Dates: Jan 13-20
Client Ratio: 5:1
- Certified ski guides
- Avalanche safety introduction/refresher
- Off piste and Backcountry guiding
- Comfortable 4 star lodging, private bath with delicious breakfasts and dinners
- Choice of beer, sake at dinner
- Private transportation in our 4×4 van
- Round trip chartered shuttle Airport-Furano Hotel-Airport
- gratuities for guides
- Personal insurance
- Individual transfers
- All personal items
- Meals away from lodges, breakfast in Chitose
- Lift tickets if used
- Drink purchases, equipment rental, lunches.
Japan sits in our minds with images of sushi, samurais, zen, Toyotas and Sony, now deep, powder skiing joins the list! Pacific storms mixed with Siberian cold makes deep, cold smoke a daily reality for the Land of the Rising Sun. We make our way to Hokkaido to the ski region of Niseko and Furano for 6 days of exploration and skiing the many ski areas, enjoying as many fresh track we can find! We have explored Hokkaido and agree Niseko and Furano need a visit, the pow is too deep to ignore.
Hokkaido offers a wide range of lift served and pure backcountry runs each offering a range from classic Japow face shots, through 1,000′ glades and chutes to smouldering volcanoes with wind swept summit craters and followed by 3-4,000′ descents to the famous ‘onsens’ with bottomless sushi and ramen to top you off.
Day 1 Arrive and transfer to Niseko
Day 2 Ride the lifts to access the well known backcountry and shake off jet lag.
Day 3 Tour one the summits of Chisenupuri, Nitonupuri, Iwaonupuri) as well as the BIG BOY – Mt Yotei.
Day 4 Ski another peak in the Niseko Range then transfr to Furano to explore Central Hokkaido.
Day 5-7 Explore the terrain around the Furano ski areas and go into the Daisetsuzan National Park to tour the famous ridges, craters and glades of Asahidake and Tokachidake then head back to Sapporo and home.
- Adjustable Ski poles with powder (big) baskets*
- Skis or Splitboard. Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision snowboards w/ skins.*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboard boots *(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Skins with glop stopper (skin wax)
- Avalanche Beacon This needs to be Triple Antenna.*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Shovel Small collapsible style*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Avalanche Probe 265cm or longer*(Available for rental @Ascent)
- Ski Crampons for skis & boards
- Helmet for riding and climbing adjustable to fit over hats *optional
- Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt
- Soft Shell
- 1 -2 Sports bra synthetic(Women)
- 1 Medium weight Down/synthetic jacket with hood
- 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 pair liner gloves Thin wool or polypropylene
- 1 pair warm gloves Synthetic
- Shell gloves or mitts
- Warm hat Wool or synthetic
- Balaclava or Buff
- Shade hat or baseball cap
- 2 pair heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
- 2 pair synthetic underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
- 1 pair lightweight long underwear Polypropylene or Capilene
- Soft shell pants with Schoeller fabrics
- Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
- Comfortable clothes for travelling and eating out
- Duffel and ski bag
- Internal frame pack 2000-2500 cubic inch capacity, avoid unnecessary options that add weight
- Glacier glasses 100% UV protection
- Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc.
- Lip balm At least SPF 20,
- Sunscreen At least SPF 40
- Headlamp compact LED
- 2 1-liter water bottles
- Toiletry kit Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
- Nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage (large Ziplocs are also useful
- Hand wipes
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?
You will receive an introductory email with your guide. We are small company who enjoy working together in the mountains as well as highly skilled professionals who hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and hold professional certifications with AIARE & AMGA. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA, which is the international body of certified mountain guides.HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary – so $15-20 per day per person/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. Often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb. If you feel that the program was exceptional or substandard the tip can reflect that.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BCAG?
We work with Ascent Outdoors who rents full ski and splitboard packages as well as beacons, shovels, and probes here. If you need these plus touring equipment, Quantities are limited so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.There will be rentals in Japan as well.
HOW MUCH CAN I TAKE?
No limit just have to lug it around so follow the equipment list and it will be plenty.
HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
You will carry 10-15 pounds, which will include everything on the equipment list.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
50% Deposit at the time of the reservation, the balance due 90 days prior to departure.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
This is where travel insurance will save you stress of refund. If you should decide to cancel your trip, BCAG must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
90 to 22 days from trip departure – 50% of trip cost
30 days or less – 100% of trip cost
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
Schedule changes are subject to a $50 fee per person up to 2 weeks out and $100 less then 14 days from the start of the trip and may not be possible. If conditions or circumstances preclude running a scheduled program we reserve the right to make the decision as to whether the program will be canceled, rescheduled, or an alternative provided.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BC ADVENTURE GUIDES HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
In the rare circumstance where we need to cancel a program you can reschedule without a fee or receive a refund on your deposit. If circumstances arise that force us to cancel a program that is already in progress we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit, at a prorated rate, will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees or costs arising from your changed or cancelled flights, lodging, or other arrangements. We strongly recommend obtaining trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
BCAG highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance on domestic trips and requires it on International trips. Europeans and Canadians use it because travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
Several options include Travelex or Travel Guard International at (1-877-248-8992) & www.travelguard.com for protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you.
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
Please plan your travel itinerary giving yourself a buffer (a day on each end) to accommodate delays due to stormy weather. These could include your incoming flight not arriving on time or a weather delay. In the winter it snows here. A lot.
AIR TRANSPORT OPTIONS
All Flights should arrive and depart in Sapporo at Chitose International Airport.
WHERE TO STAY
We take care of the hotels on the trip so check your flight to make sure it matches up with the nights of the itinerary so if you need a hotel it is near the airport.