Paromcamps - Hokkaido Road Trip

Japan: Hokkaido

Legendary powder and unforgettable adventures! Shred the slopes of Hokkaido on a road trip you’ll never forget!

Rates & Packages

Hokkaido Road Trip Rates 2018

January 11th - 20th 2290 € (without flights)
January 11th - 20th 2990 € (with flights from Finland)
February 5th - 14th 2190 € (without flights)
February 5th - 14th 3090 € (with flights from Finland)
Contact LUEX for private and customized Hokkaido Ski Trips.

Please note:

  • If you`re flying out from another location please contact LUEX
  • Prices per person

 

What is included / What not

Price Includes

  • Without flights // with flights (Please note that prices for flights are from Finland, please request our offer if you are flying from other destinations)
  • Transfers during the entire trip
  • Accommodation in twin rooms (please require our offer if you wish to stay in single room)
  • Breakfast
  • Daily mountain-guiding
  • Training of snow security in Japan
  • Trips to nearby areas

Additional Price

  • Snow Safety Gear (beacon, shovel, probe) can be rented at the price of 100€
  • Backcountry Insurance
  • Please note that lift tickets are not included to the trip price (average daily ticket price in Hokkaido is 4000yen = app. 30€
  • Cat-skiing
  • Heli-skiing
  • Additional days in Niseko // Tokyo
  • Air company’s possible charge for the equipment

Extended Description

Off-Pistes and Backcountries

Our trip starts from Sapporo, Paromcamps staff will pick you up from Sapporo New Chitose Airport. The first day we’ll be riding in Teine, which is only stone throw away from Sapporo City. Next stops are in the mid-Hokkaido which is know for its cold and dry snow. These resorts are far more quiet than well know resorts such as Niseko. We maintain our schedule rather loose in order to achieve the best weather and snow conditions during the trip. Our qualified mountain guide follows the weather satellite forecasts daily and takes us exactly there where the best powder waits for us.

Teine

Teine is situated only 20km (12 miles) away from Sapporo. Down-part of the mountain and its slopes are mainly for beginners. The upper parts and off- pistes are sanctified for riders who come here for deep powder and steeper terrain. This resort consist of two separate areas Highland and Olympia, the latter was hosting bob sledge competition during the Sapporo Olympics. From the top of Highland you can see spectacular views over the Sapporo city and Ishikari Bay. Highland offers the steepest inbound runs in the entire Japan. The real excitement starts as we dive under the ropes to reach off- piste powder.

Teine doesn’t provide accommodation in its real meaning and therefore we head to Sapporo for the first night.

Kamui Links

Kamui Links is a great a bit smaller and cheaper resort in Hokkaido. It offers marvelous turns in its light powder. Kamui Links is situated approximately 90 minutes drive away from Sapporo. Its staff has a good attitude towards freeriders. Outbound area is easily reached almost directly from the lifts. Terrain in Kamui Links is broad and we stay there for two separate skiing days if the weather is favorable. The resort is well know for its powder off course but also its short or no existing lift lines. This evidently means that the never ending powder bowls are nearly empty of people, only Japanese army practices their turns in Kamui Links every now and then.

Kamui Links doesn’t have a real resort village or services and we’ll accommodate 20 minutes drive away in Asahikawa. Only couple of restaurants is available and you better carry cash with you, as plastic money isn’t accepted. The best part of Kamui Links and Asahikawa is definitely the authentic feeling of Japan and you seldom see other tourists here.

Asadihake Hokkaido

Asadihake Hokkaido is situated in mid part of Hokkaido and belongs to Daisetsuza volcanic Natural Park area. You can find powder snow until waist here and it is indisputably one of the snowiest resorts in Japan. Who needs to calculate the amount of snow but in Asahidake it keeps coming more than 20 meters (65 feet) annually. Hokkaidos’ highest mountain Asahidake has great snow conditions and because it is not situated nearby the sea, snow stays dry and super light throughout the season.

We’ll be accommodating in a small village of Asahidake Onsen, where there is few hotels and restaurants. This resort is more like a national park than a
skiing resort and according to its name there’s multiple natural Onsens in nearby areas.

Kurodake

Kurodake is also situated in Daisetsuza volcanic Natural Park area. Its name means “Big snowy mountains”. Kurodake is steeper from its terrain and this combined with world-class powder makes the resort one of the most interesting places to ski in Japan. You can forget the lift lines and pushing to find freshies, straight at the parking place you’ll realize how few people there is.

We’ll accommodate in a hotel in Kurodake village, where there is an Onsen in our use for relaxing. Kurodakes’ famous ice sculpture exhibition is from January until March and we have the opportunity to see these amazingly built and detailed pieces.

Mountain Guiding

During the week you’ll get familiar with many powder heavens together with small group and our qualified mountain guide. To many of these resorts, it’s a bit challenging to travel by solo as it often requires local knowledge and fluent Japanese to survive. Our guide Sam takes care of the communication with the locals and with him its easy to have a conversation in English. Joining on the trip we also have our travel guide Inka who also photographs the group during the entire trip.

We want to maintain the group size compact in order to travel easy and get best skiing possible. The participant for this camp needs to have previous experience in off-piste skiing/snowboarding. The terrain can be everything between intermediate and challenging depending on the resort. Also good physical shape is a must as sometimes we have to work a bit to earn the best pow turns.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Departing from your home country

Day 2 – Arriving to Hokkaido – Transport from Chitose airport to Asahikawa – Getting your equipment ready and briefing for the weeks’ schedule

Day 3 – Snow Safety Training – Guided skiing in Central-Hokkaido

Day 4 – Guided skiing in Central-Hokkaido

Day 5 – Guided skiing in Central-Hokkaido

Day 6 – Full Backcountry day / Transfer to Niseko area

Day 7 – Guided skiing in Niseko area

Day 8 – Guided skiing in Niseko area

Day 9 – Full Backcountry day (alternatively day in a resort)

Day 10 – Returning back to Chitose airport – Catching morning flights