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GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
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USD 83
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Furano with a group and want fresh tracks, head out with a Furano ski guide (or snowboard guide) at Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas or go backcountry touring with a guide. PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
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Inclusions
  • PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY - you cannot join a group
  • Qualified guides (max 1:6 guide:guest ratio)
  • Transport (when travelling to other resorts from Furano)
Add-ons
  • Group of 7 permitted with tail guide - 35,000 yen
  • Avalanche safety gear - 2000 yen per person per day
  • Furano accommodation - book your accom here
  • Ski / snowboard equipment rental
  • Accommodation pick up from areas other than Furano. Extra charges will apply for additional travel.
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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Whiteroom Tours Furano & Surrounding Area PRIVATE GROUP Day Tours

Furano Ski Guides from WRTs provide sidecountry and/or backcountry guiding at Furano or nearby ski areas. Guided ski and snowboard day tours from Furano in Central Hokkaido are for strong intermediates & above only. These tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group. If you are a solo the cost is 6 x the per person rate shown. Kids are welcome as part of the group as long as they meet the minimum ability requirements (strong intermediate+).

Advanced bookings are essential as these tours book out well ahead of time.

Why Get a Furano Ski Guide?

Get away from the crowds at Furano! There is no doubt that Furano in Central Hokkaido is renowned for its amazing powder skiing and snowboarding. The problem is, the word is out and fresh tracks inside the resort boundaries at Furano are much harder to come by now.

The WRTs Furano ski guides will show you the best powder on the day both inside and outside of the Furano resort boundaries, or they'll provide guiding and transport you to nearby ski areas as Kamui, Tomamu, Asahidake, Sahoro, Pippu, Kurodake, Yubari (Mt Racey) or even further afield to Sapporo Teine or Sapporo Kokusai. Or you can head out ski touring or split boarding at some of the fantastic Furano backcountry touring destinations or Tokachidake or Asahidake.

The type of terrain you will access is up to you but it will ultimately depend on the lowest common denominator's ability in your group. It could be lift-accessed sidecountry or full backcountry if that is what your group desires.

The WRTs Furano Ski Guides

The experienced backcountry ski and snowboard guides can show you the best the Furano region offers. WRTs pride themselves on being completely flexible so as to tailor your guided day to your groups ability level and the best terrain and conditions the guides can find. Whiteroom has been guiding around the Furano ski area for many many years, so they have it pretty dialled.

Safety, flexibility and adaptability are key to a great guided experience. The staff are experienced guides with accreditation combinations of ski patrolling, instructing, avalanche awareness & first aid plus years of experience on snow. They study the weather & mountain environment continuously to ensure the best location is chosen each day in consultation with your group, ensuring you get the best conditions on your guided day at Furano or one of the many resorts in the Furano area.


Tomamu white carpet treatment....

Asahidake blower POW...

...Sahoro tree mania

Ability Level

It is recommended that you try to have everyone in the group at a similar ability level. This is very important as experience shows that no one wants to be in over their head, holding up a group or alternatively waiting for others to make it down the mountain. However, if you are all happy with a mixed ability group because you are all friends or family members then that is of-course fine. As a minimum all riders should be of strong intermediate ability off-piste (including riding powder).

These are Furano ski tours (or snowboard tours) not lessons. Many of the guides are also qualified instructors but the format of the trips is to ensure you ski great lines, great snow and incredible terrain. The guides are happy to offer advice and tips to help you improve your skills, but lessons are not provided.

Furano is deep....

deep...

...and deep!!!!!

Other Information

Furano Day Ski/Snowboard Tours

  • Expect a 8am pick-up from your Furano accommodation and drop-off at 4-5pm
  • Depending on the groups ability we will spend 90% off the day off-piste exploring the side and backcountry of Furano. The terrain will be determined by your group's ability and fitness. Hiking is not expected but a short boot pack or traverse here and there can get you some pretty amazing lines, but that’s up to you!

Central Hokkaido/Other Ski Area Tours

  • Expect a 7:30-8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 5-6pm
  • The resort destination can be flexible so that you get the best conditons possible
  • If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund

When booking this service you are getting:

  • Your own qualified and experienced guide. This means you can have one person or up to six in the group. The fee remains the same so the more people you have the cheaper per person it becomes.
  • Furano area accommodation pick-up and drop-off and transportation to the ski area. Usually you will have private transportation, but if we have another group heading to the same ski are that day you may need to share. Note: extra charges may apply for transportation from areas outside of Furano.

Other:

  • Avalanche safety equipment. You will need this equipment. This includes a transceiver, probe and shovel. You can hire this equipment from us and you will be instructed how to use this equipment and be given a safety briefing before each days riding. The gear issued to you is your responsibility and if it is lost or damaged you will pay for a new replacement.
  • This is a private booking. You will only have those in the group that you yourself have booked. If it’s you and your three friends then that’s who’s in the group. If it is just you then awesome. You book and we guide – no blow-ins.
  • We can only guide to the lowest abiity in the group. If you have a friend that’s slow and the rest of your group is fast then you may have some issues getting as much out of the day as you’d hoped. You either need to be happy that you are going slowly and accessing mellow terrain or you need to quietly ask your friend/partner to go have a beer or hot chocolate so that you can hit some more challenging terrain.
  • Mixing skiers and snowboarders – whilst the guides don’t really mind guiding mixed groups this can limit your terrain choice and prefered line. Skiers can of-course traverse hard, step up and pole out of flat spots so this opens up larger areas of terrain, especially on Asahidake. Conversly snowboarders read a mountain differently and want to smash long wide open turns and hit drops and features.
  • We do not guide beginners or low-intermediates. Sorry but we don’t see the point in guiding someone on piste. If you are this ability level we recommend booking a private instructor as you’ll get so much more out of a day instruction than a days guiding.
  • Asahidake is for advanced skiers and boarders only. Some hiking is involved and if you are a boarder you need to be able to keep your speed. There is no ski-patrol and the entire mountain is off-piste.

