Japan is the ultimate powder mecca, with an average of 16 meters of snow per winter season. Such JaPOW deserves to be shredded. That’s why we have designed a trip, which takes you out into the deep powder every day. Experience some off the freshest and deepest powder in Japan, where local guides will lead you through the runs only the locals know about.
Together with our locals guides, we will make sure that safety, powder hunting and fun are the top priorities. Our focus is always to serve you. The Hokkaido Expedition will give you the opportunity to experience 9 days of skiing or snowboarding, with 6 guided day-trips in the 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.
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 adventure.
This trip includes the following:
Whats additional opportunities are NOT included?
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.
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 after that days snow conditions and weater. 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 in the powder you can go spend your evening in Japanese spa and eat sushi or ramen for dinner.
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 spots!
Day 3: Guided powder skiing/snowboarding in Niseko. The local guides will take you to the best 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: Skiing/ snowboarding on your own in Niseko – Possibility to add extra adventure with the local guides, a snowmobile, cat ski and helicopter etc.
Day 7: Guided powder skiing/ snowboarding in Central Hokkaido – The local guides take you to the best spots!
Day 8: Guided powder skiing/ snowboarding in Central Hokkaido – The local guides take you to the best spots!
Day 9: Guided powder skiing/ snowboarding in Central Hokkaido – The local guides take you to the best spots!- In the afternoon/evening you will be picked to go to Sapporo
Day 10: Guided powder skiing/ snowboarding in Sapporo – the local guides Guided powder ski/snowboard i Sapporo – The local guides take you to the best spots!
Day 11: Transfer for Sapporo airport to go home.
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.
Whenever you want!!
In high season (December until marts) will the powder skiing be best! We arrange off piste trips in all weeks in 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.
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:
Off piste skiing trips 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.
It’s important to have the right gear when you want to go on a off piste trip! If you want to go on a trip like this, you need special equipment for off piste. 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.
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.
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 it’s not a must in Japan)
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:
If you doubt that you covered or not, then we will advise you to call your insurance company.
THE HOKKAIDO EXPEDITION
9 ski days, 11 travel days
20/12/2018 - 15/03/2019
Any Questions? Call us!