Ability Level Check

 

We categorise powder skiing/riding ability levels into four separate groups to help you find the best tour for your ability level:

High Intermediate  |  Advanced  |  Advanced – Expert  |  Touring

 

It is our responsibility that you (and all of our clients) have the best experience possible. We are all over there to get as much powder as possible and are all at different stages of learning, so please try to be as honest as possible to help ensure we put you with people of similar powder skiing/riding ability.

The main negative feedback we get from clients is due to uneven ability levels in the group. You don’t want to be constantly waiting for someone lagging behind and likewise, nobody wants to be the one to hold up the group.

If during the booking process you feel we are being too fixated on this, we apologise, but it is a crucial aspect of the booking process to get correct so you get the most out of your Japan snow experience.

The below videos and summaries are meant as a guide for your ability assessment.

 

High Intermediate (in powder)
This tour is specifically designed for skiers and boarders who are confidently in control at all times of their speed and demonstrate rhythm on moderate black diamond trails, can make parallel and carving turns and can ski/board very well at speed on intermediate runs. You should be adept at adjusting to the size and length of your turns and are learning to master a variety of different types of terrain and snow including deep powder and trees. You must also have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in most situations as well as hold a reasonable traverse line.  Please make an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down.

Powder Progression Tour
Sky to Sea Powder Tour

 

Advanced (in powder)
You must be able to ski the whole mountain with confidence and at a reasonable speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in flat sections by planning ahead as well as hold a solid traverse line and be able to hop up and manoeuvre in a way as to not slow down the group. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get to the goods. Skins or split-boards are not required but if the group has touring gear or wants to hire we will happily take you deeper into the backcountry.

Central Hokkaido Tour
Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour
Tohoku Powder Tour
Inter-Island Explorer Tour
Aizu-Zao Explorer Tour

 

Advanced – Expert (in powder)
You must be able to ski/board the whole mountain in all conditions confidently at speed and have advanced ability in powder, through trees in steep terrain and in variable conditions. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in flat sections by planning ahead as well as hold a solid traverse line and be able to hop up and manoeuvre in a way as to not slow down the group. You must have a very good level of fitness. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get the goods. Skins or split-boards are not specifically required but brining your touring gear is encouraged.  For touring tours split-boards and AT/skins set-up is required.

Hokkaido Explorer Tour
Powder Belt Backcountry Tour
Coast to Coast Backcountry Tour
Hokkaido Backcountry Tour