarkable for their amount, but also by their quality. Dry and light, this snow is incredibly fast and allows us to ski in extremely deep powder even in medium angle terrain. The really good tree skiing that is found in Japan allows us as well to ski whatever the weather, the visibility, the amount of new snow!
About the Guide
Founded by two IFMGA-certified mountain guides, Fred Buttard and Victor Charron, Up Ski and Mountain Guides is made up of a passionate group of guides and ski instructors.
Originally from Maurienne, in France, the team also spends several months a year skiing the mountains of Norway and Sweden, and travelling to off-the-beaten-path destinations, including Morocco, Albania and Japan.
Eric Tollund, Fabien Berrod, Jean Baptiste Buttard, Fabien Suiffet, Pauline Bermon, Oscar Wahlund, Clément Bléteau, Sylvain Rechu, Fred Buttard and Victor Charron are the members of our amazing team :) Get in touch with us and let's explore the mountains together.
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