PowderQuest Tours

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PowderQuest Tours

PowderQuest Tours4.9/526
PowderQuest Tours4.9 out of 5 based on 26 reviews
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PowderQuest Tours

Overall Rating

PowderQuest Tours4.9/526
PowderQuest Tours4.9 out of 5 based on 26 reviews
PowderQuest in South America offers a range of Chile and Argentina ski and snowboard tours. Powder Quest is a US company with many years of experience in the Andes Mountains of South America and more recently in Japan.

Powder Quest provides two certified & experienced guides for each tour (MAX 8 GUESTS per TOUR with 2 GUIDES). Their South America ski tours are specifically designed to cater for different rider abilities. At the same time PowderQuest provides enough flexibility in the daily itinerary to cater for the priorities of the group.

In addition, they offer a GUARANTEED departure; if you book a date, the tour will run with no minimum number of guests required.

PowderQuest Tours, Inc. Travel Policy Terms and Conditions for guided trips

These Terms will govern your trip with PowderQuest Tours, Inc. (“PowderQuest”). The individuals participating in a trip will be referred to as “Client” throughout the Terms. Any individual booking a trip offered through PowderQuest will be required to agree to the terms.

The following Terms apply to Clients joining our guided tours. We reserve the right to change these policies without prior notice.

Before the start of your trip with PowderQuest, you will be required to sign the Participant Agreement Release and Assumption of Risk policy online. You will be provided a hyperlink to access the policy along with instructions on how to sign after booking your trip. You may preview the policy here.

The Participant Agreement Release and Assumption of Risk policy and the Terms set forth below constitute the entire, complete and exclusive agreement between the Client and PowderQuest and no waiver, modification, alteration or termination thereof shall be permitted unless set forth in writing signed by both parties.

Reservation Deposit

In addition to agreeing to the Terms below, the Client will be required to submit a deposit to PowderQuest. Most trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit at time of booking, plus any costs for optional extras. Examples of optional extras are room upgrades, equipment rentals, trip extensions etc.

You must purchase travel insurance after booking to cover you for trip cancellation.

Once the Client has paid the deposit, PowderQuest will provide confirmation of Client’s reservation. The remaining balance for the trip will be due ninety (90) days before the trip departure date.

By agreeing to these terms, PowderQuest will charge your final balance to the credit card you provide. If the outstanding balance is not paid by this time, PowderQuest reserves the right to charge a $100 late fee or cancel the Client’s reservation. If a reservation is made less than ninety (90) days prior to trip departure date, the full balance of the trip is due at that time.

Cancellations by Client

Any cancellation by the Client must be made in writing via email. The date on which PowderQuest receives the Client’s written cancellation will determine the charges applicable. The policies outlined below take into consideration the costs PowderQuest incurs long before travelers ever depart. The schedule of Cancellation charges is as follows:

91+ days prior to trip: Non-refundable deposit 61-90 days prior to departure: 50% refund 60 or fewer days prior to departure: 100% Cancellation Fee

Travel Insurance

Our cancellation policy is strict. You are required to purchase trip cancellation/ interruption insurance that cover loss of effects, trip delay, cancellation insurance and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client.

In addition, it is mandatory for all Clients to provide evidence of insurance for ski travel that covers personal accident, medical expenses.

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 the countries you will be visiting. It needs to cover air ambulance (emergency evacuation).

For trips involving mechanized access in the backcountry (snowcats, snowmobiles, helicopters, boats etc.) be sure your policy covers these activities. Evidence of this insurance needs to be provided to PowderQuest. In the event evidence of insurance is not provided, PowderQuest reserves the right to cancel the Client’s reservation. 

We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your PowderQuest booking.

PowderQuest cannot be held responsible for departures that are canceled or changed due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to natural disasters, political instability, disease, pandemics, border closures, travel bans, quarantines, terrorist activities, or strikes. Purchasing a Cancel For Any Reason insurance will provide additional benefits and reimbursement during pandemics and more. If we do need to cancel due to circumstances beyond our control, we give you a spot on another departure of the same trip, or a full credit to use towards any of our other trips in the same country the following season.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

While the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer considered a global emergency, coronavirus disease still exists and people continue to get infected and sick. If you display flu or COVID-19 symptoms in the lead-up to your trip, please do not travel. To aid in arriving healthy, we recommend wearing a mask while en route to our trips, including on flights and public transit.

