Want to enjoy the lightest and most abundant snow in the world? Join this 9 day Hokkaido freeride skiing and ski touring holiday in Japan. A powder lovers dream.
Come immerse yourself in Japanese culture, its cuisine, its volcanic hot water spring baths, the Onsen, and so much more…
This extraordinary off piste ski travel is recommended for good skiers in a good physical shape.
A mix of downhill freeride ski from the lifts, and of ski touring.
We explore different spots and resorts during the week.
A minibus is at our disposal to ensure high-mobility possibilities on-site.
We stay in twin rooms, in comfortable 3*** hotels.
9 days of travel for 7 days of Ski.
2021 – 23th of January – 31st of January
It is in Hokkaido, the most northern island, just south of Sakhalin and of the Kuriles, not far from Siberia, that the snowfalls are the most abundant. It is also the most wild island of the Japanese archipelago.
The 9 day Hokkaido freeride skiing and ski touring holiday in Japan is divided into two stages, first around the renowned resort of Niseko, south of Sapporo, at the foot of Mount Yotei, and further north at the edge of the Daisetsuzan National Park and its many active volcanoes. Then 4 days in Furano to explore different sites of this magnificent massif.
You will enjoy the ski lifts, combined with ascensions with climbing skins, to leave the most frequented slopes and multiply runs in a virgin and thick powder. Depending on weather conditions, we will ski between the trees which brings out the contours and protect the snow from bad weather, or higher to the top of the volcanoes.
At the end of the day, you can relax in the onsen, hot springs which are typical of the region, before tasting the traditional Japanese food, in this area still little affected by the international tourism.
Rough program for 9 day Hokkaido freeride skiing and ski touring holiday in Japan (subject to change).
7 nights in ***Hotels or ***Stopover gîte. Breakfast included.
Dates (private organization at other dates on request):
Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 31, 2021
Departure Friday, January 22 evening to Tokyo.
Day 1 (Sat 23/01): Flight from Tokyo to Sapporo-Chitose (late afternoon).
Chitose airport is where we meet you. We will be waiting for you at the
terminal. Quick dinner then transfer by minibus to An’Npuri -Niseko.
More or less 3h30 of road. Installation at the hotel.
Day 2-3-4 (Sun-Mon-Tues): After breakfast, early departure to the freeride slopes of Niseko. If time permits and that the participants wish, it will be possible to make the climbing of Mount Yotei. (dormant volcano, 1898m). After skiing, step to one of the Onsen (thermal baths and springs volcanic) of the village. Dinner in the city.
Days 4 (Tues): After skiing and a quick swim at the Onsen, departure to Furano by minibus. (Luggage will be prepared in the morning). Dinner on the way. Allow 5h of road. In Furano, installation at the hotel.
Day 5-6-7-8 (Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat): Ski in different spots in Naka-Furano area. Possibility of climbing Tokachidake (2077m, active volcano, last eruption in 2004), or the summit of Hokkaido, Asahidake (2290m, active volcano).
Day 8 (Sat): After skiing, and a last bath at Onsen, departure for Sapporo by minibus. Dinner on the way, +/- 3h30 drive. Overnight at Sapporo-Chitose airport hotel.
Day 9 (Sun): Departure by flight from 7:45 to Tokyo. then land in Europe late in the afternoon.
Appointment: Saturday, January 23 at the arrivals from Sapporo airport.
Separation: Sunday January 31 at 6:00 at Sapporo airport.
Who is this 9 day Hokkaido freeride skiing and ski touring holiday in Japan suitable for:
Number of days of travel: 9
Number of days skiing: 7
Technical level: 3/5 experience of ski touring and off-piste in deep snow
Physical level: 3/5 capable of moderate effort for several hours
Number of participants: maximum 2 groups of 7 people + 2 guides