Yuki Yama Backcountry Tour
2020-21 TOURS CANCELLED
BOOK 2021-22 AT 10% OFF THIS SEASON’S PRICES
FULLY REFUNDABLE ¥20,000 DEPOSIT REQUIRED
2021-22 DATES TO BE RELEASED SHORTLY
BOOK BEFORE 18TH DECEMBER 2020
7 NIGHTS | 6 DAYS SKIING/RIDING | ¥270,000
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED LIFT ACCESSED BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
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THIS NEW TOUR IS HERE TO STAY! FOR THOSE KEEN TO USE THE LIFTS AND THEIR OWN TWO FEET TO EXPLORE SOME OF THE BEST BACKCOUNTRY IN JAPAN!
Explore the Niseko and Otaru areas famed for the huge quantities of powder snow and endless backcountry. Touring equipment is a must on this tour, allowing us the freedom to push further into the backcountry to get the freshest lines we can every day. Although we will have the freedom to hike, the aim of this tour is to do it the smart way and utilise the lift systems to get easy elevation and a few quick laps before we put on the skins and push out along ridge-lines to explore what can be found with short hikes. A
“Yuki Yama” – Japanese for snowy mountain… we think that’s a fairly accurate name!
If you are new to backcountry hiking, this tour will be a perfect introduction to earning your turns with our guides there to help you learn the best techniques that will allow you to open a whole new experience on snow. The Niseko region is ideally suited for keeping a flexible schedule, allowing us to keep your day mixed between touring and the lifts.
Based over 7 nights staying in the heart of lively Niseko your guides will be watching the storms rolling in from Siberia and choosing to use the lift systems of any of these amazing resorts – Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Moiwa, Kokusai or Teine – so you can chase the best of what Japan has to offer.
If the group is up for it and the weather works out maybe a day touring on iconic Mt Yotei will be on the cards.
All dates: ¥270,000
30 Jan – 6 Feb 2021
13 – 20 Feb 2021
2021-22 dates will be the same or similar as above and will be finalised soon.
5 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
5-10 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.
Skill Level: Advanced – Expert in powder (some touring experience)
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 1-2 hours total per day. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and AT/skins set-up or split-boards are required. You must have had some experience using this equipment. The idea of these tours is to use the lifts for their vertical bump, smash the easy pow then use our touring gear to go further and further away from the lifts in search of more fresh lines. On some days we will not use the lifts at all – it’s all up to the group and the conditions.
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 23rd April 2020. LAND ONLY.
**From 1st October onwards to 30 days prior to check-in date a refund (less ¥20,000 fee) will apply if a COVID-19 travel ban is in-force which stops outbound travel from your home country or inbound travel to Japan or you have to quarantine upon entry, you may cancel and receive a refund. (See our terms and conditions for full details)
- Fully guided & hosted
- Resort Liner return airport transfers
- 7 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Full Note Pension in central Hirafu
- 6 days of guiding
- Lift passes for any resort as required
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily breakfast
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- Whiteroom T-shirt
– Single share accommodation – ¥13,000 per night
– Avalanche gear rental – ¥11,500 for 7 days
– Discounted flights with Qantas ex Australian capital cities
– Extra nights accommodation & ski days in Niseko or elsewhere
NOTE: Avalanche safety gear is compulsory for all our tours and is an optional extra. Please advise us upon booking if you have your own gear or will need to rent.
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)
Day 1 – 6
To ensure we take you to the resort with the best conditions and powder each day, we like to keep our itinerary flexible. From our Niseko base we have plenty of terrain to choose from with resorts including Niseko United, Moiwa, Kiroro, Rusutsu, Kokusai, Teine and the iconic Mt Yotei.
Expect to be using the lifts to gain elevation and then, depending on conditions, either smash a few quick laps in the side/slackcountry, or strap on the skins and tour out through the gates along ridges and dropping some seriously fresh stuff.
This tour is all about hunting out the best conditions and touring to find fresh lines!
Time to check out and say good bye 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!
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.
