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Off-Piste Powder Chaser in Hokkaido, Japan

Escape the crowds and discover authentic Japanese culture, whilst skiing some of the lightest champagne powder you have ever experienced

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10 nights
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HOKKAIDO JAPAN
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POWDER & TREES
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12 – 22 January 2023
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Now only US$3,995 per person
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Small groups up to 6

Japanese Guided Ski Road Trip

Aimed at those looking to experience the traditional culture of Japan, whilst skiing some of the best powder on the planet, this road trip embodies everything a true Mabey Ski trip is about – getting off the beaten track, chasing the best snow with local expert guides, staying in traditional locally-hosted accommodation and experiencing rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine along the way.

As featured in the Financial Times

Based out of the traditional towns of Furano and Otaru, you will have the opportunity to ski off-piste and sidecountry terrain across multiple smaller Japanese ski resorts. Accessed via lifts, this road trip is perfect for those looking to ride powder away from the crowds without any uphill skinning.

Dates: 12 – 22 January 2023

Price: US$4,995 reduced to US$3,995 per person / £3,499 for limited time only (based on 2 people sharing 1 room)

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Spend 8 days chasing the best powder in Hokkaido under the wing of your local ski guide. Expect uncrowded resorts away from the tourist trail, chair lifts that take you back in time, some of the lightest powder you've ever skied and authentic Japanese experiences along the way.

Based out of the traditional Japanese towns of Furano and Otaru, your guide will select the ski area each day depending on snow conditions, group objectives and ability. All ground transportation and lift passes will be provided, including transfers to and from Sapporo (New Chitose Airport).

Resorts and ski areas you may visit during your trip include Moiwa, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Kokusai, Teine, Furano, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro, Asahidake, Pippu & Kurodake.

This lift-assisted ski trip is suitable for skiers and snowboarders who are comfortable skiing all red/black runs in resort (Europe/North America), and have some powder skiing experience. Your group of up to 6 will be allocated by ability, fitness and confidence, so you can get the most out of this experience.

This guided ski trip will take place from 12 January to 22 January 2023. If the dates don't suit or you would like to organise a private trip for a smaller group, please get in touch and we'll be happy to assist.

Chloe & Family, Hokkaido

The attention to detail was second to none and the excursions to onsens and authentic restaurants were excellent. The extra tips on what to take, what to wear and key Japanese phrases were all very helpful. The whole experience was enchanting & fulfilled our desire for adventure – thank you Mabey Ski!

Lucy & Chris, Hokkaido

A good mix of luxury, adventure and culture! The highlight of our trip was ski touring on Mount Yōtei. A more personable and flexible approach. Mabey Ski really focus on the small details as much as the big ones.

Danny & Amanda, Niseko/Kyoto/Tokyo

We really want to thank you for making our first visit to Japan such a memorable experience. Your knowledge of this country really made a huge difference.

Armacell Corporate, Niseko

The whole trip was very well organised. We had no previous knowledge of Niseko and with a large group it was invaluable to have a specialist on the ground. It was completely different to anything I’ve experienced in Europe, and we were all blown away by our Japanese chef’s table experience – it was so unique, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

Jenny & Bert, Hokkaido

A once-in-a-lifetime trip. Mabey Ski made very aspect of organising easy and enjoyable. A unique and magical experience!

Holly, Hokkaido

Had the time of my life in Japan - ski touring for the first time in Japan's deepest powder with the most wonderful guide. Their team goes above and beyond, they think of every detail. I cannot recommend their experiences enough.

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Spend 8 days with your local guide skiing up to 8 different resorts on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. Expect light, deep, fluffy snow – and lots of it! Your guide will select the ski area each day based on snow conditions, weather forecast and the objectives and confidence levels of the group. Whilst the snow might be deeper than many other resorts around the world, its low density and cold temperature makes for much easier powder skiing – your skis will glide through it like a hot knife through butter.

