Hokkaido Storm Chaser5 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
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    GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
    7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Ski Areas

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    Ability: Advanced to Expert
    Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Niseko United area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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    Inclusions
    • Guided off-piste & orientation tours (max 1:6 ratio)
    • 6 nights 3 star accommodation (twin share)
    • Daily breakfasts
    • 5 days of lift passes
    • Transport to/from Chitose airport & ski areas
    Add-ons
    • BACKCOUNTRY GUIDING: Guided backcountry isn't included in this trip. If you would like a day of guided backcountry, they can recommend a company that specializes in this service
    Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
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    Jan 03 - Jan 09, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Jan 06 - Jan 12, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Jan 15 - Jan 21, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Jan 21 - Jan 27, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Jan 24 - Jan 30, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Jan 30 - Feb 05, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Feb 02 - Feb 08, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Feb 08 - Feb 14, 2018
    7
    USD 2,581
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    Feb 17 - Feb 23, 2018
    7
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    Feb 20 - Feb 26, 2018
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    Feb 25 - Mar 03, 2018
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    Storm Chaser Overview

    The Hokkaido Storm Chaser tour is a fantastic Hokkaido ski and snowboard safari that chases the storms to get the best powder conditions. For the first part of the tour you'll stay around the Niseko area. In addition to checking out the Niseko Ski Resort, your guide will pack the van and storm-chase to find the good stuff at resorts such as Rusutsu, Moiwa, and Kiroro.

    After sufficiently skiing the Niseko area, you will travel up to Central Hokkaido to the hidden gem of Japan's snow, the Asahikawa area. Haven't heard of it? Exactly. The snow quality is even better than Niseko and the runs will be yours as most Westerners don't stray this far from the safety of Niseko. From your centrally located lodging in a vibrant city, you will storm-chase each day and choose a different ski area depending on what the weather is doing. Ski areas visited might include Kamui Ski Links, Furano and Asahidake.

    At the end of the day, you can soak in natural hot springs, treat yourself to delicious Japanese food, and think about how life couldn't get much better!

    Highlights

    • Storm-chase the best powder & conditions each day.
    • Stay in quality 3-star hotels.
    • Soak your powder-tired bones in outdoor natural hot springs aka "onsens".
    • Maximize the quality of your skiing by getting the scoop on powder stashes and get resort orientation from your guide who will accompany you on every leg of the trip.
    • The guide will take you off-piste and into the side country to show you the best kept powder secrets .
    • Venture out to resorts that most visitors don't get to.

    Skier/Boarder AbilityThis trip is geared toward advanced to expert skiers and riders.

    Given that this tour incorporates quite a bit of off-piste riding, avalanche safety gear is required which is provided by the guides.



    The steep & deep in Niseko

    Superb Japanese food

    More Hokkaido POW POW

    AccommodationAll of the accommodation on this trip is 3 star and based on twin-share. A single supplement is available for the hotel in Asahikawa.

    Niseko 
    Each of the rooms in this 3-star hotel contain a Japanese-style tatami mat room with futon as well as western-style beds. Each room has free Wi-Fi and 32-inch plasma TVs that are equipped with digital channels and DVD players. All units have kitchens with stovetops, full-sized refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers plus a private bathroom with shower.

    The hotel is located in the Niseko Moiwa area. The Niseko United resorts of Annupuri and Hirafu can be accessed easily by taking one run up Moiwa and skiing over to the Annupuri base or by a 5-10 minute shuttle bus ride. 

    And at the end of the day that you're skiing at Niseko, take your last run and ski right to the base of the hotel before jumping into the hotel's own Onsen hot springs complete with both indoor and outdoor bathing areas.

    Asahikawa 
    The hotel in Asahikawa is great, full (Japanese) size, with a hot springs style bath free of use for an après-ski soak. Centrally located to the small downtown of Hokkaido's second largest city, you'll be within easy walking distance of everything a downtown has to offer including bars, restaurants, karaoke joints, street vendors, tako yaki stalls, and more.

    About 1 hour away from some of the best snow in the world in any direction, this hotel is a great base to come back to before deciding where to storm chase the next day. The hotel's daily buffet breakfast, featuring many Hokkaido specialties, both Japanese and Western, is sure to give you the energy you'll need for the pow day.

    Each room features free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and bidets.


