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Price p/p Price is per person based on min 2 in group.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
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USD 3,040

BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Guided Skiing

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p Price is per person based on min 2 in group.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly to actual due to currency fluctuations
USD 3,040
This backcountry bonanza takes in the best Hokkaido backcountry zones in Central Hokkaido and the famed Niseko area. Whilst a lift may be used at times to gain initial vertical, you'll mostly be earning your powder turns yet the rewards will be sweet
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 20 - Feb 26, 2023
Days: 7
Price: USD 3,040
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 19 - Mar 25, 2023
Days: 7
Price: USD 3,040
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 01 - Mar 15, 2023
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Hokkaido Backcountry Bonanza - New for 2023

The Hokkaido Backcountry Bonanza Tour is a multi-day tour that focuses on backcountry ski touring or split boarding in the Daisetsuzan Range in Central Hokkaido and the famed Niseko area where the powder factory usually goes into overdrive. On some days you may use a ski resort lift or cable car (ropeway) to get an initial lift, whilst most of the ascent will occur under human power. You won't mind earning your turns because the rewards will be sweet.

The tour is based in Niseko for 2 nights and Furano (Central Hokkaido) for 4 nights, and from there, your guides will take you to some epic backcountry zones. This may include backcountry areas such as Asahidake (which has a ropeway/cable car) and Tokachidake, or well beyond the resort boundaries of Niseko, or raw backcountry zones off the side of a mountain pass.

The word "bonanza" has a few meanings and when it comes to this Hokkaido Backcountry Bonanza Tour, they all apply. "Bonanza" means a very large amount, or something that is very valuable or rewarding, or an exceptionally large and rich mineral deposit. In Hokkaido there will be an abundance of white gold on which you'll ride and you'll find it beyond satisfying. 

Local weather patterns typically vary somewhat, and your guide will have some flexibility to adapt the trip to chase snow conditions in order for you to get the best possible experience. 

This tour is offered as a group tour where solos or small groups can join one of the fixed date tours, or if you have your own group you can have a private tour, pending availability. If you have any questions or want to double check about availability, please make a booking request.

Ability

Private Tours: This tour requires advanced riding skills with entry level backcountry knowledge. Riders should be fit and comfortable skiing black runs and progressing into powder snow.

Group tours: All riders must be at least advanced ability with some backcountry knowledge to join in a group tour. Riders should be fit and comfortable skiing powder and have some experience of backcountry touring.

Equipment

Backcountry ski and snowboard equipment will be required for this tour. For touring skis we recommend a minimum of 100+ underfoot. Avalanche safety equipment will be essential. For more information on equipment rental please contact us for details.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Pick up from the New Chitose Airport and relax as you're driven through the snowy mountain passes until you arrive in the world's number one powder Mecca that is Niseko. Check in to your accommodation and get settled in. 7pm briefing on the trip.

Day 2 - There's no holding back. Get those legs working as you hike the lesser known areas of the Annupuri range. On clear days you will be able to see the sea of Japan and Niseko Ski Resort. If it's not a clear day, then it's most likely dumping with snow (stay in Niseko). 

Day 3 - Around a one hour drive from Niseko is a stand alone mountain that is perfect for a day of touring. You can expect to get a few laps in today and enjoy sparse tree runs loaded with deep powder pockets all the way down (transfer north to Furano). 

Day 4 - Up here in Central Hokkaido, the mountains are bigger, the powder has low moisture content, and the touring options are endless. The knowledgeable guides lead the way to one of Daisetsuzan’s many majestic zones where the powder is in abundance (stay in Furano). 

Day 5 - A hidden forest adventure is on the cards for today. Glide past ancient pines before descending into bottomless bowls of white gold. Keep an eye out for wildlife because there’s plenty to be seen (stay in Furano). 

Day 6 - Known as ‘Kamui Mintara’ or the "Playground of the Gods", you'll spend your final adventure day on Hokkaido's tallest mountain. This place gets caked with epic powder snow and on clear days the group will take the tour up to the billowing fumaroles of the volcano before ascending towards the crater. For white out days there are plenty of sheltered powder stashes (stay in Furano). 

Day 7 - Return to Chitose Airport or Niseko after breakfast

The weather forecast will be checked regularly by the guides. Safety predictions based on these will be given each morning at breakfast before heading to the objective. In the case of bad weather conditions there may be the possibility to explore an alternative area or spend 2 days at one of the above mentioned areas if the weather permits.

Accommodation

You will be staying in a hotel in Niseko and in Furano within walking distance to restaurants/bars/convenience stores. Rooms are shared twin bed rooms.

If you are a solo traveller there is the option to upgrade to a single room for an additional charge.

Please make a booking request for more details on lodging.

2023 Dates, Rates & Inclusions

Rates

400,000 JPY per person

  • prices are per person for the group tour
  • base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
  • group tours require a minimum of 2 people to go ahead
  • for a private tour please make a booking request for a quote for your group and to ask about availability
Inclusions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 guided days of skiing/riding
  • Lift passes if required
  • Transport for duration of trip
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Not Included
  • Flights
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Ski rental or avy equipment (if required)
  • Lunch, dinners or drinks
  • Optional tipping to guides