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 !
- 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
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:
Return flight to Sapporo - New Chitose airport (CTS), Japan
Due to price fluctuation this freeride trip to Japan is sold without flights. However, we can book your flights if you wish. Don't hesitate to contact us. Only buy your flights once this trip's departure is confirmed.
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.
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.
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.
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 Europ Assistance 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
- Accommodation: 3 star or similar hotels, breakfast included, double rooms to be shared, private toilets and bathroom, bed linnen and towels provided. Depending on the group size we may use triple rooms.
- Single supplement: on request and according to availability - please contact us. Single rooms are relatively expensive in Japan.
- Lunch and dinners are open - leaving all options open for the group to choose where participants wish to have breakfast. Food is one of the highlights of this ski trip in Japan, we know the best places and small hideouts to taste local delicacies.... Just trust us !
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
No visa is needed if you stay for French, Belgian and Swiss citizens staying for less than 3 months. All other nationalities: please contact your embassy or consulate before travelling.
Your passport should be valid during the entire extend of the trip.
Since November 2007, immigration offices are equipped with digital finger print readers as well as cameras for facial photographs that may be taken at immigration if you're over 16 and enter Japan for the first time. This procedure is obligatory and if you refuse to comply with this requirement, you may be denied entry to Japan.
New security measures have been implemented this summer in airports: electronic devices (smartphones, pads, laptops...) should be charged and in working condition for all flights via the US and London. Security agents should be able to switch them on. To be safe, have your charger on hand. If your electronic device is not charged or not in working conditions, it may be seized. This measure may be implemented in other airports, we advise you to charge all your electronic devices before your flights, no matter your destination.
If travelling with children, they will need their own passport, regardless of their age. A minor travelling by himself does not need authorisation to leave the country if he has his own passport.
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.
Skis (skis, skins, poles, crampons)
If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 10% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.
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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.
Don't forget to
- Leave contact details with your friends and family
- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)
- Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)
- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one free of charge online www.ameli.fr
- Check that you have the right equipment
- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)
- Bring some cash and your credit card
- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group
- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !
- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!
See you on the slopes !
Have great runs with AZIMUT !