The mystical deep.
If you've heard about Japan's legendary powder skiing, Hokkaido is the place. This northern island receives a steady flow of Siberian storms, bringing a combination of heavy moisture and very cold temperatures. The result is a snow climate described as "arctic maritime", and some of the deepest snow on the planet.
The terrain and landscape of Hokkaido is unlike anywhere you've skied — rimed forests on the lower flanks of beautiful volcanoes, the likes of which you'll only see if and when the storm clears. Cold days of powder skiing are warmed with onsen (hotsprings), and Japanese hospitality.
Our program is ski touring focused. We spend the majority of our time in the backcountry, allowing us to truly maximize the untracked experience. We stay away from the crowds and the touristy resort scene, enjoying serenity in the mountains and authentic cultural experiences.
Over the years we've refined and crafted our itinerary into one that maximizes skiing and minimizes driving. Most of our accommodations are ski in/ski out, including incredible meals and beautiful onsen (hotsprings) in the same building.
Day 1 — DEPART U.S.
Flights to Hokkaido typically take 14-24 hrs.
Day 2 — ARRIVE in ASAHIKAWA
Fly into Asahikawa Airport (AKJ). This is the easiest option, however it is also possible to fly into Sapporo New Chitose Airport (CTS) and ride the train approx. 2 hrs to Asahikawa. Stay in Asahikawa.
Day 3 — LIFT ACCESSED BACKCOUNTRY SKIING
Load up the vans and head out for our first day of Hokkaido powder skiing! Stay in Furano. B
Day 4 — FURANO
Ski Furano, a great little ski area with excellent backcountry options. Stay in Furano. B
Day 5 — SKI TOURING at TOKASHIDAKE
Drive to Tokashidake, a land of excellent tree skiing and deep, deep snow, followed by onsen and traditional Japanese hospitality. B, D
Day 6 — TOKASHIDAKE or ASAHIDAKE
More deep powder touring. Stay in Tokashidake or Asahidake. B, D
Day 7 — DAISETSUZAN NATIONAL PARK
We stay at a hotel and onsen at the base of a tramway, on the lower flanks of the volcano Asahi, the highest mountain on the island of Hokkaido. A tramway offers quick access to excellent storm touring below the treeline. Stay in Asahidake. B, D
Day 8 — ASAHIDAKE ROPEWAY
Last day of powder skiing! Stay in Asahidake. B, D
Day 9 — DEPART HOKKAIDO / ARRIVE HOME
Return to Asahikawa. Please schedule outbound departures from Asahikawa Airport for no earlier than 12pm.
8-10 Skiers + 2 Guides
Jan 3-11, 2020
Jan 4-12, 2021
Previous ski touring experience, advanced downhill skiing ability, and excellent physical fitness is required for this program. It is particularly important that you are comfortable skiing in [deep] powder snow.
6 days of guided powder skiing
7 nights lodging in Hokkaido (double occupancy)*
Breakfasts and dinners, as stated in the itinerary
Van transfers starting from our Asahikawa hotel
Lift passes at Furano and Asahidake
Flights to/from Japan
Lunch food, dinners in Asahikawa and Furano, and Sake (alcohol)
Additional lift passes or activities outside of the itinerary
A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. For registration within 60 days of the trip, full payment is due at signup. Payments are subject to our Program Policies.
Fly into Asahikawa Airport (AKJ). It is also possible to fly into Sapporo New Chitose Airport (CTS) and take the train to Asahikawa (2 hrs)*. Most departures from the US require leaving a a day early. Travel times from the US average from 14-24 hours depending on connections. Outbound flights from Hokkaido often arrive in the US on the same day as a result of crossing the international dateline.