Central Hokkaido Tour
10 NIGHTS | 8 DAYS SKIING/RIDING | from $3760
GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
BY FAR OUR MOST POPULAR GUIDED SKI & SNOWBOARD JAPAN TOUR – EXPLORE THE EPIC POWDER BELT OF HOKKAIDO!
Central Hokkaido is what skiing & riding in Japan is really all about – untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. You’ll get to ski/snowboard the in-bounds powder and backcountry of Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and Pippu! All of these resorts have different qualities, terrain and weather patterns, and we make the most of this by having a flexible itinerary allowing you experience the best conditions possible on this Hokkaido ski tour.
80% of the time we are off-piste in the lift accessed backcountry of each resort – the other 20% is to get to and from the lifts to the powder!
We’ve been running this tour for 11 years now and each year it gets better with new terrain to explore. Last year was so good we aren’t changing a thing! The tour is still limited to advanced skiers and riders and you have 8 guided days so that you can get the most out of Central Hokkaido’s epic terrain – It’s the ultimate Hokkaido Ski Tour.
Like all our guided tours you will ride in our comfy 4WD vans to whichever resort is best on any given day. Our guides work with you and the weather to make sure that you have the deepest time possible. At night we’ll take you to some of Furano’s great restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the delicious local cuisine and experience true Japanese culture.
Don’t just book a run of the mill ski package, book a guided ski/snowboard tour with us and have the best experience possible.
Further details and an example itinerary are available in our blog article on the Central Hokkaido Tour. If you do want to do your own thing, we are a licensed ski travel agent and can create a customised tour with our professional Hokkaido guides so that you can get the best out of your Japan ski holiday! Contact the Whiteroom crew to book on 03-9639-0372 or fill out our enquiry form.
Are you looking for a tour that includes lift accessed touring, where you’ll use skins or splitboards to go deeper into the backcountry? If so, check out our all new Powder Belt Backcountry Tour.
Dates & Prices (Australian Dollars)
27 Dec 2018 – 6 Jan 2019 – $3990 – SOLD OUT
6 – 16 Jan 2019 -$3990 SOLD OUT
16 – 26 Jan 2019 -$3990 SOLD OUT
26 Jan – 5 Feb 2019 -$3990 SOLD OUT
5 – 15 Feb 2019 -$3990 SOLD OUT
15 – 25 Feb 2019 – $3990 SOLD OUT
25 Feb – 7 Mar 2019 – $3760
7 – 17 Mar 2019 – $3760
Skill Level: Advanced and above
6 to 1 client to guide ratio
MAX 12 people per tour
This tour requires that 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. 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. Check your ability level here.
We are a fully licensed travel agent with wholesale fares and can organise discounted flights with Qantas from any capital city. Ask for our ski and fly package.
*Prices in Australian dollars correct as of 27th April 2018. LAND ONLY
8 DAYS GUIDING & FULLY HOSTED
- Airport transfers and free transport on guided days
- 10 nights twin/triple share accommodation at North Country Inn Furano
- 8 guided days at any of the following resorts: Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and Pippu.
- 8 days worth of lift tickets
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Delicious daily hot breakfast
- Onsen (hotspring) tour
- Whiteroom T-Shirt
– Discounted flights with Qantas – Single share accommodation – $90 per night – Avalanche gear rental – $180 for 9 days – Additional guided days (Kurodake)/Tokachidake backcountry guided day
– Furano Physio massage session
NOTE: Avalanche safety gear is compulsory for all our tours and is an optional extra. Please advise us upon booking if you have your own gear or will need to rent.
NORTH COUNTRY INN
In Furano we are staying at North Country Inn. It is conveniently located between the two sides of the ski hill giving you access by regular free shuttle to the Furano side before anyone else! It has both traditional Japanese and Western style rooms with ensuites. Shared onsen style bathing is also available. Facilities include 2 dining restaurants, winery, lounge/bar with satellite TV, foreign exchange, wireless internet, souvenirs, common laundry, ski hire, and regular guest shuttle to the ski lifts.
Furano Ski Resort
Furano is a country town of about 20,000 people with an awesome ski hill. With over 100 bars and restaurants you be able to experience true Japanese hospitality . On the mountain you’ll enjoy some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido, with easy to access steep faces, mellow glades, and gullies full of hits for skiers and snowboarders. The cold temperatures in Furano keep the 9 metres of annual snow light and dry and when its on, it is quite simply the best. Add to this the distinct lack of crowds and express lifts that take you to the top of 3.5km runs in a little over ten minutes and you have a recipe for leg burning skiing.
Tomamu strikes a cord with all who ride its mountains. With arguably the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido you’ll be wanting to come back for more. Mt. Tomamu at 1239m, offers skiers and snowboarders a wide variety of runs catering to all abilities. With 11 lifts, Tomamu has some great options. It also offers skiers and boarders an awesome park and off-piste section which is roped off from the rest of the crowd.
Kamui Ski Links
Kamui is a small ski resort set on its own, 1 hour north of Furano. With 7 lifts accessing a network of wide open cruises as well as powder filled trees and gullies, you’ll feel like your riding your own private mountain as crowds here a virtually non-existent. Combine that with one of Japan’s most open ski area policies, and there is enough here to suit every kind of skier and boarder.
