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USD 1,976

GUIDED POWDER TOUR
6 Nights | 5 Days Guided - Shigakogen + Other Ski Areas

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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price is per person based on twin-share room using a communal bathroom
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations.
USD 1,976
This powder adventure is based in the onsen town of Yudanaka near Shiga Kogen. The tour is for maximum 6 people led by two local guides who were born and raised in Shigakogen so they can show you the best secret local powder stashes.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 12 - Feb 18, 2023
Days: 7
Price: USD 1,976
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 26 - Mar 04, 2023
Days: 7
Price: USD 1,976
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 05 - Mar 11, 2023
Days: 7
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NEW FOR 2023!

Advanced to Expert Backcountry & Sidecountry Tour TOUGE GOE

(Touge goe: crossing a mountain pass)

"Touge Goe"  implies "skiing across the mountains" which in some cases requires a combinations of lifts and backcountry traversing to access some of the best terrain. The tour is designated for advanced and expert skiers and riders and is based in Yudanaka at the base of Shiga Kogen.

The vast scale of Shiga Kogen differentiates it from other resorts and also sets the stage for enjoying fresh powder. By utilising the knowledge of local guides, you will be guided to places that few foreigners know of in and around Shiga Kogen.

The tour also has the flexibility to ski/ride at another local ski area as the daily weather conditions dictate.

Highlights

  • Two local guides (lead guide and tail guide) show you the best powder stashes in Shigakogen
  • Ride with a small group of up to 6 people  
  • Free Go pro shooting service during tour
  • Stay in a lodge that has retained plenty of Japanese charm (it was previously a traditional Japanese inn) with the comforts of features such as a kitchen & lounge area
  • Stay in a cool town with its onsen, several restaurants & a few cute bars, or take a short walk to the Shibu Onsen village
  • Farewell dinner of a lovingly prepared kaiseki meal where you can watch the tour video to celebrate all the fun moments

Ability Level & Fitness

The required ski or snowboard ability is advanced to expert. You should be comfortable with skiing/riding in tight trees in deep powder (as Shigakogen is a national park, the trees can be tighter than other Japanese ski resorts). You should be comfortable on double black diamond terrain in variable snow conditions. When conditions are favourable, you will be guided into the backcountry so you must have backcountry experience.

To get the most out of this tour it is recommended that you have a good level of fitness. Please make an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down. If you are unsure about your ability, please have a look at the video below.

If you have any questions or want to double check availability you can make a booking request.

Equipment Required

  • For skiers your skis should be around 105 - 115 mm in the waist
  • For snowboarders you will require a split-board with skins or snowshoes & collapsible poles
  • Both skiers & snowboarders will require touring gear

Yudanaka

This tour is based in Yudanaka, which sits at the base of Shiga Kogen. Yudanaka is a rural hot spring town located in the northern part of Nagano that has been loved by many people since it was discovered by a monk 1350 years ago. In the old days, the water was considered to heal diseases, for this reason it was called ‘ 養遐齢(Youkarei)’ meaning healing water in ancient Japanese. In fact, the hot springs here are known to be very effective in treating and relieving the symptoms of mental illness such as depression as well as physical illnesses.

Yudanaka is adjacent to the little village of Shibu Onsen, with its cute cobblestone streets and laneways.

Yudanaka is also known as snow monkey town, due to its proximity to the famous snow monkeys.

More information on Yudanaka here.

The following video aims to show the minimum ability required for this tour......

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival Day

  • Have a safe trip to AIBIYA and check-in (information will be provided on getting to the lodge)
  • Meet your guide and have an orientation at AIBIYA from 5 pm

Day 2 - 6 - Back Country / Side Country for 5 days in Shigakogen

(Note that depending on the weather conditions of the day, tour location may be subject to change)

  • Start your day with locally-sourced continental breakfast at AIBIYA
  • Depart from AIBIYA at 8am
  • Soak up the powder with your local guides
  • Return to AIBIYA late afternoon
  • Savour your free time
  • You can have local beer in the tatami lounge or soak your body in the exquisite hot spring bath and feel the authentic atmosphere
  • Prepare your own feast in the kitchen or eat out at a local restaurant
  • Kaiseki dinner on the last day of the tour

Day 7: Departure Day

  • After breakfast, head off to your next destination or the airport or extend your stay and enjoy more powder days

Lodge Aibya

Location

Lodge Aibiya is located in the Yudanaka township and the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. Yoshi and Seongmi provide a high level of Japanese service backed up with western insights gained by working overseas. English speaking with a wealth of knowledge of the Nagano area, Yoshi and Seongmi will look after all your needs.

