Whiteroom Tours

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Whiteroom Tours

Whiteroom Tours4.7/538
Whiteroom Tours4.7 out of 5 based on 38 reviews
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Paul Ellis is the founder and owner operator of Whiteroom Tours
Paul Ellis is the founder and owner operator of Whiteroom Tours
Whiteroom Tours now have their own property & base in Furano....inc coffee shop!
Whiteroom Tours now have their own property & base in Furano....inc coffee shop!
The WRTs specialty is guided Japan ski tours and snowboard trips
The WRTs specialty is guided Japan ski tours and snowboard trips
Where they will make sure you don
Where they will make sure you don't go home without finding the goods
And all Japan ski tours include cultural experiences and great food
And all Japan ski tours include cultural experiences and great food
Some Japan ski tours are lift-accessed and others require touring
Some Japan ski tours are lift-accessed and others require touring
Whiteroom Tours also run guided New Zealand ski tours to resorts & club fields
Whiteroom Tours also run guided New Zealand ski tours to resorts & club fields
And they run NZ heliskiing trips and combo heli & touring trips
And they run NZ heliskiing trips and combo heli & touring trips
And guided hut tours in the NZ alps
And guided hut tours in the NZ alps
So be prepared to ski powder like this
So be prepared to ski powder like this
And hang out with their professional and qualified guides (who really don
And hang out with their professional and qualified guides (who really don't like their jobs!)
Japanese experiences
Japanese experiences
The owner of WhiteRoom Tours loves his job!
The owner of WhiteRoom Tours loves his job!
Hopefully you
Hopefully you're hungry for powder
The powder hunt begins
The powder hunt begins
Deep in Japan
Deep in Japan
Onsen are a common feature of the Japanese tours
Onsen are a common feature of the Japanese tours
Japanese food - yum!
Japanese food - yum!
It
It's hard not to have a good time!
Getting into the Japanese way of things!
Getting into the Japanese way of things!

Whiteroom Tours

Overall Rating

Whiteroom Tours4.7/538
Whiteroom Tours4.7 out of 5 based on 38 reviews

Whiteroom Tours

Whiteroom Tours specialises in guided Japan ski tours and snowboard trips, with both Hokkaido ski tours as well as Tohoku (northern Honshu) multi-resort safaris. Multi-day Hokkaido ski tours and snowboard trips on offer include powder progression weeks, and multi-resort tours that explore the sidecountry and/or backcountry of Hokkaido. White Room Tours also offer day guiding services out of Niseko and Furano for private groups, that explore the nearby ski areas.

 Overview of Japan Powder Culture Tours Packages
 Tour Name   Nights  Tour Type   Ability   Region/s
Powder Progression Skiers  7  Powder instruction  Advanced on-piste, new to powder  Niseko
Sky to Sea Powder Tour  9  Powder instruction  Advanced on-piste, intermediate in powder  Central Hokkaido, Otaru
Southern Hokkaido Tour  10  Resort powder tour  Advanced and up  Niseko, Otaru, Hakodate
Central Hokkaido Tour  10  Resort powder tour  Advanced and up  Central Hokkaido
Hokkaido Explorer Tour  12  Resort powder tour  Advanced and up  Niseko, Central Hokkaido, Otaru
Tohoku Powder Tour  10  Resort powder tour  Advanced and up  Northern Tohoku, Zao
Inter-Island Explorer Tour  13  Resort powder tour  Advanced and up  Central Hokkaido, Otaru, Northern Tohoku
Tohoku Backcountry Tour  8  Lift access backcountry  Advanced and up  Northern Tohoku
Powder Belt Backcountry Tour  8  Lift access backcountry  Advanced & up with touring gear  Central Hokkaido
Yuki Yama Tour  7  Lift access backcountry  Advanced & up with touring gear  Niseko
Coast to Coast Backcountry  8  Backcountry touring  Advanced & up with touring gear  Niseko, Otaru
Hokkaido Backcountry Tour  9  Backcountry touring  Advanced & up with touring gear  Central Hokkaido, Niseko
Niseko Guiding  0  Day guiding  Strong inter in powder as min.  Niseko
Furano Guiding   0  Day guiding  Strong inter in powder as min.  Central Hokkaido
  • Powder Instruction Tours: these are ideal for riders who can charge the piste but struggle or lack confidence in powder. The coaches provide some tips to progress away from the groomers and into the deep fresh snow.
  • Resort Powder Tours: if you already know how to ride powder, the guides show you all the best inbounds and slackcountry powder. Mostly lift accessed with the occasional hard traverse or quick boot pack gets you to primo powder, and there may be a few road drops with van pick-up.
  • Lift Accessed Backcountry Tours: you want the powder goods but only want to put some work into getting it. You'll use the lifts and sometimes use touring gear to get further afield.
  • Backcountry Touring Tours: occasionally the lifts might be used but ski touring or splitboarding to get away from the resorts is key to sublime powder and terrain.

