LAILA’S SKI TRIP

TO JAPAN

8 NIGHTS/4 STOPS 

Ski trip Japan: free ride skiers paradise!

Laila and her family love skiing. When they lived in Switzerland, they went up to the mountains every single weekend to enjoy their favorite sport. Since they live in the US, they visit every ski season another ski resort. This year, Laila went for a 10 days trip with her best friend Sophie to Japan.
“Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and is an absolute paradise for freeride skiers. The island benefits from a unique weather phenomenon that makes the snow extremely soft and powdery. Snowfalls occur on daily and can go up to 10m! This dreamy snow combined with Japanese traditions make it an unforgettable ski trip. Laila and her friends headed there for a 10-day ski trip perfect for experienced (or the very least skilled) skiers. There are no ski lifts because you are in the total wilderness, but not to worry, your appointed guide will know all the tricks and turns. If your kids are not up to it, there are great ski resorts located on Hokkaido island. That way, they can still enjoy the amazing snow and the incredible Japanese experience at their appropriate scale!”

 

« This is the wild backcountry where you have to get up the mountain under your own steam, and steamy you will become, just like the active volcano that you skin up! » powderhounds.com
 
ZÜRICH – TOKYO – SAPPORO
15 hours
$1100
POWDER VAN
570 km in 8 days
11 hours on the road 
4 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL  = $ 5200 /pp for 8 nights all included.
$ 3600 / pp for 8 nights – Ski touring Safari trip
including hotels, transfers, van rental, 2 days of ski lift, 2 ski guides during the whole stay, breakfast and dinner: (extra’s to be foreseen for single rooms) This price can vary in function of exchange rates.

$1100 /pp flight round trip
Expenses for lunch, massages, extra drinks = $ 500
 
UNTOUCHED POWDER SNOW!
The Onsen: Japanese Hoth Bath
Ski climbing of Mount Asahi Dake
Simple & Pure Japanese way of living
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Otaru
Japanese gourmet dinner
Kiroro ski resort
Kokusai ski resort
AIRPORT SAPPORO 
TO OTARU

 

 

190 km / 1h20
Otaru
OTARU (KOKUSAI SKI RESORT)
TO 
NISEKO

 

 

80 km /1h30
Niseko
NISEKO TO
KAMI-FURANO

250 km / 5h
Kami-Furano

KAMI-FURANO TO 
SAPPORO

 

150 km – 2h40
Sapporo


GOOD TO KNOW

  • Prepare or buy food in advance when ski touring outside of the ski resorts because there is nothing on hand or in the area
  • Bring very warm ski clothing an be prepared to wear several layers. You will be sweating and warm on the uphill part. Be prepared to encounter very cold and harsh conditions when you arrive to the top of the mountain. Therefore it is important to quickly change to warmer clothing. we recommend 4 layers: base, mid layer, light duvet jacket and on top a gore tex hardshell. we also brought a heavy duvet jacket to wear during longer breaks. Here are some buying advices for equipment.
  • It is easy to take out money in ATM’s No need to buy yen on before hand
  • Take some time to learn and ask about Japanese essential manner and etiquette. It’s important to show respect to their traditions to behave and to adapt to their culture. You are the one visiting them. Here are some tips.
  • We stopped very often in 7 to eleven shops You can buy Japanese snacks but you will also find western style snacks like snickers, twix, trail mix etc…
  • Do you like fish? If not you might have a food issue while visiting Japan as fish is the basis of their food preparation.
  • Are you new to backcountry skiing? Do you want to learn more about it? Here is a site that we recommend you to read.