Hokkaido Backcountry Tour
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FULLY REFUNDABLE ¥20,000 DEPOSIT REQUIRED
BOOK BEFORE 28TH FEBRUARY 2021
9 NIGHTS | 8 DAYS TOURING |
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING TOUR
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THIS IS OUR FLAGSHIP BACKCOUNTRY TRIP FOR THE SEASONED TOURER.
Designed for experienced backcountry tourers that want to get out and see Japan’s wilds you can expect to conquer some of Hokkaido’s highest and most iconic peaks. From the Daistesu National park in the North to the crater of Mt Yotei in the South, this tour will go where the snow is and hike to find the best untouched lines we can.
For the first 5 nights, you will be based out of Furano, Hokkaido’s emerging backcountry capital. From here you’ll chase the best conditions whilst exploring the Daisetsu mountain range links Kurodake, Asahidake and Tokachidake and is home to some of the best backcountry skiing in Hokkaido. There are endless options in this area as well as countless onsens to soak in after rewarding hikes and long deep runs.
From Furano, we head to world-famous Niseko where we can chase the storms rolling in from the Sea of Japan or Pacific. This tour has been conceived from listening to our past clients who wanted more days in Hokkaido’s backcountry, with nine nights and up to eights days on snow, a high level of fitness and experience touring will be needed. We will be out for multi-day runs all under our own leg power to get away from the crowds and explore further.
All this will be fully guided by our most experienced guides not just on the snow but off the snow too as we take you to some of the delicious restaurants, sampling local food and enjoying great company.
With a max of 4 clients per guide and a max of 8 people on the tour, it’ll be just you, the deep Japanese powder and endless opportunity.
7 – 16 Jan 2022
3 – 12 Feb 2022
22 Feb – 3 Mar 2022
*10% Super-Duper Earlybird discount price. ¥20,000 fully transferable and refundable deposit. Book before 28th February
4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
4-8 people max per tour. 3 person minimum.
Skill Level: Advanced – Expert in powder (experienced tourer)
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 and be able to hike for around 2-4 hours total per day. AT/skins set-up or split-boards are required, no snowshoes. You must be experienced using this equipment. The idea of these tours is to have complete flexibility to seek out the best conditions and objectives on any given day. Some days we will use the lifts for their vertical bump, on other days we will head to secluded locations to hike and explore Hokkaido’s amazing powder filled terrain.
We are a IATA registered travel agent with wholesale fares and can organise discounted flights from anywhere in Australia. Ask for our ski and fly packages.
Prices are in Japanese Yen and include consumption tax. Correct as of 11th Dec 2020. LAND ONLY. (See our terms and conditions for full details)
- Full guided & hosted
- Airport transfers & daily transport
- 5 nights twin share accommodation at Rising Sun B&B, Furano
- 4 nights twin share accommodation at Full Note Pension, Niseko
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily breakfast
- Optional cultural day tour
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- Whiteroom T-shirt
– Accommodation upgrade – price on request
– Single share accom in Furano – ¥7,500/night, Niseko upon request
– Avalanche gear rental – ¥13,500
– 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
– Add on extra nights/guided days
– Discounted flights with Qantas
– Cat skiing
– Rental gear (touring/splitboards)
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.
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.
#1 – Start Furano / End Niseko
#2 – Start Niseko / End Furano
Day 1 (Arrival and Check-in day)
Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Resort Liner to Furano or Niseko (Hirafu Welcome Centre) where you’ll be met by our team and then checked into Rising Sun B&B or Full Note. That night we’ll host you in the Rising Sun or Half Note 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 2 (First ski day)
First day on snow!
Tour #2 – Transfer day Niseko – Furano
Tour #1 – Transfer day Furano – Niseko
Day 10 (Check out and departure day)
Time to check out and say goodbye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport for your flight home. If you have a later flight you can even sneak in another ski day!
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. 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,
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.
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 ski lodge vibe. It has a sunken lounge, fireplace, long communal table where we have our Shabu-Shabu welcome dinner party and daily breaky. Rooms are twin or triple share with shared bathroom facilities on the lower floor and sinks and toilets on every floor.
If shared facilities aren’t for you there are plenty of accommodation options close by which we can upgrade you to whilst still feeling a part of the tour.
UPGRADE OPTIONS AVAILABLE – Price & availability on request
Speak to your consultant about upgrading your tour accommodation in Niseko.
In Furano, we are staying with local hosts Gonzo and Yuka in their new and very comfortable Bed and Breakfast. Located in central Kitanomine you are surrounded by great spots to eat and drink, or you may like to stay in and be looked after by your wonderful hosts as they serve local produce in your own private restaurant/bar. Each room is spacious and beautifully appointed with large king-sized single beds, couches, a huge TV, ensuite bathroom, laundry and tea and coffee making facilities. You’ll love staying here.