    Moiwa (Niseko) accommodation

    Your room in Moiwa (Niseko)

    Hotel Asahikawa
    Itinerary
    Day 1: Travel to Niseko & Meet & Greet
    We meet at 2pm in Sapporo's Chitose Airport (CTS) which is the main airport in Hokkaido Island. If you are unable to arrive by 2pm at the airport, you will either need to arrange a shuttle to Niseko (at your own expense) or arrive a day before and meet the group at CTS on day 1 of the trip. Alternatively you can meet at the Hirafu Welcome Centre at 5:00 p.m.

    Day 2-4: Ski Niseko and storm chase nearby resorts
    Depending on weather and snow conditions, your guide will decide which ski area to head to each day. Resorts may include Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu and Kiroro.

    Each night you can soak the weary muscles in the onsen then enjoy dinner at one of the Japanese restaurants your guide has picked out for you. These will be restaurants with high quality and authentic food, including sushi, shabushabu, and izakaya style food.

    Day 5-6: Storm chase Asahikawa ski areas
    Depart for Hokkaido’s best kept ski secret—Asahikawa.

    Unlike Niseko and Hakuba, Asahikawa isn’t frequented by foreigners and maintains a traditional Japanese feel. Asahikawa is a vibrant city with easy access to no less than six different resorts which get vastly varying amounts of snow depending on what the weather is doing. From this central location, you’ll storm chase the best possible snow you can get depending on what the weather is doing that day. Ski areas may include Asahidake, Kamui and Furano. Depending on where we ski, the drive to the resorts will be between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours. 

    And that’s not all. If you can believe it, the snow in the Asahikawa region is even lighter than anywhere else in Japan including Niseko. The area around Asahikawa is truly the crème de la crème—the best of the best lift accessed snow on earth.

    You can have a soak in the onsen each night at the hotel.


    Asahikawa downtown

    Chest deep at Asahidake

    Ahh, the feeling of turning in POW

    Day 7: Transfer to airport 
    Day 7 marks the end of the trip. You have a few options here depending on your time frame: 
    • Leave in the morning in the van and get dropped off at Sapporo's Chitose Airport by 11am
    • Get dropped off at Sapporo Teine Ski hill at noon for a half day of skiing (return transportation and lift ticket not included)
    • Get dropped off at Sapporo Station 

    2018 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

    290,000 yen + tax per person for a group tour

    Private tour bookings price per person:

    • 1 person on tour - 1,300,000 yen plus tax
    • 2 people on tour - 700,000 yen plus tax
    • 3 people on tour - 500,000 yen plus tax
    • 4 people on tour - 390,000 yen plus tax
    • 5 people on tour - 240,000 yen plus tax
    • 6 people on tour - 290,000 yen plus tax
    • Price is per person
    • Base invoice currency is Japanese Yen. Convert here
    • Price does not include tax 
    • Lodging is twin share in separate single beds
    • Single supplement applies for Asahikawa hotel
    • 50% deposit required to secure booking
    • Balance due 1 month before trip
    Inclusions
    • Guided off-piste & orientation tours (max 1:6 ratio)
    • 6 nights 3 star accommodation (twin share)
    • Daily breakfasts
    • 5 days of lift passes
    • Transport to/from Chitose airport & ski areas
    • Native English-speaking guide
    • Avalanche safety gear (shovel, probe, beacon)
    Optional Extras
    • BACKCOUNTRY GUIDING: Guided backcountry isn't included in this trip. If you would like a day of guided backcountry, they can recommend a company that specializes in this service
    Not Included
    • Flights in/out of Chitose Airport (CTS) - search for cheapest flights here
    • Ski travel insurance - buy travel insurance online here
    • LUNCHES, DINNERS & DRINKS: only those meals stated above are included in the price
    • POWDER SKIS & POWDER BOARDS: It is highly recommended for maximum enjoyment that you have appropriate skis and snowboards for deep, deep powder

    Japan Ski Tours Terms & Conditions

    Deposit and Full Payment

    • Deposit is 50% of the trip cost
    • The remaining balance is due one month before trip departure
    • Credit card payments may be made via Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express

    Cancellation Policy

    • 30% cancellation fee for cancellations made more then 3 months before the start of your trip
    • 50% cancellation fee for cancellations made between 1-3 months before trip departure
    • No refund for any cancellations made less than one month before trip departure 

    Cancellation by Japan Ski Tours
    Japan Ski Tours reserves the right to cancel any program due to weather or route conditions. If a tour is canceled before commencing, due to weather or route conditions, then a full refund will be given; however, JSA is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).