If a Client starts experiencing symptoms on the trip, we will ask them to take a test for COVID-19. If negative, we will take no further action. If the test is positive, that Client is unable to participate in the tour until they’ve isolated themselves from the group for a minimum of 5 days, are symptom-free, and have cleared all local protocols. Our team will help any affected travellers make alternative arrangements including securing a private room, mask purchases, testing, etc. Your required travel insurance can help cover these costs if you do test positive while traveling. In addition, if a test does come back positive, the guides will suggest mask wearing as a group especially when proper distancing is not possible (traveling in our vehicles for example).

Clients shall not receive a refund for any portion of the Trip price, used or unused. PowderQuest shall not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by Client as a result of his/her illness. Additionally, PowderQuest shall not be responsible for any expenses incurred by Client as a result of any required or recommended treatment for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases including, but not limited to, transportation, accommodation, or medical expenses.

PowderQuest is following recommended guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, as well as local authorities where applicable.

Lastly, please note that harassment or violence of any kind towards staff or other guests will not be tolerated, especially in regard to any of our safety or operations policies and protocols.

Services Not Covered

Additional activities may be offered by PowderQuest during a trip. Client, however, will be responsible for all extra expenses incurred as a result of Client’s participation in the activity. Only those activities described in the trip description are included in the total cost of the trip. Client will be responsible for charges issued by any airline used while on tour for any or all of the following: Excess baggage, over weight, oversize, or ski and snowboard charges.

Most tours include meals, drinks not included. Details are indicated on our website. When meals and drinks are not included, client will be responsible for the expenses.

Price Adjustments

PowderQuest reserves the right to adjust the price of a trip due to changes in exchange rates, inflation, increases in air fares or other transportation costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In the event the price adjustment is an increase, PowderQuest will be responsible for the first 2% of the increase and Client will be responsible for the balance.

Changes to Itinerary

Client acknowledges that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and changes to the itinerary may occur. Therefore, the agreed upon itinerary does not serve as a contractual obligation on the part of PowderQuest. Client understands that the route, schedules, itinerary, amenities and mode of transportation may be changed without prior notice due to local circumstances or events, which may include sickness or mechanical break down, flight cancellation, strikes, events occurring due to political disputes, entry or border difficulties, weather, climate, snow conditions and other unforeseeable circumstances. In the unlikely event the group is unable to travel as described on the itinerary due to weather or road closures, additional accommodations may be required. Expenses for additional accommodations will be charged to the Client.

While PowderQuest will make its best effort to provide its services as advertised, changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed appropriate, advisable or necessary due to unforeseen circumstances. If PowderQuest makes a change in the trip, the client will be informed prior to departure when possible. If the change is made due to unforeseen circumstances no compensation is payable.

Trip Guides; Laws

The trip guide’s decisions will be final on all matters. The client will at all times comply with the laws of all countries visited. If the client fails to comply with any law, or refuses to comply with the decisions of the trip guide, then the trip guide may dismiss the Client from the trip, and Client will have no right to any refund.

Health, Fitness and Ability

Given the nature of the trips, PowderQuest requires that Client acknowledge that he or she is in good health and physical shape at a required level appropriate for this form of adventure activity. Client represents that he or she is capable of participating in all activities without endangering himself or herself or any other of the Clients or guides of PowderQuest. Client agrees to provide pertinent medical and health details in our pre-trip questionnaire. If the client fails to provide pertinent details or does not meet the required physical, health or ability levels, then the trip guide may not allow the Client to participate in select guided activities. The trip guide may dismiss the Client from the trip, and Client will have no right to any refund.

Claims and Complaints

If Client has a complaint against PowderQuest, Client must first inform the trip guide of the complaint while on the trip so that the trip guide has a chance to rectify the situation. Any further claim or complaint against the PowderQuest must be received within thirty (30) days of the end of the trip.

