2019 Hokkaido Ski Tours. Powder Snowboarding & Skiing in Hokkaido.
Close your eyes for a second and imagine your winter. Will you spend it watching more videos of everyone getting face shots snowboarding and skiing in waist deep Hokkaido powder or will you finally make the journey across the Pacific to chase the best powder skiing on the planet in legendary Hokkaido, Japan.
We thought so. PowderQuest has you covered. Join our team of certified ACMG, AGMA and AAGM ski guides on our select series of Hokkaido backcountry and resort lift assisted touring adventures. Our fully hosted itineraries are flexible and based around the local weather patterns to get us to the best snow on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, famous for deep, dry powder snow.
Why snowboard and ski Hokkaido with PowderQuest this winter?
- All tours are fully hosted, true PowderQuest style adventures with 2 guides, open to solo travelers and small groups.
- A maximum of only 8 advanced skiers and snowboarders with powder snow riding experience on each trip.
- Feast on fresh sushi, delicious ramen, local beef and veggies, and other local specialties at our select restaurants, the best in town.
- Japanese culture and visits to muscle and soul healing onsens (hot springs) are also an important ingredient to our adventures.
With one of the lowest guest to guide ratios in the industry, our goal is to get you to lesser known powder zones beyond the best Hokkaido ski resorts, explore areas you would most likely not find on your own, and make sure you experience the real Hokkaido backcountry.
While Hokkaido ski terrain is generally not steep, the deep and dry Japan snow is legendary providing one of the best snow experiences on the planet.
2019 Guided Snowboard and Ski Tours in Hokkaido
Hokkaido Interior Powder ChaserThis fully hosted and guided Hokkaido powder chasing adventure has sold out the past 4 seasons in Japan. Based out of our 4-star hotel in Furano, explore up to 6 ski areas with outstanding lift accessed powder laps and backcountry access. With up to 30 feet of fresh snow falling on average each season, there are plenty of options to get us to the famous deep and dry powder of the Hokkaido interior on this lift assisted touring adventure open to split boarders and ski tourers.
Samurai ExplorerOur powder chasing road trip adventure visiting two strategic Hokkaido powder zones; The west coast near the port of Otaru and the center of the island in Furano. Based in 4 star hotels, we have over 9 ski areas to explore taking advantage of the stellar powder laps and tree stashes right off the chair plus some beautiful backcountry zones accessible with your touring skis or splitboard.
Hokkaido ski resorts and backcountry zones on our guided trips
Furano Ski Resort
Furano, our home base for many trips, is a town in central Hokkaido (25,000 population) with an excellent ski resort and plenty of bars and restaurants allowing us to experience Japanese hospitality and culture. At the ski area you’ll enjoy some of the best tree skiing in Hokkaido, with easy to access steeper faces and powder filled gullies. The cold temperatures keep snow dry and when its on, it’s hard to beat. If you have even been to Niseko, you will notice the distinct lack of crowds here despite the growth in recent popularity. Express ski lifts take you to the top in a little over ten minutes accessing over 3180 vertical feet of powder runs along with very good off-piste terrain.
Tomamu Ski Resort
Tomamu hosts arguably the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido with 11 ski lifts to access the varied terrain. Originally the Hokkaido ski resort mainly catered to the rich Japanese and Chinese tourist due to it’s billion dollar infrastructure however recently some great advanced/expert off piste terrain and touring options have opened up. While there is no super steep ski terrain here, the deep snow, awesome tree skiing and backcountry touring options make up for it. 1 hour drive from the town of Furano.
Kamui Links Ski Resort
Kamui Links is a small ski resort with generally plenty of fresh tracks, located just over an hour north of Furano. 7 lifts (one gondola and 6 double chair lifts) accessing powder filled trees and gullies, know for low crowds. Kamui has one of Japan’s most open ski area policies (as far as Japanese skiing goes) as well allowing us to explore even deeper. Cold temperatures and dry snow make this place a must visit.
Sahoro Ski Resort
Fun in-bounds skiing and snowboarding along with some outstanding tree runs at this off the beaten track resort. We have options for long tree run descents in an area very few people know about and some really nice backcountry ski touring.
Mt. Racey Ski Resort
Another little known Japanese ski area that is ideal when the storms arrive from the South. While some other local ski areas get shut down due to weather, this small off the grid destination is a great option.
Hokkaido’s tallest peak, Asahidake is known as the playground of the gods with over 45 feet of snow a season on average. Basically our trip is based around a weather window on this active volcano for us to explore this deep backcountry powder mecca in the Daisetsuzan National Park, a great mix of alpine and classic Japan tree riding.
Kokusai Ski Resort
Recognized for some of the driest snow in the area as well as one of the deepest snow packs, this small ski resort only has 7 marked runs and 2 gondolas and a quad chair, yet the off-piste and backcountry terrain is where we will be focused. All accessed from a short tour and traverse off the top gondola.
Teine Ski Resort
Located just miles from our hotel in Otaru, the views from Teine ski area are outstanding, overlooking Sapporo and the Sea of Japan. We will focus on the off-piste terrain and fun tree runs that are mainly north facing and quite often very deep! Some of the steepest skiing in Hokkaido is right here.