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GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests

Deposit must be paid by promotion close date to qualify for discount. See T&Cs re Covid 19 policy
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on PER PERSON rate for PRIVATE GROUP of 6 in peak season. Full rate is 80,000 yen for group of up to 6.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 97
If you are in Furano with a group and want fresh tracks, head out with a Furano ski guide (or snowboard guide) at Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas or go backcountry touring with a guide. PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
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Central Hokkaido Guided Day Tours

Furano is a primarily base in Central Hokkaido and it is from here that you can access some of the best resorts and backcountry terrain in all of Hokkaido.

Choose from Furano’s 900m of epic fall line skiing and easily accessed backcountry or be wowed by Asahidake’s amazing fumaroles and light dry deep pow. In an hours drive there is also Kamui, Tomamu and Sahoro or further a field Pippu & Kurodake Ski Areas. For those keen to hike, Furano is located across the valley from the Daisetsuzan mountain range where you can find some of the best backcountry touring in Hokkaido.

Each area offers something different for every level of rider/skier and each has their own distinctive weather system, so if the weather is not cooperating in one ski area more often than not it will be either fine or at least manageable in another.

Whiteroom Tours offer sidecountry and/or backcountry guiding at Furano or nearby ski areas.

These tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group. If you are a solo the cost is 6 x the per person rate shown. Solos and couples wanting to join a group may want to consider one of the multi-day group tours.

Kids are welcome as part of the group as long as they meet the minimum ability requirements (strong intermediate+ for resort guiding).

Advanced bookings are essential as these tours book out well ahead of time.

Why Get a Ski Guide in Furano?

Get away from the crowds at Furano! There is no doubt that Furano in Central Hokkaido is renowned for its amazing powder skiing and snowboarding. The problem is, the word is out and fresh tracks inside the resort boundaries at Furano are much harder to come by now.

The WRTs Furano ski guides will show you the best powder on the day both inside and outside of the Furano resort boundaries, or they'll provide guiding and transport you to nearby ski areas as Kamui, Tomamu, Asahidake, Sahoro, Pippu, Kurodake, Yubari (Mt Racey) or even further afield to Sapporo Teine or Sapporo Kokusai. Or you can head out ski touring or split boarding at some of the fantastic Furano backcountry touring destinations or Tokachidake or Asahidake.

The type of terrain you will access is up to you but it will ultimately depend on the lowest common denominator's ability in your group. It could be lift-accessed sidecountry or full backcountry if that is what your group desires, or an introduction to backcountry touring.

The WRTs Furano Ski Guides

The experienced backcountry ski and snowboard guides can show you the best the Furano region offers. WRTs pride themselves on being completely flexible so as to tailor your guided day to your groups ability level and the best terrain and conditions the guides can find. Whiteroom has been guiding around the Furano ski area for many many years, so they have it pretty dialled.

Safety, flexibility and adaptability are key to a great guided experience. The staff are experienced guides with accreditation combinations of ski patrolling, instructing, avalanche awareness & first aid plus years of experience on snow. They study the weather & mountain environment continuously to ensure the best location is chosen each day in consultation with your group, ensuring you get the best conditions on your guided day at Furano or one of the many resorts in the Furano area.


Tomamu white carpet treatment....

Asahidake blower POW...

...Sahoro tree mania

Ability Level

It is recommended that you try to have everyone in the group at a similar ability level. This is very important as experience shows that no one wants to be in over their head, holding up a group or alternatively waiting for others to make it down the mountain. However, if you are all happy with a mixed ability group because you are all friends or family members then that is of-course fine.

For resort powder guiding, the minimum of all riders should be of strong intermediate ability off-piste (including riding powder). These are Furano ski tours (or snowboard tours) not lessons. Many of the guides are also qualified instructors but the format of the trips is to ensure you ski great lines, great snow and incredible terrain. The guides are happy to offer advice and tips to help you improve your skills, but lessons are not provided.

For lift accessed backcountry tours, the minimum ability is advanced in powder.

For backcountry touring, the minimum ability is advanced in powder and touring gear is required.


Furano is deep....

deep...

...and deep!!!!!

Other Information

Furano Day Ski/Snowboard Tours

  • Expect a 8am pick-up from your Furano accommodation and drop-off at 4-5pm
  • Depending on the groups ability we will spend 90% off the day off-piste exploring the side and backcountry of Furano. The terrain will be determined by your group's ability and fitness. Hiking is not expected but a short boot pack or traverse here and there can get you some pretty amazing lines, but that’s up to you!

