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Hokkaido Storm Chaser - Reviews

Chasing Japanese Pow

Dennis Mah
14/03/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    March
Everything about the tour was excellent, accommodations, transport, food, skiing and especially Daniel, our ski guide. His enthusiasm was contagious especially when he found the hidden stashes of powder for us. Even better with the chest deep powder on the last day at Asahidake with fresh snow falling all day. Wasn't expecting much powder since it was near the end of ski season. Definitely come back. Will certainly recommend this trip to all my powder hound friends. Big thanks on a well run tour.

Awesome Trip

Richard Clements
12/03/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Japan
  • Month:
    March
What a trip. Could not be a better experience. Well planned, well executed and most importantly what a blast!!
Our guide - Brent - was amazing. He was safety conscious, well versed in the culinary experience and took us to ski waist deep when it was possible.
Could not recommend this trip enough!!

8-day Storm Chaser

John Warfield
24/02/2017
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
The trip exceeded our expectations. In addition to visiting one of the most civilized countries in the world, the guides, the logistics, the accomodations, the food and above all the skiing were absolutely spectacular. Daniel, Luke, Pat, each made every moment of our trip a quality experience. Their attention to detail from zeroing in on awesome ski lines in a whiteout to making reservations at back street boutique restaurants were just a couple of the highlights that stood out

Worth Every Penny!

Matthew Kochman
12/04/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    March
I can't say enough about my experience with Brent and Luke. They run a killer operation. All the pre-trip prep was easy and clear thanks to Luke. There were no surprises and everything was very reasonably priced. Then once we arrived, Brent took over guide duties and boy did he deliver. Having a private van for a our group of 8 was perfect. Nice hotels, great meals, epic snow. Brent showed us everything and we didn't have to worry about anything. I can't recommend this highly enough.

jaPOW--Right in the Kisser!

Caleb Spaulding
23/03/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    U.S.A.
  • Month:
    March
The Group @ Furano Top of Furano
What a week. While at first we were a little distraught when the white out conditions on Monday and early Tuesday shut down the lifts at Niseko, essentially stranding us at our hotel, the week quickly turned around and showed us some amazing riding. Our guide, Brent "Powder" Potter, took the bull by the horns on the second day of the blizzard and helped us get creative and find a way to get some riding in.
When we did finally start hitting the lifts, groomers, and back country, he was very helpful in getting us down the best runs and into the deepest, freshest, and tastiest pow.
After we hung up the boards, skis, and boots for the evenings, Brent was a master at entertaining 8 adventurous and hungry dudes, taking us to small, authentic, and unique restaurants and bars. Needless to say, we never got bored, and never got tired of more powder and the breathtaking Japanese scenery.

I will be back!

Brent and JSA are the best

Andrew Horn
23/03/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    March
We did the 8 day and we couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Brent is a total pro and works his ass off to make the entire trip flow seamlessly.

We got held off the mountain on day 1, but Brent worked with us to literally drive the van to some residential areas that we could board down with fresh pow.

Every restaurant he took us to was unique and awesome.

The van comfortably fit us, so you could sleep in between resorts.

The hotels were all incredible and had an onsen in them so you could sauna every night when you got home.

We've been doing an international trip for four years and this was by far our favorite trip so far.

If you want some JAPOW - this is your trip.

Amazing Trip

Ira Gorick
08/03/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
4 of us from the US signed up for this tour and were paired with 2 Aussies. The 6 of us had the time of our lives! First off, the skiing was everything we hoped it would be. Deep and dry powder that was falling daily. And the locals tell us it wasn't even a particularly great year for snow!

Daniel was our guide (2nd year with Japan Ski Adventures) and he was the best. He knew where to find all the best stashes while also trying to give us some variety of terrain. Japan skiing is a little different. It seems that there are more trams than chair lifts (keeps you warm but also means kicking off your skis and then putting them back on). You don't rack up as much vertical either as you seem to get 500-1000' of great vertical followed by a lot of flat sections towards the bottom. That said, when you are hitting knee to waist deep powder in the trees it's hard to complain!

Daniel was also fantastic about accomodating the group. He would often hit little convenience store or grocery store stops so we could pick up extra food or supplies (helpful if you have picky eaters in the group). He had a nice itinerary of places to go for dinner that gives the team a nice cultural experience.

The rooms were nice. I preferred the place in Niesko just because it had more private bedrooms and a shared common area whereas the room in Asahidake was a little more cramped for two. But all in all the rooms/hotels were nice and you'll be very happy with the customer service throughout Japan.

I highly recommend this tour and this touring company to get a complete Japanese skiing experience (great powder, lots of terrain variety at different resorts, many dining experiences and a chance to bond with like minded ski enthusiasts). A perfect trip.

Great snow and fun in Hokkaido sidecountry

Richard Hunter
04/02/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    January
Ready to ride at Kiroro Daniel contemplates breaking sun and powder
We had a great time on the 'Storm Chaser' with Japan Ski Adventures, getting into lots of new and deep snow off piste at a variety of Hokkaido ski areas. We had lots of fresh pow, and even some sunshine exposing the beautiful views and landscapes, and guided access to lots of great lines that even the locals aren't using up! Good company and great food, out of the way places,and insider intel all made this a great trip and great value. Thanks guys, we will be back for more!

Highly Recommended

Brock Bookwalter
30/01/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
The Strom Chaser was absolutely epic! The guides Brent and Soren were extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the area. They gave us everything we wanted. Even on days without a ton of new snow, Brent knows exactly where to find untouched lines. The trip was amazing, and I will never forget it...worth every penny!

JaPow at its finest

Julian Scott
30/01/2016
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
JSA provided one of the best experiences I have ever had traveling. I could not be more impressed with how professional and fun these guys are. From chasing down storms to hitting up the best dinners on the island, everything was top notch.
We made it to a different resort every day so that we could ride the unlimited JaPow. Our guide, Brent Powder, knew every little place to find stashes of untouched on the days that we didn't receive 20+ cms. On the fresh days there was no need to ride off piste.
On the one dry day we had, he even provided us a back up plan, heading to the Avy barriers where we hit pillow line after pillow line.
The snow was the best I have ever ridden but the nights were just as fun.
Thank you JSA for the epic time.
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