Niseko Powder Progression Tour
7 NIGHTS | 5 DAYS INSTRUCTION/GUIDING |
FULLY GUIDED / INSTRUCTED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
DO YOU CHARGE THE PISTES BUT STRUGGLE IN POWDER? LEARN THE SECRET TO POWDER SKIING AND BOARDING IN NISEKO WITH OUR CERTIFIED COACHES AND GUIDES
Based in Central Hirafu, you will get to explore the mountains of Niseko United, as well as surrounding areas such as Moiwa, Rusutsu and Kiroro. Our flexible itinerary will have you chasing the best conditions at each of these resorts.
This is a guided instructional tour with a focus on powder coaching with fully certified instructors
On this tour Whiteroom’s certified instructors will help you get the most out of your skiing and snowboarding. With years of powder coaching behind them, they’ve found that often simple tips, drills and technique correction will unlock the secret to powder skiing & snowboarding. By the end of the tour you will have learnt to be confident whilst maintaining control in a variety of terrain. Two video analysis sessions will give you and your instructor the chance to analyse and improve your technique and build on what you have learnt that day.
Further details and an example itinerary are available in our blog article on the Niseko Powder Progression Tour.
This tour is specifically designed for those who can confidently ski/ride the whole mountain on piste and have maybe encountered some powder but struggle when skiing or boarding off-piste and in deep powder. Fill in our enquiry form or call us or and have a chat to see if this Niseko powder instruction tour suits you.
COASTAL POWDER EXTENSION – Add on 3 more nights and test those newly developed powder skills in the seaside resorts of Kokusai and Teine. These ski areas get the most snow in Hokkaido and with few crowds you’ll have it all to yourself – what a way to end your holiday!
WANT TO GO ON THIS TOUR BUT HAVE A FRIEND THAT’S MORE ADVANCED?? Progression Tour dates marked its ** align with our Niseko Explorer Tour. You can then both get the most out of your skiing holiday but still hang out!
Dates & Prices (Australian Dollars)
2018-19 season pricing and dates to be released soon!
* These tours allow you to extend the tour by adding on our 3 night Coastal Powder Extension in one of the snowiest regions of Japan – Otaru
** These tours line up with our Niseko Explorer Tour and allow you to add on the 3 night Otaru extension and ski Kokusai and Teine.
SKILL LEVEL: High Intermediate.
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
Tours have a max of 12 people (6 skiers/6 snowboarders)
High-Intermediate – This tour is specifically designed for those who can confidently ski/ride the whole mountain on piste (groomed terrain) making parallels turns at speed and have maybe encountered some powder but have never or struggle when skiing or boarding off-piste and in deep powder.
**If you have a mate or family member that can ski or ride pow but you want to holiday together, have a look at our Niseko Explorer Tour. We run the Progression Tours marked with ** above at the same time as the Niseko Explorer Tour, allowing you to improve your pow skills while your mate charges the peak.
We are a fully licensed travel agent with wholesale fares and can organise discounted flights from any capital city. Ask for our ski and fly packages.
*Prices in Australian dollars correct as of 26th July 2017. LAND ONLY
**2017/18 – Earlybird specials require full payment by 30 September, 2017 and only apply to those staying in Penison Full Note.
- Fully guided & hosted
- Airport Transfers
- 7 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Full Note Pension in central Hirafu
- 5 days of guiding/instruction at the following resorts: Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Kiroro.
- 5 days worth of lift passes at Niseko, Kiroro, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Kokusai and Teine.
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily breakfast
- Cultural day tour to Otaru
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- Whiteroom hat, bottle or T-shirt
COASTAL POWDER EXTENSION – $970
You won’t need your boardies but you could use a snorkel! With the Coastal Powder Explorer you will travel to Otaru a beautiful seaside city and head to some of the snowiest resorts in Japan for a truely unique and deep powder experience! What a way to end your holiday!
- Discounted flights with Qantas
- Avalanche gear rental – $140
- Backcountry touring day
- Tokyo stopover/Kyoto cultural side trip
- Accommodation upgrade to Kimamaya Boutique Hotel, M-Lodge or M-Hotel
- Extra nights accommodation & ski days in Niseko or elsewhere
Niseko is the apre ski capital of Japan. With a wide variety of bars and restaurants you will have a ball both on and off the snow. Made up of 5 resorts, Niseko is big enough to cater for all tastes. Plenty of beginner and intermediate runs are found side by side with off-piste advanced areas. You pretty much guaranteed reliable, day after day powder skiing and riding in classic tree skiing terrain, long groomers and some wide open alpine.
