Niseko Backcountry Touring – Black Diamond Tours Advanced Backcountry Touring is for those who have had experience in the winter backcountry and are confident in their ability to ride in variable conditions. Participants on the Advanced Backcountry Tour should be able to ride powder in gladed trees and steep terrain. Participants must have a fairly strong fitness level to fully enjoy Niseko backcountry touring.
Tour descriptions of popular backcountry destinations can be found 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.
Pick up: At accommodation 8am – 8:30am
Drop off: At accommodation approximately 5pm
Start the day by driving to Goshiki onsen and setting out on foot. Goshiki onsen is at an elevation of 750 meters meaning that it does not take long to get above tree line.
You will 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 three of these summits in one day.
Your day of Niseko backcountry touring finishes 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 climb the Annupuri peak and descend towards Goshiki onsen. From here you will strap on your touring gear to truly 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 favorable 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 rewards you with spectacular ridge line views of the surrounding peaks including Mount Yotei and Niseko Annupurri 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, which offers a consistent pitch for the first 300+ meters before slowly mellowing out into a cruiser powder bowl. The run finishes in typical Hokkaido style, winding through the trees back to civilization.
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 Yotei offer reliably good snow, great gladed backcountry skiing, and seemingly endless terrain – it’s Niseko backcountry touring at its best.
Typically, the group will climb to at least 1200 meters elevation after starting at around 400m. From there the skiing begins, and you’ll 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 pow skiing is!!) if the group is moving well and the weather cooperates, the guide will consider taking the group to the top.
Prices & Inclusions
|Group Tour||Up to 5 people per group, min 3 person to operate||¥17,900/person|
|Private Tour||1 guide for a group of 1 to 5 people||¥75,000/group|
- 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.
- Guests must carry avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe, and appropriate backpack). 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 touring 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 protected]
- Rates are 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.
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