Travel Documents

Client agrees to have a valid passport and necessary visas, permits, certificates of vaccination and any other necessary document for traveling to the destinations of the trip. PowderQuest does not assume any responsibility for securing those travel documents necessary for the trip and said responsibility will be that of the Client. Any advice or information provided by PowderQuest with respect to visas, vaccinations, passports, clothing, climate, baggage, special equipment, etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility of PowderQuest.

Airlines

The responsibility of the airline is limited to the carriage of passengers and baggage in accordance to the conditions of carriage. When the client has arranged for airfare through PowderQuest, it is not responsible for the carriage of the clients. Client acknowledges that it is his responsibility to arrive on time for departure, and Client acknowledges that these arrangements are made in good faith but are in no way legally binding.

Photographic and Video Release

Client agrees to permit PowderQuest employees and other guests to take photographs and make film and digital records of the trip without further recourse. I understand and agree that such photographs and/or film records may be used for commercial and/or promotional purposes.

Equipment

Client agrees to arrive with required equipment as listed on trip packing list and that required equipment is in good working order and ready to use upon arrival. If Client does not have this equipment, Client agrees to contact PowderQuest to arrange appropriate rentals if available.

I understand that PowderQuest may rent or outfit me with equipment required for backcountry travel or other tour use. I agree to treat the equipment as if it were my own, and if damaged or destroyed, I am responsible for the cost of the equipment, to be paid immediately and that may include international shipping costs and additional taxes.

All time trip!!

Josh Cooley
11/02/2024
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Japan
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

All time trip!!

Josh Cooley
11/02/2024
Absolute once in a lifetime trip that I’ll be remembering for the rest of my life.
Communication pre-trip was excellent. We were left with no questions and completely ready for our trip, transfers, and answers to our questions about the bonus time we booked on our own.
Once we got here, Mo and Cam took excellent care of us on the mountain and off. Positive attitudes, excellent powder hunting abilities, great food and conversation, genuine care and concern for our safety, and encouragement whenever needed. After spending 14 hours a day with these guys, I can confidently say they set the highest standard.
I know that behind the scenes, while we were sleeping and resting, these guys had to be working tirelessly to make sure we were at the best spots, away from the crowds , skiing the best pow, taking no unnecessary risks, lining up excellent meals, and a hundred other things I’ll never know about but benefited from - not once did I see any of that. Everything just happened seamlessly from our vantage and without a hitch. Absolute professionalism.
I cannot say enough good things about PowderQuest. It is clear they are deeply connected in the industry and have access to the best people.
Arigato Mo, Cam, and the people of PowderQuest. You have a customer for life and I’ll send anyone who will listen your way.
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Best Guides in South America

Rachel Cross
05/09/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    4

Best Guides in South America

Rachel Cross
05/09/2023
I have traveled to South America twice with PowderQuest - first time was to Argentina and just got back from a week in Chile. Though Chile had a rough season as far as snow fall, we lucked out and arrived just as a storm brought in a few feet. Our local Chilean guides, Chris and Alvaro, made sure our group of 6 was constantly in the loop as far as weather conditions, what resorts they recommended each day based on several factors, and when weather or road conditions didn't allow us to ski/ride, they found fun alternate things for us to do. On the days we did get to ski, they were patient, fun, knowledgeable, and super helpful. They split the group into two according to skill level so no one felt slowed down or pressured to keep up, which was perfect. I couldn't believe they were able to find powder stashes with fresh lines even 2 days after a storm rolled in (I'm used to powder getting tracked out in 10 minutes in California!). I also appreciated that they are ski instructor trainers (meaning they train other instructors) so were able to give me tips about snowboarding I've never heard though I've taken advanced lessons in the past.

We were supposed to go cat skiing one day but the road to Arpa was closed so Chris and Alvaro arranged a trip to the coast to Valparaiso, which turned out to be super fun and a great way to explore a different part of Chile. We were refunded the money for the cat skiing day, which I really appreciated.

