Japan – Ski touring Japan
Our trips focus on powder and the quality of skiing! We use our combined experience guiding, tour planing and Mako’s vast network of industry professionals to find the best snow the island has to offer! We consistently get our clients to skiing that is unparalleled! These trips are led by an IFMGA guide John Kear, co-guided by RRA owner Carl Dec and local Japanese ski guide Makoto Takeishi.Check out the skiing you’ll likely encounter!
The island of Hokkaido is famous for its cold, deep, dry snow and powder skiing! Cold fronts coming out of Siberia 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 occasion, when it stops snowing and we can see, there are opportunities to climb and summit some of the bigger mountains and volcanoes.
- Difficulty – Moderate to difficult | Vert. varies
- Days – 6 days skiing/7 nights lodging
- Minimum age – 10
- Venues – Hokkaido
- Meets – Sapporo, Japan
- Dates –
2021 group dates TBD. For a private trip contact us!
1 Person $3500Check availability and Book online now!
You will fly into Sapporo, Japan via the New Chitose Airport and be greeted by our guides. From there we make the drive to Sapporo where we will be based for the start of the week. This gives us the option to ski the areas of Kokusai, Kiroro, Sapporo Teine and others while at the same time allowing you to explore the culture, food and fun of this wonderful city in the evening. We purposely choose smaller, less crowded areas that offer, what we think is, a better, more authentic Hokkaido experience.
Mid-week we travel to the northern part of the island and base in Asahikawa City. This gives us the option to ski Asahi-dake, Kamui Ski Links, Furano and other “secret” backcountry locations.
If conditions line up this is a lift assisted ski touring trip. If it is snowing, which is the norm and we can access untracked snow, lift served side country skiing is what we will do. However, if conditions dictate, we could be touring to access good snow for a portion of or sometimes all day. Therefore, touring equipment, some touring experience and descent fitness are mandatory. It is best to come into this trip as an advanced downhill skier, comfortable in black diamond tree skiing (28-38 degrees).
We choose each days location base on weather, experience and, most importantly, information that is available to us through Mako and his network of local guides, ski patrollers and professional skiers and boarders. It is this wealth of information that constantly enables us to find the best snow for our clients. While others sit in the rain or are not riding due to high winds we have consistently delivered the goods.We focus on the details allowing you to ride the best snow available and immerse yourself in the culture and food of Japan.more details
ITINERARY:Day 1: Saturday – Arrive in Japan, Chitose airport, meet guides, transfer to Sapporo.
Day 1: Sunday – First ski day at Kokusai, Kiroro, Teine, onsen stay Sapporo.
Day 2: Monday – Ski at Kokusai, Kiriro or Teine, onsen stay Sapporo.
Day 3: Tuesday – Ski Kokusai, Kiriro or Teine travel to Asahikawa.
Day 4: Wednesday – Ski Asahi-dake, Furano or other backcountry location, onsen stay Asahikawa.
Day 5: Thursday – Ski Asahi-dake, Furano or other backcountry location, onsen stay Asahikawa.
Day 6: Friday – Ski Mt. nearby ski area or “secret spot” then drive to Chitose for last night.
Day 7: Saturday – Return home or extend your stay in Japan to see some sites!
- 7:00am – Breakfast as a group. Discuss plan for the day, weather and logistics.
- 8:00am – Depart for skiing
- 3:30pm – Wrap up skiing, visit local onsen, apres and return to the hotel
- 6:30pm – Apres at hotel or local watering hole
- 7:30pm – Dinner at local restaurant
Costs included in the trip:
- Transportation during the week
- Lodging for seven nights
- Breakfast for 7 mornings
- Lift tickets when needed
- All guide wages
Costs not included in the trip:
- Transportation from country of origin to New Chitose Airport (CTS) Sapporo, Japan
- Lunches and dinners
- Onsen visits
- Gratuity/tips for guides
- Personal AT, telemark or splitboard equipment. (We are happy to help you with the purchase of or rental of gear for your trip.)
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About Age LimitationsAge limits are set for each of our trips to be within industry standards and in accordance with our insurance carrier. In some cases the published age is a guideline and people younger may participate. For trips with youth rate pricing we use the following guidelines. Youth Rate = 15 years and younger!
Adults = 16 years and up!
Some trips are priced on a per person basis regardless of age.
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What to Bring
Red River Adventures tries to make your trip with us as easy as possible!
We will clearly outline what we will provide and let you know what you need to bring.
Generally all necessary group equipment for you to take part in our trips is included.
Please NOTE! Skis, ski boots, poles, ice climbing boots and personal clothing are NOT included in the cost of trips.
Rentals are available and RRA will assist you in reserving any gear you might need.
We will provide trip specific lists to assist you in bringing the right things.
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What Risks Are Involved
Red River Adventures has an unblemished safety record. We personally screen and train our employees vigorously each year. Our climbing, skiing and canyoneering guides are highly trained and many, though not all, are AMGA trained or certified for the terrian they guide. Our trips take place in rugged, remote "wilderness" settings. You should be in good general health to participate.
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Charter and Group Rates
Red River Adventures offers a group rate discount of 10% to groups of 10 or more. Additional rates reductions are available for school, club, church, or special-interest groups on some trips. We are happy to, when ever possible, customized trip lengths and itineraries. Please contact us for help in arranging your charter trip or for group rate information.
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What To Pack
Red River Adventures will provide:
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
- Wool or synthetic ski socks
- Google & Sunglasses
- Bottle/thermos for hot tea
- Handwarmers/Toe warmers
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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- Cancellation, in part or full, within 48 hours of departure receive no refund.
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WeatherWeather 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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