Central Hokkaido/Other Ski Area Tours

  • Expect a 7:30-8am pick-up from your accommodation and drop-off at 5-6pm
  • The resort destination can be flexible so that you get the best conditons possible
  • If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund

When booking this service you are getting:

  • Your own qualified and experienced guide. This means you can have one person or up to six in the group. The fee remains the same so the more people you have the cheaper per person it becomes.
  • Furano area accommodation pick-up and drop-off and transportation to the ski area. Usually you will have private transportation, but if we have another group heading to the same ski are that day you may need to share. Note: extra charges may apply for transportation from areas outside of Furano.

Other:

  • Avalanche safety equipment. You will need this equipment. This includes a transceiver, probe and shovel. You can hire this equipment from us and you will be instructed how to use this equipment and be given a safety briefing before each days riding. The gear issued to you is your responsibility and if it is lost or damaged you will pay for a new replacement.
  • This is a private booking. You will only have those in the group that you yourself have booked. If it’s you and your three friends then that’s who’s in the group. If it is just you then awesome. You book and we guide – no blow-ins.
  • We can only guide to the lowest abiity in the group. If you have a friend that’s slow and the rest of your group is fast then you may have some issues getting as much out of the day as you’d hoped. You either need to be happy that you are going slowly and accessing mellow terrain or you need to quietly ask your friend/partner to go have a beer or hot chocolate so that you can hit some more challenging terrain.
  • Mixing skiers and snowboarders – whilst the guides don’t really mind guiding mixed groups this can limit your terrain choice and prefered line. Skiers can of-course traverse hard, step up and pole out of flat spots so this opens up larger areas of terrain, especially on Asahidake. Conversly snowboarders read a mountain differently and want to smash long wide open turns and hit drops and features.
  • We do not guide beginners or low-intermediates. Sorry but we don’t see the point in guiding someone on piste. If you are this ability level we recommend booking a private instructor as you’ll get so much more out of a day instruction than a days guiding.
  • Asahidake is for advanced skiers and boarders only. Some hiking is involved and if you are a boarder you need to be able to keep your speed. There is no ski-patrol and the entire mountain is off-piste.

Extra transportation charges

  • Greater Furano (outside of Furano and immediate surrounds) requiring approximately one hour extra travel – client pays ¥10,000 extra. For Asahikawa pick-ups then on to Asahidake or Kamui/Pippu it is 2 hrs extra travel on top of 3hrs regular driving to Asahidake. 5hrs of driving plus guiding = a very long day. If clients are staying in Asahikawa clients they will be charged and extra ¥10,000 and must also pay for the guides accommodation either before or after the guided day.

2023 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2021/22 Season   Group Size  Price
 Peak (Dec 26 - Feb 28)  1-6  80,000
 Shoulder (Dec 1 - 25 / Mar 1 - 31)   1-3  60,000
 Shoulder (Dec 1 - 25 / Mar 1 - 31)   4-6  70,000

About Prices:

  • base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
  • All prices are based on private groups i.e. you cannot join a group as a solo or small group
  • Price includes Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Asahidake, Sahoro, Furanodake, Tokachidake and other gems. Kurodake on request - additional 5000 yen.
  • Cat skiing options - price on application.
  • If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed WRTs will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund.
  • If you are looking for multiple days of private guiding as part of a package inclusive of lodging and transportation, please enquire for options regarding a bespoke multi-day tour for your group.
Inclusions
  • PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY - you cannot join a group
  • Qualified guides (max 1:6 guide:guest ratio)
  • Furano accommodation pick-up/drop-off (7:30-8am / 4-6pm) and transportation to the resort of choice
  • Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Asahidake, Sahoro, Minamifurano, Furanodake and Tokachidake.
Add-ons
  • 7 people and above 2 guides needed. Tail guide ¥60,000 shoulder season/¥80,000 peak season
  • Avalanche safety gear
  • Accommodation pick up from areas other than Furano. Extra charges will apply for additional travel.
  • Kurodake (additional 5,000 yen) and Pippu
  • Cat skiing options
Not Included
  • Lift passes, if required
  • Ski/snowboard rentals
  • Avalanche safety equipment
  • Furano accommodation - see options here

Destinations

Following are many of the destinations that can be easily accessed from Furano....

Asahidake is one of central Hokkaido's treasures. Located in the centre of the north island, Asahidake is an active volcano and receives possibly the driest snow on earth! If you are a powder hound you can't miss out on at least a day here with a guide (this is not a ski resort for the family).
Kamui Ski Links is known as the spot for the Gods for its great powder and lack of crowds. It is an easy short drive to Kamui.
Tomamu has some great lift-accessed side-country and the back-bowl (which is north facing) always delivers the goods! This tour is suitable to full-on powder hounds.
Sahoro is a little further afield but for this reason not many powder junkies go there leaving the freshies just for you! There are endless lines to be had amongst varied trees and you don't need to hike to get to to the goods.
Kurodake offers some of the best skiing and boarding in Japan. Whilst there is some great riding under the ropeway (when conditions are right), the real goods are above the tiny ski area which requires some hiking (skins and split boards are the ideal tools for a visit to Kurodake). Please note the Kurodake rope way generally only runs from late February each year. 
