COVID-19 Deposit and Cancellation Policy

In response to the current situation the following deposit and cancellation terms and conditions will apply:

MULTI-DAY TOURS

  • Free cancellation of all Whiteroom tours for any reason applies up to 30th September, 2020. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refunded. No professional fees will be applied.
  • The following applies if a COVID-19 travel ban is in-force which stops outbound travel from your home country or inbound travel to Japan or if a mandatory quarantine on arrival into Japan is in place:
    • From 1st October onwards to 30 days prior to your check-in or tour start date (whichever is first):
      • You may cancel and receive a full refund less an admin fee of 20,000 yen; or
      • You may choose to move your booking to the 2021-22 season. In this case no admin fee will apply.
      • This includes Super Early Bird payments.
  • From 29 days prior to your check-in or tour start date normal terms and conditions apply, see below.
  • If no travel ban is in place normal terms and conditions apply (see below).

DAY GUIDING PRODUCTS

  • Free cancellation of Whiteroom guided days for any reason applies up to 30th September, 2020. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refunded. No professional fees will be applied.
  • The following applies if a COVID-19 travel ban is in-force which stops outbound travel from your home country or inbound travel to Japan or if a mandatory quarantine on arrival into Japan is in place:
    • From 1st October onwards to 30 days prior to guided day start date the following applies:
      • You may cancel and receive a full refund less an admin fee of 5,000 yen per guided day; or
      • You may choose to move your booking to the 2021-22 season. In this case no admin fee will apply.
  • From 29 – 8 days prior to your guided day start date – 50% of total booking value will be forfeited.
  • From 7 to guided day start date – total booking value will be forfeited.
  • If no travel ban is in place normal terms and conditions apply (see below).

Whiteroom Tours Terms & Conditions

Rate & Price Variation:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right until final payment has been received in full, to vary prices & rates in the event of changes in currency exchange or price increases made by our suppliers or airlines. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, tax changes, price increases or any other reason, you are required to pay the increase when notified by us. If you choose not to pay the increased price you may choose to cancel the booking. Please note that cancellation charges will apply.

Whiteroom Tours is not liable for any price increases. Rates quoted are correct for each product at time of quoting; however these rates may change prior to your final payment date. All prices are subject to availability & can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Airline & airline taxes remain subject to change at all times until payment has been received in full & your tickets have been issued. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to correct prices & rates in the event of consultant error.

Quotations and Validity:

All prices quoted are valid at time of quote. All quotes are subject to confirmation of the components at time of booking. All components of your quote are subject to availability at time of booking request. The prices listed are based on the costs and exchange rate at the time or printing. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to alter these prices at any time. Please contact Whiteroom Tours for up-to-date prices and dates.

Bookings:

When you have advised Whiteroom Tours that you wish to go ahead with a booking WRTs will then seek confirmation from suppliers. If there is no availability for some/all of your components we will advise you of this & offer an alternative where possible. The alternative product offered may be a different price. Prices will be adjusted accordingly.

Deposit:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions.

A deposit of 20% of the total booking value is required for guiding only bookings. All other bookings require a minimum deposit per person (to be advised) within 7 days from booking confirmation. Some properties may require an additional deposit to secure the booking as outlined on your quote or advised by your consultant. All deposits are non-refundable once received. Whiteroom Tours will/may/might forward deposits to suppliers to secure accommodation & or services. Payment of deposit acknowledges acceptance of all booking conditions.

