Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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10 Nights - Up to 8 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share option for group tour for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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From price based on twin/double-share option for group tour for 2018-19 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,132
Early bird special if full payment made by Sept 7 2018
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The Southern Hokkaido region scores the most snow and with this lift accessed sidecountry tour you'll get to explore the best ski areas. 7 nights in Niseko, 3 nights in Otaru, multiple resorts, complete flexibility & as much POW as you can handle!
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  • 10 nights twin / triple share accommodation with daily breakfast
  • 8 days of lift tickets
  • Daily guiding with a ratio of 1 guide to 6 guests
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport transfers & ground transport
  • Single share accommodation
  • Avalanche gear rental $180
  • Additional guided days
  • Tokyo stopover / Kyoto cultural side trip
  • Extra nights accommodation
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
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These dates are for fixed date tours. Most fixed date tours are for mixed groups i.e. you can join a group as a solo, couple or small group Fixed Date(s)
These tours have a set number of days as shown below Days
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  • Available = 5 or more spots
  • Filling = 3 – 5 spots
  • Almost Full = 2 or less spots

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Dec 29 - Jan 08, 2019
USD 3,278
Feb 02 - Feb 12, 2019
USD 3,489
Feb 13 - Feb 23, 2019
USD 3,278
Feb 24 - Mar 06, 2019
USD 3,132
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
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Jan 01 - Mar 21, 2019
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Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour Overview

Over 10 nights and 9 days you will get to ski multiple resorts (up to 8) in the Southern Hokkaido region, which receives masses of snow. The many ski areas are all within an hour drive of the two lodging bases: Niseko and Otaru. Each day you'll be taken to the resort with the best conditions in the comfy 4WD van and together with your guides, you’ll explore beyond each resort’s boundary and into the terrain that few know about.

The Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour is a lift accessed sidecountry (backcountry) tour where hiking is optional but encouraged.

The guides will show you the way to get you to the best white stuff. The guides have years of experience finding the best terrain and snow whilst keeping your safety in mind and maintaining a high stoke. There are plenty of resorts to choose from including: Niseko (it needs no introduction!), Rusutsu, Moiwa, Kiroro, KokusaiTeine, Asari and Tenguyama. Along the way, there are a variety of options depending on conditions including road drops, cat assisted skiing & short touring options are all possible. And if the stars align, there is potential for a uniquely Japanese cat ski day.

You'll get the chance to visit the acclaimed Yoichi Whiskey Distillery, soak in a natural onsen, and feast on plenty of seafood.

Ability Level

The minimum ability level is advanced. The Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour requires that you must be able to ski the whole mountain with confidence and at speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must have a good level of fitness. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get to the goods. Skins or split-boards are not required but if the group has touring gear or wants to hire we will oblige.

If you're an intermediate skier or rider and/or need to work on your powder technique, check out the Niseko Progression Tour as an alternative (Niseko Progression Tour for Skiers and Niseko Progression Tour for Snowboarders). 

You'll get plenty of this....

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In Niseko you’ll be staying at the lovely Pension Full Note. It is a Japanese-style bed & breakfast located in the centre of town, with lovely staff and a warm and cosy country style atmosphere. It has a sunken lounge, fireplace, and a long communal table where we have our Sabu-Sabu welcome dinner party and daily breaky. We love this place!   

You will stay at the Grand Park Otaru right on the water with views up and down the coast, and on the other side of the hotel there are views to the hills you'll be skiing over the next few days. You'll stay in luxury here with all the comforts of home and then some. The breakfast is amazing and with a shopping centre, bars and restaurants below the hotel you'll have plenty to do when you're not skiing.

Pension Full Note


Grand Park Otaru
Typical Itinerary
Travel Day
Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Niseko Airport Shuttle to the Hirafu Welcome Centre where you’ll be met by the team and then checked into Full Note. That night you'll be hosted in the Half Note Bar where you’ll meet the lead guide and managers who will run you through the tour, weather and answer any questions you have.

Day 1 (Ski Niseko)
First days on the mountain. Your guides will show you around Niseko United. You'll have the chance to get your feet and hunt out some powder stashes. Celebrate your awesome first day with the Welcome Dinner Party.

Day 2 (Ski Niseko)
Your guide will take you to some of the more hidden places in Niseko (yes they do exist). Hike the peak with your guide and head into the back bowls if conditions are good. Finish the day soaking in an onsen and perhaps head to Kutchan for a sushi train dinner.

Day 3 (Ski Moiwa)
Day tour to Moiwa Ski Hill. Departing in the morning, you will be guided through the trees and bowls of Moiwa.

Day 4 (Ski Kiroro)
Pack your onsen gear and a snorkel as you'll be heading off to Kiroro today. This powder gem has some awesome terrain and fresh lines all day. WRTs is one of the few guiding companies allowed to operate in Kiroro so you'll get full access to the new backcountry gated terrain.

Day 5 (Ski Rusutsu)
Day tour to Rusutsu Resort. Departing in the morning, you will spend the day being guided through the trees and gullies of Rusustu. So many natural hits here and so few people! Check out a few of the bizarre Japane-isms at the Rusutsu Resort such as the singing tree.

Day 6 (Ski the best area around Niseko)
Enjoy your last day riding at any of the Niseko area resorts! As always our guides will choose the resort with the best possible conditions or you can vote to head to your favourite resort of the tour so far. Finish with an onsen to round off the Niseko experience.

Day 7 (Travel with option to ski Kiroro)
Today you'll check out of Full Note and get driven to Otaru. You may choose to rest up on this day or ride Kiroro on the way to Otaru - it's up to you and the weather. The group may also drop by the Nikka Whiskey Distillery to taste some of Japan's finest whiskeys.

Day 8 (Ski Kokusai or Teine)
After an awesome breakfast at the Otaru Grand Park Hotel you'll jump in the van and get driven to whichever resort is getting the goods - Kokusai, Teine, Asari or Tenguyama.

Day 9 (Ski Kokusai or Teine)
Same as above except a different mountain. Otaru is a beautiful fishing town with an interesting historical canal area, great restaurants and cool bars. Tonight you'll be taken to one of WRTs favourite restaurants where you'll sample the local sashimi, crab or anything else you fancy for the farewell dinner.

Day 10 (Travel Home or Onwards)
Time to check out and say good bye and transfer to Sapporo and your flight home.

NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour will be run largely by the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are. This is the beauty of such a tour.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2018-19 Dates & Rates

29 Dec 2018 - 8 Jan 2019 - $4490 $4290

2-12 Feb 2019 - $4780 $4680

13-23 Feb 2019 - $4490 $4390

24 Feb - 6 Mar 2019 - $4290 $4190

  • base/invoice currency is Australian dollars inc tax - convert to your currency here
  • Early bird special if you pay before 7th Sept
  • prices are based on twin/triple share room
  • Please enquire for a quote for a customised private tour
  • 10 nights twin / triple share accommodation with daily breakfast
  • 8 days of lift tickets
  • Daily guiding with a ratio of 1 guide to 6 guests
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport transfers & ground transport
Optional Extras
  • Single share accommodation
  • Avalanche gear rental $180
  • Additional guided days
  • Tokyo stopover / Kyoto cultural side trip
  • Extra nights accommodation
  • Accommodation upgrade to Kimamaya, M-Lodge or M-Hotel in Niseko
  • 1 day of cat skiing (if the stars align)
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