You’ve heard it from your friends, “you need to go to Hokkaido!” They’re not wrong. Just north of Japan’s main island, Hokkaido receives the perfect mix of Siberian cold and ocean-fed precipitation to supply bottomless powder with free refills daily. Light snow is what it’s all about and we’re going to ride as much of it as we can over this powder week!
Storm days are spent riding the wide-open birch tree forests Hokkaido is known for. Sunny days are for summiting the local volcanos and getting big descents into the valleys. Evenings are spent soaking in the many natural Onsen’s (natural hot springs) on the island and enjoying traditional Japanese cuisine – an artform that you haven’t truly experienced until you’ve been to the far East. The accommodations are comfortable, cultural, and planned to minimize travel time and maximize relaxation. This is a trip you should be dreaming about – if you haven’t already.
One week of fine powder will be served up by our concierge-team of IFMGA and AMGA Ski Guides. If you’ve skied with us before, you know that we’re going to have endless turns and endless belly laughs along the way. We may use a few lifts to access some venues, but the majority of the trip is spent well out of bounds, so get your touring legs ready – you’ll want as much left in your quads for the deep downhill as possible. We’ll provide the rest.
Powder Skiing in Hokkaido, Japan – One Week Itinerary: (*This itinerary could change to find the best skiing/riding conditions. Guests always have the options to sit out a day for rest and relaxation, as desired.)
Pre-trip: Arrive on the island of Hokkaido, ideally two days in advance to allow for jet-lag recovery. You’ll be able to get a shuttle from the airport to a nearby hotel.
Day 1: Meet your team at 3 pm in Chitose. We will conduct a quick gear check, pack the vans and head to our first night of lodging in Niseko. We’ll have dinner and get packed and ready for our first full day of touring.
Day 2: The team will meet and assemble at our hotel, cover logistics for the day and depart. This afternoon we will load into the private vans and drive 2 hours to Niseko to get settled into our lodging, stopping for snack and lunch supplies along the way. We will have dinner as a group in Niseko this evening and then gear up for our first day of riding. If time allows, we will experience our first onsen (hot spring) this evening!
Day 3: After breakfast, we’ll have our first day of touring – and experience the powder that we came here for! We will cap the day off with an onsen.
Day 4: Full day tour in the Niseko area. Onsen!
Day 5: Full day tour in the Niseko area. If weather allows, we’ll climb up the flanks of Mt Yotei. This volcano dominates the skyline and provides a long descent back towards town. Another well-earned onsen.
Day 6: We’ll aim for a morning tour in the local hills around Niseko, though some may choose a rest day today. In the afternoon we will load up the vans and drive a few hours and head up the ‘powder highway’ towards Central Hokkaido, towards the quaint town of Furano where we’ll stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast.
Day 7: Volcano tour on Asahidake or Tokachidake. Weather-allowing, we’ll summit and peer down into the steaming crater. A long powder ride back down into the valley culminates in surreal skiing through a birch forest. Onsen and a fabulous traditional meal await us when we get back to our lodge.
Day 8: An early start will allow us to pack up before heading up onto the flanks of Mount Furano and get the final laps of our tour. After our day out, we’ll drive back to New Chitose and have our final dinner together in the city before our flights home the next day.
- US/Oregon-based guides
- Lodging (Double occupancy lodging for 4 nights in Niseko, 3 nights in Furano, and the final night in Chitose prior to departure)
- All breakfasts and dinners in Niseko and Furano
- One day of lift tickets included (if needed)
- Ground transportation
Costs Do Not Include:
- Airfare to and from Chitose
- Baggage fees
- Equipment rentals
- Lodging prior to the start of the trip
- Dinner in Chitose
- Onsens or other non-skiing tourism
- Gratuities for your guides or support staff