The Big Japow Tour

A wild Off-Piste Experience

 

The Dream

 

Japan offers you a world within a world. Today, Hokkaido is probably the worst kept secret in the international ski and snowboard community, and for good reason. It’s the place where powder dreams come true. Going off piste in Japan should be on every skiers bucket list. We will take you for a wild ride to explore the backcountry with local guides. The question is are you in? 

 

 

 

 

What can I expect? 

 

Together with our trusted locals guides, we will make sure that safety, fresh powder and crazy fun are the top priorities. Our focus is always to serve you. The Big JaPOW tour offers you the opportunity to experience 7 days of skiing or snowboarding, with 4 guided day-trips in the Japanese off-piste with local mountain guides. Not enough adventure for you? You can always add-on additional excursions with snowmobile, catski or climb Mount Yotei. The choice is yours.

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

 

When you travel with Snowminds we take care of all the practicalities. That way you can pack your bags and good vibes and focus on preparing for your next off piste adventure.

 

This trip includes the following:

 

  • Transfer from the airport to/from destination
  • 8 nights breakfast included
  • 7 days on ski/snowboard
  • 4 guided day-trips in off piste with local mountain guides (included transport)
  • Lift pass all days
  • English-speaking Snowminds representing on destination
  • Travel company who’s member of the travel Guarantee fund
  • A true Snowminds experience

 

Whats is not included but can be arranged?

  • Fly t/r between home country and Japan
  • Equipment (ski/snowboard avalanche equipment)
  • Snowmobile, catski or other locally-guided tours
  • Anything else your heart desires

 

Note: We believe everything is possible. Each trip can be tailored to specific wishes, such as aircraft, equipment rental, number of ski days, number of mountain guide day, etc.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How does the trip run?

A typical day begins with breakfast. In days where you have planned to spend the day with a local guide they will pick you up where you live. They will guide you through the off piste in Japan, depending on each days snow conditions and weather. This will prepare you for a perfect adventure day in the powder! All day you will get new fantastic experiences! We guarantee a lot of powder. After a day off the piste you can go spend your evening in a Japanese spa and enjoy sushi or ramen for dinner.

 

The Week:

Fly from home country

Day 1: Arrive in Sapporo airport and transfer for Niseko.

Day 2: Guided powder skiing/snowboarding in Niseko. The local guides will take you to the best off piste spots!

Day 3: Guided powder skiing/snowboarding in Niseko. The local guides will take you to the best off piste spots!

Day 4: Skiing/ snowboarding on your own in Niseko – Possibility to add extra adventure with the local guides, a snowmobile, cat ski and helicopter etc.

Day 5: Skiing/ snowboarding on your own in Niseko – Possibility to add extra adventure with the local guides, a snowmobile, cat ski and helicopter etc.

Day 6: Guided powder skiing/ snowboarding in Niseko  – The local guides take you to the best off piste spots!- In the afternoon/evening you will be picked to go to Sapporo

Day 7: Guided powder skiing/ snowboarding in Sapporo – the local guides Guided powder ski/snowboard i Sapporo – The local guides take you to the best off piste spots!

Day 8: Guided powder skiing/ snowboarding in Sapporo – the local guides Guided powder ski/snowboard i Sapporo – The local guides take you to the best off piste spots!

Day 9: Transfer for Sapporo airport to go home.

*The week can be adjust after your wishes

 

What about accommodation?

Accommodation will be in a nice family-run pension close to the ski area. The guesthouses are built and decorated in a Western style, but with a touch of Japanese culture, and typically divided into 2-person rooms. The hosts are incredibly sweet and hospitable and provide breakfast and cleaning daily. You get a lot of value for money, and it’s an obvious choice when you spend the whole day invading the powder.

It is possible to upgrade to an apartment or hotel – please contact us if this is of interest.

When can I go?

Whenever you want!!

In high season (December until marts) will the powder skiing be best! We arrange off piste trips in Japan throughout the entirety of this period of time.

Off piste trips will typical be in groups and in all trips, we can arrange some changes there will fit your wishes best! Contact us and let’s have a chat about what you want.

What can I add?

We have basic package! But we always open for changes, add on or adjusting after your wishes. Below you will find the things which can be arranged:

  • Fly t/r between home country and Japan (inkl. ski/snowboard transport)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Rental ski/snowboard
  • Rental of avalanche equipment
  • Japanese spa (Onsen)
  • Upgrade of accommodation
  • Extra guided trips (hike Mount Yotei, sidecountry, backcountry)
  • Snow mobile
  • Cat ski
  • Extra skiing/ snowboard days

What level should I have in skiing/snowboarding?

Off piste skiing trips in Japan are primarily for the experienced skier / snowboarder, who manages varied terrain outside the piste (steep slopes, deep snow, narrow passages and between trees).
We have the opportunity to tailor every day to match the level of specific groups. This allows us to arrange trips for the skilled skier / snowboarder who wants to explore the terrain outside the piste or learn for the first time.
If you are interested in teaching on the piste, we refer to school lessons through our Skimundi booking platform.

What equipment should I have?

It’s important to have the right gear when you want to go on this off piste trip in Japan! If you want to go on a trip like this, you need special equipment for the powder. It’s important to have the right clothing and avalanche equipment.

The ski runs require off-piste skiing and backcountry touring equipment, and snowboarding requires either split-boards or snow shoes (but we recommend split-boards as snow shoes make it difficult to follow skiers). We recommend having your own ski / snowboard equipment, but it is possible to rent at the destination.

Clothing

We will recommend you Shell jacket and pants (with snow skirt) and a good middle layer in between (merino wool is clearly recommended) It is breathable, as you both sweat when you go upwards, but still have to keep the heat down to minus 25 degrees.

  • Goggles with more than one glass – primarily you should get one to cloudy/snowy weather with low visibility
  • Two pairs of gloves – so you can change
  • Buff (this is a must have, highly recommended that you can cover the entire face with it, because you will get a lot of snow in your face)

Avalanche equipment.

Avalanche danger in Japan is generally smaller than other ski areas. But it’s a must have with the most general avalanche equipment (tracker, shovel and probe – ABS backpack is not a must in Japan)

  • We recommend a good backpack with room for all equipment (avalanche equipment, extra goggles lenses, gloves, water, snacks, etc.) and good options on the chest and waist so that the bag is well placed on the back.
  • Tracker, shovel and probe (we recommend that you have your own avalanche equipment that you use every time so you have trained and know it very well. However, it is always possible to rent avalanche equipment at the destination).

What insurrance should I have?

We are a Danish company who’s member of the travel guarantee fund.

You need to make sure that your own insurance covers you when you go skiing and travel internationally. This includes:

  • Cancellation insurance
  • Travel insurance

If you doubt that you covered or not, then we will advise you to call your insurance company.

 

WHAT DO OUR FRIENDS SAY?

 

"Japan with the boys was and is still the best trip I have had. The ski run is fantastic and it's hard to complain when you get more than a meter in a week. New bottomless powder every day!"

- Mats

"We visited about 6-7 different areas in Hokkaido, and here I got the best and deepest runs in my life! We were carefully guided down the steep mountainside through the white trees of two highly competent guides!"

- Christoffer

Price

Course Icon THE BIG JAPOW TOUR

Course Icon From €2.199

Course Icon 7 ski days/ 9 travel days

Course Icon Niseko, Hokkaido

Course Icon December - March

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