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USD 144

MYOKO DAY GUIDING
Off-Piste & Backcountry

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price is per person in a private group of 4
base/invoice currency is JPY
Displayed price might vary slightly from actual due to exchange rate fluctuations.
USD 144
Myoko Guiding Co provide guided day tours of the off-piste and backcountry at Myoko & nearby zones, plus transport. Ideal for private groups, or well priced for a solo private tour. From price is per person for a group of 4 per day.
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Myoko Guiding – Off-Piste & Backcountry

Myoko Guiding Company are based in Akakura Onsen in Myoko and offer both off-piste and backcountry guiding at Myoko as well as surrounding areas. The region is renowned for receiving huge amounts of snow, and with varied terrain, there are options for great skiing or snowboarding (or splitboarding) in the off-piste, sidecountry and backcountry. The Myoko Guiding Company offers single day or multi-day guiding.

Whether you’re new to the backcountry or a seasoned backcountry skier or splitboarder, teaching about gear and the snowpack is usually part of the experience to ensure the community is growing with knowledge.

Guiding Locations & Terrain

The terrain chosen will be dependent on your objectives (e.g. do you not want to hike or skin) and largely on the snow conditions and avalanche conditions.

The guiding could be in the off-piste (ie in-bounds at a ski resort) zones, the sidecountry (close to the ski area), and in the backcountry.

Ski areas may include those at Myoko (Akakura, Suginohara, Seki) as well as other Niigata and Nagano areas such as Arai, Nozawa, Madarao/Tangram or Shiga Kogen as examples. Lift-assisted touring options could include Kurohime, Togakushi or Ryuoo as examples.

If you have any questions about terrain you can get in contact here.

Groups

Day guiding is best suited to private groups ie where you pull together your own group. This is ideal for group cohesion and ensures that you’re aware of everyone’s ability levels, fitness levels and objectives, and sense of adventure.

It is possible as a solo to request to join a group, and Myoko Guiding Co will endeavour to match you to others with similar ability and fitness and terrain requests including the amount of ski touring or splitboarding, but there are no guarantees. The pricing for a solo to have private guiding is twice the price of a group tour, and you’ll probably get more than the twice the value as a quality experience if you have a private guide to design the day that aligns with your objectives.

If you have any questions or want to ask about availability you can make a booking request.

Ability

The private tours can be matched to the ability of the group which could include strong intermediates, advanced and expert skiers and riders.

Solos wanting to join a group should have advanced ability off-piste as a minimum.

Backcountry experience is not necessarily required and you may wish your guide to assist with coaching about avalanche safety or backcountry touring as part of your day/days.

Guiding

Your tour will be led by a ski guide +/- a tail guide depending on the trip. Trip maximums depend on the type of day tour, with a maximum guide to client ratio of 1:5, whilst for backcountry tours it is limited to 1:4.

Myoko Guiding Company is a member of Avalanche Canada. The principles of Myoko Guiding Co include world class guides, safety is paramount, education is key, and making unforgettable memories is important too. The lead guides are qualified backcountry guides (e.g. ACMG certified), whilst tail guides are avalanche professionals as a minimum.

Equipment

All guests must ski or ride with a pack and avalanche gear (transceiver, shovel, probe). You may bring your own, or these are available to rent or buy.

If you’re aiming to go touring and don’t have your own ski touring set-up or splitboard gear, these can be rented.

Itinerary

Weather and snow conditions may ultimately determine the activities of each guided day.

Day Prior to Tour

Meet at a local ski shop in Akakura Onsen the evening before the planned tour to go through gear checks, avalanche rescue briefings, and to discuss the plan for the following day. The guide will decide where you will ski based on the snow conditions, the weather, your ability and your goals. Myoko Guiding Company aims to find the best snow in the region on any given day.

Day of Tour – Ski at Resort or Backcountry

Meet the guide in the morning at the discussed time and location and commence trip. Trips finish at 3pm, and you will return to Akakura by 4:30pm.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2024 Rates

  • Full day private guiding is ¥90,000 for up to 4 people and ¥10,000 per person over4 people
  • Half day private guiding is ¥60,000
  • Single private guiding (1 person) is ¥60,000
  • Single joining a group booking is ¥30,000 
  • Avalanche Safety Equipment Rental (Transceiver, Shovel & Probe) ¥5500 per day
  • Rates are in Japanese yen
  • If you have any questions about rates you can shoot a message to Myoko Guiding Co here
Inclusions
  • Day of guided skiing/snowboarding (half day guiding available on request)
  • Transport to ski area
Add-ons
  • Ski / snowboard equipment rentals
  • Avalanche gear rentals (pack, transceiver, shovel, probe) - 5,500 yen per day
Not Included
  • Lift tickets as required
  • Meals, snacks, beverages

Myoko Guiding Company Terms & Conditions

CANCELLATION POLICY

For all NEW bookings for the ’23-24 season the following terms and conditions apply.

DEPOSIT:

  • A 20% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking. This deposit is fully transferable till 30 days prior to the start date.

FINAL PAYMENT:

  • Due 30 days prior to your start date. Failure to make this payment will result in the cancellation of your booking.

CANCELLATION BY THE TRAVELER:


  • 30 plus days prior to booking date commencement – deposit will be forfeited but transferable to a later date or the next season

  • 8 – 29 days prior to booking commencement – 50% of total booking value will be forfeited

  • Up to 7 days prior to booking commencement – total booking value will be forfeited

COVID-19 CANCELLATION POLICY:



If a travel ban is in effect restricting travel to Japan or to and from your home country or if it is mandatory to quarantine either upon arrival into Japan for 3 or more days in the following terms and conditions will apply:

  • Up to 60 days prior to your start date:
- 100% of payments made are transferable to the following year. For cancellations you can receive a refund less 10% of the total booking (this amount can be reclaimed in the form of a credit on a future booking)
  • 30 – 59 days prior to your start date:
 50% of payments made are transferable to the following year.
 For cancellations you can receive a refund less 50% of the total booking
  • Less than 30 days prior your start date:
 25% of payments made are transferable to the following year.
 For cancellations you can receive a refund less 75% of the total booking
  • Back-to-back cancellations: If Myoko Guiding Co. are holding only a deposit and are forced to cancel your booking two seasons in a row, that amount will become entirely non-refundable and non-transferable.

RIGHTS RESERVED:

  • Myoko Guiding Co. reserve the right to cancel bookings at any time due to unsettling political, social or environmental events, in which case the same transfer/refund options for COVID will apply.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Myoko Guiding Co. cannot offer refunds for missed reservations, early departures, inclement weather/extreme avalanche danger, snow conditions, or force majeure events beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, and are not responsible for additional expenses incurred in preparing for the trip (e.g. airline tickets, visa application fees, equipment purchases, etc).