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Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share option for 25th Feb tour for 2023 season. Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
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USD 2,628

BACKCOUNTRY TOURING WITH LIFT ASSIST
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing/Riding

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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share option for 25th Feb tour for 2023 season. Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,628
Explore Central Hokkaido's endless backcountry under your own steam as well as using the lifts. Perfect for those that don't want to hike all day and/or those relatively new to backcountry touring. Based in Furano, explore different ski areas each day.
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 30 - Jan 07, 2023
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,738
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 10 - Jan 18, 2023
Days: 9
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 20 - Jan 28, 2023
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,738
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 06 - Feb 14, 2023
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,738
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 25 - Mar 05, 2023
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,628
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Powder Belt Backcountry Tour

The Powder Belt Backcountry Tour (based in Furano) will have you exploring the powder belt of Central Hokkaido's endless backcountry using the lifts as well as your own steam with ski touring or split boarding.

Central Hokkaido has some of Japan’s most easily accessible backcountry. It’s the perfect place for those new to backcountry or those who have done it before but don’t need to hike all day everyday. When you have touring gear, a whole new world opens up. Runs that weren’t possible due to a massive boot pack hike out in deep powder become an easy 15-20 min tour.

Using the lifts in Furano, Tomamu, Kamui, Asahidake and Sahoro, the group will head into the backcountry for endless fresh lines. There is also the option of full touring days in Tokachidake and other lesser known backcountry areas.

This 8 night tour will have you staying in the beautiful Hotel Munin in Kitanomine Furano where you can relax after each ski day in their lovely onsen.

The Powder Belt Backcountry Tour will be fully guided by two experienced guides and with a max of 10 people on the tour it’ll be just you and deep JAPOW!!

If you would like to book this trip or have any questions you can make a booking request here.

Ability Level

Skill level: advanced to expert in powder with at least one season's touring experience. This tour requires that you must be able to ski/ride the whole mountain with confidence and at speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions.You must also have a very good level of (ski) fitness. Snowboarders must be able to keep speed in all situations as well as hold a high traverse line. Please make a an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down. Touring equipment required is either AT-skis or split-boards.

If this tour isn't quite the right fit also check out the summary of other WhiteRoom Tours.

Itinerary

This itinerary is an example. The tour will be run largely by the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are. This is the beauty of such a tour.

DAY 1 (arrival and check-in day)

Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Resort Liner coach service to Hotel Edelwarme where you will be met by our team and taken to Hotel Munin. You’ll be free for the rest of the day to go for a quick ski, get fitted for your equipment rental, or just relax and settle in. That night the group will have a few welcome drinks at Munin’s bar where you’ll meet your lead guide who will run you through the tour, current conditions and answer any questions you have. (NOTE: If you wish to organise rental equipment it is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted – seek advice from your consultant)

DAY 2 (first snow day)

First day on the mountain. Your guides will warm up those legs in the backcountry of Furano. The guides will start to push wide to hunt out some fresh powder and ensure all your touring gear is working. Celebrate your awesome first day with a delicious meal of local Furano ingredients at the Welcome Dinner Party.

DAY 3 Day tour to Tomamu

Here the guides will spend the day guiding you through the trees and bowls of Tomamu. The north bowl collects the light dry powder of the region and with an easy 20-30 minute tour back out to the resort you’ll make quick work and get loads of backcountry laps in here.

DAY 4 Day tour to Kamui Ski Links

Another great resort with epic backcountry straight off the lift and short hike back to resort. Finish off the day with a soak in Ashibetsu Onsen on the way home.

DAY 5 (Another ski day or have a rest / cultural day)

If you’re starting to feel a little sore you can choose to have a rest or if you're still frothing hit Furano’s backcountry again. With no specified down days on this tour that means you have the option to either keep skiing or enjoy some cultural experiences such as the world renowned Gotosumio Art Museum, snowmobiling, ice hole fishing, hot air ballooning and much more.

DAY 6

Today you’ll head south to Minamifurano to a little resort with an expansive backcountry. With some of the best tree skiing in the area and drops down to road pick ups, this is a favourite backcountry spot for the guides especially when the wind is up. That night you’ll wander through Furano, and dine in one of its great restaurants and enjoy a local beer at the brewery.

DAY 7

Time to check out Asahidake. Everyone has heard of it and if you time it right, it is truly an awesome experience. Think volcano, fumaroles (steam vents), steep chutes, some of the deepest and lightest powder you’ll have ever experienced and loads of backcountry to explore off the lift. Finish that off with a soak in one of the local onsen and you’ll be in heaven.

DAY 8

Last day and whilst you may be beat and wish to use the lifts, the group will have the option of tackling Tokachidake! From the highest drivable point in Hokkaido you have one of its biggest National Parks and an expansive backcountry touring zone in which to explore. This is the perfect way to end a backcountry touring tour in Central Hokkaido.

DAY 9 (check-out and departure day)

Time to check out and say good bye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport for your flight home with memories to last a lifetime! If your flight departs late in the day there is even a chance to get a few more turns in!

Lodging

In Furano, you will be staying in a brand new boutique hotel located in the middle of Kitanomine close to restaurants and bars. With well-appointed rooms, a sumptuous lounge and a lovely onsen, Hotel Munin will make the Powder Belt Backcountry Tour a special Japanese experience.

Inclusions

Rates Notes:
  • 360,000 to 375,000 yen
  • Base rate in Japanese yen, including consumption tax
  • Please enquire for a quote for a customised private tour
  • Minimum 4 people for group tour. Max 6-10 people per tour.

Inclusions
  • Transfers from/to airport with Resort Liner & daily transport
  • 8 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Hotel Munin
  • Daily breakfast, welcome & farewell dinner party
  • 7 days guiding (max 1:6 ratio) and max 6-10 people on tour, fully hosted
  • Onsen (hot spring) tour
  • Lift passes for any resort as required
  • Optional cultural day tour
Add-ons
  • Single share accommodation 7,500 yen per night
  • Avalanche rental gear 12,500 yen for 7 days (compulsory to have)
  • Equipment rental (touring etc)
  • Add on extra nights/guided days
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