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Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share accom for group tour in 21/22 season.
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USD 3,231

GUIDED PROGRESSION TOUR
9 Nights | 7 Days Instruction Furano/Otaru

Deposit must be paid by promotion close date to qualify for discount. See T&Cs re Covid 19 policy
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided-Progression | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple-share accom for group tour in 21/22 season.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 3,231
Do you want to learn to snowboard in powder better? And also see some of the best Hokkaido ski resorts and experience the Japanese culture? The focus of this Furano and Otaru based tour is to help you further develop your powder snowboarding skills without boring drills.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2022
Days: 10
Price: USD 3,231
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Sky to Sea Powder Snowboarding Tour

The Sea to Sky Powder Tour from WhiteRoom Tours is based in Furano (Central Hokkaido) and Otaru (by the sea). The Sea to Sky Powder Tour will have you road tripping each day to different Central Hokkaido ski areas and the coastal powder zone of Otaru whilst simultaneously improving your powder snowboarding skills.

Central Hokkaido and Otaru are some of the last areas of Hokkaido not yet overrun by gaijin (foreigners). Expect run after run of untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. Your certified instructor and guide will help you gain more confidence in all types of powder filled terrain.

For the first 6 nights you’ll be staying in the base in Furano. From there you will ski Furano, Kamui, Asahidake, Tomamu or Sahoro – whichever has the best conditions that day. The terrain of each resort will help you gradually progress your powder boarding – from the wide open trees on a 25 degree pitch at Tomamu to the steeper powder slopes of Asahidake. Each ski area has its own weather zone so you’re always guaranteed to find some powder to play in.

Central Hokkaido also offers up a great Japanese cultural experience with beautiful volcanic onsens, amazing local food and local Japanese experiences.

From Furano the group will head through Sapporo to Otaru famed for being the snowiest place in Japan. Along the way you’ll have a cultural excursion in Sapporo, checking out ramen alley, the Sapporo Beer Factor, crazy Japanese games arcades, shopping, and wandering around the snowiest city in Japan.

During the time in Otaru, Sapporo Kokusai, Teine and Kiroro are potential resorts to be hit up and whichever two of these has the best weather will have the pleasure of our presence.

Ability Level

The required ability is advanced on-piste and strong intermediate in powder. This tour is specifically designed for those who want a less formal level of instruction, instead wanting powder and technique hints and tips. You may have been on the Powder Progression Tour and are ready to take the next step up the progression ladder. You must be able to confidently ski/ride the whole mountain on piste making parallels/carving turns at speed and have skied or ridden open powder but lack confidence in treed or steeper terrain. You must also have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in most situations as well as hold a reasonable traverse line. Please make a an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down. If you have any questions regarding your ability, please make an enquiry.

The tours have a maximum of 12 people (generally 6 skiers/6 snowboarders) and a 6:1 client to guide ratio.

Itinerary

Day 1 (arrival check-in day – first night)

Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Resort Liner coach service to Hotel Bell Hills where you will be met by the guest services team and taken to the hotel. You’ll be free for the rest of the day to go for a quick ski, get fitted for your rental equipment, or just relax and settle in. That night the group will have a few welcome drinks where you’ll meet your lead guide who will run you through the tour, current conditions and answer any questions you have.

Day 2 (first day on snow)

After a delicious breakfast, you’ll suit up and be issued your avalanche rental gear (unless you brought your own) then you'll be taken through the safety briefing. The guides usually spend the first days guiding you around one of their favourite mountains – Furano. You’ll get your feet and smash some JAPOW. After the first days skiing, you’ll celebrate with a delicious Japanese welcome dinner with local food put on by your hosts.

Day 3 – 7 (4 days on snow including 1 rest day)

Each day your guide will be checking the forecast to see which resort has the best powder conditions, with choices from Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu and Sahoro. Each resort brings something different to your experience with wide-open bowls, chutes, gladed trees, pillows and all-around fun-filled days. There are some great onsen on the way back to Furano which the group may stop at to soak the muscles ready for the next days’ adventure.

Day 8 (Furano – Otaru transfer & cultural day)

It’s time to say goodbye to Central Hokkaido and make your way to the powder-filled zone of Otaru. Unless the guides decide to ski that day due to conditions, you will stop in Sapporo where you will wander the snowy streets, have Sapporo’s best ramen in Ramen Alley, check out the beautiful building and delicious beer at Sapporo Beer Hall, shop, and enjoy Hokkaido’s biggest city. In the afternoon you will check into Grand Park Otaru, a 4-star hotel with views of the ocean on one side and snow-covered mountains on the other.

Day 9-10 (2 days on snow)

Staying in Otaru gives you easy access to some of the most powder areas in Hokkaido. You’ll have 3 main resorts you can choose from close by being Kiroro, Kokusai and Teine. Each ski area receives the first brunt on the NW systems coming in from Siberia meaning they get absolutely dumped on. Classic gladed trees, mushrooms, powder-filled bowls and face shots await! Each night you’ll come back to Otaru and enjoy the quaint bars, delicious seafood and unique culture of this seaside city.

