Join us on a trip of some of the best lift-accessed off-piste and backcountry skiing that Japan has to offer.
Our Japan Powder Pilgrimage is split between two of the main ski areas in Hokkaido, Niseko and Asahidake. Within an hours drive of these two resorts are numerous other ski hills that provide excellent off-piste terrain.
Niseko is in south western Hokkaido and is known as Japan's powder skiing capital. In a typical winter the region can average as much as 15m of snow. The resort's ski area has an excellent mix of lift accessed piste, off-piste and day tours as well as exceptional tree skiing.
Asahidake is a small ski area in Central Hokkaido and home to the island's most spectacular volcanoes. Mount Asahidake (2291m) is actually the highest peak in Hokkaido. The main attraction here is sublime tree skiing and day touring in stunning surroundings. There is plenty of lift accessed off-piste from the main lift area.
The focus of this trip is on lift accessed off-piste with some skinning to access runs away from the lift system. Expect to ski vertical descents of up to 1,000 metres among tree-line and below tree-line areas. If the weather is good and the team is keen numerous day ski tours can provide un-paralleled views, guaranteed solitude and perfect powder.
Hokkaido is fed by low pressure systems originating in Siberia that pick up moisture over the Sea of Japan which create almost perpetual snowfall between January and March. Expect deep and exceptionally light powder skiing during January and February, tapering to boot-top in March. Come prepared for cold temperatures!
We are proud to offer all of our returning customers a £50 discount.
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The price includes all guide fees and expenses, all lift passes, local transfers and transport except flights, 8 nights accommodation with breakfasts and 7 dinners
The price does not include international flights, domestic flights, evening meal in Tokyo, drinks and equipment hire.
Single room occupancy surcharge is about £300 subject to availability. Further information available on request.
This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Adventure trips. On all our weeks you’ll be staying in comfortable catered chalets or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or BCA Float sacks. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out https://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
The island of Hokkaido is the second largest and most northerly island of Japan. It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean.
The centre of the island has a number of mountains and volcanic plateaus, and there are coastal plains in all directions. Major cities include Sapporo and Asahikawa.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson, and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 maximum, our advanced weeks typically run on a 1:4 ratio with expert trips either 1:2 or 1:1 we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.