Daisetsu Backcountry Tour
8 NIGHTS | 6 DAYS TOURING | from
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
EXPLORE CENTRAL HOKKAIDO’S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK OVER 7 DAYS ON THIS FULLY FLEXIBLE 8 NIGHT BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR.
The Daisetsu Mountain range in Central Hokkaido links Kurodake, Asahidake and Tokachidake and is home to some of the best backcountry skiing in Hokkaido.
This tour is designed for those who have toured before are fit and want to really get out and explore the mountains of Hokkaido. More than any other will remain completely flexible. Only your first two nights and the last night will be booked and the remaining nights will be booked around the prevailing weather. This may mean traveling to Tokachidake and staying at Ryouunkaku Onsen to access Tokachidake and Furanodake areas or heading over to Asahidake or Kurodake to hike the lift-accessed backcountry on offer.
Further details and an example itinerary are available in our blog article on the Daisetsu Backcountry Tour.
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 experienced guides and with a max of 8 people on the tour it’ll be just you and true Japanese powder!
Dates & Prices
26 Jan – 3 Feb 2018 –
$2980 $2880 Earlybird
15 – 23 Feb 2018 –
$2780 $2680 Earlybird
3 – 11 Mar 2018 –
$2780 $2680 Earlybird
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 have toured before wish to earn their turns by ski/split-board touring and have a good level of aerobic fitness.
We are a fully licenced travel agent and can organise flights from any capital city. Ask for a ski and fly package.
*Prices in Australian dollars correct as of 1st May 2017. LAND ONLY
**2017/18 – Earlybird specials require full payment by 31st August, 2017
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED
- Airport transfers & daily transport
- 3 nights twin/triple share accommodation at North country inn Furano
- 5 nights flexible twin/triple share accommodation
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily breakfast
- Cultural day tour
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- A choice of a Whiteroom hat, bottle or t-shirt
– 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.
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,
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.