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2 ISLAND POWDER TOUR
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Ski Days

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 3,595
Why choose whether to ride Japow in Hokkaido or Honshu when you can do both. Ski the famous Hokkaido powder, ferry over the sea to Honshu to the uncrowded areas of Aomori in Tohoku including the backcountry of Hakkoda.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 16 - Feb 25, 2020
Days: 10
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Island Powder Explorer Tour - Tohoku-Aomori-Otaru

Why ski one island of Japan when two islands are better?! Ski the famous deep snow of Hokkaido, explore the culture of two islands, and ferry over the Japanese sea to Honshu to experience the deep uncrowded areas of Aomori in Tohoku. From small unknown resorts to volcanoes to untouched backcountry areas, this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

On the Island Explorer Powder Ski Tour, the Le Grand Adventures guides lead guests on an exploration of the resorts and backcountry that surround the Otaru and Aomori regions with a side trip via Hakodate (southern tip of Hokkaido).

The trip starts at the New Chitose Airport (or nearby hotel) where the guides will meet you and transfer you to Otaru, one of the best powder zones in Hokkaido. This is a second home for the guides as they have spent years in this area and their local knowledge of the ski areas, backcountry spots and amazing restaurants/ bars in Otaru is second to none. This area constantly delivers deep snow and was recently featured in Powder Magazine with the guides. In Otaru, the group will have great access to five ski areas and a lifetime of sidecountry/backcountry zones within a short drive that offer incredibly deep consistent snow.

From Otaru in the middle of the trip, we transfer to Hakodate for a night to explore this incredible coastal town on the southern part of Hokkaido. The history, culture and food in this region is very unique as it combines old and new worlds in Japan.

In the morning from Hakodate, we ferry over the Tsugaru Straight to the northernmost city of Honshu, Aomori. On Honshu the group will spend a couple of days at Aomori Spring Resort. Its location provides a consistently deep and cold snowpack as well as untouched backcountry skiing with little crowds. This area receives an incredible amount of snow and has been nicknamed the holy grail of powder skiing in Japan.

The final 2 nights will be based in downtown Aomori so you get to experience this rich cultural city. You will ski nearby resorts and the legendary Hakkoda area that is well known for the snow monsters and deep, deep backcountry skiing routes. Enjoy exploring nearby temples, amazing onsens, shopping for gifts, funky and cool coffee shops and experience the unique energy that downtown Aomori has to offer.

The Riding Experience

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. Otaru has great access to 5 ski areas within a 30 to 45 minute drive such as Kokusai, Kiroro, Teine, and Asari, which all offer some incredibly deep consistent snow.

Ski Aomori Spring and explore the resort area and surrounding backcountry. There is lots of fun side country and 15 to 30 min+/- easy ski tours that access a lot of terrain and fresh powder. This area receives an incredible amount of snow and has been nicknamed the holy grail of powder skiing in Japan. Its location provides a consistently deep and cold snowpack. The resort is an all inclusive resort at the base of the mountain and sits above the Sea of Japan. On a clear day the views over the coast line and volcano are stunning. The resort has an incredible breakfast and dinner as well as an outdoor onsen that over looks the town of Aomori and coast. With an average snowfall of 15+ meters or 50+ feet per season, it’s no wonder that these areas are the perfect snow destination. The guides have some secret spots that rarely ever see tracks and have been skiing these areas for over a decade.

This is an advanced guided tour where you'll spend the majority of your time off-piste in the lift accessed side/backcountry of each resort, skiing the birch trees of Japan and the open bowls.

The Culinary Experience

 Enjoy daily breakfast at the hotel with a wide variety of food and traditional Japanese breakfast items. The welcome and farewell group dinners are one of our guests favorite times on the trip as the group gets to experience a couple of our favorite restaurants in the area.

With the exception of the hotel at Aomori Spring Resort, the hotels have easy access to all of the nearby restaurants and bars during the week so you can taste the incredible cuisine the area offers. 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. 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 we bet 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 & coffee shops, incredible curries, and of course no trip to the Japanese isles is complete without a warm and hearty fresh made soba noodle bowl. The guides are happy to make reservations to share their favorites with you.

Gear


We suggest you bring your own ski and backcountry gear if you have it. A ski with roughly a 100mm to 110mm is the best option. If you want to bring a wider pair of skis please feel free or you can rent these if needed. We highly recommend bringing or renting a touring set up as this will allow the group to really ski a wide variety of areas. Having this as a daily set up allows the guides to find the best snow on the resort, quick laps in the sidecountry or going a little deeper into the backcountry. There are also options for ski touring days if the groups wants.

Avalanche safety gear is required for this tour. If you have your own equipment please bring it, or backpacks including a beacon, shovel and probe are available to rent for the duration of your trip.

Sample Itinerary

Notes:

  • You should arrive the day prior to the trip start date and spend one night in the airport city.
  • The 2nd trip/week runs in reverse.
  • Your arrival & departure airports are different.

