Whiteroom Guides


Know the mountain you’re skiing – book a Furano, Niseko or Asahidake Backcountry Guide.

Whiteroom Tours offers backcountry ski and snowboard guiding throughout Hokkaido, Japan. Whether it be a one-off deep powder experience in the backcountry of Kiroro or a multi-day adventure chasing snow storms around Hokkaido, our travel and guiding team can help make it a reality.

We offer privately guided side/backcountry touring days and multi-day tours to Niseko, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Rusutsu, Sahoro, Pipu, Yubari, Moiwa, Kiroro, Teine, Kokusai and Kurodake. Backcountry touring options are also available to summit Mt Yotei, Shirabetsu, Tokachidake and many others. Guided days start from ¥55,000 and include one of our experienced guides & comfy 4WD van transportation.

Safety, flexibility and adaptability are key to a great guided experience. Our staff are experienced guides from around the world with accreditations and combinations of mountain guiding, ski patrolling, instructing, avalanche certifications and first aid plus years of experience on snow. We study the weather and mountain environment continuously to ensure the best location is chosen each day in consultation with your group, ensuring you get the best conditions on your guided day at one of the many resorts in the Furano or Niseko areas.

Want to ski Asahidake? Let one of our Asahidake Guides show you why it’s talked about so much!

If you do want to join us in 2017 we recommend that you pre-book, especially for multi-day tours as our guides do book out. If you want to leave it to chance you can drop into one of our bases in Niseko, or Furano.

Whiteroom Guided days are the perfect addition to any ski trip. Please don’t hesitate to call us on 03 9639 0372 to have a chat about guiding to suit you and your group.

As we are a licensed travel agent we can create a multi-day guided package including accommodation and all transportation. If you reside in Australia we can also book discounted airfares.

 

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FURANO, KAMUI, NISEKO, MOIWA & TOMAMU
High season – ¥65,000
Low Season – ¥55,000
Low Season 3+ day special – ¥50,000

ASAHIDAKE, SAHORO, TOKACHIDAKE, RUSUTSU, KIRORO,
High season – ¥70,000
Low Season – ¥60,000
Low Season 3+ day special – ¥55,000

PIPPU, KOKUSAI
High season – ¥75,000
Low Season – ¥65,000
Low Season 3+ day special – ¥60,000

KURODAKE & TEINE
High season – ¥78,000
Low Season – ¥68,000
Low Season 3+ day special – ¥63,000

CAT SKIING OPTIONS – Price on application

*High season – 8JAN-28FEB 2017
*Low Season – 15DEC-7JAN/1-31MAR 2017


Guided days include:

  • Your own qualified guide
  • Furano or Niseko Accommodation pick-up/drop-off (7:30-8am / 4-6pm) and transportation to the resort of choice
  • Flat rate – maximum of 6 clients per guide.
  • Group of 7 permitted with tail guided – ¥35,000.
  • 8 people and above 2 guides needed

 

Guided days do not include:

  • Avalanche Safety Gear (beacon, shovel, probe and backpack)
  • Lift passes
  • Ski/SB equipment
  • Assurances on the days weather
  • Accommodation pick up from areas other than Niseko or Furano. Extra charges will apply for additional travel.

 

NOTE: If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund

NISEKO GUIDED DAYS – On our local Niseko guided days we can take you to Niseko’s 4 ski areas – Hirafu, Hanazono, Higashiyama and Annupuri. Guiding is not just limited to the ski boundry. With our guides you can explore as far as the conditons, your fitness and time will allow. The side and backcountry in Niseko is where we like to take you.

  • Expect a 8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 4-5pm
  • Depending on the groups ability we will spend 90% off the day off-piste exploring the side and backcountry of Niseko’s four ski areas. However if your group just want to be shown around the 4 ski areas that’s fine too. It is your guided day so it is up to you. By and large we are guided by your ability and fitness and will match terrain choice to these atributes
  • Hiking is not expected but that is up to you! We are keen if you are!

 

NISEKO AREA DAY TOURS Choose from Rusutsu, Moiwa, Chisenupuri and Kiroro. Each resorts offer different terrain and experiences. All resorts are 20min to 1hrs drive from Niseko depending on road conditions and an easy escape from the crowds of Niseko.