Other destination options:

Terms & Conditions of Whiteroom Tours

COVID-19 DEPOSIT AND CANCELLATION POLICY

(Updated 9 March 2022) We understand that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic you may have concerns about booking a trip to Japan. In response to the current situation Whiteroom will continue to offer flexible and fair booking options. Our goal is to provide you with maximum peace of mind when booking while also ensuring that we keep our wheels turning. In addition to what’s below, we want you to know that we are open to discussion and figuring out what works for all of us, as has always been the case. For all CURRENT bookings made previous to 1 MAR 2022 the following terms and conditions will apply once Japan’s borders open for inbound tourist travel with a compulsory quarantine period of 3 days or less both upon arrival into Japan and upon returning home. For all NEW bookings for the ’22-23 season the following terms and conditions will apply from 1 March 2022.

TOUR PRODUCTS

  • DEPOSIT: A 20% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking. This deposit is fully transferable to a future tour till August 31, 2022.
  • FINAL PAYMENT: A non-refundable final balance will be due by October 31, 2022. Failure to make this payment will result in the cancellation of your tour.

GUIDING AND INSTRUCTIONAL PRODUCTS

  • DEPOSIT: A 20% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking. This deposit is fully transferable till 60 days prior to the start date.
  • FINAL PAYMENT: A non-refundable final balance will be due 60 days prior to your start date. Failure to make this payment will result in the cancellation of your booking.

GENERAL TRAVEL PRODUCTS

  • DEPOSIT: A 20% non-refundable deposit is required upon booking. This deposit is fully transferable to a future booking till 60 days prior to the start date.
  • NOTE: other suppliers may request a higher deposit percentage or specific amount and these amounts may be non-refundable. Supplier terms and conditions will be outlined on your quote confirmation if they are stricter than our own.
  • FINAL PAYMENT: A non-refundable final balance will be due 60 days prior to your start date, or 5 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 60 days. Failure to make this payment will result in the cancellation of your booking

COVID-19 EXCLUSIVE POLICY

If a travel ban is in effect restricting travel to Japan or to and from your home country or if it is mandatory to quarantine either upon arrival into Japan or when returning to your home country for 4 or more days in either instance the following terms and conditions will apply unless third party supplier terms and conditions are stricter (you will be advised of this upon booking):

Up to 60 days prior to your start date:

  • 100% of payments made are transferable to the following year.
  • Or you may also cancel and receive a refund less 10% of the total booking (this amount can be reclaimed in the form of a credit on a future booking)

30 – 59 days prior to your start date:

  • 50% of payments made are transferable to the following year.
  • Or you may also cancel and receive a refund less 50% of the total booking (10% this amount can be reclaimed in the form of a credit on a future booking)

Less than 30 days prior your start date:

  • 25% of payments made are transferable to the following year.
  • Or you may also cancel and receive a refund less 75% of the total booking (10% this amount can be reclaimed in the form of a credit on a future booking)

Back-to-back cancellations:

  • If we are holding only a deposit and are forced to cancel your trip two seasons in a row, that amount will become entirely non-refundable and non-transferable.
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RIGHTS RESERVED

We reserve the right to cancel trips at any time due to unsettling political, social or environmental events, in which case the same transfer/refund options we’re offering for COVID will apply. We additionally reserve the right to cancel due to inadequate client registrations, at which time we will offer a refund in full.

EXCLUSIONS

We cannot offer refunds for missed reservations, early departures, inclement weather/extreme avalanche danger, snow conditions, or force majeure events beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, and are not responsible for additional expenses incurred in preparing for the trip (e.g. airline tickets, visa application fees, equipment purchases, etc).

RATE & PRICE VARIATION

All prices on this website are based on Japanese yen rates which are then converted to your chosen currency based on mid market rates. Whiteroom reserves the right until final payment has been received in full, to vary prices and rates in the event of changes in currency exchange or price increases made by our suppliers or airlines.

Final payment is required in the currency chosen at the time of booking confirmation. The total amount due will be calculated using the exchange rate on that day. This means that any increase or decrease in the exchange rate will affect the total of your package and final due amount of your package. Whiteroom Tours is not liable for any price increases. Only payment in full will lock in the exchange rate.

If you plan to make the full payment at the time of booking or before the final due date you must notify your consultant who will recalculate using the mid market rate on that day.

