Japan Ski Expedition - Niseko
Niseko Ski Expeditions
Lodge Based Ski Expedition
8 Days / 7 Nights / Cost: $2,995
The lodge-based tour will stay in the area surrounding Niseko. Many regions offer skiing access, and we will be flexible with our particular daily destination. However, a sample itinerary can be expected to follow the general guidelines below.
Day 1 Sapporo: Getting to Hokkaido will involve a transfer either from either Narita or Haneda airports in the greater Tokyo area. Implies a late arrival into Hokkaido (after 6:00 pm). We will pick you up at the Chitose airport in Sapporo and make a 2-3hr drive over to Niseko. Niseko is
the powder skiing capital of Japan. It is fed by weather systems that originate from Siberia which picks up moisture from the Sea of Japan.
Day 2 Annupuri: The first day we can exit the ski resort boundaries to sample some of Niseko’s famous powder. From the top of Annupuri Peak, there are stunning views of the Sea of Japan. The widely spaced birch offer some pretty world-
class tree skiing. Last run finishes at the front door of a local outdoor thermal hot spring called the Pool of Five Colors.
Day 3 Rusutsu: Rusutsu Resort is next on the list. On a beautiful day, it offers stunning panoramic views of Mt Yotei which is a massive extinct volcano nicknamed the ‘Mt Fuji of the North.’ The off-piste terrain funnels skiers down drainages conveniently back to the lifts for quick laps. On the return journey, we can stop at an outdoor spring which overlooks Mt Yotei.
Day 4 Kiroro: The destination today is Kiroro Ski Resort. The area sees very few people skiing the off-piste and has some fantastic access to full day tours in the backcountry.
Day 5 Mount Yotei: Ideally, the plan for this day is to climb Mt Yotei, the ‘Fuji San of Hokkaido.” It is a vast cone-shaped mountain that rises from just above sea level to 1,898 meters and is 9th on the list of ‘Hyakumeizan,’ or Japan’s 100 most famous mountains. If we are lucky and have an excellent day, we can climb to the rim of the crater before descending the longest vertical in Hokkaido.
Day 6 Chisenupuri: Next is a small local resort that has recently closed (Chisenupuri) in the center of the Niseko volcanic group of mountains. The area is well known for boiling volcanic pond and offers plenty of options such as Mount Mekunnai or Mt Raiden. All roads down lead to relaxing onsen possibilities.
Day 7 Moiwa: Our last day will probably see us back in Annupuri area. From the Moiwa resort, we can access the Moiwa bowl and north facing slopes down the backside of the mountains.
Day 8 Sapporo: Transfer day where we make our way back to Sapporo to allow everybody time to start their journey home or continue onto other venues!
Departure: Hokkaido, Japan
Best Airport: Hokkaido
Group Size: 6-8 Clients
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:4
Experience Level: Advanced to Expert Skier, Snowboarders
Trip Includes: Lodging, Breakfasts, Dinners, Local Transportation, Guides, and Permits