This trip is for the connoisseurs of foreign culture and deep powder skiing - 10 days of back-country ski touring and 12 days of lodging in Hokkaido, Japan. We will be skiing two famous for blower snow zones: Niseko and Furano (15 meters of average snow accumulation between Dec-March). Day trips will take us to volcanoes, alpine terrains and fantastic tree skiing. Access to the skiing will be a combination of lift / cable car and skinning up from the valley bottoms. Wide skis (95-105 mm) will work best in these conditions.
Two nice hotels (one with on site spa "onsen") have been booked, we will have two spacious rooms with 2 and 3 beds and on suite bathrooms. We will also have a mini-van for the duration of the trip to take us from the airport to hotels and for daily commute to ski areas.
After skiing for 5 days in Niseko area we will take a day off to travel to Furano where we will ski for another 5 days.
The cost of this trip is $1,700 based on the 5 participants and includes: hotels, van rental and gasoline.
What's not included: meals, several one way lift passes, hot springs entrances, miscellaneous (budget about $50-60 per day) and the flight to/from Chitose, Hokkaido. Typical cost of return flight (Calgary-Chitose) is app. $1300, but every now and then the price drops to under $1000. An extra night in Chitose may be required for late arrivals and to help with jet lag.
Once you have been accepted as trip participant, a $600 deposit will be required to secure your spot. The balance, $1,100 will be needed before November 30, 2018.
This will be a SELF GUIDED trip, all participants must have an AST 2 (or equivalent) with lots of back-country skiing experience. Trip coordinator is familiar with some ski destinations in Hokkaido, but all participants will be expected to contribute to route finding, safety decisions and daily risk assessment meetings!.
Health insurance for the duration of the trip is strongly recommended.
A small portion of participants fees will subsidize trip coordinator's transportation related expenses including: gasoline, full protection car insurance, international driving permit, parking, etc. Hotels and van rental costs will be equally shared by all participants and trip coordinator.
All costs are based on current (Sept. 2018) prices, in the event of increases in currency exchange or gasoline costs these raises will also be shared by all.
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Registration for this event closed on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM.