Snowboarding and Skiing in Japan with PowderQuest
2018 Hokkaido Powder Trips
Close your eyes for a second and imagine your winter. Will it be spent watching more videos of everyone getting face shots in waist deep Japanese powder or will you finally make the journey across the Pacific to chase the best powder skiing on the planet in legendary Hokkaido, Japan!
We thought so! PowderQuest has you covered. Join our team of certified ACMG and AAGM ski guides on our select series of backcountry and resort lift assisted touring adventures. Our fully hosted itineraries are flexible and based around the local weather patterns to get us to the best snow on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, famous for deep, dry powder snow.
Why snowboard and ski Japan with PowderQuest this winter?
- All trips are fully hosted, true PowderQuest style adventures with 2 guides, open to solo travelers and small groups.
- A maximum of only 6-8 advanced skiers and snowboarders with powder snow riding experience on each trip.
- Feast on all you can eat sushi, delicious ramen, local beef and veggies, and other local specialties at our select restaurants, the best in town.
- Japanese culture and visits to muscle and soul healing onsens (hot springs) are also an important ingredient to our adventures.
With one of the lowest guest to guide ratios in the industry, our goal is to get you to lesser known powder zones beyond the best Hokkaido ski resorts, explore areas you would most likely not find on your own, and make sure you experience the real Hokkaido and Japan backcountry. While Hokkaido Japan ski terrain is generally not steep, the deep and dry Japan snow is legendary providing one of the best snow experiences on the planet.
2018 Guided Snowboard and Ski Tours in Japan
Hokkaido Interior Powder ChaserOur most popular fully hosted and guided Nippon powder chasing adventure has sold out the past 3 seasons in Japan. Based out of our 4-star hotel in Furano, explore up to 6 ski areas with outstanding lift accessed pow laps and backcountry access. With up to 30 feet of fresh snow falling on average each season, there are plenty of options to get us to the famous deep and dry powder of the Hokkaido interior on this lift assisted touring adventure open to split boarders and ski tourers.
Samurai ExplorerOur powder chasing road trip adventure visiting two strategic Hokkaido powder zones; The west coast near the port of Otaru and the center of the island in Furano. Based in 4 star hotels, we have over 9 ski areas to explore taking advantage of the stellar powder laps and tree stashes right off the chair plus some beautiful backcountry zones accessible with your touring skis or splitboard.
Japan Backcountry Ski Touring and Splitboarding AdventureWith only 6 guests maximum, our 4×4 van and a fully open and flexible daily itinerary based out of our cozy countryside bed and breakfast, we have numerous destinations to choose from within Daisetsuzan, Japan’s largest National Park and beyond. This may mean traveling to the Ryouunkaku Onsen to access Tokachidake and Furanodake or heading over to Asahidake (2,290 meters (7,510 ft)),the highest peak in Hokkaido or Kurodake to get a bump on the lift-accessed backcountry. Grab your split board or touring skis and get ready to earn your turns in Hokkaido.
Customized private trips for groups of 4-6 guests from mid-February to end of March, 2018
Japan ski resorts and backcountry zones on our guided trips
Furano Ski Resort
Furano, our home base for many trips, is a town in central Hokkaido (25,000 population) with an excellent ski resort and plenty of bars and restaurants allowing us to experience Japanese hospitality and culture. At the ski area you’ll enjoy some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido, with easy to access steeper faces and powder filled gullies. The cold temperatures keep snow dry and when its on, it’s hard to beat. If you have even been to Niseko, you will notice the distinct lack of crowds here despite the growth in recent popularity. Express ski lifts take you to the top of 3.5 km runs in a little over ten minutes accessing over 970 vertical meters of powder runs along with very good off-piste terrain.
Tomamu Ski Resort
Tomamu hosts arguably the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido with 11 ski lifts to access the varied terrain. Originally the Hokkaido ski resort mainly catered to the rich Japanese and Chinese tourist due to it’s billion dollar infrastructure however recently some great advanced/expert off piste terrain and touring options have opened up. While there is no super steep ski terrain here, the deep snow touring options and glades make up for it. 1 hour drive from the town of Furano.
Kamui Links Ski Resort
Kamui Links is a small ski resort with generally plenty of fresh tracks, located just over an hour north of Furano. 7 lifts (one gondola and 6 doubles) accessing powder filled trees and gullies, know for low crowds. Kamui has one of Japan’s most open ski area policies (as far as Japanese skiing goes) as well allowing us to explore even deeper. Cold temperatures and dry snow make this place a must visit.
Sahoro Ski Resort
Fun in-bounds skiing and snowboarding along with some outstanding tree runs at this Club Med resort. We have options for long tree run descents down to the road and some really nice ski touring.
Mt. Racey Ski Resort
Another little known Japanese ski area that is ideal when the storms arrive from the South. While some other local ski areas get shut down due to weather, this small off the grid destination is a great option.
Asahidake is known as the playground of the gods with over 14 meters of snow a season on average. Basically our trip is based around a weather window on this active volcano for us to explore this deep backcountry powder mecca in the Daisetsuzan National Park, a great mix of alpine and classic Japan tree riding. 70 Kms from Furano.
Kokusai Ski Resort
Recognized for some of the driest snow in the area as well as one of the deepest snow packs, this small ski resort only has 7 marked runs and 2 gondolas and a quad, yet the off-piste and backcountry terrain is where we will be focused. All accessed from a short hike and traverse off the top gondola.
Teine Ski Resort
Located just 37 km from our hotel on the Ishikari Bay, the views from Teine ski area are outstanding, overlooking Sapporo and the ocean. We will focus on the off-piste terrain and fun tree runs that are mainly north facing and quite often very deep!
A huge thanks to Eric Pollard and our friends at Nimbus Independent for providing us the above footage from their last Japan ski trip and capturing the soul of tree skiing in Japan. Don’t miss their latest masterpiece “After The Sky Falls”, one of the best ski movies out in recent years.
— We had a tremendous time on our PowderQuest ski trip to Hokkaido, Japan last February. Even though it hadn’t snowed in a few days, our guides found fresh tracks and brought us to incredible places. The snow in Hokkaido is some of the best we’ve ever seen. Towards the end of the trip nearly a foot fell overnight, a dusting by Hokkaido standards. That next day was pure magic. David, and his guides always deliver an awesome and safe ski experience. Heidi and I are veteran PowderQuest clients and we’ve always enjoyed our fellow guests. Our crew this time was a bunch of fun, witty, hard charging characters. A PowderQuest adventure doesn’t end when the boots come off. Après ski was a blast and every night was a new delicious dining experience. If you have a chance to ski Hokkaido with PowderQuest, just GO! -John and Heidi Dobrott, Newport Beach, California