Day 11 (Check-out and departure day)

After an epic powder-filled adventure it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and transfer by train to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport with memories to last a lifetime!

NOTE: 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.

Accommodation

Furano

In Furano the accommodation is at the new and comfortable Rising Sun B&B with local hosts Gonzo and Yuka. Located in central Kitanomine you are surrounded by great spots to eat and drink, or you may like to stay in and be looked after by your wonderful hosts as they serve local produce in your own private restaurant/bar. Each room is spacious and beautifully appointed with large king sized single beds, couches, a huge TV, ensuite bathroom, laundry and tea and coffee making facilities. You’ll love staying here.

Otaru The 4.5 star Grand Park Otaru Hotel is right on the water with views up and down the coast and on the other side of the hotel there are views to the hills you’ll be skiing over the next few days. You’ll stay in luxury here with all the comforts of home and then some. The breakfast is amazing and with a shopping centre, bars and restaurants below the hotel you’ll have plenty to do when you’re not skiing.

Inclusions & Add Ons

Rates Notes:

  • 330,000 yen
  • Other dates and private groups on request pending availability
  • Base rate currency in Japanese yen

 

Inclusions
  • 9 nights twin / triple share accommodation with daily breakfast
  • 7 days of lift tickets
  • 7 days guiding/instruction at various ski areas
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport transfers & ground transport
  • Cultural day tour to Sapporo & onsen tour
  • Tour fully hosted
Add-ons
  • Single share accommodation: 7500 yen/night
  • Avalanche gear rental - 13,500 yen for 8 days (compulsory for tour)
  • Tokyo stopover/Kyoto cultural side trip
  • Extra nights accom & ski days
Not Included

COVID-19 Deposit and Cancellation Policy

In response to the current situation the following deposit and cancellation terms and conditions will apply:

MULTI-DAY TOURS

  • Free cancellation of all Whiteroom tours for any reason applies until official notice is given by the Japanese government that Japan’s borders will open for tourist travellers. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refundable until we have received this notice and once we do we will contact you and give you the option to either receive a refund or travel with us to Japan. No professional fees will be applied. Note this does not apply to deposits paid to other third-party suppliers who may have non-refundable deposits or other stricter T+C’s.
  • DEPOSITS are required to secure your spot on a tour.
  • FINAL PAYMENTS – Whiteroom Tours will not be requesting any final payments unless it is known that borders are opening. If a third-party supplier has other policies in place regarding deposits we will advise you of this before any payments are made.
    • Whiteroom will only request final payment once we can confirm that Japan’s borders have opened. If they have not opened prior to 30 days before the tour start date we will cancel the tour and you will receive a full refund. We will be in touch regarding any change.
    • From 29 days prior to your check-in or tour start date if travel bans are put in place at the last minute due to COVID 20% of total booking value will be forfeited and 80% applied to any tour booking made within the next two seasons.
    • Please note that Whiteroom Tours reserve the right merged or cancel tours if they don’t meet minimum numbers up to 30 days prior to the tour start date, and may also cancel or amend tours or start dates due to guide availability. All clients will be given an option to join a similar tour or a different tour start date or be given a full refund.
    • WRTs advise that all tour clients do not book flights or if they must please book changeable/low fee fares. We will not be responsible for any change fees due to changed tour start/end dates.

DAY GUIDING PRODUCTS

  • Free cancellation of all Whiteroom guiding and associated Whiteroom products for any reason applies until official notice is given by the Japanese government that Japan’s borders will open for tourist travellers. This means all deposits or payments made will be fully refundable until we have received this notice and once we do we will contact you and give you the option to either receive a refund or travel with us to Japan. No professional fees will be applied. Note this does not apply to deposits paid to other third-party suppliers who may have non-refundable deposits or other stricter T+C’s.
  • A 20% deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • FINAL PAYMENTS – Final payment is due 30 days prior to your start date or 5 days from booking if less than 30 days. NOTE:
    • Whiteroom will only request final payment once we can confirm that Japan’s borders have opened. If they have not opened prior to 30 days before the start date we will cancel the guided or instructional booking and you will receive a full refund. We will be in touch regarding any change.
    • From 29 days prior to your start date if border closures are put in place at the last minute due to COVID 100% of total payments made will be applied to any guiding or instructional booking within the next two seasons.
    • Please note that we reserve the right to cancel any guided or instructional days or start dates due to availability. All clients will be given an option to move to another date or be given a full refund.
    • If borders are open for travel, normal terms and conditions apply (see below).

Whiteroom Tours Terms & Conditions

Rate & Price Variation:

Whiteroom Tours 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. The total shown on this statement is based in Japanese Yen for the land package, with the indicative AUD, USD, GBP, CAD, NZD, EURO currency amount based on the exchange rate at the time of quotation/booking. Final payment is required in the currency you confirmed the booking in and cannot be changed after a deposit payment. The final due amount 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 re-calculate using the inter-bank exchange 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 or printing or creation of the quote. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to alter these prices at any time due to exchange rate fluctuations, rate change by a supplier or 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.