Final Payment:

Is due no later than 60 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 60 days. Should airlines impose ticketing time limits, fare withdrawal, fare or tax increase, full payment of fare & taxes may be required before this time. Failure by the client to pay the outstanding balance by the due date may cause the auto-cancellation of the booking whereupon the deposit paid by the client shall be forfeited. Final documents will not be released until the booking is paid in full. Late payment fees may be incurred on your booking.

Itinerary:

The itinerary supplied with your final documents represents the products & services that will be supplied & supersedes any previous arrangements or understanding, whether written or oral.

Payment Options:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions.

Direct deposit – you will find Whiteroom Tours banking details on your statement. You must include your booking # and booking name on any direct deposit. Failure to correctly identify your payment will delay our ability to recognise it & lead to delays in processing.

Cheque – Cheques will not be accepted within 10 days of booking departure and incur a processing fee.

Credit Card – Please contact WRTs to pay by credit card. WRTs accept VISA, Mastercard or AMEX. VISA or Mastercard attract a 2.5% surcharge. AMEX 3.5%.

Cancellations by the traveller:

Any cancellations must be received in writing. Minimum fees are:

  • Up to 60 days prior to departure – full deposit will be forfeited.
  • Between 30 and 59 days of departure – 50% of total paid will apply.
  • Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total paid will apply.
  • Whiteroom Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Holidays cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions.
  • No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a tour for any reason after the tour has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of Whiteroom Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, services or any component of the tour not utilised. Please note these conditions apply to Whiteroom Tours land content only.

Cancellations by Whiteroom Tours:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour before it is confirmed to run. A tour is confirmed to run once it has reached the minimum participants required as defined by Whiteroom Tours. This applies to all tours. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, including a confirmed tour, due to circumstances beyond our control. If this occurs you will be given the option of changing to another tour or receiving a full refund. Whiteroom Tours is not responsible for any incidental expense you have incurred as a result of your booking. If you choose and alternative tour and it is at a lower value than your original tour you will be refunded the difference. If the alternative tour is of a higher value then you will pay the difference in price.

Professional fees:

Whiteroom Tours charges the following non-refundable fees. These professional fees are in addition to any fees which may be charged by airlines, accommodation providers, transfer suppliers or any other supplier.

$30.00 Booking Amendment: charged per amendment once a booking has been confirmed.
$100.00 Booking amendment inside 14 days: charged per amendment for changes inside 14 days of departure.
$50.00 Late booking: charged for bookings made inside 21 days of departure.
$30.00 Late payment: charged per week for any final payments not received by the due date.
$50.00 Travel document re-issue: charged per person in addition to supplier re-issue fees.
$50.00 Additional administration: such as special receipts or invoices for claiming deductions etc.

Responsibility:

Whiteroom Tours acts only as an agent for the companies (Principals) providing or offering the means of travel, accommodation and other services and as such has no control over any services or products provided by these Principals. All bookings made are subject to the booking terms and conditions under which these services are provided. The Company and its Principals reserve the right, without liability or right of compensation, to prohibit or restrict any activity, or cancel or alter any service or itinerary component, without notice. Whiteroom Tours will not be held responsible for the inability of the Principals to comply with any special request relating to age, medical conditions, physical ability or disability, dietary requirements, allergic conditions, smoking or non-smoking accommodation.

Travel Insurance:

Travel insurance is highly recommended for all holiday packages. We recommend you take our travel insurance upon booking and paying deposit, to cover you for cancellation fees in the unfortunate event of a cancellation.

Transfers:

Any transfers missed or not utilised by the client are non refundable. The cancellation policy of each service provider will determine whether a missed transfer can be moved to an alternate time/date. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to amend departure times & service providers at our discretion. You will be notified by Whiteroom Tours should this occur.

Airfares:

Can be purchased through Whiteroom Tours as part of your travel package. The conditions for the purchase of the airfare will be dependent on the airline & airfare that you are booked on and will be advised to you by Whiteroom Tours at time of quotation and confirmation. All fares quoted remain subject to availability at time of booking. Price may vary until fully paid and ticketed.

