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Japan Adventure

Cost Per Person
£4045
Start Date
21/01/2019
End Date
01/02/2019

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?

Different groups available for ‘Back-side’ off piste skiers through to expert/elite skiers.

Get ready to ski the lightest powder!

Minimum requirements for this adventure:
Competent Off-Piste Skiers – level 5 and above

Ability to ski all day in deep snow for duration of the course

Ability to get up unaided after a fall is essential

CHECK YOUR LEVEL

Essential Information

Time of Year
Winter
Days Per Week
2 weeks including 11 skiing days
Hours Per Day
All day
Skiers per group
Average 6 maximum 8
SKI PASSES
Included
Ski Equipment
Off-piste skis needed with minimum 100mm underfoot
Video Analysis
Depending on conditions
OFF PISTE Safety Equipment
Transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack with ski carrying straps
Helmet
Advised

SKILL LEVEL

Experienced skiers with off-piste experience and an adventurous spirit – Levels 5 and above

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

  • Off-piste skis ideally minimum 100mm underfoot
  • Off-piste safety equipment: shovel, probe and transceiver (contact office if you do not have these)

DEPOSIT

A deposit of £750 which is non-refundable is required at the time of booking, the remaining balance is due 12 weeks prior to departure

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transfers from Sapporo airport to Otaru
  • 4 nights’ half board accommodation at Grand Park Otaru hotel in twin shared room
  • Transfer from Otaru to Niseko
  • 8 nights’ half board accommodation at M hotel Niseko (or similar) in twin shared room
  • Transfer from Otaru to Sapporo airport
  • Snoworks off-piste instructor/host for the duration of the trip
  • Local guide for duration of the trip
  • ALL ski passes

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights from London to Sapporo
  • lunches/drinks
  • Insurance
  • Ski equipment

Under occupancy supplements will be applicable if no twin share available of £1135.00, subject to availability.  Prices may be amended at any time if exchange rates fluctuate

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS

London to Sapporo Sunday 20 January 2019
LHR/HND (London/Tokyo) BA7 1050/0735+1

HND/CTS (Tokyo/Sapporo) JL0509 0930/1105 (lands in Sapporo on Monday 21 January 2019)

Sapporo to London Saturday 2 February 2019
CTS/NRT (Sapporo/Tokyo) BA3446 0750/0935
NRT/LHR (Tokyo/London) BA6 1235/1615

BOOKING ALTERNATIVE FLIGHTS

You can book any alternative flights as long as they fit in with the following timings:
OUTBOUND arrive Sapporo Chitose by 1105 on 21 January 2019
INBOUND depart Sapporo Chitose after 0800 on 2 February 2019

Notes
All accommodation is on request and can not be confirmed until minimum numbers have paid deposits for this Adventure.  In the event that we are unable to confirm the specified accommodation we will request alternatives (currently “M” hotel in Niseko).  Please DO NOT book international flights until advised the trip is confirmed.

Rusutsu and Kiroro are optional areas we may visit, dependent upon weather and the itinerary may be adjusted accordingly.  No touring skis required for this Adventure.

Itinerary

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 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.