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    9 Nights | 8 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
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    USD 2,804
    5% discount off advertised price if you book before July 15 2017
    Ability: Advanced to Expert
    Chase the powder around the Nagano and Niigata Prefectures where there are sooooo many ski resorts to choose from. This tour has the flexibility to pick the best area on any given day & from there you'll explore the backcountry with a lead and tail guide.
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    Inclusions
    • 10 nights twin-share accommodation
    • 8 days ski touring/lift access BC (max 5 guests/guide)
    • Arrival transfer & all ground transport between ski areas
    • Lead and tail guide (one Japanese speaking)
    • Beacon, shovel, probe, backpack
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    Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
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    Availability
    Jan 18 - Jan 27, 2018
    10
    USD 2,804
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    Jan 29 - Feb 07, 2018
    10
    USD 2,804
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    Feb 09 - Feb 18, 2018
    10
    USD 2,804
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    Feb 20 - Mar 01, 2018
    10
    USD 2,804
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    Mar 03 - Mar 12, 2018
    10
    USD 2,804
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    Mar 14 - Mar 23, 2018
    10
    USD 2,804
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    Tanken Explore Tour

    The Prefectures of Nagano and Niigata have hundreds of ski resorts; some of them well known and some are off the radar of most international skiers and snowboarders. Nagano and Niigata also have many more backcountry access locations. On the Tanken Explore Tour with Goodguides, you'll road trip around to chase the powder in the sidecountry and backcountry.

    With no fixed accommodation, the group will be free to travel to the areas with the best snow at any given time. With at least one Japanese speaking guide, you'll gain access to local knowledge and information from the surrounding snow community.

    This Tanken (meaning "exploration") tour is designed for the adventurous who really want to explore. There are soooo many potential ski areas to visit but they could include: Hakuba (Happo, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Tsugaike, Iwatake, Cortina), Myoko (Akakura, Seki Onsen, Ikenotaira, Suginohara), Kurohime, Madarao, Tangram, Nozawa Onsen, Togari Onsen, Togakushi, Shiga Kogen, Hiuchi Charmont, and the Yuzawa ski areas (Naeba, Kagura, Hakkaisan, Maiko, Joetsu Kokusai, Ishiuchi) and many more.

    Ability & FitnessThese tour is 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, a 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>

    Accommodation

    In order to chase the powder and stay on the move, the accommodation chosen will remain somewhat flexible. Goodguides will use Japanese run accommodation where possible so that in between the powder turns, you will get to experience the Japanese culture.

    Accommodation style may vary between Japanese (futons on the floor) and western (twin beds). The guides will endeavour to find you the best snow first and then the best accommodation possible in that area.

    Your Japanese speaking guide will make sure you have everything you need in each area and get you up to speed with local customs and culture.

    A daily breakfast is usually provided as part of the accommodation, and other meals can be arranged with reservation the night before.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 (arrival day):
    Transfer to a centre in Nagano or Niigata close to where the skiing will begin. You will be notified of the arrival destination 3 days prior to your arrival.

    Day 2 to 9 (ski/ride Nagano/Niigata areas):
    Your first morning will start with an in-depth avalanche safety briefing and training.

    With no fixed itinerary or accommodation, your guide will have the flexibility to work with you to choose the pick locations to ski/ride. Your guide will drive you between ski areas and locations stretching across central Japan. The guide will use as many new locations as required but will try and reduce long distance travel as much as possible.

    Day 10:
    Finish the trip with a day of freeskiing and/or transfer back to the airport or your next destination.

    2017-18 Rates & Inclusions

    Rates Full Price: ¥315,000
    • Price is per person, based on twin share occupancy
    • Payments are in Japanese Yen
    Inclusions
    • NZMGA or equivalent qualified professional mountain guide (1:5 ratio)
    • Tail guide
    • Japanese speaking lead guide or tail guide
    • 8 guided ski touring/lift access backcountry
    • 8 days lift tickets
    • 10 nights twin share accommodation
    • Daily breakfast usually provided
    • Back-country safety equipment - beacon, shovel, probe and backpack
    • Arrival transfer from Narita Airport
    • All private transfers on guided ski days
    • Backcountry insurance
    • Local knowledge and interaction with real local people!

    Not Included
    • Travel insurance
    • Flights - book flights here
    • Lunch, dinner, snack, drinks (other than any shown in the itinerary/inclusions)
    • Single room upgrades available upon request
    • Departure transfer
    • Touring gear which is required. Please enquire for pricing.

    Optional Add-Ons
    • Single room upgrade - Enquire for prices
    • Backcountry touring gear rentals - Enquire for price
    Inclusions
    • 10 nights twin-share accommodation
    • 8 days ski touring/lift access BC (max 5 guests/guide)
    • Arrival transfer & all ground transport between ski areas
    • Lead and tail guide (one Japanese speaking)
    • Beacon, shovel, probe, backpack
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    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.