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 the Hakuba area, 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 Hakuba’s Backcountry and feels that Hakuba’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.

The Goods

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

The Skiing

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.

Skiing Difficulty
Fitness Level
Mountain Experience

The Terrain

  • 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

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Ben Johns

Ben has worked as an ACMG Ski Guide for almost a decade guiding all over the world!   More on Ben 

Ross Berg - Mountain Guide

Ross Berg

With a passion for exploring new areas, new mountains, and new sushi restaurants, Ross is teaming up with Ben to apply his wealth of mountain experience to our Japan trips.  More on Ross

Itinerary

Itinerary

Gear list
What's Included

5 day guided skiing with ACMG guide

Pre-trip logistics and Altus concierge support

Transportation during ski week

5 -nights of accommodation

All breakfast

Lift tickets

One heck of a good time

 
Not Included

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

Prerequisites
Prerequisites
  • 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!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he’s at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.

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