On Tour with Whiteroom – Central Hokkaido (Part 1)

Furano has plenty of great tree runs and hidden areas we’ll take you to.


Everyone who travels to Japan for skiing or riding is no doubt looking for some great days riding deep powder, but here at Whiteroom Tours we also want to give you a good taste of Japanese culture. Our Central Hokkaido Tour offers you a chance to explore the rural areas of Hokkaido and visit a range of mountains.

Each tour we run has a varied itinerary, as our goal is to chase the best fresh powder each day. Running for 9 days in total, with 7 guided days, here is an example of what you can expect if you join us:

DAY 1
We start out with a day at our home resort of Furano. After a fun day reacquainting your legs with powder riding, we’ll join you for traditional Japanese cuisine at the welcome dinner, hosted by North Country Inn.

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Great traditional Japanese cuisine awaits our guests at the Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2
We head to Sahoro for some great open tree runs plus a few laps somewhere special… no tracks to be found when we head into the backcountry!

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Our guide Taneli leading the charge on one of our favourite backcountry runs.

sahoro-pickup-2Fresh tracks for all of our clients at Sahoro!

Back to Furano for a group dinner and Karaoke.. no trip to Japan would be complete without it. With all you can drink coming standard, a great night is guaranteed. Every night starts with “I’m not really that into karaoke” and ends with rousing team renditions of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. Fun times!

karaoke-2Karaoke always wins the night!

DAY 3
It’s off to Kamui for a day of sightseeing, backcountry laps and a great natural onsen to end the day. There’s nothing better to refresh your muscles after a few big days of skiing and riding. We won’t include pictures of the onsen experience in the interest of privacy!

ross-2Ross our Japan Operations Manager, testing the snow depth with good results!

templ-2Sightseeing at Ashibetsu, on the way to Kamui Ski Links.

buddha-2This huge statue of Kannon, (88 metres!) the Goddess of Mercy, overlooks a nearby ski field in Ashibetsu.

DAY 4
After three big days for everyone on tour we call a rest day. Clients are free to explore the town of Furano (population ~25 000) or have an unguided day on the mountain (day pass included as part of the tour).

DAY 5
With a big snowfall overnight it’s time for our second guided day at Furano, this time we push out into some new areas. We also hike up into the top bowls for great open lines… time to earn some turns!

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The ‘van-o-meter’ indicating we’re about to have a great day in Furano!

marcus-2It’s always worth hiking for fresh tracks, especially on a deep day like this.

damwallExploring the Furano backcountry… the smiles tell it all!

Continued in Part 2

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