Hokkaido Powder Belt
Central Hokkaido is known as the Hokkaido Powder Belt, thanks to the superb quality of the snow at the ski areas. The Hokkaido Powder Belt incorporates some of the Powderhounds most highly rated Japanese ski areas for powder hounds such as Kurodake. Expect to ski or snowboard some of the deepest and driest powder you have ever experienced! This Hokkaido ski tour covers off-piste and sidecountry (backcountry) terrain that is mostly lift accessed, but expect to earn some of your turns.
Each day you will ski and ride Hokkaido’s famous powder and finish some days by bathing in thermal hot-springs, and in the evenings treat yourself to gastronomic local Japanese cuisine.
This trip starts in the vibrant city of Asahikawa where you'll be able to enjoy the fabulous Japanese culture and cuisine in the evenings.
The Powderhounds went on a Central Hokkaido Tour with Hokkaido Powder Guides (very similar to the Hokkaido Powder Belt Tour). This video should give you a little bit of a flavour of what's on offer.
You should be an advanced to expert skier or boarder for this tour. To make the most of your trip it is recommended that you have a good to very good level of aerobic fitness.
You will stay at a deluxe hotel in Asahikawa and then in a family operated bed and breakfast in Furano.
Legendary Hokkaido Powder Belt...
..and superb onsens...
Transfer to Asahikawa
in Central Hokkaido. The city is surrounded by the Daisestuzan National Park and makes an excellent base to the ski areas in the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range.
Today you will ski a live volcano. Asahidake
, at 2,290m is the highest mountain in Hokkaido and also a live volcano. You will be awed by this conical shaped volcano that looms over this backcountry ski area and which billows steam out of its multiple vents. The powder here is some of the lightest in the world and will not disappoint. You will ski through primeval spruce forest and take an outdoor hot-spring to finish.
You will ski Kurodake
. There is some great off-piste skiing accessible from the lift and great backcountry terrain with a hike to the peak. Retire to the hot spring at the end of the day.
You head south to the local’s resort Kamui Ski Links
that is well known for its liberal off-piste policy making it a favorite destination for local powder skiers. It sits in a good location to catch the predominant northwesterly Hokkaido systems.
Today, you'll travel to the the southern end of the National Park. The Tokachidake
area is known for the live volcano and the abundance of hot springs. You'll ski the volcano and finish the day in a natural hot spring overlooking your ski lines. Transfer to Furano
town which is nicknamed the ‘Navel of Hokkaido’ for its central location on the island.
The off-piste circuit takes the group out of the ski area boundaries which provides for 900 vertical meters of skiing each run. Easy access out of the resort and then egress makes for a big day of skiing.
You'll journey south to Tomamu
resort for the last ski day. Dinner at a traditional izakaya which serves local produce from the town’s surrounding farms to celebrate the last night.
Transfer to airport.
The powder room..
..a well earned soak in an onsen..
...ahh fresh tracks.
Tour Dates 2017
Fixed schedule tour:
Price for fixed tour date based on:
- Tours can be customised to your group
- Can depart any time from late February to mid April
- Subject to availability
- twin share per person
- based on min 5 people on trip
- max guide:guest ratio (1:6)
- max 6 guests on these tours
- Private transportation on guided days
- 6 days guiding fees and expenses
- 7 nights accommodation (moderate city hotel and western style BnB) in twin rooms with daily breakfast
- Lift tickets (5 days)
- Transport to ski areas
..and Kamui powder...