2018 Powder Adventure in Hokkaido, Japan
Our 2018 Japan powder camp features 6 full days of guided ski touring, 7 nights of hotels with natural onsen hot springs, 7 breakfasts, and 6 dinners.
From a skier’s perspective, Hokkaido, Japan is a paradise. The areas where we’ll ski receive up to 14 metres of snowfall a year- more than double most of the Canadian Rockies. The region is far enough inland to escape the wet, heavy snow that the coast sometimes gets, but close enough to the ocean for Japan’s legendary big dumps of powder. Because of its location in a very geologically active area, the region is also blessed with numerous natural hot springs.
The group will meet in Asahikawa, Japan. After stocking up on supplies, we’ll spend the next 6 days ski touring around the region. If visibility is good, we’ll be skiing powder on ascents of peaks. If visibility is questionable, we’ll be skiing powder in the perfectly-spaced trees. It’s a win either way!
Depending on weather: possible objectives include an ascent of the Asahidake volcano and other peaks, tree skiing in Daisetsuzan National Park, lift-assisted ski touring in the Asahidake area, or tree skiing through the bamboo and nicely spaced trees to take advantage of the world-famous snow. Having two ACMG-certified guides for the group will give you the flexibility to choose a less ambitious objective if you need an easy day. The trip will wrap up in Furano, Japan. Guests can either make their way back to Canada from there, or spend a few days exploring the area and its ski resorts on their own.
Steep & deep skiing, then kick back and relax.
The culture and food are another highlight. The tour will take advantage of a local hotel and a ryokan that are built around or near natural onsen hot springs. We’ll be able to ski from our doors! Breakfasts are included every day, and dinners all nights except one, and will feature examples of local cuisine. The ACC’s experienced guides will take care of all transportation: we’ll have 4WD vans to deal with the snowy local roads, and are both licensed as commercial drivers.
While this is primarily a backcountry ski trip, there will occasionally be the option to use the inexpensive lift system to access more ski touring terrain. Because this will depend on weather and objectives, participants are responsible for the cost of lift tickets (approximately $50 per person total).
Gear, Food, Lodging
- One ACMG Ski Guide and one ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide
- Accommodation (double occupancy) during the camp in hotels with an onsen
- All breakfasts and dinners except one throughout the trip
- All transportation during the camp
- Group rescue and emergency gear
Participants must provide:
- Transportation to Japan and to meeting location in Asahikawa
- Transportation from Furano at the trip end
- Alcohol, lunches, and snacks (approximately $25/day)
- Any lift tickets used (budget $50 for the trip)
- Dinner on Day 7
- Personal Gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
- Personal medical and evacuation insurance (mandatory)
Level of Difficulty
You should have at least an intermediate level of fitness and some backcountry skiing experience. While having two guides provides some flexibility to choose easier objectives, 6 days of powder skiing can be tiring! You should also be a strong intermediate-advanced downhill skier, and comfortable skiing in trees and deep snow.