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USD 2,995

GUIDED & HOSTED POWDER TOUR
7 or 9 Nights | 6 or 8 Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room.
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USD 2,995
Chase the powder in & around the Furano & Otaru areas with qualified guides on either an 8 or 10 day trip. The tour also includes quality accommodation with daily breakfast in Furano and Otaru plus all lift tickets, all private ground transport & welcome & farewell dinners.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 09 - Jan 16, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,995
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 25 - Feb 01, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,995
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,995
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 26 - Mar 04, 2020
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,995
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Furano & Otaru Tour

Some of the deepest snow on the earth covering wide open bowls, perfectly spaced birch trees, and endless side country and backcountry options to explore. With an average snowfall of 15+ meters or 50+ feet per season, it’s no wonder that the Furano and Otaru areas are perfect snow destinations. Experience lodging in Furano & Otaru and as much powder as you can handle with the private 4×4 vans for the group to search for the deepest snow. See the real side of Furano and Otaru with the guides and enjoy an epic trip for your soul.

This is an advanced guided tour where the group will spend the majority of time off-piste in the lift accessed side/backcountry of each resort, skiing the birch trees of Japan and the open bowls. After skiing a full day of powder and a relaxing soak in the onsen, you’ll get to enjoy some of Hokkaido’s delicious food and lively bars.

The Riding Experience

The Furano area lies between the Yubari Mountain Range and the Daisetsuzan National Park and has been the host of many world cup ski races over the years. Open powder bowls, deep tree runs and a wide variety of terrain surround the resort. Within a short drive, the guides will take you to resorts such as Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, and select backcountry zones the team has been skiing for years. When the winds from the mainland of Asia pick up out of the North-Northwest, air rises from the Sea of Japan to form clouds which unleash massive amounts of moisture on the mountains. This in turn creates some of the lightest and driest powder in the world. The areas around Furano are known for picking up these large snowfalls every year.

The Otaru area is well known for having some of the deepest snow on average every year and the guides know the area very well. There is always powder to be skied! From perfect birch tree glades to deep powder fields to the long backcountry runs, the Otaru area has something for everyone. Untracked powder awaits you after short lift lines, easy hikes, and secret spots only the guides know. There is nothing like skiing or snowboarding in Japan and the team is ready to take you there!

The guides will show you some of the deepest and most consistent snow on earth covering wide open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, and endless side country and backcountry options to explore. With an average snowfall of 50+ feet per season, it’s no wonder the Hokkaido Area is a consistent powder destination. What makes Le Grand trips different- we ski powder every day and if it means we have a road trip to ski the best snow, we go!

The Culinary Experience

Enjoy daily breakfasts at the hotels with a wide variety of western food and traditional Japanese breakfast items. The Welcome Reception and Dinner in Furano is set in a classic Japanese sushi restaurant. The Farewell group dinner is set on the canal along the coast in Otaru with a BBQ top table. This is a great experience for guests and typically one of their favorite times as they get to experience a couple of the guides' favorite restaurants in Hokkaido. The last night is always a fun time to celebrate and enjoy one last cheers before the trip ends. Japan, home of amazing fresh sushi, seafood, and delicacies from the sea as well as its traditional dishes of soba, udon, yakitori, curry and more. The seafood quality is known around the world but after trying some of their local specialties you will leave with a whole new respect for Japanese cuisine. Sample a wide variety of local and regional cuisine, from Wagyu beef, Yakitori BBQ cooked on the table, Shabu-Shabu, bakeries, incredible curries, and of course no trip to the Japanese isles is complete without a warm and hearty fresh made soba noodle bowl.

The growth of the area over the last couple of years provides ample selection of small independent coffee shops, restaurants, breweries and sake bars. Visitors have every chance to dive into the local cuisine like never before.

The Lodging Experience

The hotels welcome you with friendly service and an unmatched experience that you will never forget. The location is ideal to access several ski areas in the region with the private 4×4 vans so the groups are always skiing the best conditions that day. Walking distance to a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and bars. Free WiFi, daily breakfast, and comfortable twin rooms await you at the hotel in the area. Enjoy easy access to soak in hot Japanese Onsens and also natural onsens in the mountains that the guides will take you. It’s a great way to relax after a day of skiing powder. The hot onsen water rises from deep underground and contains a blend of many different minerals that are nutrient rich. A long soak in an onsen is one of the best ways to relax the body after a day of skiing powder.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE/TRANSFER DAY

The LGA Team can arrange to pick you up at the hotel near the New Chitose Airport you are staying at or you can meet the guides at the airport if you land the same day at 1pm. Once they pick-up everyone you will have a 2-2.5 hour drive in the private 4×4 vans and will arrive between 3-4pm in Furano. Settle into your comfortable room and prepare for the the week ahead. The group will meet for a relaxing welcome reception to get to know the crew for the week. The evening offers your first chance to explore, dine or relax at the hotel with new friends.

