Hokkaido Backcountry Tour
9 NIGHTS | 7-8 DAYS TOURING | ¥298,000
GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
THIS IS OUR NEW 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.
Dates & Prices (Japanese Yen)
**6 – 15 Feb 2020 – ¥298,000 SELLING FAST! – 3 places left
**Other dates on request or book a private tour
4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
8 people max. 3 person minimum.
Skill Level: Advanced-Expert + Touring
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 also have a very good level of fitness. Snowboarders must be able to keep speed in all situations as well as hold a high traverse line. Please make an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down. Touring equipment – AT-skis or split-boards are required. No snowshoes.
Prices are in Japanese Yen and include consumption tax. Correct as of 11th April 2019. LAND ONLY.
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FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED
- Airport transfers & daily transport
- 5 nights twin share accommodation at North Country Inn, 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
– Discounted flights with Qantas
– 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 – ¥13,500
– 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.
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 center 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 Sabu-Sabu welcome dinner party and daily breaky. We love this place!
UPGRADE OPTIONS AVAILABLE – contact us for pricing
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.
UPGRADE OPTION – $/¥ TBC
Hotel Munin Furano is a brand new boutique hotel located in the middle of Kitanomine close to restaurants and bars. With well appointed rooms, a sumptuous lounge and a lovely onsen, this Hotel will make the Central Hokkaido Tour that little more special.