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HAKUBA BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
9 Nights | 8 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
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USD 2,631
Ability: Advanced, Expert
The HAKUBA ALPS are the ultimate when it comes to steep alpine terrain in Japan. Most people who visit Hakuba only ever drool at the possible endless lines from a distance. Well here is your chance to explore the steep & deep alpine backcountry terrain of the Hakuba Valley.
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  • 9 nights twin/triple-share accommodation & daily breakfast
  • 8 days guided skiing/boarding & lift passes (max 5 guests/guide)
  • Inbound airport transfer & all ground transport between ski areas
  • Backcountry Insurance & use of pack (beacon + shovel + probe)
  • Qualified guides with local knowledge & contacts
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
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Jan 05 - Jan 14, 2017
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USD 2,631
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Jan 17 - Jan 26, 2017
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Jan 28 - Feb 06, 2017
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USD 2,631
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Feb 20 - Mar 01, 2017
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USD 2,631
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Hakuba Alpine Powder Package - NEW for 2017!

The Hakuba Alps are without doubt the most impressive mountain range in Japan. Only a very tiny number of people who visit the area ever venture into the backcountry; and that's because it is very steep and dangerous for those without local knowledge and experience.

Goodguides have over 10 years experience of skiing in central Japan giving them an intimate knowledge of the local mountains, weather patterns and local culture. Owner and operator Jerry Williams has fluency in the Japanese language, and his love of Japanese culture will ensure you get a well rounded trip with the absolute best in both skiing and culture.

All guides are professionally trained and qualified and are in the field everyday and know the conditions and terrain inside out.

They also have an extensive network in the local community enabling them to access local knowledge and information from the surrounding snow community.

This tour has 2 variations to it...

Jan 5 - 14 & Jan 28 - Feb 6: Lift Access & Ski Touring - Both lift accessed powder skiing and ski touring/hiking. To get the best possible skiing you should be flexible when it comes to walking for your pow turns but if the snow is good in the resorts, that is where we will be!

Jan 17 - 26 & Feb 20 - March 1:  Ski Touring/Ski Mountaineering - Ski touring/ski mountaineering Japan's mecca, the Northern Japanese Alps. Push your limits and ski the deep and steep back country that is hands down the best big mountain skiing that Japan has to offer.

Ability & FitnessThese tours are aimed at skiers and riders who are advanced to expert. In addition, these tours involve a lot of up-hill hiking on skis, split board or snow shoes so you will need to have a very good level of fitness.

Equipment RequiredYou will have avalanche safety gear supplied as part of the package, however you will also need touring gear which could be skis with touring bindings & skins, split board with skins and/or snow shoes.

These tours can also be customised to your dates and group (subject to availability). Enquire here for a custom quote>>

Advanced bookings are essential as these tours book out well ahead of time.


Don't just look at it; do it!

Staying in beautiful Hakuba...

...plenty of restaurants & bars

Accommodation

Tour 1, 2 & 3
You will stay at the Meteor Log Hotel which is a 7 bedroom Canadian log-style chalet which sleeps up to 22 guests or the Meteor Pension which is next door, subject to availability.

It is located in the Echo Land village and is an easy walk to restaurants & bars.

The hotel/chalet provides lovely communal spaces and a self-cater kitchen so you can cook your own meals if you prefer.

All rooms have private en suite bathrooms (with bath tub) and include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, hair dryer and towels.

There is a common computer for guest use and wifi is available. There are also on-site laundry facilities.

A daily breakfast is provided as part of the package and as mentioned you can self-cater your evening meals or the lodge hosts can provide evening meals for an extra fee.

They also offer a free shuttle service to the slopes, however you won't require this as you have your own private shuttle service for the duration of the tour.


Meteor Log Hotel

Typical twin room...

...nice common areas


Tour 4 (Feb 20 - March 1)
This mountaineering tour will be accommodated at Lodge Motoi which is a traditional Japanese Pension with 9 well appointed rooms.

The lodge is located in the famously snowy Otari in close proximity to Tsugaike, Iwatake, Norikura and Cortina ski fields.

The lodge has very authentic Japanese architectural features in the common areas with a cosy shared-lounge with fireplace and TV, plus free wifi is available throughout the lodge.

There is a variety of rooms from western-beds to traditional Japanese-tatami rooms (futons on the floor), all with a private sitting area. All rooms use shared bathroom facilities.

The lodge has a restaurant, bar and vending machines. Breakfast and 7 optional home cooked dinners are provided as part of the package so you can get proper rest and leave your energy and focus for the mountains.


Lodge Motoi

fabulous authentic living spaces...

...nice rooms with seating

Itinerary

This tour starts in Haneda or Narita airport in Tokyo and ends in Hakuba.

Day 1 (Arrival Day):

Transfer to Hakuba (cost and booking of transfer included in package) to where your guide will be waiting to greet you. From there your guide will give you an introduction to the local area, make sure you have everything you need, and deliver you to your hotel for some relaxation before your dream skiing holiday begins!

Day 2 to 9 (Guided Backcountry Days):
Your first morning will start with an in depth avalanche safety briefing and training. This will give you the confidence to use your equipment with the aim of giving you more skills and knowledge to take away with you at the end of the trip.

From here you will potentially ski at any of the 9 resorts within the Hakuba Valley and also other non-­ski field backcountry locations, which Good Guides do not wish to disclose here!

Your guide will decide the best place to ski each day based on weather and snow conditions.

Day 10 (Departure Day): 
After breakfast on the last day you will check out of the hotel by 10 am and head home or onwards with a lifetime of incredible memories.

2017 Rates & Inclusions

Rates Full Price: ¥299,000
  • Price is per person, based on double or triple occupancy
  • Single travellers can request a single room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Payments are in Japanese Yen
Inclusions
  • NZMGA or equivalent qualified professional mountain guide (1:5 ratio)
  • 8 guided ski days
  • 8 days lift tickets
  • 9 nights twin / triple share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Arrival transfer from Haneda or Narita airport to Hakuba
  • All private transfers on guided ski days
  • Backcountry insurance
  • Professionalism that will take you to the best ski location on any given day. Every day is different in the mountains and conditions are ever changing. Let us do the thinking for you.
  • Local knowledge and interaction with real local people!

Not Included
  • Flights - book flights here
  • Lunch, dinner, snack, drinks (other than any shown in the itinerary/inclusions)
  • Single room upgrades available upon request
  • Airport transfer from Hakuba at end of the tour
  • Touring gear which is required

Optional Add-Ons
  • Single room upgrade - Enquire for prices
  • Backcountry touring gear rentals - Enquire for price

Good Guides Terms and conditions

Deposit & Balance
50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour. If the tour is booked within 60 days of departure, full payment is required to confirm.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation within 60 days but 30 days prior to the tour will incur a tariff in the amount of 50% of the full tour cost. Cancellations within 30 days will incur a tariff in the amount of 100% of the full tour cost. Goodguides reserves the right to cancel any tour at any time (typically due to inclement weather, unsafe backcountry travel conditions or guide injury / sickness). In the event of cancellation, the customer will be offered the opportunity to either reschedule or receive a full refund.