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Hokkaido Snow Tow - Reviews

Phenomenal

Jordan
30/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
Hokkaido Snow Tow tour was a trip of a life time. Food, company, and culture were all above expectations. I never thought I would ski on lighter snow than that of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Utah, but I was never so wrong. Skiing in the clouds became a reality in Japow and I am ashamed to say my husband had to twist my arm to go on this vacation...now we are hoping to go back next year. Did I mention skiing in -20F weather and having heated toilet seats in every stall? Genius is an understatement. In all seriousness, we are so grateful to Japan Ski Tours for creating such a wonderful and affordable dream vacation. Our host Kimi went above and beyond to ensure that every need was met. An outstanding and phenomenal company that hit a slam dunk.

Would go back in a heartbeat

Will R
14/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
Took the Hokkaido Snow Tow in the middle of Feb 2017 with four buddies. Had an awesome time. Loved the diversity of ski resorts and food the snow tow brought to us. Our Japan Tours guide was everything we could have wanted. Showed us where the best places to go before we got on the mountain. Got us safely from resort to resort in some nasty storms. Taught us all sorts of unique things about Japenese culture and was prepared to answer any question we threw at him (or at least willing to find out the answer for us). Would go back in a heartbeat

The perfect powder chasing experience

Kieran
13/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    March
With everything provided and organised for us, the Snow Tow tour was ideal for our first time to Hokkaido.
Excellent lodging, transport and ski fields, couldn't have asked for better. The guides were friendly and very helpful. Highly recommended to anyone facing the daunting task of organising a snow trip in a non-english speaking country.
Best snowboarding trip of my life!

Hokkaido Snow Tow

Sarah Warne
06/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
Just returned from the best ski trip of our lives!! The guys at Japan Ski tours who curated our Hokkaido Snow Tow to our group of 11 perfectly were amazing. Soren Rasmussen, our tour guide for the week, was helpful, professional, went above and beyond and was great fun with our group too. We had thigh deep powder on several days, and on our penultimate day on Asahidake, the guides found us completely untouched fresh lines. We all experienced lots of amazing food, culture and night life as well as great skiing. Unfotuntately we had one minor accident on the slopes and also a missing go pro camera, but Soren was there to help our party to get the right medical attention and file a missing camera report at the local police station (which really helped in both instances because of the language barrier). If you love chasing the best snow and seeing lots of the country at the same time, I couldn't recommend Hokkaido Snow Tow more.

Snow Towrrific!

Mark
08/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
What a great week of skiing, eating, making some great new friends and experiencing a fantastic culture. Perfect trip for an introduction to skiing in Japan. Really helped having our host drive us around, communicate with the locals, get our lift tickets & take us to some fantastic local restaurants. Everyday the skiing was good to great. Our best day was knee deep blower at Kiroro. Even on our "worst" day of skiing we found some relatively light boot top snow in the trees at Asahidake. Asahidake had been closed the day before due to wind, so the top of the mountain was a bit sketchy. Niseko, Furano & Rusutsu are all really good resorts with a lot of great tree skiing, especially Rusutsu. First 3 nights the accommodations are nice but basic with a shared common area which was great for building camaraderie with our group. Last 3 nights are in a very nice hotel in Asahikawa. I totally recommend this trip and hope that you have as great a group as we did and the skiing is just as good or better!

Awesome, friendly, professional tour

Jamie
03/05/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January
Wowee, what a tour!

I did the Jan 3rd to Jan 9th Snow Tow and it was absolutely amazing. I could not believe the value for money that it offered as I thought I was in for a bare bones experience.

Guides Brent and Soren were 2 of the nicest people I've ever met, and went out of their way to make sure everyone got the most out of their trip. They were highly professional and made sure everyone was as safe as possible, while also providing heaps of anecdotes and insights about Japanese culture, which made all of the minivan trips go by super fast.

The snowboarding and skiing was great, and we got to the mountains every morning for first tracks when they were available. Even though this was not a guided tour, they always had suggestions as to where the best places were to ski on each mountain.

Equally as good as the snow was the opt-in dinners that were organised. They were all to great, authentic local restaurants that I otherwise would not have been able to find.

My only regret was not booking a longer trip.

Awesome snow adventure

Ed Catmur
25/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
I'd never been to Japan before so joining an organized tour seemed to make sense - I'm really glad I did! Our group started off made up of a load of people from Europe, North America and Australia, travelling either in pairs or individually, but it ended up feeling like a group of friends on holiday together. The snow was amazing - waist deep powder nearly every day, with some days finding fresh tracks even after lunch. Special thanks to our guide - Soren speaks perfect Japanese and was able to give us an insider feel for the culture, with different local cuisine each night, traditional accommodation, and great nights.