If rentals are needed, LGA can arrange snow equipment for the week through a partnership with Scott Sports, with a selection of powder skis with touring bindings to choose from. There will also be the brand new Scott E-1 Patrol Backpack and avalanche kits available for rent for guests during the trips. Both items can be rented for the duration of your trip to save you time and money. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let them know so that they can coordinate your rental.

DAY 2-3 (8 day) or 2-4 (10 day): FURANO

The guides will show you the best the Furano area has to offer. Your first day on snow will be exploring the powder stashes around Furano resort. This will include some of the classic lines as well as open bowls and perfect birch trees the resort is known for. There are lots of easy side country lines to ski so you can maximize your vertical and number of runs. There are incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges and on a clear day you can see the fumaroles from the volcanic peaks in the distance.

Celebrate an awesome first day on the mountain enjoying a cold beverage, and an onsen. After the first day of skiing the guides will take you to a Welcome Dinner party in Furano where you get to eat at one of their favorite restaurants. Tonight is your night to celebrate your Hokkaido powder experience!

The following days in the Furano powder belt will take you to some of the more hidden places as well as the classic resorts in the area. Ski Asahidake’s volcanic flanks, the open bowls of Tomamu, the secret stashes in Kamui, and the deep untouched areas around Tokachidake. Every day is a new adventure, a new ski resort, a backcountry peak with untouched powder and experiencing what skiing in Japan is all about.

Finish your days soaking in an onsen, exploring the town, trying something new to eat and meeting other people from all over the world.

If conditions permit the group will have the option to ski tour a hidden gem for untracked snow or head into the Tokachidake mountains where the guides will spend the day taking guests for a ski tour through untracked powder, long open bowls and endless terrain options– one of the most scenic mountain ranges with loads of fresh skiing.

DAY 4-7 (8 day) or 5-9 (10 day): OTARU

Pack your powder snorkel as the group heads to Otaru for the rest the trip. The guides will transfer the group after breakfast at the hotel in the morning for a day at Kokusai. This powder gem has some of the best side country and backcountry terrain in Hokkaido. With its close proximity to the ocean, this area receives some of the most consistent and deepest snow in Japan.

After skiing, you will have a short drive into the city of Otaru where the group will be staying in the center of town. The hotel is close to all the restaurants, shops and nightlife and has an entire floor dedicated for the onsens. It's a perfect spot for your base as the city is known for its whiskey and sake distilleries as well as access to the epic terrain this area has to offer.

On the second night the group will celebrate an awesome first day on the mountain with the Welcome Dinner and a great après ski session with the group.

Day tours to Teine, Kokusai, Kiroro, and other resorts near Niseko are possible. The guides use their extensive knowledge of the area, storm tracks, and network to pick the best spots every day. These areas get loads of snow and are known for the quality of powder they receive. The options to ski off the resorts and into the backcountry are endless and on a clear day, the views out to the Sea of Japan are all time. If the group has a down day due to weather or just being tired from skiing too much powder, the guides know some great drives around the coast to check out some of the lesser visited temples and villages. It's a great opportunity to experience the culture, try new food and learn the history of the Ainu people that originally inhabited the area.

Finish off every day with an onsen and a toast of some local sake with your fellow powder skiers. On the last day of skiing the guides will take you to a Farewell Dinner party in Otaru where you get to eat at one of their favorite restaurants.

DAY 8 or 10 – DEPARTURE DAY

Enjoy the rich breakfast buffet at the hotel and one last soak in the onsen before your guides transfer everyone to the airport.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates Notes
  • base/invoice rate is in US dollars (USD)
  • prices displayed are per person
  • rates do not include taxes
Inclusions
  • LODGING: 7 or 9 nights in Furano & Otaru, twin/double share
  • LIFT TICKETS: 6 of 8 days lift tickets for various ski areas
  • GUIDING: 6 or 8 days guided by qualified guides (Max 4:1 ratio)
  • MEALS: Daily breakfast plus welcome & farewell dinners
  • TRANSPORT: To/from Chitose Airport & private 4×4 van every day
  • COACHING: Ski technique & backcountry skills sessions with professional skiers & guides
  • ONSEN (Hot spring) tour
Add-ons
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY KIT (required) - US$200 (backpack, beacon, shovel & probe for trip duration)
  • SKI / SNOWBOARD RENTALS - inquire for pricing/details
  • SINGLE ROOM UPGRADE (subject to availability)
Not Included
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  • Travel insurance - buy travel insurance online here
  • LUNCHES, DINNERS & DRINKS: only those meals stated above are included in the price.
  • POWDER SKIS & POWDER BOARDS: It is highly recommended for maximum enjoyment that you have appropriate skis and snowboards for deep, deep powder.
  • Gratuities for guides

LeGrand FAQs for Terms and Conditions

Can I Reserve My Trip With a Deposit?
Yes, you can reserve your trip with a Deposit for all tours. Reservations are available immediately once a trip is announced and up to 90 days prior to the Date of Departure. The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.

When is The Final Payment For This Tours Due?
Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?
90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. A full refund will be given.

89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.

59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.

Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for snow and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be canceled or amended on the basis of snow and weather conditions.

What Is Your Refund Policy?
No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.