- Full days of skiing at a good pace, we're not here to mess around
- Discover the best freeride skiing Hokkaïdo has on offer
- Breathtaking runs through birch forests
- Well situated, quality and comfortable accommodation
- Our minibus is our means of transportation from the airport onwards throughout the entire trip
- No booking fees
Looking for powder ? Heaps of it ? And you want to freeride until you drop ?
Then get your gear ready for the next deep powder ski trip and come with us to Japan ! We’ve covered miles and miles, searched and checked out crazy runs through ridiculous amounts of snow to put together this unique snow trip in the land of the rising sun.
Snow, dry, deep and endless, expect insane amounts of it ! Hundreds of descents among nicely spaced silver birch trees usually end up with someone yelling out “where are you ?”, “where are you ?”. Bring big fat skis, you’ll definitely appreciate them ! When it snows, it’s just awesome ! We’ll ski at low altitude, sometimes really close to the sea, in unique surroundings.
All amenities are set: our lunch breaks often happen to be in local on-the-mountain restaurants where we’ll slurp huge bowls of tasty steaming ramen noodles ! We’ll be based around Furano and Niseko, the local “Chamonix”, in very comfortable accommodation so we can make the most of the glorious Japan-style après-ski and conclude a perfect day in an extremely open, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. But before that, we’ll head over to the Onsen 温泉, the famous hot spring baths, often outside, to soak our aching muscles.
Japan and especially Hokkaïdo are legendary and just another world. SKI JAPOW !
Welcome to Sapporo airport (New Chitose airport). Meet up with our guide and head off for Furano for the night.
Accommodation near Furano.
Breakfast. We head off for one of the nearby ski areas: Furano, Kamui, Asahikawa or Asahidake, depending on conditions. We ski at a good pace all day long, and have a few short climbs with skins.
Accommodation near Furano, Onsen available.
After breakfast we head South. We stop for the day in the Teine ski area and it's great couloirs and incredible seaview. At the end of the afternoon, we head over to Niseko. Our hotel is located in the center so we can make the most of Niseko, a lively place.
Accommodation in Niseko, Onsen available.
Breakfast. Freeride skiing in Niseko - numerous opportunies.
Accommodation in Niseko. Onsen possible. Nightlife possible if you wish.
After breakfast we head off to the Rusutsu ski area for freeride skiing with unparalleled opportunities.
Accommodation in Niseko. Onsen possible. Nightlife possible if you wish.
After breakfast we head off to the Niseko ski resort and enjoy it's fantastic ski opportunities.
Accommodation in Chitose near the airport for the next day's early departures.
Breakfast. Airport transfer. End of the trip
Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride skiing trip in Hokkaïdo, Japan. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather and snow conditions as well as participants' abilities. We may also change accommodation, with the same standards, depending on logistics and availabilities.
Flight to purchase:
You should be at ease skiing in any type of snow. We ski every day at a good pace. Slopes can include some short steep sections. Short climbs with skins involved, 45 min to 1 hr max per day. You will not be expected to have previous ski touring experience.
A good physical condition is expected, as we skin approx 45 min to 1 hr per day and ski the entire day at a steady pace. On powder days we just trace in the powder, no skinning those days.
Beware, you're not playing in the skatepark in your neighbourhood: even though you're extremely keen, are craving to make first tracks in the powder snow, don't forget that this trip is far away overseas, in remote areas and rescue services may be slow and often less well organised than in your home country. So keep cool and take it easy to fully enjoy...and please avoid a back flip without knowing what's behind.
A pair of Crocs is nice to have along and comfy to wear in your hotel room or in the minibus after an outing, and they don't slip on snow !
Good to know: If you don't have the level required, the guide may ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group if necessary. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !
5 to 7 participants
Skiers only, sorry, no splitboard accepted.
Azimut qualified mountain guide.
All our mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.
Meet our guides just around the corner.
Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) clothing, a few snacks and security equipment.
Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. The ultimate day to day itinerary will depend on local conditions. To allow flexibility ski passes will be purchased on the spot so we can easily adjust the programme. You should budget approx. 250 € for ski lift fares.
Lifts at Asahidake can only be paid in cash.
Beware: if the entire group wishes to do some off piste skiing that is not on the program, extras fees on site pay be applicable and will have to be settled by each participant.
The price includes
- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival
- Minibus transfers from/to Sapporo New Chitose domestic airport terminal
- Accomodation for 8 nights in a hotel, breakfast included
- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing
- Certified and expert mountain guide services for 9 days (all his expenses are included: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)
- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear
- AZIMUT welcome pack
The price does not include
- Flight from your home place to Japan/Sapporo
- Airfare for your skis and gear
- Ski lift fares
- Equipment rental if required
- Lunches & dinners, all drinks and personal extras in the hotel
- Your personal insurance
- All expenses not mentioned under the section "the price includes"
A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure.
We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.
Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur.
Tipping is no obligation. However participants often hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.
Depending on the size of group, you may share a room with someone of the opposite sex
The local currency is the Japanese Yen (the rate of exchange is approx 122.19 Yen to the €). You will be able to change or withdraw money in airports and towns.
Passport & visa
In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.
Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.
Wifi is free of charge in our accommodation.
Good mobile & 4G coverage.
Electricity: 110 v, an adapter is most probably necessary.
Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and gives photos a funky edge !
Ski gear (all in excellent condition)
- Fat freeride skis (a minimum waist width of 105 mm) with appropriate bindings, ski skins, ski poles and ski boots
- A 30 litre backpack. Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended. They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Azimut guides use them.
- Avalanche kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own, if not we lend them free of charge)
If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new (less than 3 year old) if not brand new, of good quality, adapted to your choice of activity and from the best brands (Black Crows, Fritschi, Arva, Haglöfs, Anena, Glisshop, Scott).
Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip, also includes excess bagage fare - your rental gear will be handed over on site):
Skis (skis, skins, poles, crampons)
You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.
This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.
- Warm hat or buff/scarf
- Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses: UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful
- Helmet (highly recommended)
- Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.
- Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks
- Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack
- Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs
- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !
- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.
- Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.
- Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfortable !
Odds & ends
Toiletries and first aid kit
- Personal toilet bag
- To make up a first aid kit, please find all relevant information on the Ifremmont website.
If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 15% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.
Just go straight to glisshop.com ! Established in 1996, our partner stands as a leader for online winter sports equipment. Based in the centre of the volcanoes of Auvergne (France), they help every passionate skier and powder addict to find the gear they need by offering a huge and unique choice of clothing and gear available throughout Europe.
With close to 250 brands and 10 000 items for sale, Glisshop simply is the ideal partner to equip you from head to toe whathever activity may be your preference.
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Have great runs with AZIMUT !