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USD 2,409

POWDER CHASER or PROGRESSION
8 Nights | 7 Days Guided Skiing/Riding

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided-Progression | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price is based on quad-share
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inclusive of tax
*Display price may vary slightly due to fluctuation in exchange rates.
USD 2,409
The Powder Triangle is a budget oriented adventure for those who want an amazing Hokkaido Mountain Experience! 2 tour options: advanced/expert riders that want fast riding, & powder seeking; or powder progression for intermediates.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 08 - Feb 16, 2020
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,409
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 18 - Feb 26, 2020
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,409
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 27 - Mar 06, 2020
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,409
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 05 - Mar 31, 2020
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The Powder Triangle Tour

You will need a rest after this this action-packed powder chasing adventure that is the Powder Triangle Tour in Hokkaido! Ride many of Hokkaido's premium powder spots hitting the best locations based on the best conditions each day. The tour starts in Central Hokkaido with a base in Furano (3 nights) and then the vibrant city of Asahikawa (3 nights). The final base is the seaside town of Otaru (2 nights). 

Whilst the accommodation locations are set, the itinerary regarding which ski area to hit up is somewhat flexible depending on snow and weather conditions because it's all about powder hunting.

There are 2 options for the Powder Triangle Tour.

  1. Freeride tour for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders who are willing to do a little hiking to earn the absolute best tunes.  It's a fast riding, powder seeking, mountain hiking, line seeking, face-shot collecting, onsen dipping, ramen eating budget tour.
  2. Progression tour for those who want some tips to improve skills and confidence in the powder. It's a resort exploring, skill improving, adventure seeking, onsen dipping, ramen eating, budget tour.

Group Type

The tour is for mixed groups so you can join as a solo traveler, a couple or small group.

If you have your own group, the tour can be customised (pending guide availability) for private groups of 4 or more, from 5 Jan - March 31 2020 (excluding Jan 26 - Feb 6 2020 CNY). You can enquire for a quote here.

Locations

Potential locations could include: Furano, Tomamu, Tokachidake, Asahidake, Kamui, Teine, and Sapporo Kokusai. For the third tour, there is also the potential to hit up the highly renowned Kurodake because it should be open by then.

Ability

For the freeride option, you should be an advanced or expert (off-piste) rider that is very comfortable and fluid in steep terrain and tight trees, and be able to ride at a decent speed. You should also be physically fit and willing to hike a little and have some competency with touring.

For the progression tour option, you should be a strong intermediate rider who is capable of riding easy off-piste terrain, but perhaps not feel confident in tight trees or in deep powder.

Avalanche safety equipment is essential and must be used and is available to rent for the entire tour. You will be trained on how to operate a transceiver, probe & shovel at the beginning of the week and this will be checked daily.

Guiding & Hosting

The tour will have 1 guide for up to 6 guests. Guides hold the following qualifications: ARM Level 5; Stage 1 Avalanche; Level 3 Snowboard Instructor and Trainer level 2 Ski Instructor; plus they have Wilderness First Aid. The guides also have many years of experience driving in blizzard conditions in Japan and hold Heavy Vehicle License and a Hazardous Area Authority.

Bookings

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Itinerary

This tour starts with the option of Niseko or the New Chitose Airport and finishes with the options of the Otaru train station, Niseko or the New Chitose airport.

This is an example of how the tour is expected to run, however weather and snow conditions may ultimately determine the daily activities.

Day 1 (Arrival Day)

You will transfer to Furano from Niseko 11am or CTS 2pm. Check-in to Alpine Backpackers Furano, beers at Ajitos. 

Day 2 (Furano)

First riding day at Furano, you will check out the off-piste terrain and steep trees.

Day 3 (Tomamu)

You will travel to Tomamu and shred the famous side-country and backcountry bowls, and tree runs.

Day 4 (Tokachidake)

Hiking day at Tokachidake followed by an onsen. You will then head to Asahikawa to check-in to 9 C Hotel.

Day 5 (Asahidake)

Full-day on the giant that is Asahidake. Hiking and riding, you'll check out the fumaroles then have beers at The Den.

Day 6 (Kamui)

You'll be driven to Kamui for an awesome day of shredding at Kamui Ski Links.

Day 7 (Teine)

Early start for the drive to ride the Teine chutes and side country. Check-in to the Grand Park Hotel in Otaru.

Day 8 (Sapporo Kokusai)

Full-day shredding the trees and bowls of the side & back-country. Beers & dinner at the Otaru Beer Hall.

Day 9

Drop off at Otaru Station, CTS or transfer to Niseko.

Accommodation

  • Furano - Alpine Backpackers - 4 person share room - 3 nights
  • Asahikawa - Court Hotel - 2 person room bunk bed - 3 nights (with breakfast)
  • Otaru - Grand Park - 2-3 person room - 2 nights

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

¥259,000

  • rate is per person based on quad share accommodation for the group tour
  • private trips are also possible (pending availability) - please enquire for a quote for your group
  • rates are in Japanese yen inclusive of tax. Payment in other currencies is possible. Convert to your currency here>>

Inclusions
  • 8 nights accom (basic/backpacker/budget hotel)
  • 7 days lift tickets
  • Transport : Ground transport from Niseko/CTS airport for entire tour and drop off at Otaru Station, CTS or Niseko on the last day of tour.
  • Some breakfasts
  • 7 days guided skiing/riding plus tips for those on progression option
Add-ons
  • Private room upgrade: get a quote for additional cost
  • Avy gear rentals - request price
Not Included

Tours Conditions

All pre-booked tours. Payment of 20% of the balance is due within 14 days of booking confirmation being sent. The balance is due in full by Dec 1 2019.

Cancellation by the customer after 20% deposit is paid will result in loss of deposit. Cancellation after full balance has been paid and prior to 30 days of commencement of tour will result in loss of 50% of total price of tour. Changes due to conditions and weather maybe alter the itinerary to increase participant enjoyment.

Additions or upgrades outside the agreed price, will be invoiced separately please note that a cancellation on medical grounds prior to the tour will require a doctor's note confirming that you are in an unfit condition to participate in any snow sport activity. If you cannot provide a doctor's note then no refund will be offered.

Tours cancelled by the operator whilst highly unlikely will be refunded in full.