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PRIVATE GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURS
Niseko Area | Shirabetsu & Yotei | Min 2 Days
From price based on 2 days of guided backcountry skiing/riding per person (5 guests in your group).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 270
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Join Black Diamond Tours on 2 or more epic days of guided backcountry skiing or riding with your own PRIVATE group. Areas include Niseko backcountry areas, Shirabetsu & lower Mt Yotei.
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  • Guiding by qualified guides (max 5 guests per guide)
  • Transport where aplicable
  • Avalanche safety gear where needed
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Dec 15 - Mar 31, 2017
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Guided Backcountry Tours (Suited to Advanced+)

Interested in getting away from the crowds and into Niseko's incredible backcountry? Black Diamond's certified guides will take you out of the resort for an experience you won't forget. They offer several different backcountry tours to suit your lung capacity and endurance. The location visited on any given day may depend on the group and weather and snow conditions. Below are a few options.

Backcountry gear such as avalanche transponder, shovel, probe, backpack, touring skis, skins, snowshoes etc are not included in the price of these tours however they can be rented from Black Diamond Tours.

Please note that all bookings are for a minimum of 2 days.

Tour Price
150,000 yen for 2 days (max group of 5)

So the price per person based on:

  • 5 in your group is 150,000/5 = 30,000 yen per person
  • 4 in your group is 150,000/4 = 37,500 yen per person
  • 3 in your group in 150,000/3 = 50,000 yen per person
  • 2 in your group is 150,000/2 = 75,000 yen per person
Add-on's
  • Niseko single ride lift tickets if required
  • Touring gear rentals (touring skis, skins, split boards)
  • Avalanche safety gear (shovel, probe & backpack)

Niseko Area


Want to ski some of this....

..or maybe some of this...

..or even this...book this tour now!

Typically this day starts by driving to Goshiki onsen before setting out on foot. Goshiki onsen is located at an elevation of 750 meters meaning that it does't take long to get above treeline. Expect to spend most of the day in open alpine terrain with incredible views of both the Sea of Japan & Pacific Ocean along with the Niseko range, Mount Yotei and surrounding valleys.

There is a wide selection of great lines in this area and peaks within reach include Iwaonupurri, Nihonupurri and Chisenupuri. If you're up to it you can even traverse the range bagging all 3 of these summits in one day.

Regardless of what you ski, you'll finish the day by skiing down to the beautiful Goshiki onsen located at the foot of your last run. Grab a beer from the nearest vending machine and allow your burning legs to relax in this natural hot spring.
 
An alternative option on this trip is to start the day using the Niseko lift network, climbing the peak and then descending towards Goshiki onsen before strapping on the touring gear and earning your turns properly for the rest of the day. This does require a one ride Niseko lift pass but permits one top to bottom run with minimal effort before you get into the backcountry.

Note: As the best skiing terrain in this area is above treeline, it is best suited for travel on clear, sunny days. Under less favorable conditions we may adjust the destination to suit weather conditions.

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Shiribestu

Shiribetsu above Rusutsu....

..you need to be up for a walk...

...and the rewards...

Adjacent to nearby Rusutsu resort, Shiribetsu-dake (Mount Shiribetsu) offers a formidable backcountry challenge and some immaculate fall line skiing. Our day begins on the Western slopes of Shiribetsu (opposite side of the mountain from Rusutsu resort) as we ascend through the low angle slopes at the base of this extinct volcano.

After a relaxing opening the climb steepens but you will soon be rewarded with spectacular ridgeline views of the surrounding peaks including Mount Yotei and Niseko Annupurri. In general we spend about 2-3 hours on the first ascent before reaching the peak. We will lap up 2-3 (or more if you're up to it!!) runs on the upper mountain before beginning our final top to bottom descent offering a consistent pitch for the first 300+ meters before slowly mellowing out into a cruisy powder bowl. The run finishes in typical Hokkaido style as we wind through the trees and back to civilization.
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Lower Mt Yotei

Mt Yotei....

..it's a big hike...

...but the ski down is truly epic!

Due to Hokkaido`s relentless snowstorms there are only a handful of days through the winter months when a summit attempt is possible; however the lower slopes of Yotei offer reliably good snow, great gladed backcountry skiing and seemingly endless terrain.

We can typically climb to at least 1200 meters elevation after starting at around 400m. From here we start skiing and will lap up several great volcano lines pushing as high on the mountain as visibility permits before our final, long descent.

And while the summit is not the objective with this trip (top quality pow skiing is!!), if the group is moving well and the weather cooperates we`ll consider heading for the top.