People per Guide
Mar, Apr, May
Type of Trip
The highest mountain in the island of Hokkaido, Mt Yotei (1898m) has made a name for itself among Japanese ski tourers.
The descent is the longest on the island and a challenging one as well. You’ll enjoy the incredible views as an added bonus!
This beautiful mountain is also known as Ezo Fuji (Hokkaido’s Mount Fuji) and every year attracts many climbers. However, the ascent’s success rate is quite low.
This is mainly due to weather conditions. Mt. Yotei is an independent peak and, thus, is very easily affected by changing weather conditions. And at comparable altitude, temperatures are also lower than in the mountains of the main island of Japan.
The altitude gain is of 1700m, with steepness increasing halfway up. You can expect a challenging ascent! But rest assured: the views and the sense of accomplishment you’ll get once you get to the summit will be well worth it!
I can take up to 4 people to the summit of Mt. Yotei. Please be aware that you need intermediate to advanced ski touring skills to participate in this program.
You’ll find the best snow and weather conditions from mid-March to early May.
During the months of January and February, the probability of summiting / skiing from the summit of Mt Yotei is very low. In fact, because I consider it as highly avalanche prone during these months, there is a good chance I will change the expedition to an alternative backcountry skiing location.
Don’t hesitate to contact me to reserve a spot for yourself and your group well in advance. I’ll be happy to guide you to the summit of this mythical summit in Hokkaido!
And if you have more time to enjoy this skiing paradise please also chack my 3-day Niseko backcountry skiing (with Mt. Yotei).
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Personal equipment
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.
At your hotel
- If I'm not available, one of my colleagues will be happy to be your guide. All the guides I work with are appropriately certified and have extensive knowledge of the area (2 are Austrian ski instructors and 1 is a JMGA ski guide).
About the Guide
Hello! I’m a qualified Austrian mountain ski guide, a ski instructor as well as a alpine and ski guide with the Japan Mountain Guide Association (JMGA). I’ve lived 7 years in Austria, mainly as a ski instructor. I then became a mountain ski patrol in Tateyama in Japan, a heli ski guide in New Zealand, a chief guide at Niseko Hanazono Powder Guides, an assistant director of Niseko International snow sports school, and ultimately have started ski guiding independently since 2013.
I value the fundamentals of skiing as sports; to enjoy the snow mountains in a stylish, free and safe manner, in both private and as work. The best outcome is when both the client and guide can have fun, and for this, I am quite particular about not only guiding but also in technical / skills aspects and selection of appropriate equipment. I am an alpine skier but also enjoy telemark skiing. In summer, I have enjoyed surfing for a long time. Whether it be on waves, on mountains or on asphalt, if there’s enough steepness then I love to ‘glide’, which is my motto.
Please join me in gliding my backyard - which is the front and backcountry of Niseko!
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