Paromcamps - Freeride Camp Niseko

Japan: Hokkaido

Exotic, exciting, and super snowy: Niseko is the ultimate freeriding destination!

Rates & Packages

Rates & Dates 2017 / 2018

DatesFlights IncludedFlights Excluded
December 19th - 28th2890 EUR2190 EUR
January 2nd - 11th2890 EUR2190 EUR
January 16th - 28th2790 EUR2190 EUR
February 2nd - 11th2790 EUR2190 EUR
February 16th - 28th2890 EUR2190 EUR
March 2nd - 11th2650 EUR2090 EUR

Please note:

  • Contact LUEX for flights from other destinations
  • Prices per person

What is included / What not

Camp price includes:

  • Flights from European destinations (Please inquire our offer from other resorts)
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers to backcountry destinations
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Services of our Niseko resort guide
  • Daily off-piste and backcountry guiding
  • Snow safety training
  • Trips to nearby areas

Additional Price:

  • Discounted lift tickets
  • Snow security equipment
  • Single room
  • Cat-skiing
  • Heli-skiing
  • Additional days in Niseko // Tokyo
  • Possible Air company’s extra charge for equipment
  • Backcountry insurance

Extended Description

Freeriding is by far the most important factor attracting passionate skiers and snowboarders to Niseko from all over the world. Tens of meters of the world’s finest and lightest powder snow each winter guarantee that one does not need to travel to Niseko for nothing. The exotic nature of Japan and friendly people are just icing on the cake.

 

Slopes and Backcountry

Niseko’s off-pistes are fantastically versatile with easy connections back to the village. The ski lifts that takes you almost straight to the top of the mountain (1308m) are only a few hundred meters from the fabulous back terrains. From the top lift there’s a twenty minute hike and Mt Annupuri is ready to be conquered. Down from the top you can reach all areas of Niseko but also Moiwa which is a bit further away by road.

From the top you can ski down backcountry terrain in any direction you want. The volcano and sea in the horizon are absolutely breathtaking, as you move from wide powder valleys into forest terrain lower down. Most of the snowy bowls are 25-35 degree steep. The length of the routes depends only on how long you are willing to hike to get back to the lifts. Part of the backcountry routes lead straight back to the lifts, but in some cases you’ll have to follow snowcat tracks to find your way back.

The marked slopes mainly consist of perfectly groomed red and green slopes. The black slopes are often left as they are to create challenging mogul lines. There are also forests right next to the slopes that offer enjoyable powder rides between the trees. The slopes, park and parts of the forest are illuminated, and open until late evening and occasionally well into the night. The opening hours are exceptional compared with the ski resorts in Central Europe.

Sking and snowboarding in the backcountry always has its risks, and we recommend you pay close attention to the weather conditions and ensure you have all relevant safety equipment with you at all times. If you don’t own a beacon, shovel or snow probe, you can rent them through us. You can get daily and accurate information about the weather conditions from the lower lift stations and by asking the staff who are more than happy to help you. The off-pistes are only accessible through five gates, and when a gate is closed, so is the particular back terrain.

During the trip we’ll go hunting for some fresh powder in Chisenupuri. We will travel to Chisenupuri by minibus and the trip takes some 30 minutes from Niseko. You will have a great opportunity to experience authentic Japan. The place is definitely worth a visit as there are very few people here and absolutely no ski lift lines. Chisenupuri has one chair lift and few marked pistes and its run by Japanese army. Every once in while you can see these modestly dressed soldiers practicing their turns in the slopes. The prices are way cheaper than in Niseko, with 30€ you’ll get a day pass and a lunch. There are many natural Onsens in the area and after our day in Chisenupuri, we will visit one of the oldest ones in Hokkaido. Buy one Asahi beer and enjoy relaxing Onsen moment in separate sides for females and males.

In addition to Chisenupuri trip, we’ll be also riding in Rusutsu together with our mountain guides. Rusutsu is situated approximately 40 minutes drive away from Hirafu and its far more quiet than Niseko. Day pass and a lunch combination is bargain here. Multiple different level of off-pistes are always filled up by fresh powder snow. Here you can also find some small cliffs where you can make jumps into the powder.


Park and natural hits

Even though Niseko is popular for its powder snow, park enthusiasts have not been forgotten! Skiers and snowboarders of all levels can enjoy two perfectly shaped pipes, and four different park areas consisting of rails, jumps and obstacles. One of the more exotic obstacles is a bus. Parks are illuminated until 9 pm, allowing you to cruise in the backcountry during the day when there’s natural light and play in the park in the late evening, provided you still have any energy left. Niseko’s natural hits are also quite spectacular, with the trees and light power creating several spots for jibbing on your way down.

 

Village and accommodation

Hirafu is the most lively resort in the area and offers the best service selection. Other resorts are more peaceful, but offer very few after-ski activities. Ski buses are free of charge, but if the distance is short you can generally travel faster by foot. Hirafu has a broad selection of Japanese and Western bars and restaurants. The restaurants in the area are well known for their unique menus and excellent service. There are numerous small bars and pubs, and we definitely recommend you to try out karaoke. Small local convenience stores have all the basic food and drinks, but a wider selection can be found just a 15 minute ride away in Kutchan.

You will survive very well with English in Niseko, but we do recommend you learn a few phrases in Japanese. If nothing else, it will definitely boost your image in the locals’ eyes!

Located just a few hours away from Niseko are the historical port city Otaru. Otaru is definitely known for the best sushi in Hokkaido. We’ll be making a trip to this charming city after skiing and return back to Niseko in the evening.

Onsens are natural hot springs and you can find many of those in Niseko area. Some Onsens are very basic and some are part of hotel services. In these you can find towels, shampoos and vide selection of beauty products, free for visitors. Men and women have their separate sides and often swimwear is not necessary. Entry fees are usually around 5-7 euros. Some well maintained Onsens even have their vending machines, where you can by local products as Asahi beer for ultimate relaxation after skiing.

In Niseko we’ll be staying in a high-class chalet. The chalet is located in down town of Hirafu village, just a stone throw away ski lifts, restaurants and the food store. The chalet has all modern conveniences and it has been recently renovated. Bedrooms are for 2 persons and you can choose wether you want to sleep in a traditional bed or on a futon.

PP/Night from US$ 142