Japan Volcanoes Ski Descent
Ski Legendary Powder on the Volcanoes of the Niseko Region
Come ski the Hokkaido Powder Belt! A ski trip to Central Hokkaido is an opportunity to ski some of the lightest powder in the world. Crowning this area is the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range known as the ‘Roof of Hokkaido’ where consistent precipitation falls from continuous low pressure systems from Siberia.
Niseko is renowned for huge accumulations of snow and exceptional tree skiing. The Daisetsuzan National Park contains the highest peaks in Hokkaido that average 2,000 meters of alpine and tree skiing. Expect to ski verticals of 500 to 900 meters. Low humidity levels produce some of the lightest consistency powder in the world. You will ski the best the area has to offer. Along the way you will finish ski days soaking in thermal hot springs and dine on exquisite Japanese cuisine.
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Day by Day
Transfer to Central Hokkaido. The city is surrounded by the Daisetsuzan National Park and makes an excellent base to the ski areas in the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range.
Today you will ski a live volcano. Asahidake, at 2,290 meters is the highest mountain in Hokkaido and also a live volcano. You will be awed by this conical shaped volcano that looms over this backcountry ski area and which billows steam out of its multiple vents. The powder here is some of the lightest in the world and will not disappoint. You will ski through primeval spruce forest and take an outdoor hot-spring to finish.
We will ski Kurodake. There is some great off-piste skiing accessible from the lift and great backcountry terrain with a hike to the peak. Retire to the hot spring at the end of the day.
We head south to a local’s resort that is well known for its liberal off-piste policy making it a favorite destination for local powder skiers. It sits in a good location to catch the predominant northwesterly Hokkaido systems.
Today, we travel to the southern end of the National Park. The area is known for the live volcano and the abundance of hot springs.We ski the volcano and finish the day in a natural hot spring overlooking our ski lines. Transfer to a town which is nicknamed the ‘Navel of Hokkaido’ for its central location on the island.
Our off-piste circuit takes us out of the ski area boundaries which provides for 900 vertical meters of skiing each run. Easy access out of the resort and then egress makes for a big day of skiing.
We journey south to a resort for our last ski day. Dinner at a traditional izakaya which serves local produce from the town’s surrounding farms to celebrate the last night.
Transfer to airport.
Note on Itinerary: Although we do our very best to follow the schedule listed, this itinerary is subject to change due to inclement weather, unsafe route conditions, or other reasons beyond our control and in the guide’s best judgement.
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6,562 ft / 2000 m
Basic avalanche rescue knowledge or training required. One year backcountry experience required and ability to ski proficiently in varied terrain and conditions.