Asahidake is one of the most popular touring locations in Hokkaido, due to the easy access to above tree line terrain given by the Ropeway at the bottom of the volcano (top height 1600m) and the fame of the mountain itself, which at 2290m is the highest in Hokkaido. Short hikes are often required along the ridges at the summit and there is the option of hiking around the active volcano. Once at the bottom, all roads lead to the Ropeway but if you do happen to veer off the well groomed runs a short hike may be needed to return to the lift.
Sahoro is a little gem we found one year and have been thinking of adding onto this tour for a while. It’s not a huge resort but what it does have is some great tree skiing and hardly anyone around. It’s well protected and is a good option when the weather has come in. We are looking forward to showing you around this great little resort.
Yubari Mt Racey
A quiet mountain and a good option when the storms are coming in from the south. Plenty of trees to ski through, good pitch and no people off-piste. This is a great mountain when everywhere else is busy or clapped out due to low vis or high winds.
Check-in day – 1st night Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Resort Liner coach service to Furano where you’ll be met by our team and then settle into your comfy accom. That night we’ll host you in the North Bar where you’ll meet our lead guide and managers who will run you through the tour, weather and answer any questions you have.
(NOTE: If you wish to organise rental ski/SB equipment it is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted - seek advice from your consultant)
Day 1 – 2 After a hearty buffet breakfast you’ll suit up and be issued any avalanche rental gear then we’ll take you through our safety briefing. We usually spend the first two days guiding you around one of our favourite mountains – Furano. We’ll get our feet and hunt out some powder stashes. After the first days skiing we’ll celebrate with a delicious Japanese Nabe Welcome Dinner Party.
Day 3 Day tour to Kamui Ski Links. Departing in the morning, we will spend a day exploring the trees and backside of Kamui. We may stop on the way back to soak in a secluded volcanic onsen. Ask our guides for their recommendations for dinner tonight – there are some amazing local restaurants a short walk away or down in town. We can organise transport for yourself or the whole group. Or if your too tired eat in. It’s all up to you!
Day 4 Rest those legs or head out and hike the peak to show you some of the more hidden areas of Furano. Finish one of the days with an amazing hotspring night tour.
Day 5 Travel to Sahoro to enjoy an awesome day of seculded tree skiing and a sneaky road drop! Tonight we will take you out to one of the many delicious restaurants in town.
Day 6 Rise early for the drive to Asahidake. Your guides will show the goods of the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake 2290m. The ropeway does most of the hard work taking us to well above the tree line at 1600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the ridges from the lift.
Day 7 Head Mt Racey or Pippu and get the goods amongst the trees. No crowds here – just you and the powder.
Day 8 Tomamu day tour. Today, your guides will show you around the resort hill of Tomamu with its awesome powder, short hikes and deep north facing backside. There is some great skiing and boarding to be had here. At the end of the day you can check out the bizare indoor wave pool and maybe have an onsen.
Day 9 Ski your last day in Furano. We might hit our favourite chutes or take you on a secret mission into the backcountry. Get those vocal cords warmed up for our all your can drink karaoke dinner party!
Day 10 – Check-out After all that it’s time to say good bye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport with memories to last a lifetime!
NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour will be run largely by the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are. This is the beauty of such a tour.
The tour was great fun and surpassed expectations. Special mention needs to go out to Zeno who was absolutely awesome and managed to be both professional and safety conscious while fun loving and with an infectious enthusiasm for showing us around these great mountains. He really made the difference between a good tour and a great tour.
-Paul Mollard – 2018
It was good wholesome fun with Julian and Taneli, two very professional guides and good fun to hang out with!
-Simone Kaiser – 2018
Awesome trip all around! Ronan was so helpful answering questions before booking and coordinating details of the trip. Julian and Taneli were AWESOME! They went above and beyond to make sure we found fresh powder every day, which was no small feat considering there was a stretch of 2-3 days when it didn’t snow. Appreciated them coordinating group dinners, ‘onsending’, and ‘cultural’ 7-11 stops making sure we had fun off the slopes too. Overall an awesome experience and can’t say enough positive things about it!
-Lisa Wilson – 2018
Dear Paul I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the Ski trip with Whiteroom Tours enormously, a great bunch of Guest’s and you should be proud of your Crew! Ken, Daniel and Jason were terrific.The Program was well thought out, i.e. the Mountains we traveled to and the two Dinners, I can recommend your Co. anytime! Kind Regards Erich Aldinger
Hi Paul , Hey mate just wanted to say thank you so much for an amazing time away. Well done on coordinating such awesome conditions!!!!! It was pretty hectic leaving and I didn’t have a chance to express my appreciation for such a great job done (just made the bus after hitting the dam run numerous times). I trust all is well with you and your still smashing fresh pillows!!!! All the best mate, and good luck with the engagement/wedding. Regards Matt Martin
Hi Paul Just returned from Furano on Saturday and apart from leaving my mobile in Narita it was a great trip. Just wanted to let you know what a great few days we had with Ross McSweeny as our guide – looked after us very well and gave lots of assistance with skiing tips Ross is a great assett for your tours. Keith
Hi Paul, Just got back from our Central Hokkaido Tour. Thanks for everything, it all went smoothly and Ken and Ross were great to ski with with. Hope to go again next year and will be in touch if I do. Regards, DAVID BARTLEY