Niseko Backcountry Tour


7 NIGHTS | 5 DAYS TOURING | from $2120
 

FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD BACKCOUNTRY TOUR

 

This tour is specifically designed for those new to backcountry ski touring or splitboarding whilst exploring some of the best backcountry in hokkaido.

The Niseko area offers a great starting point for those keen to start exploring the backcountry under their own steam.

Our most experienced guides will take you for a warm up in the Goshiki Onsen area. Here you can get a handle on your gear in low angle terrain then hike the surrounding peaks followed by a soak in the onsen. Using the lifts in Kiroro we will hike out to the back bowls and Yoichidake in one of the snowiest places in Japan. We will also tour up into the epic terrain around Shiribetsu dake where you will enjoy views of the surrounding peaks and classic tree runs on a consistently steep pitch all the way to the farmland below.

This tour has you hiking into some of the best terrain in and around Niseko.

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 then the epic 1600m of vertical down!

Further details are available in our blog article on the Niseko Backcountry Tour.

 

Dates & Prices (Australian Dollars)

21 – 28 Feb 2018 – $2490 

11– 18 Mar 2018 – $2120 

 

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 of an advanced ability in all terrain and wish to learn how to earn their turns by ski/split-board touring. You also need to have a good level of aerobic fitness.

 


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 26th July 2017. LAND ONLY
**2017/18 –   Earlybird specials require full payment by 30th September, 2017 and only apply to those staying in Penison Full Note.

Fully guided & hosted

  • Airport transfers & daily transport
  • 7 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Full Note
  • Welcome & farewell dinner party
  • Daily breakfast
  • Cultural day tour to Otaru
  • Onsen (hotspring) tour
  • Whiteroom hat, bottle or T-shirt

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

– Discounted flights with Qantas
– Lift passes are NOT included due to the flexible nature of this trip and often we will only need 1 ride passes
– Avalanche Awareness Course
– 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.

full_note-nisekoIn Niseko you’ll be stayi
ng 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!

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!