FREERIDE IN HOKKAIDO

Day 1 :

Meeting at New Chitose Airport (Sapporo). Transfer to Niseko (2,5h). Free afternoon to walk around, chill out or ski a few hours at Niseko United domain. Welcome dinner at 7:00 pm offered by TUC followed by a short briefing.

 

Day 2 :

Full day of skiing. We will explore some of the best runs of Niseko United complex.

 

Day 3 :

Possible climb to Mount Niseko An'nupuri to enjoy the views of Mount Yotei and multiply the options of the off-piste descents. A thermal bath to recover before dinner can make you experience heaven on earth.

 

Day 4 :

If the weather allows it, an additional local guide will be with us to discover the best secrets of the Niseko United complex. Option of 2 groups according to different technical levels or other reasons can be made to enjoy the day even more.

 

Day 5 :

We move to a different ski area: Kiroro or Rusutsu (45') to test other spectacular off-piste runs with fewer skiers that in Niseko. Return to Niseko for dinner.

 

Day 6 :

Up to the group to stay in Niseko United or return to Kiroro or Rusutsu.

 

Day 7 :

Last but not least ski day in Niseko United. Transfer to Sapporo to spend the night.

 

Day 8 :

Organized tranfer to the airport. Trip back.

Included:

  • Six days TUC mountain guide.
  • One extra local guide day.
  • Breakfast and accommodation at hotel: six nights in Niseko + one night in Sapporo on the way back.
  • Welcome dinner in Niseko.
  • Transportation: New Chitose airport (Sapporo) – Niseko and back.
  • Transportation to the different ski areas.
  • Six days ski pass
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    Not included:

  • Flights or transfers prior to the start of the program.
  • Entry fees to thermal baths, museums, or visits not included in the program.
  • Individual transfers out of program.
  • Dinners or meals during the program.
  • Dinners or meals of the guide / guides.
  • Rent gear in case of need
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    General Information:

  •  Each member of the group must be in possession of a mountain accident insurance valid for Japan.
  •  Freeriding is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
  • The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on weather conditions, weather, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Trip advices:

  • Don't forget the avalanche rescue kit: DVA, shovel and probe
  • Due to the huge amount of snow that usually falls in Hokkaido, we recommend that you travel with 100mm width freeride skis, 110 or plus is even better.
  • It is necessary that our skis carry "Touring" bindings + skins. The touring ski equipment with "pin" binding system is perfectly valid. This will take us to places where other skiers can’t go.
  • The Hokkaido weather at this time of the year is likely to really low temperatures and heavy snow. Prepare your clothes accordingly.
  • If you have any doubts about the needed equipment don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.

     

    Ski touring & Freeride

     

    • Technical Level
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    • 1 - Beginner. Never ski toured before. Frequent skier that goes off-piste not very often. Never used skins before.
    • 2 - Intermediate. Ski tours occasionally (5 to 10 days a year). Know the basics using skins, correct kick turn on slopes up to 35º. Capable of placing ski crampons without any help. Be able to ascend through all kinds of snow following a trace. Skis efficiently on all kinds of snows.
    • 3 - High. Big expertise in all types of ascents with skis. Knows and masters several climbing techniques with skins, kick-turn both back and to the valley. Can go easily forward skating. Ski tours quite often (more than 15 days a year). Familiarized with the use of ice axes and crampons in different terrains. Be able to use ropes for belaying. Has been in high routes in the Alps. Training in self-rescue.
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    • Fitness Level
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    • 1 - Being able to walk in the mountains for 3 to 4 hours gaining 800 meters of altitude with a lightweight backpack of about 5 kg.
    • 2 - Walk along itineraries in the mountains for 4 to 6 hours gaining 1000 meters of altitude with an 8 kg backpack.
    • 3 - able to make mountain itineraries for more than 8 hours and ascending 1500 meters or more, loaded with a backpack of 10 kg.

    Next Dates :

    January 2020

    Description

    With an average of 14 meters of snowpack per season, Japan has everything you could imagine to enjoy powder snow like never before. There are about 600 ski stations spread over its different mountain ranges, many of them of volcanic origin. Hokkaido has summits over 2200m of altitude and a humid continental climate with average temperatures between -12°C and -4°C. This explains the constant snowfalls.

    For this reason Japan has become a very popular destination for all the passionate freeriders around the globe.

     

    LEVELS :

    FITNESS
    1
    TECHNICAL
    2

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