Niseko Backcountry Guiding

 

Book one of our experienced backcountry ski or snowboard guides to show you the best the Niseko and Otaru areas have to offer.

We pride ourselves on being completely flexible so as to tailor your guided day to your ability level and the best terrain and conditions we can find. From resort guiding to backcountry touring or hiking the famous Mt Yotei. Whiteroom has been guiding around the Niseko and Otaru areas for 10 years and has some of the best and most experience guides in Hokkaido.

We offer three main products:

 

RESORT POWDER GUDING

If you are after a great day being shown all the best inbounds and slack country in and around Niseko then this is the product for you. We pick you from your accommodation and in our comfy 4WD vans and take you to the resort with the best conditions or if you have a specific ski area in mind we’ll show you around the whole resort orientating you and showing you all the best powder stashes. Each resort offers up loads of terrain that you wouldn’t even know about if you didn’t have a guide. Booking a guided day tour with us will make your ski holiday!

Ability recommendation – High-Intermediate and up

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LIFT ACCESSED BACKCOUNTRY

If you want the goods but don’t want to work too hard for it, that is accessing the backcountry using the lifts, then this is the product for you. All the resorts in the Niseko and Otaru areas have some great backcountry that is easily access by the lift system. Knowing where to put a quick boot pack or hard traverse in is the key to getting you fresh deep powder. If you have skins or a splitboard we can go even further ensuring you get fresh tracks all day! There are even a few road drops we can take advantage of for that special experience!

Ability recommendation – Advanced and up

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BACKCOUNTRY TOURING

This product allows you to choose from a variety of terrain in the Niseko and Otaru regions depending on the weather and your fitness. With snow all the way to sea level we have the unique ability to tour almost anywhere – the options are almost limitless! Surrounding Niseko are some of the best backcountry and most easily accessible areas in all of Hokkaido including Shiribetsudake, Mt Yotei  and Yoichidake to name but a few. We can also use the lifts if required to tour away from the resort and into some amazing terrain.

Ability recommendation – Advanced and up with touring gear

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STAFF TIP: Make the most out of your ski holiday and book a backcountry guide even if it is only for a day. You’ll get to experience skiing or boarding at it’s best!

Whiteroom Tours can create multi-day guided packages including accommodation and all transportation all across Japan. Head off on a road trip across Hokkaido or let us put together a fully customised package. We’ve been doing it for 10 years and with support on the ground in Niseko, Furano and Tohoku we can provide personalised service at the best price.

If you reside in Australia we can also book discounted airfares.

Please contact us for a personalised quote.

 

RESORT, LIFT ACCESSED BACKCOUNTRY GUIDING & TOURING

PEAK SEASON – ¥75,000
(20JAN-28FEB)

SHOULDER SEASON- ¥70,000
(12-19JAN/1-10MAR)
3 day or more multi-day special – ¥60,000

LOW SEASON – ¥60,000
(Open – 11JAN/11MAR – close)
3 day or more multi-day special – ¥50,000

Price includes: Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Kokusai, Shiribetsu and Mt Yotei.

Teine – add ¥5000 – on request

CAT SKIING OPTIONS – Price on application


Guided days include:

  • Your own qualified guide
  • 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 – ¥50,000.
  • 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. 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
Niseko is a world class ski destination. 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.


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.


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.

 

Kokusai

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

NISEKO DAY GUIDING –

  • 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. However if your group just wants 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 attributes.
  • 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!
  • Avalanche safety equipment is compulsory for this product.

 

NISEKO REGION GUIDING

  • 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 conditions 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
  • Avalanche safety equipment is compulsory for this product.

Remember – lift tickets are not included but can be arranged

 

BACKCOUNTRY TOURING –

  • Expect a 7:30-8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 5-6pm
  • The destination can be flexible so that you get the best conditions possible
  • If you booked a certain area and the weather makes this objective impossible we will offer up another resort. If all available options are not possible we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund.
  • Avalanche safety equipment and touring equipment is compulsory for this product.

 

 

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


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.

 

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 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.

 

Would use your private touring again – fantastic, knowledgeable and super friendly guides, went above and beyond for us! – Skye


We have had 9 private guided days over the last two seasons in Hokkaido. We have been back country and side-country skiing in Hokkaido for the last 17 years and decided we needed the safety and experience of professional guiding to explore new terrain. We have been incredibly pleased with the professionalism, knowledge, expertise and advice received on all of our guided days. It has enabled us to safely access a wide variety of new terrain. We have discovered a whole range of areas in parts of Hokkaido which we thought we were already familiar with. Also we have safely been shown great new backcountry terrain eg Shirebetsu Dake, Nimi Onsen, Nagamichi to name a few. Many thanks for providing such an exceptional service – Rob Karoly


This is our second guiding trip with Whiteroom which should say it all. They are a first class organization. They were the only guiding company that would give us a guiding experience base on our schedule. Emily worked with us through out the process to make our trip go smoothly which it did. And Ronan was amazing, taking us to places we would of never found without him. Once again another memorable trip. Thanks to everyone a Whiteroom for letting me brag to all my jealous friends. – Aaron


3 days of guided tours. Rachel was awesome, tons of fun, knew the area well, treated us great, appealed to our desires, kept us safe. Yuko was amazing in the booking process and correspondence along the way. Tyler Downs recommended from years back and I’m so glad we choose Whiteroom. Great outfit with good people. All positive things to say. Thank you so much for making our trip a huge success! – Brady


When we eventually arrived in NISEKO (delayed flights) everything just got better and better THANKS to the crew at the Niseko office (Kate and Yuko) rebooking our bus trip, personnel waiting to give us a lift to our APARTMENT (which was fantastic) getting our ski rental gear etc.. The best was to come, RACHEL she was amazing, we got the Three best skiing days we have ever experienced,,fresh powder, snow,sun,and no wind…couldn’t get better Everything we expected and more, when we couldn’t ski the last two days due to a Cyclone, Rachel helped with ideas etc and we still had fun.
We would highly recommend Whiteroomtours to all our friends.
A big thank you to Kiedo Bull in sales for all his suggestions and fixing all the details..
A TRIP FULL OF GREAT MEMORIES
THANKS
Rob,Helena,Isabella and Nathalie Galway
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