FURANO - NISEKO - ANNUPURI - ASAHIDAKE - RUSUTSU - KOKUSAI
Ski the many off-piste and backcountry itineraries of Hokkaido Island.
With 120 ski resorts and cities buried under the snow most of the winter, Hokkaido island is indeed a nirvana for all powder skiers. The quality of the snow is exceptional and there are the most snow-covered ski resorts in the country with good year in and year out from 10 to 15 meters per winter of a snow of exceptional quality as it has a moisture content of less than 5%!
Skiing on volcanoes, hot springs, world-famous and appreciated gastronomy, irreproachable welcome: Japan is worth the detour… The program of this ski safari will allow you to discover 2 very distinct regions of the island:
-Furano, the largest ski resort in the center of the island, is the ideal base. In particular, it makes it possible to radiate and discover several small satellite ski areas, all less than an hour away from each other.
-Niseko located in the west of the island is the largest and the most famous ski resort in Hokkaido. It is also an ideal base for visiting other nearby satellite ski areas. The village of Kutchan at an altitude of 250 mts, located right next to Niseko, holds several world snow records with a peak at 21 meters of snow.
In short, this tour will allow you to discover 6 different ski resorts, to cross a good part of Hokkaido island, to taste the Japanese way of life and to discover an endearing population.
What you will do during your trip
You will leave your track on the famous powder champagne generously fallen between the birch trees covering the Japanese mountains.
You will put the seal skins to ski next to the impressive fumaroles of the Asahidake volcano.
When you come back from skiing you will take advantage of the onsens (natural hot spring) to regenerate your legs which will have well deserved it!
Every evening, an incredible variety of culinary curiosities will delight your taste buds.
Frequently asked questions
DAY 1: Meet at New Chitose International Airport in Sapporo.
Meeting with the guide. Transfer with our 4x4 minibus directly to the North Country Inn hotel. This hotel located at the foot of the Furano ski resort will be our base for the next 5 days. Overnight at the North Country Inn.
DAY 2: Furano
With 950 m of vertical drop, Furano offers beautiful descents in large valleys untouched by traces. Safety briefing in the morning and powder skiing in the forest all day. Overnight at the North Country Inn.
DAY 3: Tomamu
It's a nice little ski resort where there aren't many people. Skiing between the ideally spaced birch trees is easy and a short hike allows a long descent to the road. In short, powder, long run and no traces ... Overnight at the North Country Inn.
DAY 4: Asahidake
Here there is only one ski lift, a cable car that takes us to the slopes of Mt Asahi which rises to 2291 mts high. It is the highest peak in Hokkaido. It is also an active volcano, as evidenced by the fumaroles present at the top of the lift. If the weather permits, a nice hike will allow us to climb to its summit. Change of scenery guaranteed. Overnight at the North Country Inn.
DAY 5: Tokashidake
Located just in front of Furano, the chain of volcanoes of Tokashidake is impressive. With several peaks reaching 2000 mts high the snow there is often exceptional. Underneath the sulfurous smoke of active volcanoes, the forest is magical. This paradise is reserved for ski touring enthusiasts, indeed it is a national park and there are no ski lifts. At the end of the day, we will be able to swim in the natural warm waters of a beautiful Onsen. Overnight at the North Country Inn.
DAY 7: Transfert Furano - Niseko
Transfer by minibus between Furano and Niseko. The highway is surrounded by impressive snow walls which make crossing the island by car an unforgettable experience. Arriving in Niseko at the end of the afternoon, we will be able to enjoy the very popular night skiing in Japan. Banzaï for a few hours of night skiing !!! Overnight at the Green Leaf Hotel.
DAY 7: Niseko
Also called the Snow Factory, Niseko is Japan's best-known ski resort. Its ski area stretches over a good part of the Annupuri volcano and offers many off-piste routes. From the top of the last chairlift, a half an hour boot pack approach allows to reach the top of the volcano. This effort will be rewarded by 360° descents and a good 1000 m of vertical drop in powder snow. Overnight at the Green Leaf Hotel.
DAY 8: Rusutsu
About 45 minutes drive from Niseko, Rusutsu is a little gem for powder and steep slope lovers. Most of the time, there is a lot of snow and very few people as soon as you deign to put the skins on... Otherwise, Rusutsu offers about twenty ski lifts and a playground full of powder snow. Overnight at the Green Leaf Hotel.
DAY 9: Niseko - End of the trip
Back to the snow factory for our last day of skiing, it is with pleasure that we will again enjoy the magical japanese powder snow and the gnarly Niseko ski terrain. Fans of ski touring, it is possible to climb Mount Yotei! After skiing, return by minibus to Chitose for an arrival at the airport around 7 p.m., those who want to leave directly can book their plane that evening. Otherwise you can stay a last night (at an additional cost) and spend an evening of farewell in the company of your guide and take off the next morning. Overnight at the Green Leaf Hotel.
Le programme est susceptible d’être modifié en fonction des conditions sur le terrain et de la forme des participants.
Hotels and Huts
Hotels and Huts
NORTH COUNTRY INN HOTEL(base of our central island loop):
Located in the small town of Furano at the foot of the ski resort of the same name. The North Country Inn welcomes us with a perfect blend of comfort and tradition. The hotel has its own Onsen and the English speaking staff is at our service.
GREEN LEAF HOTEL(base of our loop in the west of the island):
This is a luxurious European-style hotel ideally located at the bottom of the pistes (ski-in / ski-out). The rooms overlook the volcano, the buffet breakfast is extraordinary and the Onsen (Japanese-style spa) is first class.
Full-time supervision for 6 people by a UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide or a fully qualified ski guide specialist of the region.
6 days ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.
8 nights in double rooms and buffet breakfast.
– 5 nights at the North Country Inn in Furano, and access to the hotel’s “Onsen” natural hot spring.
– 3 nights at the Green Leaf hotel in Niseko Village, with buffet breakfast and access to the hotel’s “Onsen” natural hot spring.
All transportation during the safari for participants and luggage. The transport will be done in a 4×4 minibus driven by your guide.