  • Expect a 7:30-8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 5-6pm
  • The resort destination can be flexible so that you get the best conditons possible
  • If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund
  • Remember – lift tickets are not included

FURANO GUIDED DAYS – Furano is the ski resort we know better than any one else out there. Enjoy the best fall line skiing in Hokkaido (up to 900m), epic powder, and a distinct lack of crowds.

  • Expect a 8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 4-5pm
  • Depending on the groups ability we will spend 90% off the day off-piste exploring the side and backcountry of Furano. However if your group just want to be shown around piste that’s fine too, but our guides won’t like it that much and really, what’s the point? By and large we are guided by your ability and fitness and will match terrain choice to these atributes
  • Hiking is not expected but a short boot pack or traverse her and there can get you some pretty amazing lines, but that’s up to you! We are keen if you are!

 

CENTRAL HOKKAIDO DAY TOURS – From our base in Furano we will take you to one of 7 resorts in the Central Hokkaido area. Choose from Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro, Pipu, Yubari and Kurodake. Each resort offers something different for every level of rider/skier. All resorts are between 45min-1.5hrs (except Kurodake 2hrs) away and each has their own distinctive weather system, so if the weather is shocking in one ski area more often than not it will be either fine or at least manageable in another ski area.

  • Expect a 7:30-8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 5-6pm
  • The resort destination can be flexible so that you get the best conditons possible
  • If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund
  • Remember – lift tickets are not included but can be arranged

Niseko
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.

 

Furano
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 steep faces, mellow glades, and gullies full of hits for skiers and snowboarders. 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.

Whiteroom Guides is one of few companies that is allowed to take clients off piste in Furano. The side and backcountry of this resort is simply amazing. It’s been our secret for the past 8 years and we are now ready to share with you. Book a guided day here and also use Furano as a base to explorer Kamui, Tomamu and Asahidake.


Tomamu

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. OUr guides will take you out the back which is always ridiculously deep as well as take you to some of the secret stashes in bounds. This place will not disapoint if you know where to go.


Kamui

Kamui is a small ski resort set on its own, 1.5 hours 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. Whiteroom Guides will take you off the back to explorer some of Kamui’s awesome powder. You’ll always ski a fresh line on this resort.


Asahidake

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. This is a resort where a guide is a must. It’s best to stay in Furano to access Asahidake as the weather can be terrible. Our guides can pick the best day for you and show you the best there is. Be prepared to work for the goods here but it is completely worth it!

 

Kokusai
An easy day trip from Niseko, Kokusai is 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 a huge off-piste area below its two Gondola’s and there is some great stuff hidden off to the right of the gondy too. Book a guide and we’ll show you even more!

 

Teine
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, and it’s steep too! 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. Give us a call about booking a guided day or two skiing Teine.

 

Moiwa
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 when you’re with one of our guides.


Rusutsu

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. When Niseko is socked in book one of our guides to escape the madness of the Hirafu Gondola and get the goods in Rusutsu.


Kiroro

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. When it’s blowy in Niseko Kiroro is usually getting the goods! Whiteroom Guides can pick you up from your accommodation in Niseko and in 1.5hrs be skiing fresh and deep.

When booking this service you are getting:

  • Your own qualified and experienced guide. This means you can have one person or up to six in the group. The fee remains the same so the more people you have the cheaper per person it becomes.
  • Base area accommodation pick-up and drop-off and transportation to the ski area. Usually you will have private transportation, but if we have another group heading to the same ski are that day you may need to share. We don’t want to add anymore carbon than necessary to the atmosphere.


Extra transportation charges

Greater Furano or Niseko area (outside of Hirafu and immediate surrounds and outside of Furano and immediate surrounds) requiring approximately one hour extra travel – client pays ¥10,000 extra. For example picking up in Rusutsu and taking to Kiroro.

For Asahikawa pick-ups then on to Asahidake or Kamui/Pipu it is 2 hrs extra travel on top of  3hrs regular driving to Asahidake. 5hrs of driving plus guiding = a very long day. If clients are staying in Asahikawa clients they will be charged and extra ¥10,000 and must also pay for the guides accommodation either before or after the guided day.