Extra transportation charges

  • Greater Furano (outside of Furano and immediate surrounds) requiring approximately one hour extra travel – client pays ¥10,000 extra. For Asahikawa pick-ups then on to Asahidake or Kamui/Pippu it is 2 hrs extra travel on top of 3hrs regular driving to Asahidake. 5hrs of driving plus guiding = a very long day. If clients are staying in Asahikawa clients they will be charged and extra ¥10,000 and must also pay for the guides accommodation either before or after the guided day.

Rates 2018

  • Resort and backcountry guiding per group of up to 6: 55,000 - 78,000 yen per day (see below for details)
 Rates per day
for group of up to 6 
Jap yen
 High season Low season   Low season
3+ day special
 Furano   65,000  55,000  50,000
 Kamui  65,000  55,000  50,000
 Tomamu  65,000  55,000  50,000
 Asahidake  70,000  60,000  55,000
 Sahoro  70,000  60,000  55,000
 Tokachidake  70,000  60,000  55,000
 Pippu  75,000  65,000  60,000
 Kurodake  78,000   68,000  63,000

 

Asahidake is one of central Hokkaido's treasures. Located in the centre of the north island, Asahidake is an active volcano and receives possibly the driest snow on earth! If you are a powder hound you can't miss out on at least a day here with a guide (this is not a ski resort for the family).  
from Yen 60,000
(for up to 6)
Kamui Ski Links is known as the spot for the Gods for its great powder and lack of crowds. It is an easy short drive to Kamui.   from Yen 55,000
(for up to 6)
Tomamu has some great lift-accessed side-country and the back-bowl (which is north facing) always delivers the goods! This tour is suitable to full-on powder hounds.   from Yen 55,000
(for up to 6)
Sahoro is a little further afield but for this reason not many powder junkies go there leaving the freshies just for you! There are endless lines to be had amongst well-spaced trees and you don't need to hike to get to to the goods.   from Yen 60,000
(for up to 6)
 Kurodake offers some of the best skiing and boarding in Japan. Whilst there is some great riding under the ropeway (when conditions are right), the real goods are above the tiny ski area which requires some hiking (skins and split boards are the ideal tools for a visit to Kurodake). Please note the Kurodake rope way generally only runs from late February each year.    from Yen 68,000
(for up to 6)



























Other destination options:

Inclusions
  • PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY - you cannot join a group
  • Qualified guides (max 1:6 guide:guest ratio)
  • Transport (when travelling to other resorts from Furano)
Optional Extras
  • Group of 7 permitted with tail guide - 35,000 yen
  • Avalanche safety gear - 2000 yen per person per day
  • Furano accommodation - book your accom here
  • Ski / snowboard equipment rental
  • Accommodation pick up from areas other than Furano. Extra charges will apply for additional travel.
Not Included
  • Lift passes, if required

Whiteroom Tours Terms & Conditions

Guide Bookings Confirmation & Payment Cancellation Policy

Please note that Guide bookings are NOT CONFIRMED until a 20% deposit has been paid. Final balance is due 30 days prior to the start of your booking.

You must complete our booking form and Registration/Waiver from before your guided day. Failure to do so will result in the cancelation of your booking.

Guide Bookings Cancellation Policy

Your 20% deposit is non-refundable unless we cancel the guided day due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or guide injury.

Whiteroom Guides will refund your full payment less the 20% deposit if notice is given 30 days prior to your booking date commencement.

Whiteroom Guides will refund 50% of your full payment if less than 30 days but more than 7 days notice of cancellation is given.

Whiteroom Guides will provide no refund for cancellations less than 7 days prior or a no show on your booked day.

If Whiteroom Guides has to cancel your guided day due to adverse weather or other unforeseen circumstances you will be offered another date or a 100% refund.

Backcountry Safety Equipment Requirements

Backcountry safety equipment is compulsory for all participants on any guided day. All of the necessary equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe and backpack) is available to hire. Please advise us if you need this equipment when booking. You may also bring your own gear to use.

If your Backcountry trip requires Alpine Touring equipment, split boards or snowshoes we will advise & recommend where the equipment can be rented from if you do not already have your own.

Pre Purchasing Lift Tickets

For day trips we recommend against purchasing lift tickets in advance, as there are no additional cost savings. Pre-purchasing lift tickets may only serve to limit your flexibility. Due to localized weather patterns, conditions can often be much different at nearby resorts & may influence the final destination decision.

Ski / Snowboard Ability Requirements


We recommend that you try to have everyone in the group at a similar ability level.

This is very important as experience shows that no one wants to be in over their head, holding up a group or alternatively waiting for others to make it down the mountain.

However, if you are all happy with a mixed ability group because you are all friends or family members then that is of-course fine with us.

Ski / Snowboard Instruction

Many of our Whiteroom Guides are also qualified instructors but the format of our trips is to ensure you ski great lines, great snow and incredible terrain. All our Guides are happy to offer advice and tips to help you improve your skills, but except for our Powder Progression Tour http://www.whiteroomtours.com/guided-tours/niseko-progression-tour/ we do not offer straight ski or snowboard lessons.

If you are interested specifically in instruction to improve your skills we can recommend booking a ski lesson with some exceptional instructional schools in your area.