Rooms

The lodge has an option of quad/family share single western bed rooms for group bookings and twin share rooms with shared bathroom. They have a twin room with double bed which is ideal for couples or for those that want to upgrade to the single supplement, and there is the option to upgrade to the deluxe rooms with private bathrooms which can sleep up to four people.

Facilities

There is a well equipped kitchen & dining space for those who would like to cook themselves (supermarket shuttle available once every 2 days) or you can enjoy the many traditional Japanese restaurants only a short walk away. The lounge room at Aibiya has books, board games and is available 24 hours a day. 

There are separate male & female shared shower facilities.

A free continental breakfast is provided each day with breads, cereal, fruits, yoghurt, coffee, tea and fruit juices.

Free WI-FI is available throughout the lodge. A gift shop with crafts made locally and beverages, local Shiga Kogen beer, and snacks are available for sale.  

The lodge is only a 6 minute walk from the train station and local convenience stores are nearby.

History

The building has served several purposes over the past 70 years since it was first built. Before Yoshi (tail guide) and his wife took over, it served as a traditional Japanese inn. The historical building has retained many of its charms and Japanese decor, whilst also being a perfect base for skiers and snow boarders.

Drying Room

Keep your gear safe and toasty warm in the storage area and drying room. In addition to storage and drying, you can also wax and maintain your ski and snowboard gear. The drying room is next to the entrance so that you can access it easily on the way out the door.


Lodge Abiya

...western-style rooms...

.....a nice communal area

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2023 Rates

260,000 yen per person

Notes

  • prices shown are per person in Japanese yen
  • sample prices are based on 2 guests staying in a twin room with a shared bathroom. Please enquire for a quote for different rooms types.
  • Solo travellers may choose to stay in a private room (at an additional price & subject to availability)
  • Tours is available for solo travellers, small groups and larger groups up to a maximum of 6 people max per tour
  • Tour requires min 4 people to operate
Inclusions
  • 6 nights lodging at Lodge Aibiya
  • Daily self-prepared continental breakfast
  • Daily private shuttle to the ski area of choice for the day in a private van
  • Daily guiding from experienced local guides (lead & tail guide)
  • Use of avalanche safety gear (backpack, beacon, probe & shovel)
  • 5 days of lift passes
  • Go-pro shooting service during ski tour
  • Farewell dinner
  • Ski hot wax service
Add-ons
  • Extra nights of accommodation
  • Ski & snowboard rental
Not Included

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All bookings are made with AIBIYA LLC. (JCN 6100003005245) acting as management and operating the accommodation and tour operator for the services and products to be supplied by principals. What we supply to you is the arranging and co-ordinating of your travel, accommodation, entertainment, activities, including guiding, and ancillary services and the making of bookings, and issuing tickets and vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers. Accordingly, all tickets, vouchers, coupons and other service orders are issued subject not only to the general terms and conditions applying to our transactions but also upon those terms and conditions upon which the transportation, accommodation, activities, entertainment, or other services or products are supplied (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us). It is the customer’s responsibility to make themselves aware of those other terms and conditions. All bookings are subject to availability. Verbal quotes are regarded as an estimate and prices are only confirmed with a written quote. All written quotes are subject to change at any time.

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You acknowledge that the nature of the trip may be adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You may be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives.

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In addition to the suggested trip cancellation/ interruption insurance, it is mandatory for all Clients to provide evidence of insurance for ski travel that covers personal accident, medical expenses, and air ambulance (emergency evacuation). If you are joining our Off- Piste or Backcountry trips, you need to make sure your insurance covers off-piste and backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Japan. For trips involving mechanized access in the backcountry (snowcats, snowmobiles, helicopters, etc.) be sure your policy covers these activities. Evidence of this insurance needs to be provided to Powder Geek Japan. In the event evidence of insurance is not provided, Powder Geek Japan reserves the right to cancel the Client’s reservation.

Also We highly recommend adding on insurance that covers trip delay, trip cancellation, lost/damaged baggage, and all other expenses which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, illness, delay or inconvenience.

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