Sky to Sea Powder Tour
10 NIGHTS | 7 DAYS SKIING/RIDING | from
$4230 $4030 SUPER EARLYBIRD
FULLY GUIDED/COACHED & HOSTED SKI & SNOWBOARD TOUR
THIS NEW TOUR IS HERE TO STAY AFTER A SOLD OUT 2017-18. ON IT YOU’LL BE ROAD TRIPPING THROUGH CENTRAL HOKKAIDO AND THE COASTAL POWDER ZONE OF OTARU WHILST IMPROVING YOUR POWDER SKILLS.
Central Hokkaido and Otaru are the last areas of Hokkaido not yet overrun by Gaijin. Expect run after run of untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. Your certified guide/instructor will help you gain more confidence in all types of powder filled terrain.
Designed for those who wish to perfect and improve their skiing and riding whilst being guided around some of the best areas in Hokkaido.
For the first 7 nights you’ll be staying in our base in Furano. From there we will ski Furano, Kamui, Asahidake, Tomamu or Sahoro – choosing the resort with the best conditions that day. The terrain of each resort will help you gradually progress your power skiing and boarding – from the wide open trees on a 25+ degree pitch at Tomamu to the steeper powder slopes of Asahidake. Each ski area has it’s own weather zone so you’re always guaranteed to find some powder to play in.
Central Hokkaido also offers up a great Japanese cultural experience with beautiful volcanic onsens, amazing local food and local Japanese experiences.
From Furano we will head through Sapporo to Otaru, famed for being the snowiest place in Japan where we’ll ski and ride Kokusai, Teine and Kiroro. Along the way we’ll have a cultural excursion in Sapporo, checking out Ramen alley, the Sapporo Beer factory, crazy Japanese games arcades (virtual Mario Kart!), shopping and wandering the snowiest city in Japan. If you’re joining us on the 22 JAN tour we encourage you to extend your stay and see the amazing Sapporo Snow Festival.
This tour is specifically designed for those who want a less formal level of instruction, instead wanting powder and technique hints and tips. You may have been on our Powder Progression Tour and are ready to take the next step up the progression ladder. You must be able to confidently ski/ride the whole mountain on piste making parallels/carving turns at speed and have skied or ridden open powder but lack confidence in treed or steeper terrain. You must also have a good level of fitness.
Fill in our enquiry form or call us or and have a chat to see if this Sky to Sea Powder Tour suits you.
Dates & Prices (Australian Dollars)
29 Dec 2018 – 8 Jan 2019 –
$4360 $4060 SUPER EARLYBIRD
13 – 23 Jan 2019 –
$4360 $4160 SUPER EARLYBIRD
22 Jan – 1 Feb 2019 –
$4360 $4160 SUPER EARLYBIRD
9 – 19 Feb 2019 –
$4360 $4160 SUPER EARLYBIRD
24 Feb – 6 Mar 2019 –
$4230 $4030 SUPER EARLYBIRD
SKILL LEVEL: High-Intermediate Advanced
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
Tours have a max of 12 people
High-Intermediate – This tour is specifically designed for those who can confidently ski or snowboard the whole mountain at speed on piste and have had some experience in powder but but would like to improve their ability and confidence off-piste in deep powder. You will get the most out of these tours if you have a good level of fitness. Check your ability level here.
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 27th April 2018. LAND ONLY
**2018/19 – SUPER Earlybird specials require full payment by 30th June, 2018.
- Fully guided/instructed & hosted
- Airport transfer with Resort Liner – Furano to Chitose
- 7 nights twin/triple share accom in Furano
- 3 nights twin/triple share accommodation at the
Grand Park Otaru
- 7 days worth of lift passes at up to 9 different ski resorts
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily breakfast
- Cultural day tour to Sapporo
- Onsen (hot spring) tour
- Whiteroom T-shirt
– Discounted flights with Qantas
– Avalanche gear rental – $180
– Backcountry touring day
– Tokyo stopover/Kyoto cultural side trip
– Single share accommodation
– Extra nights accommodation & ski days in Niseko or elsewhere
– Furano Physio massage session
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.