Hokkaido has a great mix of terrain accessible via chairlifts. The tree skiing in particular is exceptional, and the silver birches are more forgiving that their North American cousins thanks to the naturally well-spaced forests. If the weather allows, there is some great alpine skiing available too; however the smaller resorts have so much “low hanging fruit” that you don’t need to go far to ski some of the best quality powder on the planet. Expect long days on the hill, with plenty of laps throughout each day. You will have a rest day in the middle of the trip, as well as a chance to soak in traditional onsens (Japanese hot springs) and dine in local izakayas at the end of each day. Snowfall in Japan is typically very heavy at this time of year, so we do recommend a good low-light lens for your goggles and wide powder skis/powder board to maximise the fun (we have access to some great rental equipment if you don’t wish to bring your own).

Japanese Culture

Japan’s culture is truly unique, and on this ski trip you will have the opportunity to discover the real heartbeat of Hokkaido. Otaru and Furano are both traditional Japanese towns, oozing with local culture. From world-class cuisine, sake and steaming onsens to friendly locals, artisans and fellow powder skiers, we guarantee you’ll be wanting to book another trip to Japan as soon as you get home.

With such a diverse number of resorts and ski areas, you will experience a smorgasbord of cultures along the way. Whilst travelling between Otaru and Furano, the group will stop over in Hokkaido’s capital where you can taste authentic Sapporo beer. If the snow is dumping and the group has had enough rest, it’s possible to ski a few resorts on the way instead – Teine, Kokusai or Tomamu.

Aside from the mouthwatering food you’ll be tasting along the way, the traditional onsens are often a highlight. They are a great way to relax and unwind at the end of a long ski day, and feel more immersed in this unique part of Japanese culture.

Skier KC Dean trying local cuisine in Japan Nozawa Onsen

Overview

Fly into New Chitose Airport in Sapporo where you will be greeted at arrivals and driven to the historical port town of Otaru. After checking into your hotel for the next 4 nights, located in the old district of Otaru, close to the canals, restaurants, and artisans, you will tuck into a hearty welcome dinner. Meet your fellow powder skiers, riders and guide, and start chatting about current snow conditions and what everyone is looking to get out of the trip. Spend the next 3 days chasing the best snow by day and enjoying Otaru’s warm culture by night.

After 3 epic days, you’ll have the chance to rest your legs on your way to Furano. Think whisky distilleries, canal tours, beer factories, snow festivals and a lot of food. Spend your final 6 nights at one of Furano’s newest boutique hotels in the heart of Kitanomine. From Furano you will ski some of Japan’s deepest powder in the Central Hokkaido area, driving out to different local ski resorts each day. Soak in even more onsens and eat some of Japan’s finest seafood and ramen by night. A farewell dinner will be hosted on your last night, before transferring back to the airport the following day.

PRICING

Price: US$4,995 reduced to US$3,995 per person / £3,499 for limited time only (based on 2 people sharing 1 room)

Included in this price:

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in Furano and Otaru (twin share)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • 8 days of professional ski guiding
  • 8 days of lift passes
  • All ground transportation to and from resorts
  • Airport transfers
  • Onsen (natural hot spring) excursion
  • Cultural day

Exclusions:

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Daily lunches and dinners (apart from welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Gratuities
  • Ski or snowboard rental (can be arranged)
  • Avalanche safety equipment (can be arranged)

Resorts you may visit during your trip (please let us know if you have any strong preferences):

  • Moiwa
  • Rusutsu
  • Kiroro
  • Kokusai
  • Teine
  • Furano
  • Kamui
  • Tomamu
  • Sahoro
  • Asahidake
  • Pippu
  • Kurodake

Want to explore Japan's backcountry?

For those looking to experience an even deeper side to Japan, check out our Central Hokkaido Backcountry Tour. Aimed at experienced backcountry tourers who are looking to stay far away from the crowds and lift lines. Conquer some of Hokkaido’s highest and most iconic peaks, from the Daistesu National Park in the North to the crater of Mt Yotei in the South. With a flexible itinerary you will be chasing Hokkaido’s best snow and hiking up peaks to find the best untouched powder.

Skiing through birch trees in Hokkaido Japan