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FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 6 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
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From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,675
$100-$200AUD on some tour dates off if you book and pay before Sept 30th 2017.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Avoid the crowds and revel in the renowned Central Hokkaido powder at Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, and hidden gems such as Pippu, Sahoro, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Inclusions
  • 10 nights twin or triple share accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & welcome & farewell dinner
  • 8 days of lift tickets (in 6 different resorts)
  • 8 guided days at up to 7 resorts by professional guides
  • Airport transfers & ground transport on guided days
Add-ons
  • Avo Gear Rental - AUD$180 for 9 days
  • Single Supplement - AUD$70/night
  • Additional guided days at Kurodake and/or Tokachidake backcountry
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
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Availability
Dec 27 - Jan 06, 2018
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USD 2,878
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Jan 06 - Jan 16, 2018
11
USD 2,878
Available
Jan 16 - Jan 26, 2018
11
USD 2,878
Sold Out
Jan 26 - Feb 05, 2018
11
USD 2,878
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Feb 05 - Feb 15, 2018
11
USD 2,878
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Feb 15 - Feb 25, 2018
11
USD 2,878
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Feb 25 - Mar 07, 2018
11
USD 2,675
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Mar 07 - Mar 17, 2018
11
USD 2,675
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Jan 01 - Mar 21, 2018
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Central Hokkaido Tour Overview

You might have been to Japan before and had a taste of the deep dry powder, but were not happy about having to share it with thousands of other skiers! The Central Hokkaido Tour takes you to some of Hokkaido's hidden gems. More importantly, Whiteroom Tours (WRT) have many years of experience exploring these Hokkaido ski areas and know exactly where to go to access the best untouched powder stashes.

From your base in Furano, you will head to Tomamu, Kamui, Sahoro, Pippu and Mt Racey and the backcountry paradise that is awaiting at Asahidake. The guides will also take you around the local Furano ski area where you can enjoy some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido, with easy to access steep faces, mellow glades, and gullies full of hits for skiers and snowboarders. There is also the option of including Kurodake and a touring day in Tokachidake area.

When you're not thigh deep in snow, WRT will take you to some of Furano’s restaurants and bars, ranging from small cafes and après ski bars, to charcoal BBQ restaurants and hidden hole-in-the-wall style bars.

This tour is fantastic value for money and the guides are sure you’ll leave with plenty of powder on your face!

Check out this great video which shows typical conditions on a Central Hokkaido Tour ....



AbilityThis tour requires that you should be able to get down all runs confidently at a reasonable speed and have high-intermediate ability in powder. You will get the most out of these tours if you have a relatively high level of fitness. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (slackcountry/bootpacking) to get to the goods.

Terrain & SafetyAs this tour incorporates off-piste and backcountry terrain, it is compulsory that you wear an avalanche beacon at all times and have a pack with a shovel and probe. If you do not have avi safety gear, your guide will issue you with it at the start of the tour.

Lodging

Lodging is based in Furano at North Country Inn. It is conveniently located between the two sides of the ski hill giving you access by regular free shuttle to the Furano-side before anyone else! It has both traditional Japanese and Western style rooms with en-suites. Shared onsen style bathing is also available.

Facilities include: 2 restaurants, winery, lounge/bar with satellite TV, rental cars, foreign exchange, wireless internet, souvenirs, common laundry, ski rentals, and regular guest shuttle to the ski lifts.


Furano nightlife

...great authentic restaurants...

...North Country Inn.

Itinerary

Travel Day
Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred to Furano by Resort Liner coach where you’ll be met by the team and settle into your comfy accommodation. You'll be hosted in the North Bar where you'll meet the lead guide and managers who will run you through the tour, weather and answer and questions.

If you wish to organise rental ski or snowboard equipment, it is advised that you try to arrive with adequate time on the arrival day to be fitted for gear. 

Day 1 - 2
First days on the Furano mountain. Your guides will show you around one of their favourite mountains - Furano. We'll find our feet and hunt out some powder stashes. Celebrate your awesome first day with the welcome dinner party - a Japanese nabe.

Day 3
Day tour to Kamui Ski Links. Departing in the morning, we will spend a day exploring the trees and backside of Kamui. There is the option to stop on the way back to soak in a secluded volcanic onsen. Ask the guides for their recommendations for dinner tonight – there are some amazing local restaurants a short walk away or down in town. The guides can organise transport for yourself or the whole group. Or if you're too tired, eat in. It’s all up to you!

Day 4
Another day at Furano. We'll be out there with you to hike the peak and show you some of the more hidden areas of Furano. Finish one of the days with an amazing hot spring night tour.