Moiwa is a little known secret and we’re happy it’s kept that way. Within only 20mins drive from Niseko it’s an amazing little powder paradise with two lifts, amazing trees and awesome back bowls. You’re sure to fall in love with this hill.
Located only 40mins around the other side of Mt Yotei, Rusustu is another favourite amongst locals getting away from the Niseko crowds for a few solitary turns amongst the trees. It’s modern lift system two mountains and long ridge and tree runs down into gullies will not disapoint even the most seasoned skier.
This gem of a ski resort is located an hours drive from Niseko, yet hardly any foreigners even know about it. With high speed quads, gondolas and some amazing terrain it’s worth the day trip for something different and all that untracked powder that’s our alone.
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 Shabu-Shabu welcome dinner party and daily breaky. We love this place!
Arrival/Check-in day – 1st night
Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Niseko Airport Shuttle to the Hirafu Welcome Centre where you’ll be met by our team and then checked into Full Note . That night we’ll host you in the 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)
First day on skiing Niseko! Your instructors we spend looking at fundamentals, gear setup, stance, turn shape and turn size and how this affects our speed whilst exploring the Niseko area. At the end of the day we will all enjoy a traditional Japanese meal and a few drinks around the fire.
Today we’ll show you how big Niseko is and while we do that we’ll hunt out some powder stashes and explore how we move on the skis/board mainly vertically and rotationally and how this affects turn size and turn shape in various terrain.
Depending on how you feel we may either head to nearby Moiwa Ski Area or rest weary legs. Departing in the morning, we will spend the day guiding you through the trees and bowls of Moiwa. This is a great place to really work on those deep powder turns with no one around and terrain for all abilities.
If we didn’t have a rest day before you will today as fatigue will have certainly set in. You can chill at the lodge, walk around the streets of Niseko, soak in an Onsen or we can organise cultural experiences or lunch or dinner at one of the great restaurants in the area. We will also offer the opportunity to take a day trip to the seaside village of Otaru via the Nikka Whiskey Distillery or if the Snow Festival is on head to Sapporo by train.
Pack your onsen gear and a snorkel as we’ll be heading off to Kiroro today. By now you’ll really be getting the hang of the techniques you need to charge through the pow. This powder gem has some awesome terrain and fresh lines all day.
Day tour to Rusutsu Resort. Departing in the morning, we will spend the day guiding you through the trees and gullies of Rusustu. You will now be fine tuning your movements and maybe even look to start hitting some of many natural features in Rusutsu. Time to take it to the next level! Finish with an onsen and farewell dinner party to round off your Hokkaido powder experience.
Time to check out and say good bye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport for your flight home. Or if you are luck continue on to Otaru for our Coastal Powder Explorer add on!
NOTE: 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.
Meg Hamilton – 2016 Powder Progression Tour
Thank you for organising this tour. All went well. I did progress my powder skiing, I had never imagined that it would be so much fun. Hard to get back to skiing on Aussie snow.
I can’t praise Leonie enough, she was a good teacher, very organised and helpful, a lively personality. Adam fitted the same picture, I did not ski much with him, but he also was considerate and helpful.
Very helpful before trip. Great guides. Recommended.
Hope you are enjoying your travels – we were talking with Jen tonight !
Short write up on the Niseko Progression 2015 tour – rate the following out of 5:
- Professionalism 4 – Good organisation of vehicles and venues, briefing on the day ahead, pre-trip advice OK,
- Communication 3 – some confusion while arranging booking accommodation – but all done at short notice so understandable.
- Instructor 4.5 – Adam was very good at leading the group and particularly at giving technique advice pertinent to each individual – showed empathy
and understanding with each member of the group. Very pleased to be with him again.
- Progress 4 – I learnt heaps and reckon I went up a notch or two in ability – both on –piste and in powder.
- Lodging 4 – Full Note Pension was appropriate level of comfort and situation near slopes and amenities. Owners were lovely, staff OK.
- Value 4 – appropriate.
- fun factor 4.5 – highly enjoyable trip.
All the best – and hope to catch up with you sometime either in Japan or Wamberal or maybe even Victoria.