Ultimate Powder Tour
Furano and Central Hokkaido is what skiing & riding in Japan is really all about – untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. You’ll get to ski/snowboard Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and more! All of these resorts have different qualities, terrain and weather patterns, and we make the most of this by having a flexible itinerary allowing you to experience the best conditions possible on this Hokkaido ski tour.
Experience 9 nights in Furano and as much powder as you can handle. See the real side of Hokkaido and enjoy an epic trip for your soul!
You will ride in our comfy 4WD van to whichever resort is best on any given day. Our guides work with you and the weather to make sure that you have the deepest time possible. At night we’ll take you to some of Furano’s great restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the delicious local cuisine and experience true Japanese culture.
Designed for advanced skiers and snowboarders who are keen to get into the side and backcountry of each resort. This tour will show you all the best ski areas in the Furano region. With only one rest day (optional) you will be on the move and hunting for powder – not that it is too hard to find, but you need to know where to look and that’s where our guides come into play.
This is an advanced guided tour where we spend the majority of our time off-piste in the lift accessed side/backcountry of each resort. After all that powder and a few deep soaks in the onsens you’ll get to enjoy some of Hokkaido’s delicious food and lively bars.
Some of the deepest snow on the earth covering wide open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, and endless sidecountry and backcountry options to explore. With an average snowfall of 15+ meters or 50+ feet per season, it's no wonder that the Hokkaido Area is a perfect snow destination.
Enjoy access to soak in the hot Japanese Onsens. The hot springs have long been revered as a cure for ailments, as well as a way to relax after a great day of skiing powder. Soaking in the onsen is one of the best ways to relax one’s body after a day in the mountains.
Enjoy daily breakfasts at the hotel, as well as a welcome and farewell group dinner at a couple of our favorite restaurants. Easy access to all the nearby restaurants and bars during the week so you can taste the incredible cuisine the area offers.
Pension Snow Crystal
Pension Snow Crystal is a lovely pension located adjacent to the Kitanomine Gondola. The staff or uber friendly and speak a little bit of English. You won't be disappointed staying here.
Pension Snow Crystal is located only 1 minute walk to the Kitanomine Gondola & there are several restaurants & bars all within a 5 minute walk.
The pension offers 8 simply furnished rooms with a private ensuite (max 3 guests per room).
All rooms have small TV and a small desk and free wifi is available.
There is a good communal lounge / dining area which a ideal for congregating with the group.
The pension has a good ski & snowboard storage area and laundry facilities.
Pension Snow Crystal..
..Clean and cozy rooms with en suite.
..a good size communal area
Day 1 - Arrival Day
Fly into New Chitose Airport (CTS) by 1 pm where your guide will be there to transport you to Furano. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1 pm. Le Grand Adventure Tours (LGA )suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.
Upon landing at New Chitose Airport (CTS) you will have a private 4x4 van transfer by our guides to your hotel. Settle into your comfortable room and get to know your new crew for the week.
The evening offers your first chance to explore, dine or relax at the hotel with new friends. Relax, enjoy local cuisine, and get ready for a week of powder skiing!
If rentals are needed, LGA can arrange snow equipment for the week through local shops. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let them know so that they can coordinate your rental. It is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted. Please advise the LGA Team before the trip if you will need gear.
Hotel: Pension Snow Crystal, Furano
Day 2- 9
Enjoy the first two days being guided around one of LGA's favorite mountains – Furano. You’ll be hunting out some powder stashes. Celebrate an awesome first day on the mountain with the Welcome Dinner and a few drinks.
Day tour to Kamui Ski Links. Spend a day exploring the trees and backside of Kamui. You may stop on the way back to soak in a secluded volcanic onsen.
Rest those legs or head out with the guides so they can show you more hidden areas around Furano.
Travel to Sahoro to enjoy an awesome day of secluded tree skiing and a sneaky road drop!
Rise early for the drive to Asahidake. Your guides will show the goods of the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake 2290m. The ropeway does most of the hard work taking you to well above the tree line at 1600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the ridges from the lift.
Head Mt Racey or Pippu and get the goods amongst the trees. No crowds here – just you and the powder.
Tomamu day tour. Today, your guides will show you around the resort hill of Tomamu with its awesome powder, short hikes and deep north facing backside. There is some great skiing and boarding to be had here. At the end of the day you can check out the indoor wave pool and have an onsen.
Ski your last day in Furano. Your guides might hit their favorite chutes or take you on a secret mission into the backcountry. Your guides will then take the group out for the farewell dinner after skiing to celebrate a great trip. There are some amazing local restaurants a short walk away or down in town. Don't forget to do some Karaoke on the last night!
Ask our guides for their recommendations for dinner – there are some amazing local restaurants a short walk away or down in town. Your guides can organize transport for yourself or the whole group or if you’re too tired eat in. It’s all up to you!
Hotel: Pension Snow Crystal, Furano
Included Meals: Breakfast Everyday | Welcome and Farewell Group Dinners
Day 10 - Departure Day
Time to check out and say goodbye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport (CTS) for your flight home with memories to last a lifetime!
Included Meals: Breakfast
NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Your guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.
- AIRPORT TRANSFER: transfer between Sapporo Chitose Airport and hotel
- TRANSPORT: private group 4 x 4 van with guides to chase the best powder
- LODGING: based on twin-share in separate beds
- MEALS: Breakfast every day PLUS welcome & farewell dinners
- LIFT PASSES: All lift tickets for 8 days so you can ski every day
- HOSTING: Native English speaking guide
- GUIDING: 8 days guided off-piste & side country tours (max 1:4 ratio)
- SKILLS SESSIONS with Professional Skiers & Guides
- ONSEN (Hot spring) tour
Add-Ons & Up-Grades
- FLIGHTS: International flights in/out of Chitose airport (CTS) - book flights here
TRIP INSURANCE: Highly recommended, as all subsisting costs will be charged in case of absence.
LUNCHES, DINNERS & DRINKS: only those meals stated above are included in the price.
POWDER SKIS & POWDER BOARDS: It is highly recommended for maximum enjoyment that you have appropriate skis and snowboards for deep, deep powder.
- AVALANCHE SAFETY KIT - US$150 (backpack, beacon, shovel & probe for trip duration)
- SKI / SNOWBOARD RENTALS - inquire for pricing/details
- SINGLE ROOM UPGRADE - US$90/night (subject to availability)
- SNOWCAT TOURS - inquire for pricing/details
- TRIP INSURANCE: see options here
LGA Terms & Conditions
The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.
Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.
- 90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. Full refund will be given.
- 89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.
- 59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.
Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for snow and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow and weather conditions.
No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.