Sky to Sea Powder Tour
9 NIGHTS | 7 DAYS SKIING/RIDING |
¥330,000 ¥297,000 SUPER EARLY-BIRD*
FULLY GUIDED/COACHED & HOSTED POWDER INSTRUCTION TOUR
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THIS TOUR HAS YOU ROAD TRIPPING THROUGH CENTRAL HOKKAIDO AND THE COASTAL POWDER ZONE OF OTARU WHILST PERFECTING YOUR POWDER SKILLS.
Central Hokkaido and Otaru are the last areas of Hokkaido not yet overrun by Gaijin (foreigners). Expect run after run of untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. Your guide/coach will help you gain more confidence in all types of powder-filled terrain with hints and tips as we explore Central Hokkaido and Otaru ski areas.
Designed for those who wish to perfect and improve their skiing and riding in powder filled terrain
For the first 6 nights, you’ll be staying in our base in Furano. From there we will ski Furano, Kamui, Asahidake, Tomamu or Sahoro – storm chasing the best conditions that day. The terrain of each resort will help you perfect your powder skiing and boarding – from the wide-open trees in the North Bowl of Tomamu to the steeper slopes of Asahidake. Each ski area has its 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 Hokkaido 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.
This like many of our tours is a road trip style tour hunting out the best powder conditions possible across Hokkaido.
¥330,000 ¥297,000 SUPER EARLY-BIRD*
15 – 24 Jan 2021 – 12 SPOTS
26 Jan – 4 Feb 2021 – 12 SPOTS
12 – 21 Feb 2021 – 6 SPOTS
Free cancellation up to 30th June, 2020. From 1st July onwards to 30 days prior to check in date, free cancellation will apply if a COVID-19 travel ban is in-force.**
6 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
6-12 people max per tour. 4 person minimum.
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced on piste – high intermediate in powder
This tour is specifically designed for skiers and boarders who are confidently in control at all times of their speed and demonstrate rhythm on moderate black diamond trails, can make parallel and carving turns and can ski/board very well at speed on blue (high-intermediate) runs. You should be able to quickly adjust the size and length of your turns and are learning to master a variety of different types of terrain and snow including deep powder and trees. You must also have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in most situations as well as hold a reasonable traverse line. Please make an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down.
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.
*10% SUPER EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL – Applies to all tours booked and pay in full by June 30, 2020.
**Free cancellation for any reason up to 30th June, 2020. From 1st July onwards to 30 days prior to check-in date a full 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 you may cancel and receive a full refund. (See our terms and conditions for full details)
- Fully guided/coached & hosted
- Airport transfer with Resort Liner – Chitose to Furano
- 6 nights twin/triple share accom in Furano at Hotel Munin
- 3 nights twin/triple share accommodation at the Grand Park Otaru
- 7 days worth of lift passes and guiding in the Central Hokkaido and Otaru regions
- 1 rest day/transfer cultural day
- Welcome & farewell dinner party
- Daily cooked breakfast
- Cultural day tour
- Onsen (hot spring) experience
- Whiteroom T-shirt
– Accommodation Upgrade – price on request
– Single share accommodation – ¥7500 per night
– Avalanche gear rental – ¥13,500 for 8 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. Please advise us upon booking if you have your own gear or will need to rent.
Day 1 (arrival check-in day – first night)
Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Resort Liner coach service to Hotel Bell Hills where you will be met by our guest services team and taken to Rising Sun B&B. You’ll be free for the rest of the day to go for a quick ski, get fitted your rental or just relax and settle in. That night we’ll have a few welcome drinks at Rising Sun’s bar where you’ll meet your lead guide who will run you through the tour, current conditions and answer any questions you have.
Day 2 (first day on snow)
After a delicious breakfast, you’ll suit up and be issued your avalanche rental gear (unless you brought your own) then we’ll take you through our safety briefing. We usually spend the first days guiding you around one of our favourite mountains – Furano. We’ll get our feet and smash some JAPOW. After the first days skiing, we’ll celebrate with a delicious Japanese welcome dinner with local food put on by your hosts Gonzo and Yuka.
Day 3 – 7 (4 days on snow including 1 rest day)
Each day your guide will be checking the forecast to see which resort has the best powder conditions. We will be able to choose from Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu and Sahoro. Each resort brings something different to your experience with wide-open bowls, chutes, gladded trees, pillows and all-around fun-filled days. There are some great onsens on the way back to Furano which we may stop at to soak our muscles ready for the next days’ adventure.
Day 8 (Furano – Otaru transfer & Cultural day)
It’s time to say goodbye to Central Hokkaido and make our way to the powder-filled zone of Otaru. Unless we decide to ski that day due to conditions, we will stop in Sapporo where we will wander the snowy streets, have Sapporo’s best Ramen in Ramen Alley, check out the beautiful building and delicious beer at Sapporo Beer Hall, shop and enjoy Hokkaido’s biggest city. In the afternoon we will check into Grand Park Otaru, a 4-star hotel with views of the ocean on one side and snow-covered mountains on the other.
Day 9-10 (2 days on snow)
Staying in Otaru gives us easy access to some of the most powder areas in Hokkaido. We’ll have 3 main resorts we can choose from close by being Kiroro, Kokusai and Teine. Each receives the first brunt on the NW systems coming in from Siberia meaning they get absolutely dumped on. Classic gladded trees, mushrooms, powder-filled bowls and face shots await! Each night we’ll come back to Otaru and enjoy the quaint bars, delicious seafood and unique culture of this seaside city.
Day 11 (Check-out and departure day)
After an epic powder-filled adventure it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and transfer by train to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport with memories to last a lifetime!
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.
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
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
Furano Ski Resort
Furano is a country town of about 20,000 people with an awesome ski hill. With over 100 bars and restaurants 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 steep faces, mellow glades, and gullies full of hits for skiers and snowboarders. The cold temperatures in Furano keep the 9-14 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. However it’s Tomamu’s backcountry which makes it special.
Kamui Ski Links
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 – unless school kids on the beginner lifts count. 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. Short hikes are often required along the ridges at the summit and there is the option of hiking around the active volcano. 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.
Tokachi Sahoro Resort
Sahoro is a little gem we found one year and have been thinking of adding onto this tour for a while. It’s not a huge resort but what it does have is some great tree skiing and hardly anyone around. It’s well protected and is a good option when the weather has come in. We are looking forward to showing you around this great little resort.
A quiet mountain and a good option when the storms are coming in. Plenty of trees to ski through, good pitch and no people off-piste. This is a great mountain when everywhere else is busy or clapped out due to low vis or high winds.
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.
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 special Japanese experience.
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.