Powder Road Trip
This fully guided Hokkaido Powder Road Trip with Journey Into Japan
takes you to central Hokkaido's premier resorts and/or backcountry. On these tours you will ski Furano
, and Asahidake,
with options to ski Tokachi
(backcountry) and Kurodake
and other local gems with secret powder stashes.
This tour is about finding powder snow.
Accordingly, the guides will look to take you off
piste when that is the best option. For example,
after a resort introduction with your guide, you can
choose between continuing to ski the lifts, or you
can join your guide and explore the superb nearby
Transport throughout is via private 4WD mini bus
providing complete autonomy and the freedom to vary the daily skiing schedule depending on weather and snow conditions, providing the opportunity to pick the best location on any given day
. A true road trip!
This tour ideally is suited to skiers & snow boarders of intermediate or above
standard, particularly for those wishing to join the guide in the off piste areas. However, if someone in your group just wants to enjoy the perfect corduroy on the resort, then you will enjoy this tour no matter what your skiing or snowboarding skill.
All areas visited on this tour have access to true backcountry
. For those wanting to enjoy some of the more exotic off piste runs, where access back to the lifts requires some climbing, you will need climbing skins and climbing style telemark or alpine touring bindings
(available for rent through JIJ).
...at times you will feel alone..
...powder at its best!
JIJ use mixed Japanese western style accommodations so you can be assured of the chance to experience authentic local food and hospitality. The Powder Road Trip
stays in two locations, Asahikawa
Hotel Paco is most commonly used in Asahikawa (or JR Inn if not available). The hotel is a 3-star property located right in town. Rooms are western with a private en-suite and the property has a Japanese bath house on-site. There is also a restaurant, bar and free wifi available.
Pension Furanui is located in the heart of Furano village among restaurants and bars. Rooms are basic Japanese-style and all have a private toilet & basin. There is an indoor Japanese bath house on-site which is a nice way to start and end the day. The property also has a common lounge area.
Hotel Paco Asahikawa
...hot springs bathhouse at Paco..
...Pension Furanui Furano
Mid to late afternoon make your way from
Asahikawa Station to your nearby hotel (about 1 block).
Arrive late afternoon and check into hotel. Evening
meet guide and introductory Japanese meal.
Your guide will decide which areas you will ski based on the best snow conditions on the day. This will be either Kamui
, Asahi Dake
, Kuro Dake
, or other nearby small areas
that may have a secret stash of powder either on or off piste.
Early morning departure from your Asahikawa accommodation. Depending on snow conditions, today you will ski either Kamui
, Asahi Dake
, depending on snow conditions. After skiing transfer to your Furano accommodation.
Dependent on snow conditions, you will ski at either Furano, Asahi Dake
backcountry or other nearby small areas
that may have a secret stash of powde
r either on or off piste.
Depart for Chitose or Asahikawa Airports by bus.
Arrive Asahikawa Airport approximately mid morning or Chitose Airport early afternoon.
Tip # 1: JIJ recommend modern Alpine Touring (AT) gear for this tour. This way you can use the same kit
for either on or off piste skiing, and if you are new to AT skis and bindings, you have the bonus of learning
how to use AT skis and associated equipment (skins, beacon, etc).
Tip # 2: Book flights that will arrive in Chitose or Asahikawa airport by about midday on day one of your
tour. For your departure day, don't book a departure flight any earlier than about 1:00 pm.
..Furano (Kitanomine Side)..
..nothing like a hot spring.
- Experienced & qualified guide throughout tour (max 6:1 ratio)
- Transfers to Asahikawa or Chitose airport at the end
- 7 nights twin share accommodation (single room supplement available for $450)
- 7 breakfasts & 3 dinners
- 3 days of lift passes
- Daily resort guiding
- Private mini-van transport
- Compulsory Travel insurance
- Lunches, dinners (apart from those mentioned in the inclusions) and snacks
- Ski gear (10% discount on rentals provided) and avo safety gear rentals
- Ski touring gear rental
- Avalanche safety gear rental
- Single room supplement (subject to availability)
Journey Into Japan (JIJ) Terms & Conditions
DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT
- Deposit is $AUD250 per person.
deposits are non-refundable.
- Final balance due: 60 days prior to
- All payments are in Australian Dollars (AUD)
CANCELLATION BY YOU
- more than 60 days prior to departure, full
- 60 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of trip cost is
- Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
- JIJ insist you take out travel
insurance at time of sending your deposit.
CANCELLATION BY JIJ
JIJ reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.
Trips costs are based on optimum group sizes. If we don’t get the required number of people (4 for all trips), you will be notified as soon as possible and offered the choice of:
a) A full refund of the money you have paid.
b) A transfer to another date at no cost to you.
c) Paying a surcharge.
ROUTE & ITINERARY CHANGES
Due to various factors, such as weather, group ability, gov’t legislation affecting routes and other unforeseen circumstances we reserve the right to alter itineraries if necessary. In most cases itinerary alterations will be advised prior to depature.
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
Please refer to specific trip descriptions for inclusions. Please note that emergency evacuation costs, visa/passport charges, extra meals, alcohol, all items of a personal nature or excess baggage charges are not included.
ITINERARY AND TRIP COSTS
Journey into Japan reserves the right to make any changes to trip dates, itineraries and costs without notice.