The tour itself includes all the lodging and transportation between places once the tour starts, plus breakfasts and dinners together (we had lunch on the mountain together as well, but on our own dime), which really created a sense of camaraderie and allowed six people to get to know each other quickly. We came as strangers and left as friends.

I would definitely board with PowderQuest again!
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A life changing trip for sure

Nanea Spies
17/08/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Boarder
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month Visited:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    3

A life changing trip for sure

Nanea Spies
17/08/2023
This trip was everything I could ask for and more. Everything from beginning to end was fun and just amazing. The views and the slopes were incredible even when conditions were not perfect, and the food was fantastic every time. The people we got to meet were kind and understanding! Our guides, Peter and Pedro contributed immensely to the fun and helped with with every question we may have had. The experience we had as a group gave us friends that we will stay in touch with and an experience that made us appreciate how beautiful the world is. I cannot even truly express how incredible this trip was! Thank you and absolutely take this trip if you are considering it!
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Excellent adventure

Jeff C
17/08/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    4

Excellent adventure

Jeff C
17/08/2023
I have gone on a handful of trips to South America and Japan with PowderQuest and the experience has been consistently excellent. This time, it was a small group of 2 splitboarders and Maxi, our guide, did a great job of finding uphill routes and downhill lines suitable for splitboarders. Off the hill, logistics were effortless, with Maxi picking us up at the Bariloche airport and driving us around. Accommodations were comfortable in Villa La Angostura, Bariloche and Baguales. Baguales was especially beautiful, a fantastic mountain lodge in the middle of nowhere, fully staffed with fantastic food and a beautiful lodge with all the amenities, not to mention the endless touring terrain. After stupidly forgetting my boots in the lobby of the Bariloche hotel the morning we arrived at Baguales, Maxi and the Baguales staff quickly found me a spare of boots and arranged to pick up my boots, so I didn’t miss a day of touring and had my boots that night. Just an example of how they take care of you.

I wouldn’t hesitate got recommend PowderQuest to anyone, and look forward to the next trip!
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Bariloche Backcountry Skiing + Snowboarding Adventure Tour

Andreas Baumann
16/08/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Austria
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    5

Bariloche Backcountry Skiing + Snowboarding Adventure Tour

Andreas Baumann
16/08/2023
Just finished the Bariloche Backcountry Tour!
It was an amazing experience!
We were only a small group of 2 Splitboarders on this trip plus our guide Maxi.
So first of all it's so great that with powderquest the tour will still take place even if there aren't many bookings.
I highly appreciate that!
Since we were only a small group, we were really flexible with decision making in the backcountry.
Our guide maxi was awesome! Jeff and I were both splitboarders so he always choose terrain that fits us best he even took the wide skis to make better skintracks for us!
The ability level in our group was on point, so we did as much hiking and riding as we could fit in a day!
So we used each day to the fullest.
It was a difficult season snow wise but maxi our guide made sure that he got as to best snow that was a available at the time.
Just before we went to Baguales we got lucky with fresh snow, and there we were riding powder every day!
The Higlight of this trip were definitely the days at baguales not only because of the fresh snow, but the all over experience we had there.
The Mountain hut there is just something else, excellent service, great food, hot tub and endless terrain to hike and ride!
I only wish that we would have spend more days at baguales then in the resorts, I could easily spend a whole week just at this place! With maxi guiding, riding awesome lines in thid place is guarenteed!
To sum it up, this tour was a great experience I am super happy and really enjoyed it and I am alredy looking forward to my next trip with powderquest, next time hopefully a full week at baguales 😁
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Best ski trip to date!

Jeremy martens
16/08/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Boarder
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month Visited:
    July
  • Admin Rating
    3

Best ski trip to date!

Jeremy martens
16/08/2023
Words can’t express how meaningful and magical this trip to Patagonia was. First and foremost, the guides made it the most pleasurable and fun experience I’ve ever had at a new destination. The people in the group were phenomenal. I will have lifelong friends that I’ve shared an incredible experience with that I will never forget. From pick up to drop off everything was seamless not a beat was missed. The weather conditions and the food could not have been better for the week I spent in the special place. I highly recommend anyone looking into a powder quest trip to pull the trigger and do it! you will not regret one moment of your trip!
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PowderQuest Chile 2023

Iain MacKinnon
13/08/2023
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    3

PowderQuest Chile 2023

Iain MacKinnon
13/08/2023
Just finished my week in Chile on the All Mountain Resort and Off Piste vacation.