Carter (guide) was great! He was able to make the best of disappointing snow conditions on the first couple of days, and got us on some rad lines on the pow days. Carter was particularly good at communicating about avalanche safety and helping us understand the decision-making process. He seemed really knowledgeable about places to ski and individual lines to run. Carter’s easy-going personality and enthusiasm made him a great ski buddy, too. A+ would ski with him again!
– Nicholas Merriman 2020
THIS TOUR WAS NEW IN 2020 – THE REVIEWS BELOW ARE FROM SIMILAR TOURS AND BACKCOUNTRY GUIDING:
Loved the guides, you were both fantastic and were great company.
Your knowledge of the mountains was amazing and you looked after us very well.
– Yuhan Wei 2019
The tour was awesome! As a first timer to Japan, I wanted to sample several areas from one base and this tour perfectly did that! Sam did an awesome job of leading us to the goods at each resort; we sampled local culture – and some great onsens along the way! I also enjoyed meeting and skiing with others from different countries. All in all – an overall awesome experience! Sam did an incredible job in making every day memorable!
– Leonard Roehrkasse 2019
The tour was amazing. The snow just got better and better each day. Mike (guide) was a total champion and all round top bloke. His mountain knowledge was exceptional and he was able to find us the best skill-appropriate conditions day in – day out. He was very clear in his communication on where and what to do and never strayed too far ahead where we were unable to find him. The only down side of him going first were that he got the first tracks, but someone needed to show us the way! The lodge team were fantastic, with yummy food and clean facilities. The lodge is looking a bit worn, and beds on the hard side, but is well suited to providing a great experience. Thanks again and I will be booking more tours in the future.
– Chris Johnston 2019
Great guide. Mike (guide) was really in tune with what we (the snowboarders) were looking for. Keido (consultant) was really responsive with booking and general questions. Everything worked really well – made the trip very easy.
– Matthew Crompton
Loved – Good group of people and down to earth guides. Flexibility of tour to move to the better powders locations. Learning to ski in powder = want to do more. The more the guides spend with the group showing them the local area, cuisine and attractions, outside of skiing, adds to the experience. Highlights – Snow conditions in Moiwa and Rusutsu . Our group and JAPOW! (and being able to ski it eventually/sort of). Improve – Not much to say, maybe, leave earlier in morning for first runs of the fresh stuff 🙂
– Kristian Dunn 2018
This is one of the best holidays I have every had. Guides so friendly & their knowledge & tips of instruction on the snow was great to progress my snowboarding. Mic was so good! Crew I meet & travelled with I had a blast. I would go back to Japan tomorrow, was so much fun! The cultural experiences were a buzz too and gave the tired body a break from all the powder.
– Joan Burns 2018
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.
– Rose Maher
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.
Niseko is the apré 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 intermediate powder 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 and it’s backcountry.
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. Its modern lift system two mountains and long ridge and tree runs down into gullies will not disappoint even the most seasoned skier. We’ll be heading off the back to some of the lesser known spots on the mountain.
Located between Niseko and Otaru this gem gets the most snow of anywhere in Hokkaido. With easy access to its backcountry through a gate system Kiroro has some of the best terrain to get that true waist deep Japanese powder experience. Like many resorts in Japan if you didn’t know where to drop off the run you’d completely miss the best runs. When it’s blowy in Niseko, Kiroro is usually getting the goods! We’ll be hiking off the top lifts to Yoichidake and the epic terrain that surrounds.
Standing proudly in view of Niseko village, Yotei taunts us constantly. Requiring a perfect combination of fair weather, low winds and safe coverage, getting the chance to conquer this picturesque volcano is rare but ever so worth it if you are lucky enough to get the opportunity. Mt Yotei is THE bucket list peak of Hokkaido to tick off. Expect a 5-6 hour skin/hike to the summit where, again if you are lucky enough, you rip down into the crater! Skiing back down has some nice ridges and valleys, but the true takeaway from scaling Yotei is the sense of achievement and of course the bragging rights.
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.