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BDT Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours

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USD 144

Niseko Area | PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY | Min 2 Days

Deposit must be paid by the end of the promotional period to qualify for discounts
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 144
Join Black Diamond Tours for 1 day of guided powder hunting in Niseko or one of the nearby resort or backcountry areas with your own PRIVATE GROUP. Areas include Niseko backbowls, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine & Kokusai. Primarily lift accessed so minimal hiking.
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BDTs Lift Assisted Backcountry Tours (Suited to Advanced+)

Black Diamond Tours offer lift accessed backcountry tours at ski areas near Niseko. Dubbed the Powder Hunter Tours, these guided backcountry tours chases the best powder and conditions for the particular day with a variety of potential destinations that head to off-piste and resort side-country locations. 

This tour is only open for private groups i.e. you pull together your own group.

The island of Hokkaido is battered with relentless light, dry snow from December to March every year but the challenge is knowing where to go each day. Factors like gate closures, variable weather, strong winds, poor visibility and distinct micro-climates mean that KNOWLEDGE IS POWDER! The PowderHunter offers you direct access to BDT's unrivalled experience. If the weather and snow are stable, the first option is to get into the Niseko Back Bowls, but if the winds are strong they’ll head to Rusutsu or Kiroro or Moiwa for incredible gladed powder skiing; if it’s not snowing in the Niseko area and BDTs need to take advantage of another weather pattern they’ll go a little further afield and over a mountain pass to Sapporo Kokusai or Teine Highland. The goal is heli-ski powder without the heli... or associated price tag.

Avalanche Safety Equipment
: Provided at no extra charge for all guests on all PowderHunter day trips. Please let BDT know in advance if you do not have your own!!

Lift Tickets: At the time of booking, BDT will charge for lift tickets for all Powderhunter trips; however if on the trip date you already have a ticket for the area you decide to visit (or access to a better deal than BDT is able obtain) then BDTours will refund in full the amount paid in advance for tickets (5,000 yen/ticket).

Uphill Travel: The lift assisted backcountry trips are primarily lift assisted to access the backcountry, yet touring gear is still required for this trip e.g. skis with touring bindings & skins, split boards or snow shoes. Hiking is kept to a minimum.

Flexibility: In addition to total flexibility to head to any ski area within reach of Niseko on the day of your trip, BDT can usually change your trip to a backcountry tour if weather conditions are better suited to that. If they are able to make this adjustment, there may be some cost difference but BDT will refund / charge on site as necessary to make the change.

TOUR DETAILS All tours begin with your guide picking you up directly from your accommodation and taking you to your destination in one of BDTs comfortable 4WD drive vehicles (feel free to bring music along for the ride). Once at the hill, they will arrange lift tickets (Niseko excluded) and get straight down to business. With their guides leading the way you can expect to stay ahead of the curve all day long and not drop into any dead-end gullies. Japan is particularly suited to guided trips as there is no off-piste signage and many of the best runs end on narrow trails that weave their way back to the main courses but there are also plenty of places where a mistaken turn will leave you with a long walk out.

Powder Hunter Destinations

Included below is a brief description of some (but not all) of BDTs' options on powderhunter trips. Please note they don`t accept bookings for specific resorts so they can let the weather dictate where they should go on the days of your trip; however they do accept requests and the decision is ultimately up to you & your group so if there is somewhere in particular that your group would like to visit then they'll be happy to accommodate. **Requested destination must be within day trip reach of Niseko ie. maximum 2 hours travel time each way.

Niseko Back Bowls Tour

Great Untracked Powder

...and more untracked powder

..and more with a few trees

For those looking to access some of the steep and deep on offer at Niseko, this tour goes beyond the resort boundary ropes taking you into some of Niseko's pristine "slackcountry". Sometimes a short walk may be required at the each end of a run however in general there is very little walking required as this is not a full-on backcountry tour. Most of the terrain is lift accessed with a traverse in/out of the run.


Incredible tree skiing

Deep deep powder

this is a must do for powder hounds

Rusutsu is a little gem and perfect for powderhounds. A ski trip to Niseko would not be complete without at least one day to Rusutsu. If you have not ventured to Rusutsu before then a guided tour is highly recommended, otherwise you might find yourself wasting the first day finding only a couple of the great hidden treasures Rusutsu has to offer. Prepare yourself for one of the best days of skiing in your life!

Sapporo Kokusai

Lift access..

..to fabulous terrain...

...and untracked powder

Sapporo Kokusai is a small local ski area located near Sapporo. Whilst the on-piste ski area itself is quite small, there is some incredibly diverse terrain located within the resort boundaries and just outside the resort.


Kiroro has great lifts....

..stacks of untracked powder...

...for all levels of ride

Located a stone's throw from Niseko (about 45 minutes), Kiroro is a relatively unknown Hokkaido resort but blessed with some of the most consistent powder conditions on the island. Positioned just off Hokkaido's west coast, Kiroro is the first resort to catch the good stuff from arriving Siberian storms. Rusutsu may offer a wider selection of gladed powder terrain while Kokusai and Teine are home to the steeps but Kiroro comes through with some of the most reliable snow conditions and a great selection of off-piste lines to keep you busy all day long.

2019-20 Rates

Private Groups
75,000 yen for 1 day not including lift tickets (max group of 5)

So the price per person based on:
  • 5 in your group is 75,000/5 = 15,000 yen per person
  • 4 in your group is 75,000/4 = 18,750 yen per person
  • 3 in your group in 75,000/3 = 25,000 yen per person
  • 2 in your group is 75,000/2 = 37,500 yen per person
or 6-10 people, 142,500 plus lift tickets Inclusions
  • PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY - you cannot join a group
  • Guiding by experienced guides (max 5 guests per guide)
  • Transport where applicable
  • Avalanche safety gear if required
  • Add on lift tickets where needed
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