The PowderQuest team did good! Fabulous experience. Alvaro and Christian our guides were not only amazingly talented athletes but fantastic leaders and diplomats, encouraging us all to get the very best out of ourselves each day. They are a credit to PowderQuest. I should also mention the driver Philippe who was unfailingly patient and helpful. The food and lodge accommodation were also excellent as were the hotel and the restaurants in Santiago. I leave feeling certain that I was honored to participate and I will be back with PowderQuest because you hire such great people. A life affirming experience. And I should also mention my snowboarding was completely transformed. Thank you all at PowderQuest. I cannot wait for next year. Hasta la vista!
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Incredible!!

RAQUELLE DUPUIS
18/07/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Incredible!!

RAQUELLE DUPUIS
18/07/2020
Hokkaido was my second trip with PowderQuest, and first time to Japan. Nothing could have prepared me for this epic adventure! Mo, our lead guide, consistently found the secret stashes around Hokkaido. Matching our ski abilities to terrain meant I always felt challenged and safe while discovering a whole new level of skiing! Japow!! A Powderquest trip also includes tours of local restaurants to taste and explore local delicacies. Powderquest thinks of every detail!
The trip was so incredible, I soon booked another one! (Their trips are so epic, one is never enough).
Bonus of a Powderquest trip - you make some life long friends!
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Unforgettable JaPOW experience

Meegan Moszynski
14/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    U.S.
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Unforgettable JaPOW experience

Meegan Moszynski
14/04/2020
Wow, I loved loved loved this trip!!! The skiing was so great-- as per usual, the Powderquest crew busted their butts to find us the best snow every single day. We were based in Furano, which put us about an hour from a bunch of other resorts, so each morning they made an educated decision on whether to stay at Furano or take a day trip. Every day and every decision was totally awesome and worth it. We got to see several different areas and ski blower pow every day. It was so perfect. Also, the food was INCREDIBLE and all of the hotels/accommodations were awesome. Traveling with Powderquest is such a treat because they really take their roles as guides seriously-- they take me to the best runs, the best snow, the best food, and the best hotels, and I don't have to make any decisions or do any research-- I can just relax and enjoy myself. I love traveling with them and cannot recommend this trip enough! Go have fun in JAPAN!!!
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Great times with Poweder Quest

Sergio
11/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Italy
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Great times with Poweder Quest

Sergio
11/04/2020
I've been on three tours with the Powder Quest guys (twice in Hokkaido and once in Hakuba).
I always had a great time, I'd come back anytime, guides were very professional, knew the place perfectly and every days we were going to the best option available.

I'd definitely recommend them!
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PowderQuest & Hokkaido were EPIC

Benjamin Graham
10/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

PowderQuest & Hokkaido were EPIC

Benjamin Graham
10/04/2020
This was my second trip with PowderQuest and I have already booked a third.. Going in to the first I was thinking it would be a once in a lifetime event but PowderQuest was honestly so amazing that I’ve changed my philosophy!

The guides went above and beyond to make sure we had fresh lines, that we were safe, and that we had fun. They were professional but also a pleasure to hang out with after the turns were done.

Skiing was epically Japan. Amazing terrain, gorgeous views, super light powder in abundance. The skinning was well worth it but I’ll give a lot of credit to our guide who made sure our track was clear and manageable.

I highly recommend this trip and have developed a lot of trust in PowderQuest's ability to choose epic locations and guides!
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Ja'wow!

Heidi Dobrott
09/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Ja'wow!

