Japan – Ski touring Japan

Ski Japan!

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  • Difficulty – Moderate to difficult  | Vert. varies
  • Days – 6 days
  • Minimum age – 10
  • Venues – Hokkaido
  • Meets – February 2nd Sapporo, Japan
  • Dates – Feb 3-8
  • 1 Person $2900

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The Japanese island of Hokkaido is famous for its cold, deep and dry snow. This is because of cold fronts coming out of Siberia, which then mix with moisture as they cross the Sea of Japan. The result is huge dumps of the cold dry fluffy stuff. The terrain in Hokkaido is mostly birch tree glade skiing. On the occasions when it stops snowing and we can see, there are opportunities to climb and summit some of the bigger alpine volcanoes.

This trip is run by Aspen Expeditions and guided by Amos Whiting IFMGA, lead guide and Owner of Aspen Expeditions and a Ski certified local Japanese guide.

We will fly directly into Sapporo (SPK), Japan and start our trip based in the outskirts of this city, sampling some near by terrain/ski areas. Our trip specifically avoids the mega resort of Niseko as we feel the cultural experience of skiing in Japan is somewhat lost by going there. Instead, we go to some resorts/parks with less foreigner traffic.

This is a ski touring trip where we often use the lifts. However, we will be touring or boot packing a bit each day and sometimes all day. Therefore, touring equipment, some touring experience and fitness are mandatory. It is best to come into this trip as an advanced downhill skier, comfortable in single to double black diamond tree skiing (28-38 degrees).

Throughout our trip we will focus on finding the best snow. We will also travel to a few different venues to see different parts of the island. There will be the option to visit a number of hot spring baths or onsens. This is a perfect way to soak your sore body after a day of deep powder skiing. 

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Itinerary:

February 2: arrive in Sapporo city and stay the night in a hotel/ lodge near the city.  

Feb 3: first ski day at Ski Sapporo or Kokusai, Sapporo Teine; spend a second night in Sapporo city. 

Feb 4: ski again at Sapporo Kokusai or Sapporo Teine; drive to Kiroro Lodge.

Feb 5: Ski Kiroro Mountain off piste.

Feb 6: Ski Kiroro off piste or ski tour; travel to Asahikawa city.

Feb 7: Ski Mt. Asahidake; stay in Asahikawa city for a second night.

Feb 8: Ski Mt. Kurodake in Daiseetsuzan National Park; drive to Sapporo for our last night and dinner.

Feb 9: return home or extend your stay in Japan to see some sites!

Costs included in the trip:

  • Transportation during the week
  • Lodging for seven nights
  • Breakfast for 7 mornings
  • IFMGA (internationally certified) and Local Guides’ daily wages

Costs not included in the trip:

  • Transportation to and from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Onsen visits 
  • Lift tickets (which can range from $35-75 USD for a full day ticket, or as little as $4 for a single-trip ticket)
  • Gratuity/tips for guides
  • Personal AT, telemark or splitboard equipment. (We can help you with purchase or rental gear for your trip.)

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What To Pack

Red River Adventures will provide:

  • Beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel
  • Pack

For technical outings ice ax and crampons will also be provided.
Full AT set ups are available to rent through our partnership with Black Diamond.
RRA will help co-ordinate rental in advance.

Ski Touring (recommended)

  • Shell – Jacket/pants (soft shell or gortex little to no insulation)
  • Insulating layer – Down or synthetic puffy coat
  • Mid Layer – Synthetic or wool zip shirt
  • Base layers: Synthetic, wool or silk bottom, underwear and top
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Hat or hats
  • Buff
  • Wool or synthetic ski socks
  • Helmet
  • Google & Sunglasses
  • Bottle/thermos for hot tea
  • Sunscreen
  • Handwarmers/Toe warmers

General

We are always available to answer any questions you may have. A complete packing list will be emailed prior to your trip.

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Full and 1/2 Day Trips

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  • Balance is due 7 days prior to departure.
  • Changes to trip type, numbers or date are FREE prior to 7 days before departure.
  • Complete cancellation prior to 7 days before departure subject to a $25 fee.
  • Complete cancellation after 7 days but prior to 48 hours before departure subject to a $10 per person fee.
  • NO REFUNDS for cancellations, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure.
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Dolores and multi-day Fisher Towers trips

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  • Changes to trip type, numbers or date are FREE prior to 7 days before departure.
  • Complete cancellation prior to 7 days before departure subject to a $25 fee.
  • Complete cancellations received less than 7 days before departure forfeit the deposit amount.
  • NO REFUNDS for cancellations, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure.
Please Note: NO REFUNDS for cancellations, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure.

General

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Weather is part of the dynamic environment in which we operate. We may experience conditions that you do not consider ideal. If we determine that conditions are suitable for the activity you have booked and you instead wish to cancel/discontinue the trip, we will, whenever practical, end the trip at your request with no refund. If conditions are such that RRA deems it unwise to continue, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary, which may include, but may not be limited to, shortening of route or length of trip. We may also change venue or cancel the remainder of your trip. If, at time of cancellation, the trip is less than 1/2 complete, we will charge 50% of trip fee. If the trip is between 1/2 and completed, a full trip fee is charged.

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