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BACKCOUNTRY TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Guiding
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USD 2,242
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Pack your snowshoes or split board and get off the beaten path in the backcountry in Northern Honshu at Hakkoda and Mt Iwaki (Aomori Spring). You’ll spend a week exploring the regions’ best backcountry zones and secret resorts.
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Inclusions
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation, Rockwood Hotel Aomori Spring
  • 5 days of lift tickets
  • 6 days of guiding including 2 guided backcountry days, Mt Iwaki, 1 guided backcountry day at Hakkoda
  • Return transfers from Shin Aomori Airport to accommodation / or return transfers from Shin Aomori Station to accommodation
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Aomori Spring Hotel
Add-ons
  • Rail passes
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
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Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2018
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Hakkoda and Mt Iwaki Backcountry Tour

Pack your snowshoes or split board and get off the beaten path with Mint Tours in Northern Honshu. You’ll spend a week exploring the regions’ best backcountry zones and secret resorts. The guides will show you why this region receives its legendary reputation as possibly the holy grail of snowboarding in Japan. This is a virtually undiscovered backcountry area that is blessed with lots of snowfall, has absolutely no crowds, and freshies galore. On this tour you will spend 6 full days riding with the guides in the Aomori region, including 3 guided backcountry days where you'll explore the legendary Hakkoda and Mt Iwaki.

Hakkoda

By now you may have already read about the fabulousness of Hakkoda Japan! Hakkoda attracts riders who appreciate the joys of deep powder, off-piste riding and the backcountry. If you get to experience riding Hakkoda at its best, you’re in for one of the best snowboarding experiences of your life. The Hakkoda area is serviced by a single ropeway with a couple of ungroomed runs, and rest is one huge off-piste paradise with 654 metres of vertical drop. You'll use the ropeway to gain some quick vertical and then it’s all leg power to the top. You’ll use snowshoes or splitboard to reach the peak, then begin the descent. The scenery at the top ss incredible. You’ll get to descend through the Juhyuo (snow and frost covered trees), and then ride deep, untracked snow all the way back to the base of the ropeway. Expect long descents, face shots, and some of the best turns of your life. Once you reach the bottom, it’s time to do it all again.

Mt Iwaki

To reach Mt Iwaki, you will take the gondola from Aomori Spring Resort then hike to the peak of Iwaki-san. Once you’ve reached the top, there are many faces and bowls to explore on the way down. This area is a powder factory and a total playground, with small to medium sized drops, wind lips to slash, wide open areas to lay down high speed pow turns and tight trees to challenge.

Resorts / Ski Areas VisitedHakkoda, Aomori Spring Resort

Snow

The annual snowfall statistic for these areas is unknown, but a guesstimate would be around of 14-20 metres per season. Due to its northerly position, the snow quality is much lighter and dryer than most other Honshu ski resorts. These areas are known for their frequent big winter storms particularly in January. The infrequent bluebird days keep the crowds away which results in lots of fresh, untracked snow.

Small Group

The group size is a maximum of 6 people per guide for a more personal experience. This ensures you get the most out of your time.
AccommodationThe base for this tour is Aomori Spring Resort.

This is a backcountry tour where you get to have the luxury of staying in a 4 star ski-in/ski-out hotel, the Rockwood Hotel.

You’ll have access to all the necessary amenities, such as drying room, onsen, bar, buffet breakfasts and dinners with local Aomori produce, and access to one of the best parks in Honshu, complete with a 22ft halfpipe. This medium sized resort is not on the usual tourist path. What you can expect here is great tree riding, deep, untracked snow and no crowds.
As this is a backcountry tour the itinerary is kept flexible so that the group can ride at the best resort on the day. Here is a sample itinerary:

Arrival Day – January 19, 2018
Make your way to the Aomori Airport or Aomori Shinkansen Station (advice will be provided regarding how to get there) where your transfers will be arranged to the resort. Once you arrive, your guides will be on hand to check you in to the hotel. After checking into your hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the surrounding area. That night you'll be hosted in the Rockwood bar where you’ll meet the guides who will run you through the tour, weather, equipment and answer any questions you have. After the welcome session, join the guides for the first of many amazing buffet dinners at the hotel. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the guests and guides over a few beers or sakes.

