JaPow: a Japanese powder expedition

18-24 January 2020 FULL!

Some spots available: 26 Jan-1 Feb 2020

 Backcountry ski touring in the Central Hokkaido region, Japan

2020 will be the SIXTH year for Elevation Guides guiding backcountry skiing in Japan.  Japan powder continues to attract the attention of riders around the world - and for good reason: it snows.  An awful lot!  And cruising through the perfectly spaced beech and birch forests in deep, fluffy powder should be on the bucket list of every backcountry skier.  Throw in the fascinating Japanese culture, delicious food, natural hot springs, wonderful friendly people, and you have the ski holiday of a lifetime!   

All of this fame may have you believing the backcountry areas are crowded.  But we’ve guided there extensively and know the hidden secrets: where to ski that few people have discovered and first tracks are still in abundance.  And we’ll set the up-tracks through the DEEP snow for you. Make the most of your short time in Hokkaido!

The trip is designed to maximise skiing, and minimise driving.  Both hotels are built on onsens (hot springs) and are ski-in, ski-out!

Elevation Guides has guided every type of backcountry skiing (helicopter, snowcat, slackcountry, and touring) on Hokkaido.  During that time we’ve explored a variety of areas and microclimates.  The snowpack can be more complex and varied than at first blush. 

Avalanches can, and do occur: buried sun crusts, wind and storm snow slabs are often the weak layers in Hokkaido.  We’ll emphasise safety whilst finding the best possible skiing.

Only $2730 CAD double occupancy including all taxes


  • All guiding by a fully-insured and certified ACMG Guide  CAA Avalanche Professional

  • Six full days of guided ski touring in Daisetsuzan National Park: including Hokkaido’s highest peak Asahidake (2291 metres) and the Tokachidake region

  • ½ day of skiing at a local resort on the first day to shake off jet lag and find our ski legs (lift tickets included) 

  • Small groups only: maximum 8:1 Guide to guest ratio

  • Six nights SKI-IN, SKI-OUT double accommodation including all breakfasts and dinners:

    • 3 nights in a western style twin room with onsite natural hot spring (onsen)

    • 3 nights at a traditional Japanese ryokan - the highest onsen hotel in Hokkaido!

  • All transportation in a safe and reliable 4WD van, the guide has a commercial driving licence

  • Six breakfasts

  • Six dinners

  • All Guide’s costs

Not included

  • Flights to/from Asahikawa or Sapporo

  • Airport transfers to/from Asahikawa or Sapporo

  • One-way lift tickets for the Asahidake Ropeway: 1300 JPY, ~$16 CAD each, not included to increase flexibility

  • Lunches

  • Alcohol and other special drinks

  • Backcountry touring gear including avalanche safety equipment

  • Guide gratuities at your discretion 

Gateway Cities

Trip Start: Asahikawa - you can either fly into Sapporo (CTS airport) and take the train or bus, or fly directly into Asahikawa (AKJ).

Trip End: Furano.  Easy transfers via train or direct bus to Asahikawa or Sapporo.

BOOK NOW: info@elevationguides.ca

$1000 to reserve your spot - hurry - spots will book early!

Balance will be due 18 November 2019 


$150 administration fee if you’re able to find a replacement

If unable to find a replacement:

  • up to 90 days before the trip: full refund less $500 administration fee

  • less than 90 days before the trip: non-refundable



ask us for recommendations of brokers that insure backcountry skiing 

All booked guests will receive a detailed itinerary and logistics package with bus and train links plus suggested pre and post hotels.

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