JAPAN Skitour and Freeride

Trip type: Skitour and Freeride, Splitboard
Duration: 10 days
Country/Region: Japan, Hokkaido and Niseko
Price: from 4’290,00 CHF p.P.
Participants: 4-8
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Japan is a country made for unforgettable ski touring and freeride adventures in winter. With its fascinating culture, warm hospitality and exquisite cuisine, Hokkaido has been attracting ski tourers and freeriders from all over the world for years and is increasingly establishing itself as a preferred destination for alpine adventurers. Immerse yourself in Japan’s culture and rich history as you explore the mountains by day and relax in traditional ryokans by night.

Requirements:

skitouren

Ski technique

difficulty

Average to good

Kick turns

Schwierigkeit 2 5 1

Experience advantageous

Alpine technique

Schwierigkeit 2 5 1

First experiences advantageous

Fitness

Schwierigkeit 2 5 1

Generally fit for short ascents

Use of ice axe and crampons

Schwierigkeit 1 5 1

No experience necessary

Japan Ski Touring and Freeriding – Powder Alarm!

Hokkaido, the northernmost of the main Japanese islands, is a true eldorado for ski tourers and freeriders. The best conditions are to be found between January and March. Hokkaido is best known for its imposing volcanoes, which are covered annually with powder snow that falls in abundance (up to 5 m annually!).

The volcanoes around Niseko, Kamifurano, Mount Asahidake and Rusutsu offer first-class runs and impressive views. The pristine slopes and deep snow slopes transform into a paradise for freeriders looking for the ultimate freedom and the perfect “JAPOW”.

The culinary delights of Hokkaido are also a highlight of this ski trip. Japanese cuisine is famous all over the world, and in Hokkaido you can enjoy local specialties like fresh sushi or delicious Ramen. The seafood here is especially fresh and delicious, and a visit to a traditional sushi restaurant is sure to enchant your taste buds!

As we will take a break from skiing, we will visit the thermal baths or stay in traditional ryokans. A visit to the metropolis of Sapporo is also on the agenda. This lively city offers a wealth of activities, from shopping to cultural attractions. Don’t forget to try the famous Sapporo beer, brewed in the city with the same name. Overall, Hokkaido offers everything a ski touring and freeride enthusiast’s heart desires: spectacular nature, perfect snow conditions, delicious cuisine, and the opportunity to experience Japanese culture firsthand. A visit to this Asian winter wonderland will leave you with unforgettable memories.

On „First Line“ chase in the japanese powder snow

In Hokkaido you will not only encounter incredible hospitality, culture and delicious food, but also pristine slopes and deep powder at its best!

Your benefits with Exped Tribe:

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Local and multilingual mountain guide

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Support member

who will document the trip with professional recordings and look after your well-being. You will receive drone videos, photos and much more as a souvenir of your adventure.

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Small groups

of max. 8 participants. Increased flexibility, familiar atmosphere and harmonious get-together. We do our best to ensure that all participants have an incredible adventure! We conduct expectation phone calls and pool participants who have similar expectations and abilities. We are happy to accept special requests!

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Vegetarian friendly

We offer Alpine gourmet cuisine, completely without meat/fish!

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Co2 compensation

Planting of several trees per participant. You will receive a certificate of your trees and will be able to follow their growth.

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Rental materials

Cost-effective rental materials such as skitouring sets, avalanche airbags and much more are available.

Japan Skitouren

Planned itinerary of the ski touring and freeride trip to Japan

Sicht aus dem Flieger

Day 1

Arrival from Zurich or Milan by plane. We are happy to organize arrival by train, if desired. Overnight stay in the metropolis of Sapporo.

Abfahrt nach Engelberg

Day 2-5

Transfer to Niseko where we will visit the Raiden Range and visit different volcanoes each day. Among others, we will do the Mt. Niseko-Annupuri round trip, ride Mount Yotei and even climb the lone cone volcano of Yotai-San. Here and there we treat ourselves to a thermal bath to recover from the strains of the powder runs.

Aufstieg Sustenlimmi

Day 6

We head east to the Kamifurano and Asahikawa area, which is located in the Hokkaido region. Here we prepare for more great ski touring days in alpine environment. Today serves as a rest day and transfer day, although a short ski tour can still be incorporated if desired.

Abfahrt zum Göscheneralpsee

Day 7-9

We will spend the remaining days in the beautiful Daisetzusan National Park, where we will experience the dreamlike snow conditions of Japan. Among others we can climb and ski Mount Upepesanke, Mount Maru, Mount Funaro or Mount Asahidake.

Sicht aus dem Flieger

Day 10

Return trip to Sapporo, city tour and farewell dinner, flight back to Switzerland

Important info about your trip to Japan

Clothing
  • Hard shell jacket
  • Spare underwear (the warmest you have)
  • Warm ski touring pants, warm base layer & sweater
  • Soft shell or fleece jacket
  • Hat, gloves, balaclava
Miscellaneous
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun and lip cream
  • Drinking bottle and thermos flask
  • Ev. camera and powerbank
  • Backpack (30-50l)
Technical equipment
  • Helmet
  • Ski with ski touring binding
  • Telescopic poles
  • climbing skins
  • crampons
  • LVS set (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Avalanche airbag, if available
  • Light pick
  • Crampons
  • Climbing harness
For the overnight
  • Hut sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries (reduced to the minimum)
Included
  • UIAGM mountain guide
  • Overnight stay in Guest House, hotel or middle class lodge
  • Entrance fee national parks
  • Transfers with winterized van or jeep
  • Professional photo reportage and videos
  • One activity to support the local community
  • Group material
  • Co2 compensation with the planting of 10 trees/participant
Excluded
  • Travel to and from the destination country
  • Private insurance with coverage of return transportation costs
  • Half board
  • Ski passes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for local activities
  • Everything that is not listed under “Included”
Catering
  • Snacks (not included, serves to replenish the energy balance): This is taken between breakfast and dinner and is carried for an appropriate number of days. Dried fruit, chocolate, cheese, wholemeal bread and energy bars are good choices. Remember not to make your backpack too heavy.
  • Full board (not included): Out of commitment to animal welfare, we do not offer fish/meat on our tours. Nevertheless, you can of course order what you like best, be it vegetarian or of animal origin, at the local restaurants.
Rental material
  • Skitour Set: Skis, bindings, skins, CHF 250.00
  • Avalanche airbag, CHF 120.00
  • Helmet, CHF 30.00
Other, Add-ons
  • This adventure can be complemented with a two-day ski tour with overnight stay in an expedition tent if desired;
  • Upon request, luxury accommodation with private spa can be offered in Sapporo;
  • Sapporo: visit the city with a local guide
  • Tokyo: extra stop in Tokyo for sightseeing

JAPAN SKITOUR AND FREERIDE

Searching for the perfect powder, between Hokkaido and Niseko. A trip for ski tourers, freeriders and splitboarders. You will never forget the "Japow"!
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