Frontier Explorer - Reviews

Great Mix of Snow and Culture

Jim H.
29/03/2017
    • Age
      36-50
    • Ability
      Expert
    • Rider Type
      Skier
    • Country
      United States
    • Month:
      February
    My wife and I joined the Feb 12, 2017 Frontier Explorer trip with Brent. We had a blast both skiing off-the-beaten-path hills in northern Japan, and learning about the unique culture and cuisine of Japan. Brent was a total trooper dealing with our question-a-minute pace as we soaked in as much Japan as we could.

    The skiing was pretty cool. I'd heard about the crowds in Hokkaido, and didn't want to deal with that. The hills we went to were locals only, never any lines, and the snow was untracked even 3-5 days after the last storm. We poached lift lines, tree shots, and side country, and always stayed incognito from ski patrol.

    Brent knew all the great places to eat and soak. As a native English speaker, nothing was lost in translation. The van was clean and capable. When our plan fell apart due to weather/conditions, Brent always had a back-up plan for us.

    Super fun trip. We're happy to went and made some good friends and stories along the way.

    100% Good Times Guraranteed!

    Sean Mandel
    29/03/2017
      • Age
        36-50
      • Ability
        Expert
      • Rider Type
        Skier
      • Country
        USA
      • Month:
        March
      Going to Japan to ski is just like going anywhere else - The people who are in-the-know get the goods while the rest fight over the scraps. This isn't just true for the pow it goes for the food, lodging, nightlife, and cultural experiences.

      Having the Japan Ski Tours crew (Brent was our guide) on board blew every door wide open and pretty much made the trip what it was - AMAZING! Endless fresh lines (even days after a big storm), incredible food and lodging, and insight into Japanese culture and daily life that would be impossible to gain anywhere else.

      This country has so much to offer, Japan Ski Tours made sure we got the most out of our trip. 10/10 good times!

      Japow = WOW

      Connie Clark
      13/03/2017
        • Age
          36-50
        • Ability
          Advanced
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Country
          Canada
        • Month:
          January
        Brilliant trip all around... Fantastic locations with a witty fun guide to show you all the secret spots you would miss with out the local knowledge. Mighty fine powder days with authentic fun cultural nights and side trips to wrap up your day.

        Gnarrrr

        Mylo
        10/03/2017
          • Age
            36-50
          • Ability
            Advanced
          • Rider Type
            Snow Boarder
          • Country
            Australia
          • Month:
            February
          After 10 years of Hokkaido trips decided to do this guided tour with japan ski tours to find some new pow, get away from the crowds and get some culture, food and onsen. Knowledgable guide and all round good guy Brent Potter aka Brett Powder, delivered the goods with an epic tour and some of the best boarding I've had in 10 years. Lots of variety here and worth doing.

          Awesome trip!!!

          Todd Elligson
          09/03/2017
            • Age
              0-11
            • Ability
              Advanced
            • Rider Type
              Skier
            • Country
              Canada
            • Month:
              January
            I have done 3 tours with Japan Ski Tours and will use them next time I go to for some more JAPOW. The Frontier Explorer tour was everything as advertised. What I really enjoy is lots of snow with no line ups. Brent has also done the recon for you so you just show up and follow him to the sweet POW spots. I highly recommend this tour as takes you off the beaten path to some awesome locations.

            Worthwhile Guide and So Much More

            Jonathan Tilton
            09/03/2017
              • Age
                18-35
              • Ability
                Expert
              • Rider Type
                Skier
              • Country
                United States
              • Month:
                February
              Our "guide" Brent with Japan Ski Tours was so much more than a guide; I believe words like "travel agent, advisor, translator, chauffeur, consigliere, food-orderer, drinking buddy, photographer and rent-a-bro" (among others) should all be included in the services Brent provided.

              We had a group of 6 friends coming together for the trip and Brent did a great job of giving us space at times but fitting right in to conversation flawlessly and adding immensely to our experiences. He dealt with everyone's occasional tardiness or equipment failures without issue and kept us all moving towards powder time and time again.

              Can't recommend JST or Brent enough... would go back in a heartbeat!

              THANKS!!

              Don't forget your modesty towel...

              James Buchanan
              07/03/2017
                • Age
                  36-50
                • Ability
                  Advanced
                • Rider Type
                  Skier
                • Country
                  Australia
                • Month:
                  February
                Hiking I J Carna Mylo
                Tour 2-9th Feb 2017. We are a group of 6 (1 skier, 5 boarders) that have been heading to Japan for the past 9 seasons. This was our first time outside of Hokkaido & also our first 'guided' tour. We've toured around a fair bit on our own and hired guides for a day or so here and there but not a fully guided tour format.
                Let me say right from the start our guide Brett Pow (aka Brent Potter)was excellent.
                We've all been thirsting for this kind of trip - new destinations, fresh tracks, virtually no other western tourists and really good local experiences with someone who can translate.(as anyone who has been to Japan will know - it can be a very confusing place with not much English). Aside from the obvious benefits of a guide on the mountain, having someone who will not only answer your endless stream of stupid questions & translate a menu is priceless...
                Just don't forget to bring your modesty towel for the onsens.