It is the passenger’s responsibility to:

  • Ensure correct spelling of names for persons travelling is advised to Whiteroom Tours at time of booking on the booking form & correctly shown into your itinerary.
  • Provide Whiteroom Tours with flight details for any flights not booked with Whiteroom Tours & ensure these details are shown correctly into your itinerary.
  • Advise Whiteroom Tours of any changes to the above supplied flight details & ensure that these details are shown correctly into your itinerary. Whiteroom Tours will not be held liable for any missed connecting flight, transfer, accommodation or any other service due to incorrect supply of flight information. 

Frequent Flyers:

If you are a current member of a Frequent Flyer program, we will require your membership number for entry into your booking. You should still retain your boarding passes and other receipts such as car rentals and hotel documents to ensure that all points are accurately credited to your account by the travel provider. Whiteroom Tours cannot be held responsible for copies of airline tickets/accounts once you have travelled. Not all airfares booked will accrue Frequent Flyer points. Please check with your consultant at time of booking or with your Frequent Flyer provider.

Worth His Weight in Gold

31/08/2020

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  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    5

Worth His Weight in Gold

31/08/2020
Ross showing us the best powder stashes
Our guide knew that there'd be little bamboo to contend with
Knew the spots to head to
Ross showing us a nice zone
Nice pick for a run
Having a great guide is usually highly beneficial to finding the great stashes, but considering our timing, a guide was critical to us having an absolutely epic time in the powder. It was early season (between Xmas & New Years) in a really lean season, and the off-piste at most of the Central Hokkaido ski areas was pretty rank due to an abundance of leg catching bamboo. However our WRTs guide knew that Asahidake would be the best spot for powder hunting that day due to his knowledge of the weather patterns, its high elevation, and subsequent lack of bamboo.

Our guide Ross was also worth his weight in gold because Asahidake is an amazing powder gem, but only if you know it intimately. We’ve been to Asahidake multiple times, but still don’t know all the amazing zones or the exact best spot to push out. Thanks to Ross, we skied divine deep powder on some nice steep pitches. That night back in Furano, others were incredibly envious because they’d spent the day getting bamboozled elsewhere.

Thanks again WhiteRoom for a fantastic day of powder skiing and plenty of fun banter.

Great Powder Skiing

Mr. Jim Haught
03/03/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    United States
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great Powder Skiing

Mr. Jim Haught
03/03/2020
All aspects of the trip were great, and even the weather cooperated. Great places to stay, excellent on and off piste terrain, wide variety of mountains, and a guide that could not be have been better. Would recommend for those that love glades and want to lay down fresh tracks in deep powder. Some experience in powder is helpful, and strong on piste is required IMO. Would do this trip again without hesitation if money grew on trees.

Mixed success

Pedro
10/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Mixed success

Pedro
10/02/2020
It was a tough year, due to low snow pack. Even though, it was expertly led on the slopes. We visited 7 destinations in 10 ski-days. All events transpired smoothly. The trees were tight and there was excessive brush that made linked turns rare. The best runs required hiking in varied lengths. We got 2 good powder days that made the trip.

On the not-so-hot list, the hotels varied widely from top shelf to unacceptable (shared room, bath down the hall, pounding music until midnight). Guide knowledge of local culture and history was zero.

I recommend this tour to the young at heart who don’t care about anything but skiing/riding. Bring your earplugs.

Awesome tour and instruction

Wayne
04/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    New Zealand
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Awesome tour and instruction

Wayne
04/02/2020
I think the thing that stood out to me most was the incredible team that Whiteroom have.
Nate ( our guide) was fantastic, he always went out of his way to ensure we were getting the most out of the tour. His willingness to help out by dropping us off places, recommendations and follow up were brilliant. The pics and videos he took will be treasured. He always followed up on requests, kept us up to date, read the group well and went the extra mile. Fantastic instruction and guiding.

When we first arrived Yu (the Full note accomodation manager) met us with a huge smile, friendly nothing is a problem attitude and was incredibly welcoming and helpful throughout our whole stay. All the staff were great they always asked about our day, made us feel at home and provided great service.

