JAPOW! Japan Powder Skiing February 3-8, 2018

The Japanese island of Hokkaido is famous for its cold, deep and dry snow.  This is because of cold air fronts coming out of Siberia, then mixing with moisture as they cross the Sea of Japan. The result is huge dumps of the cold dry fluffy stuff.   The terrain in Hokkaido is mostly birch tree glade skiing.  On the occasions when it stops snowing and we can see much, there are opportunities to climb and summit some of the bigger alpine volcanoes.  

This trip is guided by our Head Guide and Co-owner Amos Whiting as well as a local Japanese guide.  

We will fly directly into Sapporo (SPK), Japan and start our trip off based in the outskirts of this city, sampling some near by terrain/ski areas.  Our trip specifically avoids the mega resort of Niseko as we feel the cultural experience of skiing in Japan is somewhat lost by going there. Instead, we go to some resorts/parks with less foreigner traffic.

This is a ski touring trip where we often use the lifts.  However, we will be touring or boot packing a bit each day and sometimes all day.  Therefore, touring equipment, some touring experience and fitness are mandatory.  It is best to come into this trip as an advanced downhill skier, comfortable in single to double black diamond tree skiing (28-38 degrees).

Throughout our trip we will focus on finding the best snow.  We will also travel to a few different venues to see different parts of the island. There will be the option to visit a number of hot spring baths or onsens.  This is a perfect way to soak your sore body after a day of deep powder skiing.

Suggested itinerary:

February 2: arrive in Sapporo city and stay the night in a hotel/ lodge near the city.  

Feb 3: first ski day at Ski Sapporo or Kokusai, Sapporo Teine; spend a second night in Sapporo city. 

Feb 4: ski again at Sapporo Kokusai or Sapporo Teine; drive to Kiroro Lodge.

Feb 5: Ski Kiroro Mountain off piste.

Feb 6: Ski Kiroro off piste or ski tour; travel to Asahikawa city.

Feb 7: Ski Mt. Asahidake; stay in Asahikawa city for a second night.

Feb 8: Ski Mt. Kurodake in Daiseetsuzan National Park; drive to Sapporo for our last night and dinner.

Feb 9: return home or extend your stay in Japan to see some sites!

Costs included in the trip:

  • Transportation during the week
  • Lodging for seven nights
  • Breakfast for 7 mornings
  • IFMGA (internationally certified) and Local Guides' daily wages

Costs not included in the trip:

  • Transportation to and from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Onsen visits 
  • Lift tickets (which can range from $35-75 USD for a full day ticket, or as little as $4 for a single-trip ticket)
  • Gratuity/tips for guides
  • Personal AT, telemark or splitboard equipment. (We can help you with purchase or rental gear for your trip.)

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