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Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour

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Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for group tour for 2019-20 season.
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USD 3,294

HOSTED & GUIDED ADVENTURE
10 Nights - Up to 8 Ski Areas

Early bird special if full payment made by June 30
Super early bird: 5% discount on advertised price if you pay by June 30
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option for group tour for 2019-20 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,294
The Southern Hokkaido region scores the most snow and with this lift accessed sidecountry tour you'll get to explore the best ski areas. 3 nights in Otaru, 5 nights in Hirafu Niseko & 2 nights in Hakodate.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 16 - Feb 26, 2020
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Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour Overview

Southern Hokkaido is one of Japan's snowiest regions, stretching from Otaru in the north to the Niseko region and down to Hakodate. Join Whiteroom Tour on this epic Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour where you'll road trip to go powder hunting! Starting in Otaru, the road trip will then wind its way along the coast then inland to Rusutsu, Niseko, and Moiwa and down to Hakodate, a totally untapped powder region. This area of Hokkaido gets the most snow of anywhere on the island and you’ll be storm chasing the whole time so pack your snorkel!

The Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour is a lift accessed backcountry tour where hiking is optional but encouraged.

If you want to get the best conditions, the guides are there to show you the way and get you deeper in the white stuff than could be possibly imagined. All the guides have years of experience finding the best terrain and snow whilst keeping in mind your safety and maintaining the stoke on high. This is the true “whiteroom” experience.

Regions Visited

Otaru

Potential ski areas from Otaru include:

Niseko

Potential ski areas from Niseko include:

Hakodate

Potential ski areas from Hakodate include:

Ability Level

The minimum ability level is advanced. The Southern Hokkaido Powder Tour requires that you must be able to ski the whole mountain with confidence and at speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in flat sections by planning ahead as well as hold a solid traverse line and be able to hop up and manoeuvre in a way as to not slow down the group.

Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get to the goods. Skins or split-boards are not required but if the group has touring gear or wants to rent this equipment, the guides will oblige.

If you're an intermediate skier or rider and/or need to work on your powder technique, check out the Niseko Progression Tour as an alternative (Niseko Progression Tour for Skiers and Niseko Progression Tour for Snowboarders). 



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Itinerary Guide

From Chitose Airport you will arrive into the seaside city of Otaru where you will be based for the next 3 nights. From Otaru you’ll ski the backcountry of Kokusai as well as Teine known for its steep terrain and amazing views across the water. Along the way, and these are not advertised for good reason, there are a variety of options pending conditions including road drops & short touring options.

If you need a rest or the weather doesn’t cooperate, the guides will take you to the Yoichi Whiskey Distillery, soak in a natural onsen, feed you some delicious local sushi, and recharge for the next 5 nights in the snowy Niseko area.

In Niseko you’ll head straight through the gates and into the backcountry to experience why Niseko became the birth place of the Japan powder revolution. From there the group will head to Rusutsu to enjoy the perfectly gladed trees, deep pow and views to the sea. Moiwa is a small resort that packs a punch when it comes to easy backcountry access and deep snow accumulating in its back bowls. Next stop is Kiroro and yes the rumours are true! The pow is deep, so deep it doesn’t see the sun for most of the season – you’ll love Kiroro.

Throughout the tour your guides and hosts will make sure you get the best out of your ski trip. After skiing/riding all day you’ll be taken to some of the best local restaurants and bars in both Niseko and Otaru. You can also choose to relax in front of the fire and eat in, enjoy a soak in the local onsen (hot spring) or just simply hang out with your new friends.

To round all this off, the group will then head down the south west peninsula to Hakodate. Steeped in history, Hakodate was the first city to be opened to western trading in the late 1800s. It has a beautiful mix of Japanese and Western architecture and two nice resorts nearby with great tree skiing, dry pow and not a gaijin to be seen except for your new tour friends! Each night you will return to Hotel Emi to soak in its natural onsen and relax.

On the last night you will have a sashimi feast straight from Hakodate’s fish markets.

Finally the guides will drop you to the new Hakodate Shinkansen Station where you can catch the bullet train down to Tokyo and back to reality (or you can head north for more Hokkaido pow!).

Lodging

In Niseko you’ll be staying at the lovely Pension Full Note. It is a Japanese-style bed & breakfast located in the centre of town, with lovely staff and a warm and cosy country style atmosphere. It has a sunken lounge, fireplace, and a long communal table where we have our Sabu-Sabu welcome dinner party and daily breaky. We love this place!   

You will stay at the Grand Park Otaru right on the water with views up and down the coast, and on the other side of the hotel there are views to the hills you'll be skiing over the next few days. You'll stay in luxury here with all the comforts of home and then some. The breakfast is amazing and with a shopping centre, bars and restaurants below the hotel you'll have plenty to do when you're not skiing.

In Hakodate you will stay in Hotel Emi, which is a gorgeous boutique hotel that has been beautifully renovated to include a lovely common lounge area and sashimi bar. It’s famous for its onsen and the rooms are well appointed and spacious.


Pension Full Note

Otaru

Grand Park Otaru

Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates Notes:

Inclusions
  • 10 nights twin / triple share accommodation with daily breakfast
  • 8 days of lift tickets
  • Daily guiding with a ratio of 1 guide to 6 guests
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport transfers & ground transport
  • Onsen experiences
Add-ons
  • Single share accommodation
  • Avalanche gear rental 14,500 yen for 9 days
  • Additional guided days
  • Tokyo stopover / Kyoto cultural side trip
  • Extra nights accommodation
  • Accommodation upgrade to Kimamaya, M-Lodge or M-Hotel in Niseko
Not Included
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