Furano is a country town of about 20,000 people with an awesome ski hill. With over 100 bars and restau- rants you be able to experience true Japanese hospitality . On the mountain you’ll enjoy some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido, with easy to access wide open bowls, mellow glades, and powder zones perfect for learning how to ski deep pow. The cold temperatures in Furano keep the 9 metres of annual snow light and dry and when its on, it is quite simply the best. Add to this the distinct lack of crowds and express lifts that take you to the top of 3.5km runs in a little over ten minutes and you have a recipe for leg burning skiing.
Tomamu strikes a cord with all who ride its mountains. With arguably the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido you’ll be wanting to come back for more. Mt. Tomamu at 1239m, offers skiers and snowboarders a wide variety of runs catering to all abilities. With 11 lifts, Tomamu has some great options. It also offers skiers and boarders an awesome park and off-piste section which is roped off from the rest of the crowd.
Kamui is a small ski resort set on its own, 1 hour north of Furano. With 7 lifts accessing a network of wide open cruises as well as powder filled trees and gullies, you’ll feel like your riding your own private mountain as crowds here a virtually non-existent. Combine that with one of Japan’s most open ski area policies, and there is enough here to suit every kind of skier and boarder.
Asahidake is one of the most popular touring locations in Hokkaido, due to the easy access to above tree line terrain given by the Ropeway at the bottom of the volcano (top height 1600m) and the fame of the mountain itself, which at 2290m is the highest in Hokkaido. For those on the progression tour there are plenty of options for graded tree skiing. This is where you really test out those powder skills you’ve learnt that week. Once at the bottom, all roads lead to the Ropeway but if you do happen to veer off the well groomed runs a short hike may be needed to return to the lift.
Hidden in the mountains betweens Sapporo and Kutchan, Kokusai is well off the beaten track and practially deserted. However that is not because it lacks terrain in any way. Kokusai has some fantastic off-piste powder zones for all abilities.
This is a great little resort located 40 minutes from downtown Sapporo and about the same from Otaru. Little know by foreigners, Teine has some awesome terrain off its main high-speed quad. With views to the coast you can get heavy systems coming straight off the sea and unloading their snow ladden clouds directly onto to Teine.
Located between Niseko and Otaru this little gem has some great terrain hidden just off and inbetween its piste areas. If you didn’t know where to drop off the run you’d completely miss the deep stuff. What’s more it consistently gets the most sow of any resort in Hokkaido.
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.
GRAND PARK OTARU
This 4.5 star hotel is right on the water with views up and down the coast and on the other side of the hotel there are views to the hills you’ll be skiing over the next few days. You’ll stay in luxury here with all the comforts of home and then some. The breakfast is amazing and with a shopping centre, bars and restaurants below the hotel you’ll have plenty to do when you’re not skiing.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. It was well organised and the guides were fantastic. They gave us encouragement and we’re always keeping a watchful eye on us. They were also entertaining and funny, which allowed the group to get on well together. We were all challenged by the terrain and the deep powder; everyone had good days and bad days, but overall I think we all felt that we improved. I think I now understand how to ski powder, even if I don’t get it right on the day. It’s mostly what happens between the ears, but I need more experience, so I would love to do the tour again.
-Julie Togo – 2018
We had the most amazing time, each day just kept giving more. The guides were very friendly and looked after us very well. The group was excellently balanced both in age and ability and we all got on very well. We would like to use Whiteroom tours for our next trip to Japan, and would seek advise from Adam as to his suggestion of tour for our ability.
-Suzi Pilling – 2018
Guides were great super chill, understanding and informative in the clutch! I liked that I was roomed with other snowboarders it made it easier to chat up the day and plan ahead for food and such. The resorts we hit up were nice I had my Japow itch scratched a few time over! All in all I had a great time which is all that really matters. Met some chill people and made some good memories. I looked at a few other tour agencies before deciding with Y’all cause y’all jump around to different resorts and I like that, keep it up!!
-Robert Daniel – 2018
Guides were all wonderful and very helpful, I couldn’t have asked for more!
-Patrick Collins – 2018
I thought Lexi was a great guide and we had a great tour also I would like to thank Emily for doing all of the booking magic and getting me a room in the Air Terminal hotel so I didn’t have to commute to the airport for the flight out . Lexi did an excellent job of keeping everyone on the crew together and challenged across the different resort’s we visited. Also for taking us to the Furano cultural festival for the dancing and fireworks Also Mike for the Otaru end of the tour.
– Campbel Hewston – 2018