ARRIVAL DAY
Fly into the local airport – You should arrive the day prior to the trip start date and spend one night in the airport city. Arriving the day before the trip allows room for any flight or luggage delays as well as gives you time to relax and adjust to the local time before the trip starts.

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO JAPAN! TRANSFER DAY
The guides can arrange to pick you up at the hotel you are staying at or you can meet them at the airport if you land the same day at 1pm. Once the guides pick-up everyone there will be a 2-2.5 hour drive in the private 4×4 vans to arrive between 3-4pm in Otaru. Settle into your comfortable room and prepare for the the ski week ahead. The group will meet for a relaxing welcome reception to meet and get to know the new 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, the guides can arrange snow equipment for the week through a partnership with Scott Sports, which will include 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 us know so that we can coordinate your rental.

DAY 2-4: OTARU
Ski one of the nearby resorts of Kokusai, Kiroro, Teine, or Asari. Breakfast at the hotel and depart around 8-8:30am for skiing. The group will have lunch at the resort.

Travel back to Otaru around 4pm. Enjoy a soak in the onsen at the hotel and explore town. Celebrate an awesome first day on the mountain with the welcome dinner and a great après ski session with the group. On the remaining nights in Otaru you will get to enjoy open dinners and explore the town.

DAY 5: HAKODATE TRANSFER DAY
Breakfast at the hotel and depart around 8-8:30am for the transfer to Hakodate. There are several options for destinations to ski this day and the guides will decide based on the best weather conditions. The group can stop for lunch along the way. Stay in Hakodate and enjoy dinner in a new town.

DAY 6-7: AOMORI SPRINGS
Transfer Morning. Breakfast at the hotel and depart early for the ferry transfer to Honshu/Aomori, which is about 4 hours. Travel to Aomori Springs resort and arrive in the afternoon. Ski Aomori and explore the resort area and surrounding backcountry. Lots of fun side country and 15 to 30min+/- easy ski tours that accesses a lot of terrain and fresh powder. Stay at Aomori Springs resort and relax in the onsen. Dinner is included this evening at Aomori Springs.

The next day enjoy breakfast at the hotel and step out your front door to ski Aomori. Stay the night at Aomori and enjoy the in house onsen overlooking the coast and town.

DAY 8-9: AOMORI
Breakfast at the hotel and depart around 8am for skiing. The group will be checking out of Aomori Springs and heading directly to a local ski resort/backcountry area, and then have lunch at the resort. Travel back to downtown Aomori around 4pm. Explore this unique coastal town on Honshu. Open dinner for guests. The next day the group will have breakfast at the hotel and depart around 8am for skiing a local resort/backcountry area. We will have lunch at the resort.

On the final night enjoy the farewell group dinner in town.

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE DAY
Enjoy the rich breakfast buffet at the hotel before a transfer to the airport. On the final day of the tour, the guides will transport you back to the airport where you can catch a flight home or enjoy a night in the next city.

NOTE: This itinerary is an example and can change daily. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. The guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.

Lodging

Dormy Inn Premium Otaru

The Dormy Inn Premium is a 3-star hotel in the heart of Otaru, within a 10-minute walk of Sakaimachi Street and Otaru Canal. Stay in one of 247 guest rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary internet access keeps you connected, and digital programming provides entertainment. Partially open bathrooms with showers feature bidets and bathrobes.

The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including hot tub, sauna, hot spring bath, spa, massage, to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Enjoy buffet breakfasts of Japanese and western dishes daily.

Rockwood Hotel & Spa

The only hotel in Tohoku’s premier ski resort; Aomori Springs, this slope side 4-star hotel has unparalleled views over the Sea of Japan and the magnificent vista towards Mount Iwaki. This hotel is known for its outdoor hot springs and its ski-in and ski-out access. Relax in a full-service spa and enjoy a drink at the lounge. Buffet breakfast and buffet dinner at the Rockwood Hall is included in hotel stays.

The rooms have a good sized ensuite bathroom, a small fridge, WIFI, TV, kettle, and bathroom amenities.

Hakodate Hotel

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Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

USD $3,595

Rates Notes
  • base/invoice rate is in US dollars (USD)
  • prices displayed are per person
  • rates do not include taxes
Inclusions
  • Lodging: 4 nights Otaru, 1 night Hakodate, 2 nights Aomori Spring Resort, 2 nights Aomori City - twin/double share
  • Lift tickets
  • Guiding: 10 hosted days, 8 guided ski days
  • Meals: daily breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Transport: airport transfers (New Chitose & Aomori) & daily 4x4 private vans
  • Coaching: Ski technique & backcountry skills sessions with professional skiers & guides
  • ONSEN (Hot spring) tour
  • Ferry ride between islands
Add-ons
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY KIT (required) - (backpack, beacon, shovel & probe for trip duration)
  • SKI / SNOWBOARD RENTALS - inquire for pricing/details
  • SINGLE ROOM UPGRADE (subject to availability)
Not Included

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.