Deposit:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions.
A deposit of 20% of the total booking value is required for all bookings. Some properties may require an additional deposit to secure the booking as outlined on your quote or advised by your consultant. All deposits are non-refundable once received. Whiteroom Tours will/may/might forward deposits to suppliers to secure accommodation & or services. Payment of deposit acknowledges acceptance of all booking conditions.

Final Payment:

Is due no later than 70 days prior to departure, or 5 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 70 days. Should airlines impose ticketing time limits, fare withdrawal, fare or tax increase, full payment of fare & taxes may be required before this time. Failure by the client to pay the outstanding balance by the due date may cause the auto-cancellation of the booking whereupon the deposit paid by the client shall be forfeited. Final documents will not be released until the booking is paid in full. Late payment fees may be incurred on your booking.

Payment Options:

By making a payment on a booking you agree to Whiteroom Tours booking conditions. Direct deposit: check with your consultant to confirm which currencies you can receive your invoice in.

Credit Card

Credit card payments are made through our online Stripe/Xero invoice portal and are available in all major currencies. Please notify your consultant your intention to pay by credit card and your preferred currency. Australian VISA, Mastercard and AMEX attract a 1.8% surcharge. International VISA, Mastercard & AMEX attract 3% surcharge. International Japanese Yen payment by VISA, Mastercard & AMEX attract 4% surcharge.

Payments from overseas

If you choose to pay directly into our AUD or JPY account from an overseas institution you are required to cover any applicable fees. This is usually a fee on your end and a $15 or ¥3,000 fee when the funds land into our account. If we have been charged any fees for accepting such transactions these fees will be passed on in full.

Cancellations by the traveller:

Any cancellations must be received in writing. Minimum fees are:

  • Up to 70 days prior to departure – full deposit will be forfeited.
  • Between 30 and 69 days of departure – 50% of total paid will apply.
  • Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total paid will apply.
  • Supplier cancellation fees will also apply if applicable.
  • Whiteroom Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Holidays cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions.
  • No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a tour for any reason after the tour has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of Whiteroom Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, service or any component of the tour not utilised. Please note these conditions apply to Whiteroom Tour land content only.

Cancellations by Whiteroom Tours:

Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour before it is confirmed to run. A tour is confirmed to run once it has reached the minimum participants required as defined by Whiteroom Tours. This applies to all tours. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, including a confirmed tour, due to circumstances beyond our control. If this occurs you will be given the option of changing to another tour or receiving a full refund. Whiteroom Tours is not responsible for any incidental expense you have incurred as a result of your booking. If you choose and alternative tour and it is at a lower value than your original tour you will be refunded the difference. If the alternative tour is of a higher value then you will pay the difference in price.

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.

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.
¥3,000 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. ¥3,000 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.

Transfers:

Any transfers missed or not utilised by the client are non refundable. The cancellation policy of each service provider will determine whether a missed transfer can be moved to an alternate time/date. Whiteroom Tours reserves the right to amend departure times & service providers at our discretion. You will be notified by Whiteroom Tours should this occur.

Lift Passes:

Any lift passes not utilised for any reason by the client on any of our tours are non refundable.

Airfares:

Can be purchased through Whiteroom Tours as part of your travel package. The conditions for the purchase of the airfare will be dependent on the airline & airfare that you are booked on and will be advised to you by Whiteroom Tours at time of quotation and confirmation. All fares quoted remain subject to availability at time of booking. Price may vary until fully paid and ticketed.

Privacy:

Whiteroom Tours collects information about you in order to book components of your travel package. You authorise Whiteroom Tours to provide this information to suppliers who require this information before they will provide products or services to you.

Security bond & passport details:

Your credit card details may be required as a security bond on the potential cost of property damage &/or expenses incurred. Japanese law requires that accommodation providers take a copy or make notes of your passport details. By signing this form you agree to provide a copy of your credit card if requested and supply your passport details if required.

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 & 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:

I acknowledge & understand that skiing & snowboarding are sports that are hazardous and have inherent risks of injury &/or death. I voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injury or death that may result to me from skiing or snowboarding. I hereby release Whiteroom Tours & their employees & agents of any obligation to advise me in relation to the dangers obvious or not, inherent in the sport. I accept that I will participate in such sport(s) of my own free will & never at the direction of Whiteroom Tours &/or their employees and agents. I voluntarily take full responsibility for any damage or injury to myself or which I may cause to others.

Japanese accommodation:

Some Japanese properties may differ from those encountered in Western ski resorts. Whilst hospitality & service levels often surpass Western standards, rooms generally have less furniture & hanging/storage space. Ensuites are generally smaller & are of a modular design. Some Japanese properties also allow smoking in common areas & 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 bathrooms 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 Guides you will need to read and sign our wavier and send this back to us before participation. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to accompany our guides on any activity.