If your booking has increased in price due to an exchange rate fluctuation and you do not pay the increased price your booking will be subject to cancellation. Please note that cancellation charges will apply. All prices are subject to availability & can be withdrawn or varied without notice. Airline taxes remain subject to change at all times until payment has been received in full and your tickets have been issued.

QUOTATIONS AND VALIDITY

All prices quoted are valid at time of quote. All quotes are subject to confirmation of the components at time of booking. All components of your quote are subject to availability at time of booking request. The prices listed are based on the costs and exchange rate at the time of quoting. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to alter these prices at any time due to exchange rate fluctuations, rate change by a supplier or consultant error.

BOOKINGS

When you have advised Whiteroom Tours that you wish to go ahead with a booking we will then seek confirmation from our suppliers. If there is no availability for some/all of your components we will advise you of this & offer an alternative where possible. The alternative product offered may be a different price. Prices will be adjusted accordingly.

By making a payment on a booking you agree to these terms and conditions as outlined on this page.

ITINERARY

The itinerary supplied with your final documents represents the products & services that will be supplied & supersedes any previous arrangements or understanding, whether written or oral.

TOURS & ABILITY

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to remove a client from any tour if he or she is of an ability not suited to that tour. No refund will be due for any unused portion of the tour. The client takes full responsibility for the self-categorisation of their ability based on the descriptions provided on the Skier/Rider Level tab on each tour page.

PROFESSIONAL FEES

Whiteroom Tours charges the following non-refundable fees. These professional fees are in addition to any fees which may be charged by airlines, accommodation providers, transfer suppliers or any other supplier.
¥5,000 Booking Amendment: charged per amendment once a booking has been confirmed.
¥20,000 Booking amendment inside 14 days: charged per amendment for changes inside 14 days of departure.
¥5,000 Late payment: charged per week for any final payments not received by the due date.

RESPONSIBILITY

Whiteroom Tours acts only as an agent for the companies (Principals) providing or offering the means of travel, accommodation and other services and as such has no control over any services or products provided by these Principals. All bookings made are subject to the booking terms and conditions under which these services are provided. The Company and its Principals reserve the right, without liability or right of compensation, to prohibit or restrict any activity, or cancel or alter any service or itinerary component, without notice. Whiteroom Tours will not be held responsible for the inability of the Principals to comply with any special request relating to age, medical conditions, physical ability or disability, dietary requirements, allergic conditions, smoking or non-smoking accommodation.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Whiteroom recommends purchasing travel insurance when you pay your deposit as that way you may be covered for accidents that prevent you from travelling as well as for your holiday.

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BOOKING FORM

A booking form is required for each passenger booked to travel. For group bookings, it is the responsibility of the person whose name holds the booking, to ensure that each member of their group is aware of the booking conditions and completes and returns a booking form. Booking forms are required at the time of booking deposit or flight reservation. The information provided on your booking form is essential for your booking details and travel arrangements. This information is required for your booking to proceed. Whiteroom Tours will not book any component of your travel package without receiving a signed booking form from you.

REFUNDS

If you are eligible for a refund once a booking has been cancelled, the balance less any non-refundable amounts and cancellation fees will be forwarded to you upon receipt of the refund from the supplier or airline. Whilst Whiteroom Tours will endeavour to get your money to you as soon as possible, some refunds can take up to 12 weeks to process.

LIABILITY

Your safety is Whiteroom’s number one priority. However skiing and snowboarding are sports that are hazardous and have inherent risks of injury and/or death. By travelling with Whiteroom you voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injury or death that may result from skiing or snowboarding. As such you agree to hereby release Whiteroom Tours and their employees and agents of any obligation to advise you in relation to the dangers obvious or not, inherent in the sport. You accept that you will participate in such sport(s) of your own free will and never at the direction of Whiteroom Tours and/or their employees and agents. You voluntarily take full responsibility for any damage or injury to myself or which you may cause to others.

JAPANESE ACCOMMODATION

Some Japanese properties may differ from those encountered in Western ski resorts. Whilst hospitality and service levels often surpass Western standards, rooms generally have less furniture & hanging/storage space. Ensuites are generally smaller and some are of a modular design. Some Japanese properties also allow smoking in common areas & some guest rooms. Traditional Hotels or Ryokans often have rooms with Tatami Matt flooring and futon beds. Some rooms will not have ensuites and instead will have shared bathing in segregated bath houses or onsens. We will inform you of these cultural differences and you may be pleasantly surprised by how easily you can adjust to the Japanese way of life. If not please request a western style accommodation.

WAIVER

If you are participating in a Whiteroom Tour or are being guided by Whiteroom you will be required to read and sign our wavier before participation. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to accompany our guides on any activity.