Niseko Backcountry Tour

2017-18 Tours and Pricing Coming Soon!


7 NIGHTS | 5 DAYS TOURING | 

FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD BACKCOUNTRY TOUR

 

NEW for 2017 – Explore some of the best backcountry in Hokkaido, hike Yotei and enjoy the steeps of Shiribetsu.

Designed specifically for those wanting to earn their turns. Our most experienced  guides will take you to Goshiki Onsen to hike the peaks of Iwaonupuri, Nihonupuri and Chisenupuri followed by a soak in the onsen. We will also look to tackle the extinct volcano that is Shiribetsu located next to Rusutsu Resort. Enjoy views of the surrounding peaks and classic tree runs on a consistently steep pitch all the way to the farmland below.

This tour has you hiking into some of the best terrain in and around Niseko.

Summiting Mt Yotei is on everyone’s Niseko touring bucket list. Unfortunately mother nature stops us for most of the season but you never know and there is some great terrain in the lower reaches of the mountain. If we can summit you will be among the few to do so and will be rewarded after your 5-7 hour slog with a blissful run into the volcanoe’s cauldron then the epic 1600m of vertical down!

Designed for those keen to earn their turns and get away from the crowds, this tour will take you to some of the best backcountry areas in Hokkaido. Further details are available in our blog article on the Niseko Backcountry Tour.

 

Dates & Prices

2017-18 Tours and Pricing Coming Soon!

12 – 19 Feb 2017 – 

2 – 9 Mar 2017 – 

 

4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio

8 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.

 

SKILL LEVEL: Advanced and above skiing/snowboarding ability. This tour is open to those who of an advanced ability in all terrain and wish to earn their turns by ski/split-board touring. You also need to have a good level of aerobic fitness.

 


We are a fully licensed travel agent and can organise flights from any capital city. Ask for a ski and fly package.


*Prices correct as of 29th APR, 2016. LAND ONLY.
**SPRING specials are only valid for tours noted above and if booking is made after the 1st of September and full payment is made before 30th of September, 2016.

Fully guided & hosted

  • Airport transfers & daily transport
  • 7 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Full Note
  • Welcome & farewell dinner party
  • Daily breakfast
  • Onsen (hotspring) tour
  • Whiteroom hat, bottle or T-shirt

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

 Lift passes are NOT included due to the flexible nature of this trip and often we will only need 1 ride passes
– Single share accommodation
– Add on extra nights/guided days
– Avalanche gear rental – $140
– Cat skiing
– Rental gear (touring etc.)


NOTE: Avalanche safety gear is compulsory for all our tours. Please advise us upon booking if you have your own gear or will need to rent.

full_note-nisekoIn Niseko you’ll be stayi
ng at the lovely Pension Full Note. It is a Japanese-style Bed & Breakfast located in the centre of town, with lovely staff and a warm and cosy country style atmosphere. It has a sunken lounge, fireplace, long communal table where we have our Shabu-Shabu welcome dinner party and daily breaky. We love this place!

This is our first backcountry tour in the Niseko region. Testimonials coming soon!

See our testimonial from our Daisetsu Backcountry Tour:

I had only recently taken up backcountry skiing, having done a couple of day trips in the Kosciusko National Park. I quickly fell in love with it, giving me the opportunity to combine my passion for skiing and being in the mountains.  I got a taste of backcountry when I went on Whiteroom’s Hokkaido Explorer Tour in 2015, accessing the side country of the ski resorts around the Furano area and finding some great powder. Now having the back country bug well entrenched in my psyche, the Daisetsu Backcountry tour sounded perfect, and it was.

This was the skiing/ snowboarding version of the surfing road trip, with our guides Joel and Jeff each day searching out the best snow and conditions in the Daisetsu mountain range where you find Hokkaido’s highest mountains and some of the lightest and driest powder in the world. There were 6 in our group, apart from two friends, we were all travelling solo. With a passion for skiing/ boarding and adventure we quickly bonded into a close nit group. After a day at Furano to warm up, check our gear and some training in back country safety and techniques, we hit the road. First stop was Mount Tokachidake for some skinning practice, avalanche safety and search techniques, and the surprise of the day the natural outdoor onsen. Beer/wine and an onsen seem to go together naturally, the tranquillity punctuated occasionally by someone shovelling snow into the onsen to regulate the water temp.

We headed next to Asahidaki, some great snow but winds prevented the cable car running so it was a skin to the summit, including a section boot packing, to access some great powder in the trees. With expert advice from our guides, although occasionally being a little out of our comfort zone, we always knew we were in good hands. Analysing evening weather reports suggested Mount Kurodake was looking promising for some nice lines, so that’s where we headed. A cable car and chairlift to the highest lifted point (1550 metres) was followed by a skinning expedition up the west face to the summit. It was a bluebird day and you couldn’t help pause at each diagonal turn to admire the spectacular scenery. We sometimes have those “wow” moments when travelling, on this trip there were many. Our way down from the summit was a wide open, untouched expanse of dry powder, waiting to be carved up. Apart from two Norwegian guys we saw earlier in the day, we were the only people on the mountain.

Overnight we stayed in Sounkyo just below the summit. It was a small traditional Japanese pension operated by a father and his son, whose hospitality was first class. It started snowing that night, so we decided to stay another day at Kurodake. What I have noticed in Japan is that it doesn’t appear to snow heavily, but it is constant and it is not too long before 1/2 a metre has settled. With the overnight snow yesterday’s tracks had disappeared and we commenced a routine of a leisurely 40 minute skin followed by some deep powder runs. Last day was back to Asahidaki. Cable car running, opening up the deep dry powder the mountain is known for. On this day I discovered what a “facial” was in powder skiing parlance and watched some of our crew almost disappear in the waist deep powder-“ the Whiteroom” . An epic adventure with a great bunch of people.

Ken Newman