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    GUIDED - LIFT ACCESS & BC
    8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Riding
    From price based on twin/double-share option. Requires min 5 guests to run fixed date tours
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    From price based on twin/double-share option. Requires min 5 guests to run fixed date tours
    Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
    *Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
    USD 2,479
    Ability: Advanced to Expert
    Central Hokkaido aka the Hokkaido Powder Belt has the most coveted ski areas for the ultimate snow quality. This tour offers the fantastic combination of lift accessed powder chasing with earning a few turns along the way.
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    Inclusions
    • 7 nights twin share accommodation
    • Daily breakfasts
    • 6 days backcountry & resort guiding (max 1:6 guide:guest ratio)
    • 5 days of lift tickets
    • Inter-ski area transfers
    Add-ons
    • HPG can assist with rentals for all required gear
    Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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    Feb 16 - Feb 23, 2018
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    USD 2,479
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    Hokkaido Powder Belt

    Central Hokkaido is known as the Hokkaido Powder Belt, thanks to the superb quality of the snow at the ski areas. The Hokkaido Powder Belt incorporates some of the Powderhounds most highly rated Japanese ski areas for powder hounds such as Kurodake. Expect to ski or snowboard some of the deepest and driest powder you have ever experienced! This Central Hokkaido ski tour covers off-piste and sidecountry (backcountry) terrain that is mostly lift accessed, but expect to earn some of your turns.

    Each day you will ski and ride Hokkaido’s famous powder and finish some days by bathing in thermal hot-springs, and in the evenings treat yourself to gastronomic local Japanese cuisine. 

    This trip starts in the vibrant city of Asahikawa where you'll be able to enjoy the fabulous Japanese culture and cuisine in the evenings.

    The Powderhounds went on a Central Hokkaido Tour with Hokkaido Powder Guides (very similar to the Hokkaido Powder Belt Tour). This video should give you a little bit of a flavour of what's on offer.




    Skier/Boarder AbilityYou should be an advanced to expert skier or boarder for this tour. To make the most of your trip it is recommended that you have a good to very good level of aerobic fitness.

    AccommodationYou will stay at a deluxe hotel in Asahikawa and then in a family operated bed and breakfast in Furano.


    Legendary Hokkaido Powder Belt...

    ..great food...

    ..and superb onsens...
    Itinerary
    Day 1
    Transfer to Asahikawa in Central Hokkaido. The city is surrounded by the Daisestuzan National Park and makes an excellent base to the ski areas in the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range.

    Day 2
    Today you will ski a live volcano. Asahidake, at 2,290m is the highest mountain in Hokkaido and also a live volcano. You will be awed by this conical shaped volcano that looms over this backcountry ski area and which billows steam out of its multiple vents. The powder here is some of the lightest in the world and will not disappoint. You will ski through primeval spruce forest and take an outdoor hot-spring to finish.

    Day 3
    You will ski Kurodake. There is some great off-piste skiing accessible from the lift and great backcountry terrain with a hike to the peak. Retire to the hot spring at the end of the day.

    Day 4
    You head south to the local’s resort Kamui Ski Links that is well known for its liberal off-piste policy making it a favorite destination for local powder skiers. It sits in a good location to catch the predominant northwesterly Hokkaido systems.

    Day 5
    Today, you'll travel to the the southern end of the National Park. The Tokachidake area is known for the live volcano and the abundance of hot springs. You'll ski the volcano and finish the day in a natural hot spring overlooking your ski lines. Transfer to Furano town which is nicknamed the ‘Navel of Hokkaido’ for its central location on the island.

    Day 6
    The off-piste circuit takes the group out of the ski area boundaries which provides for 900 vertical meters of skiing each run. Easy access out of the resort and then egress makes for a big day of skiing.

    Day 7
    You'll journey south to Tomamu resort for the last ski day. Dinner at a traditional izakaya which serves local produce from the town’s surrounding farms to celebrate the last night.

    Day 8
    Transfer to airport.


    The powder room..

    ..a well earned soak in an onsen..

    ...ahh fresh tracks.

    Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

    Rates based on:
    • twin share per person
    • based on min 5 people on trip
    • max guide:guest ratio (1:6)
    • max 6 guests on these tours

    Custom tours:

    • Tours can be customised to your own private group. Please enquire for a quote.
    • Can depart any time from late February to mid April
    • Subject to availability
    Inclusions
    • 7 nights twin share accommodation
    • Daily breakfasts
    • 6 days backcountry & resort guiding (max 1:6 guide:guest ratio)
    • 5 days of lift tickets
    • Inter-ski area transfers
    Optional Extras
    • HPG can assist with rentals for all required gear
    Not Included

    Terms & Conditions of Booking

    Active Co., Ltd.

