Niseko Backcountry Skiing – Are you ready to go beyond the lifts and resorts? Black Diamond Tours Introduction to Backcountry Touring is a great way to learn the foundational skills you need to get out of the lift lines and enjoy Niseko backcountry skiing. Learn the craft of backcountry decision-making and techniques of backcountry ski and split board touring. No backcountry experience is required, however, you should be an advanced skier/rider.
Black Diamond Tours certified ski guides will teach you how to use the equipment and travel efficiently in the backcountry. Tours are held at a variety of destinations, however, the weather ultimately decides where to go on the day of your trip.
Tour descriptions of some of our more popular Niseko backcountry skiing destinations are included below. If you have a destination preference please note this in your request. BDT will discuss this again with your guide on the day of your trip
All tours begin with your guide picking you up directly from your accommodation between 8 AM and 8.30 AM. You will be contacted the evening before your scheduled trip about an exact pickup time.
Depending on your equipment, your guide will get the required rental gear for you or head straight to the trailhead. With BDT guides leading the way you can expect to find the best skin tracks and powder stashes. At the end of your successful powder day, your guide will take you back to your accommodation.
Get a 10% discount on touring skis, split boards and avalanche safety kit rental packages from Black Diamond Tours. This offer is limited to Introduction to Niseko Backcountry Skiing day trips only. Please inquire for rates.
Start the day by driving to Goshiki onsen and setting out on foot. Goshiki onsen is located at an elevation of 750 meters meaning that it does not take long to get above tree line.
Expect to spend most of the day in open alpine terrain with incredible views of both the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean, along with the Niseko range, Mount Yohtei, and surrounding valleys.There is a wide selection of great terrain in this area and peaks within reach include Iwaonupurri, Nihonupurri, and Chisenupurri.
If you are up to it, you can even traverse the range bagging all 3 of these summits in one day.The day will finish with a run down to the Goshiki onsen. At the onsen you can grab a beer from the nearest vending machine and relax your tired legs in the natural hot spring.
Another twist on this trip is to start the day using the Niseko lift network then climbing the Annupuri peak and descending towards Goshiki onsen. From here you will strap on your touring gear to really earn your turns for the rest of the day. This option does require a one ride Niseko lift pass but permits one top to bottom run with minimal effort before you get into the backcountry.
Note: As the best skiing terrain in this area is above tree line, it is best suited for travel on clear, sunny days. In less favourable conditions BDT may adjust the destination to suit weather conditions.
Adjacent to Rusutsu Resort, Shiribetsu-dake (Mount Shiribetsu) offers awesome backcountry challenge and some immaculate fall line skiing. The day begins on the Western slopes of Shiribetsu (opposite side of the mountain from Rusutsu Resort) as you ascend through the low angle slopes at the base of the extinct volcano.
After a relaxing opening, the climb steepens but you will be rewarded with spectacular ridge line views of the surrounding peaks including Mount Yohtei and Niseko Annupuri throughout. In general you’ll spend about 2-3 hours on the first ascent before reaching the peak. You will lap up 2-3 (or more if you’re up to it!!) runs on the upper mountain before beginning your final top to bottom descent offering a consistent pitch for the first 300+ meters before slowly mellowing out into a cruiser powder bowl. The run finishes in typical Hokkaido style as you wind through the trees back to civilisation.
Due to Hokkaido’s relentless snowstorms, there are only a handful of days through the winter months when a summit attempt of Mount Yohtei is possible. However, the lower slopes of Yohtei offer reliably good snow, great gladed backcountry skiing, and seemingly endless terrain.
Typically, the group will climb to at least 1200 meters elevation after starting at around 400m. From there you’ll start skiing and will lap several great volcano lines pushing as high on the mountain as visibility permits before your final, long descent.
Also to note that while the summit is not the objective with this trip (top quality Niseko backcountry skiing is!!) if the group is moving well and the weather cooperates, consideration will be taken to head to the top.
Prices & Inclusions
|Private Tour||1 guide for a group of 1 to 5 people||¥75,000|
- Certified guide, transportation, and necessary avalanche safety kit
- Touring gear required but not included in trip price. Please inquire for rental rates if you do not have your own touring equipment.
- Avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe, and appropriate backpack) are required. If you do not have your own please inform us in the booking. BDT will provide equipment as necessary.
- Guest to guide ratio: max 5:1
Terms & Conditions
- Niseko backcountry skiing bookings are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from Stoked Niseko via email.
- Payment for any tour or service is due at the time booking confirmation.
- Requests for changes or cancellations should be sent via email to email@example.com
- Rates based on 2017-18 season.
- Cancellations within 7 days of the tour or service date will incur a 100% cancellation fee
- Bookings are subject to the Stoked Niseko terms and conditions.
BDT Introduction to Backcountry Skiing
Great course to learn how to tour the backcountry