Day 5
Travel to Sahoro to enjoy an awesome day of secluded tree skiing and a sneaky road drop. Tonight we will take you out to one of the many delicious restaurants in town.


It gets deep in Furano!

...Asahidake dry POW...

...Tomamu powder carpet.

Day 6
Rising early for the drive to Asahidake, your guides will show the goods of the highest mountain in Hokkaido. The ropeway does most of the hard work taking us to well above the tree line at 1,600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the ridges from the lift.

Day 7
Head to Mt Racey or Pippu and get the goods amongst the trees. No crowds here; just you and the untracked powder!

Day 8
Tomamu day tour. Today your guides will show you around the resort hill of Tomamu with its awesome powder, short hikes and deep north facing backside. There is some great skiing and boarding to be had here. At the end of the day you can check out the awazing indoor wave pool and possibly have an onsen.

Day 9
Ski your last day in Furano. End the tour with a karaoke dinner party.

Day 10
After all that it's time to say good bye and transfer to Sapporo and your flight home (or onwards!)

NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour will alter slightly depending on the weather and where the best conditions are. This flexibility is the beauty of such a tour.

Rates

  • 27 Dec 2017 – 6 Jan 2018 – $3690: early bird discount - $3490
  • 6 – 16 Jan 2018 – $3690: early bird discount - $3490

  • 16 – 26 Jan 2018 – $3690:

  • 26 Jan – 5 Feb 2018 – $3690:

  • 5 – 15 Feb 2018 – $3690:

  • 15 – 25 Feb 2018 – $3690:

  • 25 Feb – 7 Mar 2018 – $3430:

  • 7 – 17 Mar 2018 – $3430: early bird discount $3330

  • early bird discount if booked and paid by Sept 30th 2017

About Rates
  • Price per person, based on twin/triple share occupancy
  • 6:1 client to guest ratio
  • Single upgrade to a private room for additional fee (subject to availability) - $70/night
  • Payment is in Australian Dollars
Inclusions
  • 10 nights twin or triple share accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts & welcome & farewell dinner
  • 8 days of lift tickets (in 6 different resorts)
  • 8 guided days at up to 7 resorts by professional guides
  • Airport transfers & ground transport on guided days
Optional Extras
  • Avo Gear Rental - AUD$180 for 9 days
  • Single Supplement - AUD$70/night
  • Additional guided days at Kurodake and/or Tokachidake backcountry
Not Included

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Currency All payments to Whiteroom Tours are in Australia Dollars (AUD)

Rate & Price Variation:Whiteroom Tours reserves the right until final payment has been received in full, to vary prices & rates in the event of changes in currency exchange or price increases made by our suppliers or airlines. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, tax changes, price increases or any other reason, you are required to pay the increase when notified by us. If you choose not to pay the increased price you may choose to cancel the booking. Please note that cancellation charges will apply.

Whiteroom Tours is not liable for any price increases. Rates quoted are correct for each product at time of quoting; however these rates may change prior to your final payment date. All prices are subject to availability & can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Airline & airline taxes remain subject to change at all times until payment has been received in full & your tickets have been issued. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to correct prices & rates in the event of consultant error.

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A deposit of 20% of the total booking value is required for guiding only bookings. All other bookings require a minimum deposit of $600.00 per person within 7 days from booking confirmation. Some properties may require an additional deposit to secure the booking as outlined on your quote or advised by your consultant. All deposits are non-refundable once received. Whiteroom Tours will/may/might forward deposits to suppliers to secure accommodation & or services. Payment of deposit acknowledges acceptance of all booking conditions.

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Cancellations by the traveller:Any cancellations must be received in writing. Minimum fees are:

  • Up to 60 days prior to departure – full deposit will be forfeited.
  • Between 30 and 59 days of departure – 50% of total paid will apply.
  • Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total paid will apply.
  • Whiteroom Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Holidays cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions. • No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a tour for any reason after the tour has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of Whiteroom Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, services or any component of the tour not utilised. Please note these conditions apply to Whiteroom Tours land content only.

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$30.00 Booking Amendment: charged per amendment once a booking has been confirmed.
$100.00 Booking amendment inside 14 days: charged per amendment for changes inside 14 days of departure.
$50.00 Late booking: charged for bookings made inside 21 days of departure.
$30.00 Late payment: charged per week for any final payments not received by the due date.
$50.00 Travel document re-issue: charged per person in addition to supplier re-issue fees.
$50.00 Additional administration: such as special receipts or invoices for claiming deductions etc.

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