    Hokkaido prefecture registered travel agent (No. 3-609)

    (Custom-ordered tour including guided ski tour(s) by Hokkaido Powder Guides)

    In this policy the letters ‘ACTIVE’ refers Active Co., Ltd. and ‘HPG' refers to Hokkaido Powder Guides.

    Booking and Payment


    In order to book a place on a trip you will be required to submit an individual information form and send a deposit of 20% of the total price of the trip together with a signed Terms and Conditions of Booking form and waiver form. Once your booking is accepted you will be sent a confirmation invoice. The balance of your payment will be due 60 days before the departure of the trip. If the reservation is made within the 60 days then the full balance of the trip will be due. If any outstanding balance is not paid within this time then ACTIVE reserves the right to cancel your booking. In the case of a group booking, and the original specified group number was to decrease, the remaining group members are to pay the additional costs as a result of a smaller group number.

    Cancellation Charges


    Any cancellations on the part of the client must be made in writing and the charges will be determined by the date of the cancellation. The client also agrees to pay for the return remittance fees. The schedule of these charges is as follows:

    • Loss of the deposit when cancellations are made more than 60 days before the trip departure.
    • 70% of the total price of the trip when cancellations are made 31 to 60 days before the trip departure.
    • 100% of the total trip price for any cancellations made within 30 days prior to the trip departure.

    It is a requirement for all clients to provide evidence of travel insurance for the trip within 14 days of making the booking.

    ACTIVE reserves the right to cancel a trip due to unforeseen circumstances. If this should occur the client can either choose between a full refund or a place on another scheduled trip. If the price of the original trip is higher than the alternative trip then ACTIVE will refund the client the difference. If the client's original trip price is lower than the alternative trip price, the client will be responsible for paying the balance.

    If the trip is cancelled, ACTIVE is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by the client in preparing for the trip. (e.g. non-refundable air tickets, visa fees if applicable, gear or medical expenses).

    Minimum group size / Small group charge

    If ACTIVE doesn’t have the minimum numbers of clients to confirm by 30 days prior to the trip commencement, ACTIVE will notify the client and give them the option of either; cancelling the trip with full refund for the money paid, or accepting the small group charge which is calculated based on the numbers of clients who would like to commit to the tour. If more clients sign up within 30 days, ACTIVE refunds the client the price difference.

    Amendment Charges


    Any amendments involving reducing the nights of stay and or the number of units will be treated as a cancellation. The same conditions as outlined in the cancellation policy will apply.

    Trip Guides/Laws

    The guide will ensure the safety and welfare of the clients on the trip at all times and therefore their decision will be final on all matters. If in any circumstance the client refuses to co-operate with the guide on any matter, or abide by the laws of Japan, the guide can dismiss the client from the trip and they will forfeit the right to any refund. Changes to Advertised Itinerary

    Changes may occur to the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances such as local events. The order of the days in the advertised itinerary may also change due to weather or any other circumstances.

    Clients are permitted to make changes to their itinerary, including transferring from one trip to another when it is more than 60 days prior to the departure of their trip. If a transfer is made then ACTIVE reserves the right to charge an administration fee of 10% of the price of the original booked reservation.

    Claims and Complaints

    If a client has a complaint they must inform the guide while on the trip so ACTIVE and HPG have a chance to rectify the situation. Any further claim or complaints must be made in writing and submitted to ACTIVE and HPG no later than 30 days after the trip and we will do our best to resolve the situation satisfactorily.

    Liability

    All services and arrangements made by ACTIVE and HPG are made on the condition that ACTIVE and HPG will not be held responsible for any injury, death, loss, damage or irregularity which may occur through acts of carrying out the service or arrangements. We will not accept liability for circumstances outside our control such as robbery, sickness, wars, riots, strikes, delays or other unforeseeable or unavoidable occurrences.

    Travel Documents

    Clients agree to have a valid passport and necessary visas for traveling. ACTIVE does not assume responsibility for securing any of these documents and any advice given on the part of ACTIVE is done in good faith.

    Photographic Release

    Clients agree to permit ACTIVE, HPG and other guest to take photographs and film of the trip. Clients understand and agree that the photos and film may be used for commercial or promotional purposes.

    Equipment

    Clients agree to treat any rental equipment as if it were their own, and if damaged or destroyed will agree to be responsible for the equipment cost, including any costs for shipping.

    You will be required to sign this terms & conditions agreement allong with a liability waiver to confirm your booking