Japan Powder Adventure 2019

SKI THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN

Japan has up to 15 metres of annual snowfall! That’s three times the annual snowfall of top European ski resorts. It’s a shorter season than Europe so on average you’re looking at 1.5 metres of snow per week, 20-30cm of new snow every single day. Anyone for powder?

In true Snoworks Adventure style, we’ve taken the best of our previous trips, amended the itinerary and added to it creating an even BETTER Adventure combining the very best powder skiing in Japan.

This year we’ll be flying straight to the North Island of Hokkaido with a two centre tour.  The first part of our itinerary is based in our new area of Sapporo staying at Otaru and skiing the resorts of Tiene, Kiroro and Kokausi. From here we’ll be transferring to the world famous resort of Niseko and experience the best of Japanese skiing, in Niseko and Rusutsu.

NEW FOR 2019
We have MORE SKIING days than ever (11 days total), less travelling and accommodation with HALF BOARD and SKI PASSES INCLUDED for this year.

DAY 1 – DEPART UK 20 JANUARY 2019
Fly from London Heathrow via Tokyo to arrive in Sapporo. International flights are not included in the price to allow for flexibility. See recommended international flights above.

DAY 2 – ARRIVE OTARU
We’ll be departing from Sapporo around midday and arrive in Otaru where we’ll check into the Grand Park (or similar) for 4 nights. Depending on timings there may be the opportunity to ski in the afternoon (lift pass not included for this afternoon). Board basis: breakfast and dinner.

DAYS 3/4/5 – SKI KIRORO, TIENE AND KOKUSI
Four full days skiing this new area around Otaru which has been researched by our very own powder guide, Pete.   Kokusai boasts some of the best quality and quantity of snow in Hokkaido with 5 ski lifts and fantastic views of the Japan sea from the summit on a sunny day.  Tiene is great for some superb steeper and deeper descents, made up of two areas, Olympia and Highland.  Tiene Highland is 1000m above sea level and offers some of the steepest terrains in Japan including Olympic GS and slalom courses.  Kiroro is a destination with modern facilities and infrastructure. Relatively unknown compared to some of the other resorts, but the powder is the same. So that’s less skiers and more untracked powder for us.

DAY 6 – DEPART FOR NISEKO
After skiing we’ll be leaving Otaru for the world famous resort of Niseko and check into the Always hotel (or similar) for 8 nights.  Board basis: breakfast and dinner.

DAYS 7/8/9/10/11/12/13 – SKI NISEKO AND LOCAL RESORTS
The wind blows in from Siberia across the Sea of Japan, hits the Niseko mountain and explodes, dumping tons and tons of light dry powder. We’re here to ski powder! Niseko is made up of three interconnecting villages – Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Higashiyama with a total of 38 ski lifts. In recent years Niseko has become accustomed to ‘powder hounds’ coming across from Australia and Europe to experience the amazing snow. Consequently they are much more relaxed about off-piste skiing than many of the ski areas in Japan with many off-piste areas open to the public. I have only one word to describe the powder here: WOW!  Optional skiing in nearby Rusutsu, with the skiing spread across three mountains there’s plenty of skiing with 4 gondolas, 7 quads, 8 double chairlifts and hopefully more of Hokkaido’s legendary powder for which Rusutsu is renowned with some amazing tree skiing.

Seven days and evenings (if you have the energy) skiing everything Niseko has to offer. If we hit the weather right you should be skiing the lightest deepest powder you’ve ever experienced.

We’ll be skiing with Pete our local ski guide along with our Snoworks instructor if numbers permit who spends his summers surfing in Australia and winters skiing in Niseko. He knows the terrain like the back of his hand and has been with us every year for some of the itinerary. His contribution to this trip is immense as he knows when and where the best and least tracked powder will be.

DAY 14 – DEPART FOR UK 2 FEBRUARY 2019
An early morning transfer and flight back to the UK via Tokyo.

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