10 nights and 8 full ski days, chasing the best powder around the lesser known resorts of Hokkaido, Japan. 12-22 January, 2023.
Aimed at those looking to experience the traditional culture of Japan, whilst skiing some of the best powder on the planet, this road trip embodies everything a true Mabey Ski trip is about – getting off the beaten track, chasing the best snow with local expert guides, staying in traditional locally-hosted accommodation and experiencing rich culture and mouthwatering cuisine along the way.
The Hokkaido Off-Piste Powder Chaser Road Trip is based out of the traditional towns of Furano and Otaru. You will have the opportunity to ski off-piste and sidecountry terrain across multiple smaller Japanese ski resorts. Accessed via lifts, this road trip is perfect for those looking to ride powder away from the crowds without any uphill skinning.
Fly into New Chitose Airport in Sapporo where you will be greeted at arrivals and driven to the historical port town of Otaru. After checking into your hotel for the next 4 nights, located in the old district of Otaru, close to the canals, restaurants, and artisans, you will tuck into a hearty welcome dinner. Meet your fellow powder skiers, riders and guide, and start chatting about current snow conditions and what everyone is looking to get out of the trip. Spend the next 3 days chasing the best snow by day and enjoying Otaru’s warm culture by night.
After 3 epic days, you’ll have the chance to rest your legs on your way to Furano. Think whisky distilleries, canal tours, beer factories, snow festivals and a lot of food. Spend your final 6 nights at one of Furano’s newest boutique hotels in the heart of Kitanomine. From Furano you will ski some of Japan’s deepest powder in the Central Hokkaido area, driving out to different local ski resorts each day. Soak in even more onsens and eat some of Japan’s finest seafood and ramen by night. A farewell dinner will be hosted on your last night, before transferring back to the airport the following day.