The word "Shiretoko" is derived from an Ainu word "sir etok", meaning "the place where the earth protrudes". For the true powder skier Shiretoko is a must visit destination. In the deep winter months of January and February the forest floor is buried by meters of snow. The forests subtle mix of Mongolian oak, Ermans Birch, and deciduous tress are freshly coated in Japans unique brand of cold smoke powder snow. The Shiretoko backcountry is the dream setting for this unique ski trip of a lifetime. A backcountry adventure like no other to the mecca of deep powder tree skiing. Spend a week with the renowned Bruce Goodlad exploring the Shiretoko backcountry and the remote single access ropeways of North Eastern Hokkaido.
This will be Bruce’s 6th season in the untamed and largely untracked area of Japan’s northern most island. Assisted by an additional local ski guide the team and Bruce will move around the region throughout the week, visiting a new location each day. The zones are truly wild with almost no lift-assisted access. This trip requires almost entirely human-powered accent to reach into the high snow-covered forests and bald peaks.
The accommodation is an enjoyable blend of both western and traditional Japanese styles. From the distinctive food and drink through to your local Japanese ski guide, each day you will be completely immersed in Japanese culture. Shiretoko is also host to a rich ecology, its forests home to elusive bears and foxes.
This trip is for fit, adventurous and confident ski tourers. Each day will be spent completely outside the resort boundary with few other skiers in sight. See below for a day by day breakdown of the destinations. This itinerary is subject to weather conditions, the final plan on the best and safest conditions will be made each day on the day by the guides.
The price includes, 10 nights half board accommodation on a twin share basis, all overland transfers, 9 full days with mountain guides, and any lift tickets required.
The price does not include travel to and from Japan, lunches and drinks.
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This is an extensive list of the equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Day Ski Touring trips
During the trip, you will be staying most nights in a comfortable chalet or hotel accommodation on a half board or B&B basis. You will just need to carry a daypack with your avalanche safety equipment and a few personal items.
For all touring trips it is essential you ski with an all-mountain/freeride type skis, ski touring boots and ski touring bindings. If you have your own skis but they do not have ski touring bindings then you will need to rent skis. The same applies if you have downhill ski boots, you will need to rent ski touring boots.
For alpine ski touring we recommend an all-mountain/freeride touring ski that isn’t too heavy, a really lightweight ski comes at a cost to performance on the descents so are only recommended for really good off-piste skiers with a strong interest in ski touring.
There are plenty of great skis to choose from and we highly recommend skis from the following manufactures:
Dynastar Skis: www.dynastar.com
Movement Skis: www.movementskis.com
Black Crows Skis: www.blackcrows-skis.com
Trab Skis: www.skitrab.com/en-us
Scott Skis: http://www.scott-sports.com
Volkl Skis: http://www.voelkl.com
If you are planning on buying skis for ski touring and general skiing and have any questions do not hesitate to call us to discuss the options available to you.
It is essential that you have ski touring boots for all touring trips as walking up hill is much more comfortable in these types of boots with a walk mode and great flex. A dedicated touring boot or a hybrid freeride boot is best.
Avalanche airbag rucksacks can be used for touring but they are heavy, adding somewhere between 5-8kg just for an empty pack plus canister. So unless you are sure you can carry it and fit all you need in, we do not recommend you use one.
Over a long multiday tour every gram of weight is important as you have to carry and move it yourself. Carrying a heavy pack will hinder and tire all but the most experienced and fit ski tourer.
The “Safety Trilogy” - required on all our ski tours and off-piste courses.
Food and Water
We suggest you bring with you or buy in resort snack food that you can take out on the hill with you each day. Things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favorite hill snacks. When you’re staying overnight in huts its best to take supplies for the days you are away. Huts do sell food but it’s expensive and sometimes stocks run low.
If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend you bring some food with you that you can supplement your dinners with. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs.
You have to buy bottled water in the huts as usually any running water is non-potable. Bottled water is expensive in French and Swiss huts; you can be paying upto 12-16CHF per 1.5L bottle of water. So please ensure you budget for this cost.
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.
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.