Overall Rating

Central Hokkaido Tour

Central Hokkaido Tour5/58
Central Hokkaido Tour5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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Japan Powder Road Trip

Central Hokkaido Tour - Reviews

Central Hokkaido Tour - Reviews

A trip to remember

Bennett22/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January

A trip to remember

Bennett22/02/2019
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.

Great trip

Julia14/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    UK
  • Month:
    February

Great trip

Julia14/03/2017
My first time skiing Japan. Enjoyed Furano and other resorts including Asahidake, but the experience was made much better by guides who know where to find powder. We had a few days without fresh snow and the guides led us to some beautiful untracked spots. Fun group of people to ski and socialize with.

Central Hokkaido Tour

Alexander Mackay21/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Ireland
  • Month:
    January

Central Hokkaido Tour

Alexander Mackay21/01/2017
Great trip, the guides did an awesome job of making sure we visited a number of different places while still chasing the best powder!

Would definitely recommend to others and hope to go back myself in the near future!

POW POW POW

JEFFREY AARON01/06/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    usa
  • Month:
    February

POW POW POW

JEFFREY AARON01/06/2016
I would highly recommend Whiteroom tours. Very professional organization. They were very accommodating and were able to organize a tour for us that was memorable. Our guide Ronan took us to places we would never have found in a million years. Powder every day. Did not want to go back to my east coast blue powder.

Central Hokkaido Japow Tour

Daniel Sutton16/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Canada

Central Hokkaido Japow Tour

Daniel Sutton16/06/2015
Hopped over to Japan from Canada for my first big International Ski trip. Absouloutly fantastic trip, all around good time. Staff and guides were amazing and well experienced in ensuring all levels of skiers/snowboards get the most out of the trip. They were very motivating and will definitely make you better then you think you are.

Accommodations were excellent. Everything GOOD, ski GOOD, sleep GOOD, food GOOD, people GOOD, Japan GOOD!!!!!!

Here is some intense motivation from that guy from the Transformer movies! "DO IT, JUST DO IT! Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow. So just do it! Make your dreams come true. JUST DO IT."
-Shia Labeouf

Hokkaido Tour Feb/Mar 2015

Leann Ferry19/05/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States, China

Hokkaido Tour Feb/Mar 2015

Leann Ferry19/05/2015
I absolutely LOVED my Hokkaido trip with Whiteroom Tours and would book with them again for sure. The skiing and guiding were outstanding (and I'm used to California and Alaska skiing so I know). The guides worked hard to get us to the best snow each day. I travelled as a single woman and knew no one upon arrival. Once there, Whiteroom guides took care of everything. Others were also traveling single. Whiteroom knows how to create a great group experience for everyone. I had 8 days filled with skiing, fabulous new friends, food, onsen time and just great adventure and fun fun fun. I will recommend Whiteroom to anyone I know going to ski in Japan. It was worth every penny :)

Central Hokkaido

Phil Clinton19/05/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia

Central Hokkaido

Phil Clinton19/05/2015
Booked in the last of the seasons Central Hokkaido tour with White Room Tours and I could not of been happier with the trip. Without the guides knowledge of the areas it would have been a very tame holiday, instead we were knee deep in open and tight tree runs and back bowls for the whole week. This was one holiday I will never forget!! Awesome guides with local knowledge of restaurants, bars and resorts.

We covered 4 snow fields while chasing POW dumps and can't say enough about the guides ability to keep the fresh lines coming for most of the day. Each guide was a bit different in there style and ideas so you got the best of hiking ridges, short sweet n deep pow stash lines and layed back fun on the groomers. I felt safe at all times even when we were doing backcountry runs that ended up at the highway that I would never have dreamt of doing without a guide. Without the guides we would have seen 10% of each of the mountains off piste runs.

Accommodation was as expected, 3.5 star simplicity which was all that was required. Good onsen and restaurant onsite and friendly staff who did regular runs to the ski resort for pickup and drop off.

The only thing I would recommend is buying a beacon if you plan to go again as you will spend the same amount hiring it for 2 trips (1 full avi kit was shared between 3 boarders plus the guides kit).

5 STAR TOUR COMPANY!!

Ten days later and I am still grinning!!!

Brian Taylor18/01/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA

Ten days later and I am still grinning!!!

Brian Taylor18/01/2015
Even with what the locals were saying was a late arrival to the season, I have never skied more clean white untouched lines. There was still quite a bit of branches and sasa grass that we had to deal with but otherwise the skiing was great! The sasa grass is more an issue for skiers than boards... it can certainly catch in a binding.

The Guides: Paul(lead), Greg, Dave, Joel, and Adam

These guys were really great. Paul really had a nice comprehensive knowledge of the resorts. Since he was also training some of the guides it was interesting to hear the discussion of parts of the resorts that we did not go. Dave gave a very good review on avi beacons and they all did a great job on sweep, affectionately known as the “Blanche Patrol”. To me it quickly went from a guided trip to feeling like I was riding around the areas with a bunch of my buddies! It was great to have Paul as a resource for the area. We had some minor equipment issues and I was able to rent a pair skis quickly and easily.

Where We Skied: Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Asahidake

Furano:
Furano was fun, there were so many little areas of untouched skiable terrain. It was pretty much get off the lift and dive into the trees for some clean deep lines.

Kamui:
We skied Kamui only once, it looked like it’s off piste area was getting a bit more traffic that the other resorts. But a fun little area.

Tomamu: I really liked Tomamu except for the rock at the edges of the cat track. I *think* the resort gets a bit more sun. It was the only place that we encountered crusty snow. The trees around the quad and the gondi are so much fun and get so little traffic that you can get clean line after clean line.

Asahidake: This place was amazing. Paul said that during the 9 years of guiding here he said that he had not had these conditions. Clear bluebird day with a meter of fresh. I learn a lot about skiing really deep powder that day and the place is just stunningly beautiful.

Where We Stayed: North Country Inn

This was an exceptionally nice place to stay. Not a Ritz Carlton but not a Motel 6 either. Nice middle class hotel with that was extremely clean. The onsen was pretty nice except the outside one was a bit small. But it was very nice to watch the full moon rise while soaking after a day of skiing. The staff was lovely and very helpful. Most spoke English very well and were happy to help you with your Japanese. The restaurant was inexpensive but very good quality food.

I would so love to do this tour again and am trying to figure out how to plan it out. The one thing that I would change is the timing. I think that I would probably go a little later in the season. Not necessary for the snow but to be in better ski shape before the trip. It was well worth the cost!