Even when I went down to the office to sort out a bus transfer they phoned around for me, recommended a cheaper ski pass rate than we were going to get and sorted everything out effortlessly. I commented to a friend how nice it was that everyone at full note called us by our names, this again an example of what stood out and a reflection of Whiteroom service and brand. An impressive business and service example for others to follow. Would recommend to anyone.

Hokkaido Explorer Tour

claudia
31/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Hokkaido Explorer Tour

claudia
31/01/2020
Incredible guides and amazing skiing.

Two Guided days in Furano area

27/01/2020

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Kelly Bleck

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Two Guided days in Furano area

27/01/2020
We had a great experience with Ian at Whiteroom Tours. He took us to two different zones in the same area, per our request that we follow the best snow. They were big days - we had requested a challenge and he definitely delivered! We learned a lot about the region, as well as the snowpack, and covered a ton of ground. Ian was very knowledgable and a great companion. He gave us a lot of information that allowed us to successfully explore on our own for the rest of our trip.

Yuko, Whiteroom Tours Guest Services Supervisor & Travel Consultant, was incredibly helpful with our booking, as well as other aspects of our trip. She was extremely communicative and helped us book other accommodations that required Japanese.

We would love to book through Whiteroom again on our next trip, to learn about other areas, and to have the assistance that they provided with so many aspects of our trip.

Whiteroom Powder Progression

fred steinkellner
06/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Admin Rating
    2

Whiteroom Powder Progression

fred steinkellner
06/03/2019
Unfortunately this season in Niseko the famed powder was nowhere to be seen in late February. The Full Note Inn was a lovely place to stay and our hosts were fantastic. The two ski guides were capable and great company. They did the best they could under the circumstances of poor snow conditions, however I personally didn't gain anything in relation to powder skiing from this trip.

Endless Powder Days

Alex
25/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Endless Powder Days

Alex
25/02/2019
Hokkaido, with the exception of parts of the Niseko area, is like skiing Vermont if Vermont were to have the best snow in the world. Modest-sized mountains at low elevation with limited steepness. Lots of tree runs. Beautiful powder that falls endlessly, day in and day out. We didn't have any particular day where it bombed snow, but that was probably for the best as it's not much fun to ski waist-deep powder on mountains that aren't that steep. Rather, we had consistent, light, fluffy snowfall throughout the trip.

Guides were solid. Group was a mix of skiers and boarders, younger and older. We divided up between the two guides accordingly. Eleven ski days with one break day. I'd say about half the skiing with on-piste and the other half was side-country. One day, one of the guides took some of us out touring, which was a first for me and was a lot of fun. Another day we did a bunch of runs with the vans picking us up down along the resort access road.

I personally liked all the places we'd stay, but it was a mix in terms of type. Furano we stayed at a classic roadside ski lodge type place. Nothing fancy, but really enjoyed it, especially their breakfasts. Niseko we stayed in what was basically a skiers hostel. It had a good energy, though aspects of it were inconvenient, e.g. the shared showers being in the basement of the building. Otaru we stayed in a higher-end hotel right on the water. (I wish I had stuck around an extra day to explore Otaru.) I was traveling solo and opted to pay extra to get my own room for Furano and Otaru, the other option being to share a room with someone else on the trip.

Besides the skiing, stopping at a beautiful onsen and then checking out the Sapporo Snow Festival during our break day were highlights.

Really nice group of folks from all around the world, many who I hope to keep in touch with and perhaps even ski with again in the future.

A trip to remember

Bennett
22/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

A trip to remember

Bennett
22/02/2019
Had an awesome time as a solo traveler. They interview you a little before you book the trip, to insure everyone is indeed at an advanced/expert level which worked well. We had college aged to mid 60’s but everyone was a very good skier/boarder. Everyone got along great and felt much more like skiing with a group of friends than skiing with strangers. We went to 6 different mountains depending on wind conditions, snowfall, and crowds. Found fresh snow with no/limited tracks everyday of the trip. The guides found the snow, gave us clear instructions on the next route we would take, and did all of the planning for us. If I skied one mountain there by myself for a week, I wouldn’t have found 80% of where they took us.
The lodging is a basic ski lodge setup, but has an onsen, ski drying room, and an alright breakfast.