Heidi Dobrott
09/04/2020
We have skied in South America with PowderQuest for many years, so when they began offering tours in Japan doing a Hokkaido trip with them was a quick & excellent decision. We were based at a darling hotel in Furano, with an equally darling as well as entertaining proprietor. PowderQuest's owner & founder, David Owen was our guide, along with a local guide who knew the area well. Our little band of snow seekers ventured out every day to find the best & most beautiful. We ski toured in Daisetsuzan National Park, boot packed through forests, shredded bamboo, and made turns along mountain streams. In a word... a dream. Hokkaido's cuisine is amazing. Our group was fantastic. Anywhere in the world PowderQuest decides to go next, we will surely follow. And, we will be back with them in Japan very soon.
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Unforgettably amazing Hokkaido trip!

Kelsey
09/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Unforgettably amazing Hokkaido trip!

Kelsey
09/04/2020
I went on the PowderQuest trip to Hokkaido in January of 2018 and it was the best ski trip of my life. The guide was a true professional and made certain that the group was both safe and having fun. The accommodations were very nice and conveniently located. The other skiers and boarders on the trip were great athletes and have become even better friends. This was my second trip with PowderQuest and I expect to do many more in my future. Highly recommend!
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Powder Quest Addict

Julie McGuire
08/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Powder Quest Addict

Julie McGuire
08/04/2020
In two years I have done 3 trips through Powder Quest. The reason I keep going back to them is that I find their guides to be the most knowledgeable and personable of any other tour company I have used. They are absolutely dedicated to delivering to the client what they want from each tour. I love learning new skills and my guide Maxi taught be how to cut a proper skin track, use maps, assess snow conditions and avalanche risk, etc. Our tail guide Keala taught us about Japanese culture and took us to the best restaurants. I skied deep snow, learned new skills, ate amazing food, and got incredible action shots that made my friends jealous. I cannot recommend Powder Quest enough. I’ll be a lifelong customer.
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Hokkaido really is that good but...

Marc Vernon
08/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit

    Hokkaido really is that good but...

    Marc Vernon
    08/04/2020
    After Having been captivated by images of Japanese powder for years, skiing Hokkaido with Powder Quest was a dream come true. The powder skiing in Hokkaido really is as good as you’ve heard, but without guides that can get you to the goods, you could ski nothing but tracked out crud, stand in lift lines and stumble your way through or completely miss fantastic food for your trip of a lifetime. Our guides knew where to go to get away from the crowds, we skied deep, light untracked snow 5 out of 7 days. The first 2 days were following an extended stormless period, then it started snowing and never stopped. As a cultural experience PowderQuest provided a Japanese guide who’s insights gave our group a behind the scenes view of local customs, cuisine and history which was an unexpected pleasure. The Furano area is filled with packs of dudes, all strong skiers, guided by mostly non-Japanese and all hunting for pow. Our group skied better snow day after day, ate better food with special attention because of our Japanese speaking guide and skied mostly by ourselves enjoying the spiritual silence of the forest. This is my third trip with PowderQuest (Chile 1st, Argentina 2nd) and I have 100% percent confidence that when I buck up for a bucket list trip that I will get what I want and be guided by total pros.
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    AMAZING TRIP

    Barry Christy
    08/04/2020
    • Recommend
    • Would Revisit

      AMAZING TRIP

      Barry Christy
      08/04/2020
      This was the 7th trip I have taken with these guys. Always a blast, I consider them friends and will be back next year !!!!
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      Two back to back powderquest tours in January 2020

      Gregg ONeil
      08/04/2020
      • Recommend
      • Would Revisit

        Two back to back powderquest tours in January 2020

        Gregg ONeil
        08/04/2020
        This was my third year to explore Hokkaido and Hakuba with Powderquest. I've skied all of South America with and without them for a decade so this decision was a no brainer. I've also ski toured
        Antarctica, the US, my Montana backyard, Canada, Africa, Europe, and Australia. I know quality both in destinations and tour operators. You can't go wrong here. Management is responsive and flexible. On the ground, Mo has been my lead guide for years. His awareness of changing weather conditions, avalanche considerations and juggling group ability and expectations made for a perfect experience. Camille our secondary guide is equally astute and given his Swiss precision and profound command of
        Japanese made the trips perfect. 2020 was a low snow year yet this was one of my best trips.
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        Top notch

        Anne-Marie
        08/04/2020