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Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share accom for group tour 2020/21 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 3,069

GUIDED PROGRESSION SKI TOUR
9 Nights | 7 Days Guiding/Instruction Furano/Otaru

Discount only for bookings made before June 30. Full payment required at time of booking.
Super early bird special: 10% off listed prices if you book before July 31. Full refund if travel ban or quarantine is in-force*. See T&Cs.
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided-Progression | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share accom for group tour 2020/21 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,069
Do you want to learn to ski powder better? And also see some of the best Hokkaido ski resorts and experience the Japanese culture? The focus of this Furano and Otaru based tour is to help you further develop your powder skiing skills without boring drills.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 15 - Jan 24, 2021
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Sea to Sky Powder Tour

The Sea to Sky Powder Tour for Skiers from WhiteRoom Tours is based in Furano (Central Hokkaido) and Otaru (by the sea). The Sea to Sky Powder Progression Tour will have you road tripping each day to different Central Hokkaido ski areas and the coastal powder zone of Otaru whilst simultaneously improving your powder skiing skills. It's ideal for those who wish to perfect and improve their powder skiing whilst being guided around some of the best ski areas in Hokkaido.

Central Hokkaido and Otaru are some of the last areas of Hokkaido not yet overrun by gaijin (foreigners). Expect run after run of untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. Your certified instructor and guide will help you gain more confidence in all types of powder filled terrain.

For the first 6 nights you’ll be staying in the base in Furano. From there you will ski Furano, Kamui, Asahidake, Tomamu or Sahoro – whichever has the best conditions that day. The terrain of each resort will help you gradually progress your powder skiing – from the wide open trees on a 25 degree pitch at Tomamu to the steeper powder slopes of Asahidake. Each ski area has its own weather zone so you’re always guaranteed to find some powder to play in.

Central Hokkaido also offers up a great Japanese cultural experience with beautiful volcanic onsens, amazing local food and local Japanese experiences.

From Furano the group will head through Sapporo to Otaru famed for being the snowiest place in Japan. Along the way you’ll have a cultural excursion in Sapporo, checking out ramen alley, the Sapporo Beer Factory, crazy Japanese games arcades (virtual Mario Kart!), shopping and wandering the streets and underground passages of the snowiest city in Japan.

During the time in Otaru, Sapporo Kokusai, Teine and Kiroro are potential resorts to be hit up and whichever two of these has the best weather will have the pleasure of your presence.

Ability Level

The required ability level is advanced on-piste and strong intermediate in powder. This tour is specifically designed for those who want a less formal level of instruction, instead wanting powder and technique hints and tips. You may have been on the Powder Progression Tour and are ready to take the next step up the progression ladder. You must be able to confidently ski/ride the whole mountain on piste making parallels/carving turns at speed and have skied or ridden open powder but lack confidence in treed or steeper terrain. You must also have a good level of fitness.

The tours have a maximum of 12 people (generally 6 skiers/6 snowboarders) and a 6:1 client to guide ratio.


New friends to hang with......

..quality lodging....

....and you get to do lots of this!!

Itinerary

Day 1 (arrival check-in day – first night)

Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Resort Liner coach service to Hotel Bell Hills where you will be met by the guest services team and taken to the hotel. You’ll be free for the rest of the day to go for a quick ski, get fitted for your rental equipment, or just relax and settle in. That night the group will have a few welcome drinks where you’ll meet your lead guide who will run you through the tour, current conditions and answer any questions you have.

Day 2 (first day on snow)

After a delicious breakfast, you’ll suit up and be issued your avalanche rental gear (unless you brought your own) then you'll be taken through the safety briefing. The guides usually spend the first days guiding you around one of their favourite mountains – Furano. You’ll get your feet and smash some JAPOW. After the first days skiing, you’ll celebrate with a delicious Japanese welcome dinner with local food put on by your hosts.

Day 3 – 7 (4 days on snow including 1 rest day)

Each day your guide will be checking the forecast to see which resort has the best powder conditions, with choices from Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu and Sahoro. Each resort brings something different to your experience with wide-open bowls, chutes, gladed trees, pillows and all-around fun-filled days. There are some great onsen on the way back to Furano which the group may stop at to soak the muscles ready for the next days’ adventure.

Day 8 (Furano – Otaru transfer & cultural day)

It’s time to say goodbye to Central Hokkaido and make your way to the powder-filled zone of Otaru. Unless the guides decide to ski that day due to conditions, you will stop in Sapporo where you will wander the snowy streets, have Sapporo’s best ramen in Ramen Alley, check out the beautiful building and delicious beer at Sapporo Beer Hall, shop, and enjoy Hokkaido’s biggest city. In the afternoon you will check into Grand Park Otaru, a 4-star hotel with views of the ocean on one side and snow-covered mountains on the other.

Day 9-10 (2 days on snow)

Staying in Otaru gives you easy access to some of the most powder areas in Hokkaido. You’ll have 3 main resorts you can choose from close by being Kiroro, Kokusai and Teine. Each ski area receives the first brunt on the NW systems coming in from Siberia meaning they get absolutely dumped on. Classic gladed trees, mushrooms, powder-filled bowls and face shots await! Each night you’ll come back to Otaru and enjoy the quaint bars, delicious seafood and unique culture of this seaside city.

Day 11 (Check-out and departure day)

After an epic powder-filled adventure it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and transfer by train to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport with memories to last a lifetime!

NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour will be run largely by the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are.

Accommodation

Furano

In Furano the lodging is at the Hotel Munin, a modern boutique hotel in the heart of Kitanomine and close to restaurants and bars. The hotel has well appointed rooms, a fantastic lounge, and lovely onsen.   

Otaru

The 4.5 star Grand Park Otaru Hotel is 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.

Inclusions & Add Ons

Rates Notes

  • 330,000 yen
  • base currency is in Japanese yen including taxes
  • other dates and private groups on request pending availability
  • 6:1 client to guide ratio. 6-12 people max on tour. 4 person minimum. 
Inclusions
  • 9 nights twin / triple share accommodation with daily breakfast
  • 7 days of lift tickets
  • 7 days guiding/instruction at various ski areas
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport transfers & ground transport
  • Cultural day tour & onsen tour
  • Tour fully hosted
Add-ons
  • Single share accommodation: 7500 yen per night
  • Avalanche gear rental - 13,500 yen for 8 days (compulsory for tour)
  • Backcountry touring day
  • Tokyo stopover/Kyoto cultural side trip
  • Extra nights accom & ski days
Not Included

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 31st July, 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 August 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 AU$293; 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 31st July, 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 August 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 AU$73 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.