Aomori Spring Resort – January 20 & 21, 2018
After breakfast at the hotel, the aim is to be on mountain by 8:30am. For the first two days on snow, you'll be warming up at Aomori Spring Resort. You won’t have to go far to reach the resort base. Just step outside the front door and you're steps away from the Gondola. Your guides will run a thorough safety briefing before you get on snow. Your guides are on hand to show you around the Aomori Spring Resort area. You’ll spend a full day on mountain, ride the trees and hunt out some powder stashes. Your guides will spend two full days guiding you through the trees and gullies. There are so many natural hits here and so few people which makes it one of our favourites. There are opportunities for fresh tracks all day long. After riding, hit the local onsen (natural hot springs) so you can rest the legs. After an awesome first day, the group will catch up at the hotel bar for après and then have a buffet dinner at the Rockwood Hotel.

Mt Iwaki Backcountry Days – January 22 & 23, 2018
After you have enjoyed a hearty breakfast, get prepared for your first backcountry day. One of the guides will discuss what to expect for weather, suggest layering and demonstrate several safety equipment functions. Your guides will conduct a further after briefing outside which includes Companion Rescue Training and how to properly use your avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel. They will also brief you on mountain safety. All of the guides are trained in avalanche rescue and have a wealth of knowledge that they are happy to share with you. Questions are welcomed and encouraged. Once we’ve briefed the group, we’ll load the Aomori Spring Gondola and travel to the highest part of the lift accessed area. From here it’s all leg power to the peak with your snowshoes or splitboard. If the weather is kind, we’ll aim to reach the summit of Mt Iwaki. If the weather isn’t suitable there are shorter touring options below the treeline with equally as fun terrain. The aim is to be on mountain for a full day. After riding, head back to the hotel for a few hard earned beers and an onsen before dinner. You’ll have a buffet dinner at the Rockwood Hotel followed by a few drinks in the Rockwood Bar.

Aomori Spring Resort – January 24, 2018
After breakfast meet your guides. We take it a little easier today as most of the group will be showing signs of fatigue after completing two big backcountry days. Today we give the legs a rest and ride lift accessed terrain. Follow your guides into the trees for another full day exploring the trees and gullies at Aomori Spring. If you want a change of pace, you can spend some time in the park. Aomori Spring maintains a great park setup, including a 22ft halfpipe, as it’s a training ground for elite snowboarders. After riding, head to the onsen, have a few drinks at the bar and then meet the group for dinner.

Hakkoda Backcountry Day – January 25, 2018
After breakfast meet your guides in the lobby and get ready for an early departure. The group will load the van with everyone’s equipment and make the drive to Hakkoda. On arrival you'll meet our Hakkoda backcountry guides who will run through a safety briefing before we make our first ascent. Depending on weather, we will aim to complete 3 – 4 runs. For each ascent, you will need to purchase a one-way trip on the ropeway (lift tickets aren't included as it’s up to each individual how many ascents they would like to make). Once alighting from the ropeway, it’s time to switch to touring mode and you’ll make our approach to the peak with snowshoes or splitboard. You’ll make our approach through the frost covered trees, and then it’s time to strap in for our descent. What you can expect is long, gladed runs in deep, untracked powder that is anywhere from boot to waist deep. After a long day, you'll stop at a local traditional onsen that is over three centuries old. This traditional onsen is a rarity in Japan as it includes a male only onsen, a female only onsen, and a konyoku onsen, which is a co-ed onsen. Once back at the hotel you’ll celebrate the big week of backcountry riding with a few beers, a hearty buffet dinner and some sake samplers and karaoke for anyone who is game.

Departure Day – January 26, 2018
We say goodbye, high fives all round after an epic week of riding. We will transfer everyone back to Shin Aomori Station or Shin Aomori Airport to continue on their journey in Japan.
Tour is payable in AUD.  Inclusions
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation, Rockwood Hotel Aomori Spring
  • 5 days of lift tickets
  • 6 days of guiding including 2 guided backcountry days, Mt Iwaki, 1 guided backcountry day at Hakkoda
  • Return transfers from Shin Aomori Airport to accommodation / or return transfers from Shin Aomori Station to accommodation
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Aomori Spring Hotel
  • 7 buffet dinners at the Aomori Spring Hotel
  • Transfers to & from Hakkoda for backcountry day
Optional Extras
  • Rail passes
Not Included

Mint Tours Terms & Conditions

A $500 deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure.

All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.