Skin up to 1898m and enjoy the longest descent in Hokkaido with this ski touring program to the Mt Yotei summit with JMGA-certified Jun.
Mar, Apr, May
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).
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
At your hotel
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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We had an excellent trip, however, Expolre share said we would have Jun as our local guide - this was switched last minute from Jun to Tim - Tim was excellent (the guide rating of 5 is for Tim, not for Jun), but we had no information about Tim's background or credentials to assess before the trip. In the future, explore share should let us know in advance if there is a guide change and provide background and credentials.
Explore-share managed to find me a very good ski guide, but would have been nice to get in touch with the guide earlier after the transaction was done
We went for a 1-day guided freeriding with Jun's colleages Tim and Anna! They were amazing and showed us the best spots for backcountry skiing in Niseko. We were also very lucky to get a lot of snow, which made it the best day on the mountain for us. Thanks a lot!
The "Guided powder ski tour" was amazing, also thanks to your brilliant and professional guide Gunther Winkel also a big thanks to Jun Horie for the skitouring equipment. On behalf Daniel and myself we want to thank you for a very professional guided powder ski tour, showing us Niseko in the best way of ski touring.
I skied with Kehoe Seki, who took my up Mt Iwaonupuri. He is among the most knowledgeable, helpful and friendly guides I've skied with. I highly recommend.
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