Daisetsu Backcountry Tour

9 NIGHTS | 7-8 DAYS TOURING | $3750 $3550 SUPER EARLYBIRD

FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD BACKCOUNTRY TOUR

 

THIS IS OUR FLAGSHIP BACKCOUNTRY TRIP FOR THE SEASONED TOURER. EXPLORE CENTRAL HOKKAIDO’S EPIC BACKCOUNTRY OVER 8 DAYS ON THIS FULLY FLEXIBLE TOUR.

The Daisetsu mountain range links Kurodake, Asahidake and Tokachidake and is home to some of the best backcountry skiing in Hokkaido.

This tour more than any other will remain completely flexible. Only your first two nights and last two nights will be booked and the remaining nights will be confirmed around the prevailing weather. This may mean travelling to Tokachidake and staying at Ryounkaku Onsen to access Tokachidake and Furanodake areas or heading over to Asahidake or Kurodake to hike the lift-accessed backcountry on offer.

 

There is also the option of a few car drops/pick-ups when the legs need a little rest. Cat skiing can also be on the table – it is all up to you!

All this will be fully guided by two of our most experienced guides and with a max of 8 people on the tour it’ll be just you and deep Japanese powder!

 

Dates & Prices (Australian Dollars)

28 Feb – 9 Mar 2019 – $3750 $3550 SUPER EARLYBIRD

 

Skill Level: Advanced – Expert

4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio

8 people max per tour. 3 person minimum.

This tour requires that you must be able to ski the whole mountain in all conditions confidently and at speed and have advanced ability in powder, through trees in steep terrain and in variable conditions. You must have a very good level of fitness. Skins or split-boards are required or must be hired. 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
**2018/19 –   SUPER Earlybird specials require full payment by 30th June, 2018 and only apply to those staying in Pension Full Note.

FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED

  • Airport transfers & daily transport
  • 4 nights twin/triple share 
accommodation at Edel Warme Hotel Furano
  • 5 nights flexible twin/triple share 
accommodation
  • Welcome & farewell dinner party
  • Daily breakfast
  • Cultural day tour
  • Onsen (hot spring) tour
  • Whiteroom T-shirt

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

– Discounted flights
– Avalanche Awareness Course
– 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.

 

It would be hard to improve on this tour. Brook and Zach were amazing in so many ways. Both consummate professionals and lovely people. The accommodation choices were great. The terrain was perfectly selected to enable group members to get the best from their days, even when dealing with sickness. The group dynamic was perfectly managed by the tour leadership team. I felt at home in this group. Highlights: Brook and Zach’s terrain choices, enthusiasm and group management. Spending time touring away from resorts with uplift. Daisetsuzan national park touring and skinning. Lows: None whatsoever.
– Andrew Mills – 2018

I loved everything about this tour! It was super good organised, the people were nice and easy going, the snow conditions were stunning, the locations were perfect! Skiing in the volcanic valley was …wow!
Huge thumbs up to Zach, who did a great guiding job!
Loved this home-like pension, where we lived near the Furano-dake! Everyday onsen after the skiing was fantastic.
-Chris Wetherall – 2018

Loved the energy both guides brought to the tour. Their pure love for what they’re doing really flows through to everyone in the group. The highlights were riding/ hiking Tokachidake and staying up there in that area. Amazing Onsens and food. Being surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of nature after riding all day was very therapeutic. For me the day at Furano was disappointing, I know it’s an opportunity for everyone’s level to be checked and gear to be sorted out but of all the days it was my least favorite. I would also love to do a similar type of tour in the Touhoku area. I am looking forward to next year already.
– Tom Perry – 2018

We are now on our way back to London.
I just wanted to convey how much we enjoyed skiing with Jeff. A great guide, a great guy, and a great skier too. He looked after us super-well, had a great attitude, and took us on a few runs which will stay in the memory for a while.
When we come next, we will be in touch to discuss options.

All the best,
Robert

 

Ken Newman 2016 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.