All in all, not only a great introduction to Hokkaido and Japan but an awesome holiday. Totally recommended!

Powder for the People

Kris
22/03/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    February
Powder peeps, if you want an epic Japan tour, for a reasonable amount of money, look no further. My partner and I did a tour around Hokkaido with Japan Ski Adventures and we were not disappointed. Our guide Soren was beyond epic. He Sherpa-ed us around, took us to some amazing, authentic Japanese restaurants and spoke perfect Japanese. From what I've heard, a lot of snow guides from different companies don't speak any Japanese at all! Not Japan Ski Adventures! This is the real deal. We travelled around different mountains on Hokkaido, finding literally the best stuff. One day Soren thought we'd find better snow at Rusutsu, so we went there instead of the planned day at Niseko. Boy was he on the money. When we were looking at different tour companies and/or just winging it ourselves, I found that not only was it cheaper to book through these guys, but they really know their stuff! No hassle of finding public transport or hotels, it's all done for you. We stayed in primo accommodation as well. If you want epic powder and a super sweet time, book with these guys. You will not regret it! We're already planning our next trip with them. Cheers for an unforgettable experience guys!!

Great Time in Hokkaido

Charley
05/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
I returned two weeks ago from the Hokkaido Snow Tow in Japan. It was a great trip with a really great group of individuals.

Getting there:
Flying to Sapporo from the states is a bit tricky. I'd recommend arriving a day early to give your body time to adjust and also to explore Sapporo. Plenty to do and see, especially if you are there during the snow festival. I'd recommend checking out the Sapporo Beer Factory.

Tour Company:
Japan Ski Adventures/Mountain Guides/Snow Tow was great. We had a wonderful guide - Soren - who spoke great Japanese and English. He knew all the best dinner spots that helped us to get outside of some of the mainstream restaurants that you could potentially get sucked into in Niseko. He also grew up in Japan so he was able to really explain certain aspects of the culture and give us a bit more than just great ski days. For me that was important, but for others it might not be. He also was a pleasure to ski with. There was another group through the same company doing a similar tour at the same time, there guide was also great in the few interactions that we had. I'd definitely recommend this company to others for any type of tours that they do. Small, respectful, and will truly expose you to a cultural experience.

Skiing
Day 1 - Ski Rutusu - smaller mountain that is a sister resort with Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Had incredible tree runs and dumped the entire day we were there. Unfortunately, it had rained two days before we got there, so the morning was powder on ice, but by the afternoon it had snowed enough that it didn't matter. Great mountain.

Day 2 - Niseko Hirafu - Niseko is huge and very fun. Poor visibility while we were there, but incredible snow. This mountain is great - the only complaint is that we didn't get an additional day there.

Day 3 - Ski Kiroro - worst day. Cold, smaller mountain with short pitches. Unfortunate that we couldn't just do another day at Niseko. This was also a travel day so we had some incredible sushi by the sea at Otaru.

Day 4 - Kamui Links - I really liked this smaller mountain. Very easy to duck ropes and get some fresh snow and challenging terrain. Skied first to last lift. Having someone that has been to this mountain before made the experience much better.

Day 5 - Ashiadake - the volcano. Another incredible day where Snow Tow sets up a guide for you. Great runs, but variable snow due to the strange weather patterns that role through. I'd recommend a guide purely because it was white out most of the time that we were at the top of the mountain.

Overall
It was awesome. I was surprised a bit that the lodging in a few places were just 'futons', which are a glorified yoga mat. It ended up being fine, but was just not prepared for that in Niseko. The second city we stayed in Ashikawa was in a western style hotel with nice beds and a sweet onsen. I would recommend this trip, especially if you have one or two friends to go with. We definitely lucked out with a great group on the trip (7 total, including 2 friends of mine). The food was great, the guide was great, and the country was wonderful.

Japan Ski Adventures Snow Tow

Greg
04/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    February
From beginning to end, the 7 Day Snow Tow organized by Japan Ski Adventures was an absolutely incredible trip. I'd recommend it to any avid skier/snowboarder looking for the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank.

It's difficult to list specific highlights of the trip as there were so many. Each day's riding was better than the last with powder almost waist high being a regular occurrence! Organizing opt-in dinners at the end of each day allowed us to make the most of Japanese food and night life to round out a ski trip into a true cultural experience. I left on the last day only wishing that I could do it all again the next week!

If you're on the fence about making the trip, just book it. You won't regret it.
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