Coast to Coast Backcountry Tour
8 NIGHTS | 7 DAYS SKIING/RIDING | 2019/20 tour pricing and dates to released by April 12
GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
RE-INVENTED FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON THE COAST TO COAST BACKCOUNTRY TOUR WILL TAKE YOU AWAY FROM THE LIFTS IN SEARCH OF FRESH UNTOUCHED LINES IN SPECTACULAR SURROUNDINGS.
Only bordered by the Sea of Japan to the east or the Pacific Ocean in the west, this tour will span across Southern Hokkaido chasing the best storm cells Siberia can produce. With no set agenda each day the goal will be to get you hiking into some wide open volcanic bowls and smashing endless fresh lines through spectacular white birch forests.
Each year Southern Hokkaido is blanketed in up to 18 meters of some the driest snow on the planet. From our base in world famous Niseko, we will venture away from the crowds and into the less vistited backcountry areas in the region. Expect to explore, Goshiki Onsen area, Yoichi-dake behind Kiroro, the backcountry of Kokusai as well as climbing iconic peaks like Mt Yotei and it’s sister mountain Shirebetsu-daki, this tour is laid out for those that wish to have a true Japanese backcountry adventure.
After chasing the the snow gods all day expect to rest your legs in soothing onsens and to eat some of the best local cuisine on offer.
Summiting Mt Yotei is on everyone’s Niseko touring bucket list if we are lucky enough. If we can summit, you will be among the few to do so and will be rewarded after your 4-5 hour slog with a blissful run into the volcano’s crater (see pic above) then the epic 1600m of vertical down!
Guided by two of our most experienced guides the Coast to Coast Backcountry Tour will allow you to get the most of your touring experience in Japan as well as enjoying unique Japanese cultural experiences.
Further details are available in our blog article on the previously named Niseko Backcountry Tour.
Dates & Prices (Australian Dollars)
2019/20 tour pricing and dates to released by April 12
Skill Level: Advanced and above
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
6 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.
This tour requires that you must be able to ski the whole mountain with confidence and at speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must have a good level of fitness. You must have a good level of fitness. Touring equipment – AT-skis or split-boards are required. Check your ability level here.
We are a fully licensed travel agent and can organise flights from any capital city. Ask for a ski and fly package.
*Prices in Australian dollars correct as of 27th April 2018. LAND ONLY
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED
- Airport transfers & daily transport
- 8 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Full Note
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Optional Cultural day tour to Otaru
- Daily cooked breakfast
- Onsen (hotspring) tour
- Whiteroom T-shirt
*Lift passes are not included – you’ll pay on the day as depending on the itinerary you may or may not use the lifts or full day passes.
– Discounted flights with Qantas
– Avalanche Awareness Course
– Upgraded accommodation
– Add on extra nights/guided days
– Avalanche gear rental – $155
– 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.
In Niseko you’ll be staying 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!
Overall was a fantastic experience with no complaints or suggestions for improvement. I think it worked so well because Connor was a great guide and we were a small group of 4 who all got along very well. We also were lucky with the weather and snow conditions with the trip culminating in a blue bird day and trip up Mt Yotei.
Also I was a solo travelling so everything about the way the tour worked out suited me. I had no restrictions and was more than happy to go with the flow. Despite some differences in ability / fitness amongst our group it all went perfectly.
Izzy –I’m back at work now in London and the Niseko winter wonderland feels like a world away, sadly!When I was looking to book a ski trip, I was keen to find a backcountry trip where I could get away from the big city lights, and explore somewhere a bit more isolated than I was used to. I wasn’t particularly bothered about where I went, as long as it involved a fair amount of exploring, some worthwhile skinning, and as much powder as possible!From the outset Graeme latched onto this. His correspondence was always swift, detailed and very helpful.I was concerned at first that my lack of ski touring, having done most of my backcountry in the French Alps, would be hinder my participation in one of the more adventurous tours, but Graeme soon put my fears to rest, emphasising that it was the off piste descent where experience was needed, and that my skinning inexperience wasn’t a problem.He duly booked me onto the Niseko Backcountry Tour, as well as helping me with other administrative things above and beyond his role, such as accommodation in Sapporo before I came to Niseko, advice on train travel in Hokkaido, and answers to other numerous questions I kept bugging him about.Arrival in Niseko was simple – personalised pick up from the station and offers to be ferried about to various places in town to get equipment serviced and any other needs.As for the ski guiding itself, it looks like I landed on my feet. Any expectations that I had were far exceeded. I was lucky – and I think this was luck – to have just one other guest in my group, who turned out to be of similar fitness, aptitude, experience and we had similar ideas on what we wanted out of the trip.As for our guide, luck appears to have struck again. Ronan was incredible. Not only does he have an exemplary knowledge of the backcountry terrain, his background as an avalanche forecaster, and his involvement (ie been the lead) in setting up a number of the avalanche safety systems in the surrounding resorts, meant that Auke (the other guest) and I not only felt that all possible precautions were taken with regards safety, but that we also learnt huge amounts about avalanches and their risks – far more than I had ever known and this after many years of off-piste skiing in Europe.To top it off Ronan is a great person! All three of us got on really well – his easy-going personality made him a pleasure to ski with and his willingness to take Auke and I to dinner at local sushi restaurants and Japanese pubs at little local outlets on our way back from each day’s adventure went above and beyond.I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that Ronan was the perfect guide – a brilliant mix of knowledge, understanding of his clients’ needs, and a great character to round it off.Extremely satisfied with my trip all in all. A quick note too about the accommodation – the Pension Full Note – an accurate description I think is that it’s just what you need for an active ski holiday. It’s got a bit of character, and although a bit rundown at parts and certainly with no frills attached, it is welcoming, has competent staff and serves great breakfasts in the morning. As far as I’m concerned that’s perfect – I was there for the skiing, not luxury accommodation, and that’s exactly what I got. Very happy!Also, the bar downstairs – the Half Note – does a decent flat white. Happy days!