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Zahan Billimoria

International Mountain Guide

JAPAN
Mark Fisher Photo
HAKUBA VALLEY & THE JAPANESE ALPS
 
Riding deep powder can be a spiritual experience. The dwelling place for the deepest and most reliable powder on earth is the small island of Japan. Justifiably, much of the hype for Japanese riding centers around deep powder in the trees, and rightly so - however, there are a few places where both big snow and big mountains come together. For that kind of lifetime experience - the Japanese Alps, are the destination of choice.

OVERALL COST

Rates (approx)

All Inclusive Rate covering flights from your local airport, guide fees, permits, hotel, breakfast & dinners, lift tickets. No rental car needed. 

Starting $7900 2:1 Client Ratio. Based on 9 day trip, 8 days skiing

LODGING

Lodge

We stay at the centrally located Hakuba Backcountry Lodge, run by Eric & Fumie. Traditional japanese cooking and hospitality make the time at the lodge a highlight of the Hakuba experience

SKIING LEVEL

All Levels

Hakuba accommodates skiers of every level. Most of the terrain is moderate angled and playful. An ideal location for developing backcountry skiers and riders.

GETTING HERE

Flights

Fly into Tokyo, where we take a shuttle straight to Hakuba

PHOTOS FROM HAKUBA
Mark Fisher Photo
Mark Fisher Photo
Mark Fisher Photo
Mark Fisher Photo

The Japanese powder experience is out of this world. Japan is a place where you can walk off the plane in bustling Tokyo and lay trenches through the deepest snow of your life within 24hrs. Hakuba is home to 11 different resorts, all of which occupy the lower flanks of the Japanese Alps, from the top of the lifts a lifetime of touring lies in waiting connecting resorts. Pillows, ridges and bowls characterize the terrain as you tour from valley to valley, stopping in quaint villages for a traditional Japanese meal of pork belly broth and Ramen noodles. 

Using the lifts to gain access to the higher elevation touring zones is simple and inexpensive and allows you to ride twice as much as you tour. When conditions line up, big missions to the alpine faces and spine walls will feel more like riding in Alaska but often with slightly lower slope angles allowing a more playful and fun type of riding.

We stay at the Hakuba Backcountry Lodge where Eric and Fumie deliver the characteristic Japanese warm hospitality, delicious food and comfortable accommodations. Evenings usually involve a trip to the Onsen - a Japanese hot spring before heading out for Sushi.

Japan is truly a riding experience for everyone. Its an excellent venue to learn and develop as a backcountry and free-ride skier, lift bumps into the backcountry, the nightly Onsen for recovery and the perpetually soft snow all contribute to being able to ride day after day.