Japan - Hakuba Backcountry
Big terrain, Big snow, Culture
Altus Mountain Guides is very excited to offer Guided Backcountry Trips to Japan and bookings are now available for February 2020. Ski waist deep powder, summit volcanoes, take a soak in the natural hot springs and enjoy great food- this is going to be a trip of a lifetime. And with the most consistent snowfall anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, if Japan is not on your ‘Bucket List,’ it should be.
Don’t expect to be in one place for the entire trip, we will be road tripping to the absolute best locations throughout Hokkaido, away from the crowds to explore areas of the backcountry where even locals rarely go. Our Lead Guide Ben Johns has 5 seasons experience guiding in Hokkaido’s Backcountry and feels that Hokkaido’s ski hills are only for days it snows more than 50cms and that the backcountry is the only place to be. With Ben’s knowledge and experience, you can be certain you are skiing the best and deepest Japan has to offer.
We are heading to Japan in February for the best snow coverage. Longer days and more stable weather than January will give us more time to ski bigger objectives.
Length: 8 Days of Adventure and Amazing Pristine Powder Skiing
Elevations: 300 - 2300m
Terrain: The entire Island of Hokkaido! We will road trip to ski the best terrain and snow for the current conditions. Perfect tree skiing, volcano craters and 30-40º powder runs.
Length of Runs: From a 400m to a massive 1500m of vertical.
Season: January - March
Max. Guide to Guest Ratio: 6:1
Favorite Runs: Mount Yotei
It's actually quite a simply a fantasy... lots of snow… maybe too much snow. Large perfect picturesque volcanoes covered in a thick blanket of blower powder. You are standing at the top. There is no rush, no powder anxiety, no lines. You and your group are the only people around and the mountain is yours.
- 90% Tree Skiing. So bad weather is a good thing!
- 10% High Alpine
- 500-1500m of Vertical
- 300-2300m of Elevation Range
- The Entire Island of Hokkaido with 6 major Volcanoes to Ski
- The Famous Yotei Crater Run
Meet Your Guides
5 day guided skiing with ACMG guide
Pre-trip logistics and Altus concierge support
Transportation during ski week
5 -nights of accommodation
One heck of a good time
Not included: Lunch and dinner, Alcohol or additional beverages, flights to Japan, and travel insurance. For help booking flights or travel insurance, chat with our Concierge department
- Intermediate ski ability (blue/black diamond runs)
- Previous ski touring experience
- Moderate fitness (ability to walk up while for 2- 4 hours)
- Eagerness for adventure
- Powder skiing experience (minimum 20 days)
Scheduled Trip Dates
Jan 24 - 28, 2020$2890 /person
All prices are CAD and subject to 5% sales tax
Jan 29 - Feb 2, 2020$2890 /person
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All listed prices are in CAD and subject to 5% sales tax.
Why These Weeks
Season - Late January/February has the best snow coverage. The days are longer and the weather is more stable than January and that gives us more time to ski bigger objectives. The snow base would also be quite mature so creeks and other early season hazards are no longer as big an issue.
Guides - We are extremely selective of the Guides who run these trips. Both Guides are full ACMG Ski Guides or IFMG Mountain Guides. Which means they have the training and the work experience to deliver excellent skiing while ensuring the utmost safety.
Exploration - We will ski the classic lines and local secrets. Not to mention taking in a variety of Japanese culture along the way.
Still Have Questions or Concerns?
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!