Hokkaido Snow Tow - Reviews

Snow tow 03/01/2018

Scott Ravell
13/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January
Epic snow trip had a blast the guides were very knowledgeable on the area and terrain only thing I had to worry about was to get out of bed in time to get some more pow! All our dinners were pre arranged, affordable and delicious. Would definitely book again! A big shout out to Brent and Kevin for making our trip a time to remember for years to come. Absolute legends!!

Absolutely Amazing

Kris Siewert
12/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January
Every aspect of this trip was incredible! We had a week of powder, with the best being 50+cm of fresh. Needless to say, we had the time of our lives. Seeing as over half the trip is spent not snowboarding/skiing (evenings and travel) our hosts did an incredible job making sure we experienced local culture and were always entertained. For instance, they took us to delicious restaurants that we would never have found by ourselves. Each night was incredible local cuisine that occasionally took us out of our comfort zone, in the best way possible.

Our host Brent was absolutely fantastic! He spoke fluent Japanese, and was able to help us with any sort of situation that arose, such as finding cold medicine or arranging gear repairs.

Do yourself a favour and sign up for this trip. The mountains and snow are world class, the hosts were incredible, and the locals are wonderful.

Amazing Trip!

Caity
12/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January
This trip is beyond worth th cost. Ate at so many amazing places I would have never considered going to. Experienced the best snow of my life and met some incredible people. Couldn’t say enough good things about this experience! Please don’t hesitate and book this trip if you can!

Phenomenal

Jordan
30/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
Hokkaido Snow Tow tour was a trip of a life time. Food, company, and culture were all above expectations. I never thought I would ski on lighter snow than that of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, but I was never so wrong. Skiing in the clouds became a reality in Japow and I am ashamed to say my husband had to twist my arm to go on this vacation...now we are hoping to go back next year. Did I mention skiing in -20F weather and having heated toilet seats in every stall? Genius is an understatement. In all seriousness, we are so grateful to Japan Ski Tours for creating such a wonderful and affordable dream vacation. Our host Kimi went above and beyond to ensure that every need was met. An outstanding and phenomenal company that hit a slam dunk.

Would go back in a heartbeat

Will R
14/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
Took the Hokkaido Snow Tow in the middle of Feb 2017 with four buddies. Had an awesome time. Loved the diversity of ski resorts and food the snow tow brought to us. Our Japan Tours guide was everything we could have wanted. Showed us where the best places to go before we got on the mountain. Got us safely from resort to resort in some nasty storms. Taught us all sorts of unique things about Japenese culture and was prepared to answer any question we threw at him (or at least willing to find out the answer for us). Would go back in a heartbeat

The perfect powder chasing experience

Kieran
13/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    March
With everything provided and organised for us, the Snow Tow tour was ideal for our first time to Hokkaido.
Excellent lodging, transport and ski fields, couldn't have asked for better. The guides were friendly and very helpful. Highly recommended to anyone facing the daunting task of organising a snow trip in a non-english speaking country.
Best snowboarding trip of my life!

Hokkaido Snow Tow

Sarah Warne
06/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
Just returned from the best ski trip of our lives!! The guys at Japan Ski tours who curated our Hokkaido Snow Tow to our group of 11 perfectly were amazing. Soren Rasmussen, our tour guide for the week, was helpful, professional, went above and beyond and was great fun with our group too. We had thigh deep powder on several days, and on our penultimate day on Asahidake, the guides found us completely untouched fresh lines. We all experienced lots of amazing food, culture and night life as well as great skiing. Unfotuntately we had one minor accident on the slopes and also a missing go pro camera, but Soren was there to help our party to get the right medical attention and file a missing camera report at the local police station (which really helped in both instances because of the language barrier). If you love chasing the best snow and seeing lots of the country at the same time, I couldn't recommend Hokkaido Snow Tow more.

Snow Towrrific!

Mark
08/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
What a great week of skiing, eating, making some great new friends and experiencing a fantastic culture. Perfect trip for an introduction to skiing in Japan. Really helped having our host drive us around, communicate with the locals, get our lift tickets & take us to some fantastic local restaurants. Everyday the skiing was good to great. Our best day was knee deep blower at Kiroro. Even on our "worst" day of skiing we found some relatively light boot top snow in the trees at Asahidake. Asahidake had been closed the day before due to wind, so the top of the mountain was a bit sketchy. Niseko, Furano & Rusutsu are all really good resorts with a lot of great tree skiing, especially Rusutsu. First 3 nights the accommodations are nice but basic with a shared common area which was great for building camaraderie with our group. Last 3 nights are in a very nice hotel in Asahikawa. I totally recommend this trip and hope that you have as great a group as we did and the skiing is just as good or better!

Awesome, friendly, professional tour

Jamie
03/05/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January
Wowee, what a tour!

I did the Jan 3rd to Jan 9th Snow Tow and it was absolutely amazing. I could not believe the value for money that it offered as I thought I was in for a bare bones experience.

Guides Brent and Soren were 2 of the nicest people I've ever met, and went out of their way to make sure everyone got the most out of their trip. They were highly professional and made sure everyone was as safe as possible, while also providing heaps of anecdotes and insights about Japanese culture, which made all of the minivan trips go by super fast.

The snowboarding and skiing was great, and we got to the mountains every morning for first tracks when they were available. Even though this was not a guided tour, they always had suggestions as to where the best places were to ski on each mountain.

Equally as good as the snow was the opt-in dinners that were organised. They were all to great, authentic local restaurants that I otherwise would not have been able to find.

My only regret was not booking a longer trip.

Awesome snow adventure

Ed Catmur
25/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
I'd never been to Japan before so joining an organized tour seemed to make sense - I'm really glad I did! Our group started off made up of a load of people from Europe, North America and Australia, travelling either in pairs or individually, but it ended up feeling like a group of friends on holiday together. The snow was amazing - waist deep powder nearly every day, with some days finding fresh tracks even after lunch. Special thanks to our guide - Soren speaks perfect Japanese and was able to give us an insider feel for the culture, with different local cuisine each night, traditional accommodation, and great nights.

All in all, not only a great introduction to Hokkaido and Japan but an awesome holiday. Totally recommended!
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