Overall Rating

Southwest Solutions

Southwest Solutions5/53
Southwest Solutions5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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Southwest Solutions - Reviews

Southwest Solutions - Reviews

Awesome trip to Niseko & Sapporo

Derek Salama
12/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Awesome trip to Niseko & Sapporo

Derek Salama
12/02/2020
Signing up for this trip hugely improved our visit to Japan. Dan confidently lead us on multiple backcountry excursions to find great snow during a tough season, even though our group had little backcountry experience.

We were a little nervous about spending time in Sapporo since it's not as famous as Niseko, but the last two days ended up being our best!

Guided back-country tour Hookaido area week 5 2020

Arne M
09/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Norway
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Guided back-country tour Hookaido area week 5 2020

Arne M
09/02/2020
Top guiding for Rising Sun resulted in a nice week. Spotted fresh powder all days in a season with little snowfall.
Rented skis from Rising Sun. Picked up every morning and transported door to door.
Recommended to use this company if you are planning a trip to Japan for skiing.

One issue that is not related to Rising Sun,
but to Salomon Switch bindings.
My recommendation:
Never by or rent skis with the Switch binding. It is the worst binding ever tested !
Locking mechanism for front binding is popping out of position and ski is falling off.
Locking mechanism for ski stopper is popping off and suddenly you walk with brakes!

Had to use a piece of wood and force it under the locking mechanism to avoid loosing skis in walk mode.

Best ski guide we ever had!

Michaela Vargas
25/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Best ski guide we ever had!

Michaela Vargas
25/01/2017
I have never had a better guide, ever! From the moment our guide Tak picked us up, we were in the best hands. Each morning he studied the weather carefully so he could choose the best ski resort every day. He'd run in and get our tickets and then we'd follow him to his secret stashes all day for unlimited powder! He was kind, snow-smart, patient with my boot issues, and super fun to hang out with. He was also super cool to hang out with after skiing, from ramen bowls to onsens to beers. Really, if it weren't for our guide, we would not have had such an amazing five days of powder, and we certainly wouldn't have found all those stashes! And having a Japanese speaking guide was key to navigate everything in Japan, from convenience stores to menus to buying ibuprofen! He taught us so much! The whole operation at Rising Sun was great--they received my skis via UPS and had them delivered to my hotel, and also were really fast to communicate by email. Best guiding experience ever! Worth every penny!