  • Note: extra charges may apply for transportation from areas outside of Furano or Niseko

 

Things to remember:

  • Avalanche safety equipment. You will need this equipment. This includes a transceiver, probe and shovel. You can hire this equipment from us and you will be instructed how to use this equipment and be given a safety briefing before each days riding. The gear issued to you is your responsibility and if it is lost or damaged you will pay for a new replacement.
  • This is a private booking. You will only have those in the group that you yourself have booked. If it’s you and your three friends then that’s who’s in the group. If it is just you then awesome. You book and we guide – no blow-ins.
  • We can only guide to the lowest abiity in the group. If you have a friend that’s slow and the rest of your group is fast then you may have some issues getting as much out of the day as you’d hoped. You either need to be happy that you are going slowly and accessing mellow terrain or you need to quietly ask your friend/partner to go have a beer or hot chocolate so that you can hit some more challenging terrain. Beawre that we aren’t going to get into group politics so please sort out everyones expectations before the guided day and we’ll all have a lot more fun.
  • Mixing skiers and snowboarders – whilst we don’t really mind guiding mixed groups this can limit your terrain choice and prefered line. Skiers can of-course traverse hard, step up and pole out of flat spots so this opens up larger areas of terrain, especially on Asahidake. Conversly snowboarders read a mountain differently and want to smash long wide open turns and hit drops and features.
  • We do not guide beginners or low-intermediates. Sorry but we don’t see the point in guiding someone on piste. If you are this ability level we recommend booking a private instructor as you’ll get so much more out of a day instruction than a days guiding.
  • Asahidake is for advanced skiers and boarders only. Some hiking is involved and if you are a boarder you need to be able to keep your speed. There is no ski-patrol and the entire mountain is off-piste.

 

Guide Bookings Confirmation & Payment Cancellation Policy

Please note that Guide bookings are NOT CONFIRMED until a 20% deposit has been paid. Final balance is due 30 days prior to the start of your booking.

You must complete our booking form and Registration/Waiver from before your guided day. Failure to do so will result in the cancelation of your booking.

 

Guide Bookings Cancellation Policy

Your 20% deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel the guided day due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or guide injury.

Whiteroom Guides will refund your full payment less the 20% deposit if notice is given 30 days prior to your booking date commencement.

Whiteroom Guides will refund 50% of your full payment if less than 30 days but more than 7 days notice of cancellation is given.

Whiteroom Guides will provide no refund for cancellations less than 7 days prior or a no show on your booked day.

If Whiteroom Guides has to cancel your guided day due to adverse weather or other unforeseen circumstances you will be offered another date or a 100% refund.

 

Backcountry Safety Equipment Requirements

Backcountry safety equipment is compulsory for all participants on any guided day. All of the necessary equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe and backpack) is available to hire. Please advise us if you need this equipment when booking. You may also bring your own gear to use.

If your Backcountry trip requires Alpine Touring equipment, split boards or snowshoes we will advise & recommend where the equipment can be rented from if you do not already have your own.

 

Pre Purchasing Lift Tickets

For day trips we recommend against purchasing lift tickets in advance, as there are no additional cost savings. Pre-purchasing lift tickets may only serve to limit your flexibility. Due to localized weather patterns, conditions can often be much different at nearby resorts & may influence the final destination decision.

 

Ski / Snowboard Ability Requirements

We recommend that you try to have everyone in the group at a similar ability level.

This is very important as experience shows that no one wants to be in over their head, holding up a group or alternatively waiting for others to make it down the mountain.

However, if you are all happy with a mixed ability group because you are all friends or family members then that is of-course fine with us.

 

Ski / Snowboard Instruction

Many of our Whiteroom Guides are also qualified instructors but the format of our trips is to ensure you ski great lines, great snow and incredible terrain. All our Guides are happy to offer advice and tips to help you improve your skills, but except for our Powder Progression Tour https://www.whiteroomtours.com/guided-tours/niseko-progression-tour/ we do not offer straight ski or snowboard lessons.

If you are interested specifically in instruction to improve your skills we can recommend booking a ski lesson with some exceptional instructional schools in your area.

 

Extra transportation charges

Greater Furano or Niseko area (outside of Hirafu and immediate surrounds and outside of Furano and immediate surrounds) requiring approximately one hour extra travel – client pays ¥10,000 extra. For example picking up in Rusutsu and taking to Kiroro.

For Asahikawa pick-ups then on to Asahidake or Kamui/Pipu it is 2 hrs extra travel on top of  3hrs regular driving to Asahidake. 5hrs of driving plus guiding = a very long day. If clients are staying in Asahikawa clients they will be charged and extra ¥10,000 and must also pay for the guides accommodation either before or after the guided day.