Forecast: SNOW -occasionally stops

Shirley Hackett
11/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Forecast: SNOW -occasionally stops

Shirley Hackett
11/02/2019
It was our first time to Hokkaido and we loved the laid back atmosphere of Furano. Our guides, Blackie and Natalie were top notch and lots of fun. After a day with Blackie at Furano we skied there two more days and felt we knew the mountain, the best routes and what to look for for our safety. Natalie took us (sorry I don’t remember name) to another resort about an hour away on the coldest day in recorded history -31 F windchill and then to an Onsen to warm up. The best day was the last with the sun out at Sahoro resort doing van laps in the deep untouched powder. All in all a wonderful experience

Awesome Trip

James
11/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Awesome Trip

James
11/04/2018
Went on this tour in Feb '18. One of the best experience of my life. Guiding was a hard 10/10, and Hokkaido is an amazing place to see. The itinerary allows you to see a good bit of the island.

Accommodations in Niseko & Furano are more or less hostel style, so if you want more hotel style, request the upgrade.

Untracked Powder All Day

21/03/2018

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  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Untracked Powder All Day

21/03/2018
We lost our guide for a little while!
GB showing us some untracked powder
Ross in the office
Awesome sneaky trees in the afternoon when the sun came out
More beautiful tree skiing
All the stars aligned for us to have the most epic day at Sahoro Resort with WhiteRoom, whereby we skied fresh powder all day long and didn't have to pull the skins out once or walk more than about 50 metres!

Firstly, Puki the Yuki goddess was blessing Sahoro with some powdery goodness so the snow was as fresh as it gets. Secondly, nearly all the guests staying at Club Med and the Sahoro Resort Hotel stayed on-piste, just like we'd asked them to, so the powder in the trees was all ours for the taking! And of course, the tree skiing in the off-piste and side-country zones at Sahoro is a lot of fun.

And last but not least, we had Ross as a guide who took us to so many fabulous stashes. He's an old hand at guiding in Hokkaido and managing snow safety, and it showed in his knowledge of the ski area and ability to sniff out the powder along with his approach to safety. Ross is also a very affable guy; the sort of guy you could banter with for hours and hours, which just added to the experience of the great day.

We also did a few runs with another very competent guide GB (G-Banger) and his group who were on a Central Hokkaido Explorer multi-resort tour.

Thanks WhiteRoom for a fantastic day of powder skiing.

Powder Progression for Skiers

Cam Fary
19/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    2

Powder Progression for Skiers

Cam Fary
19/03/2018
From start to finish it was fantastic. Rachael was a terrific guide- unparalleled experience, competency, service and such easy company. It was also so great to learn so much about Japan from her and get to enjoy authentic experiences like ski touring on Mt Shiribetsu and going to a local onsen. We couldn’t have enjoyed our week more.
We hope to come back again next year and would recommend White Room Tours to all our friends.

Awesome powder tour - more climbing/hiking would have been nice

Markus
08/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Germany
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Awesome powder tour - more climbing/hiking would have been nice

Markus
08/03/2018
Pick up and everthing worked quite great. Full Note accomodation and beds have been a bit rough and noisy, especially considering the price of the tour. The organisation and pickup in the morning worked perfect and Lexi always had some good areas proposed. She showed us all the sweet sports of the specific areas and was knowledgeable regarding safety etc. However, I would have exptected more real backcountry Snowboarding, including some Hiking etc. - Basically she showed us where to go and that was it. Next time I will come on my own and ride the same spots without a guide, as they all seemed to be easyly accessible. I even opted out of the guiding for 1 or 2 days, just to have a good fast day of riding powder, without waiting for slow group members.
All in all it was a great experience, but for my skill level a little bit too low (more backcountry) and therefore too expensive. But it was worth the money, just to have some riding companions, as I would have been alone otherwise. :) Powder was awesome and got better every single day :)))

Snowboard Progression Tour

Willie Fields
27/02/2018