Overview

Japan is famous for its legendary powder skiing. The polar jet stream descends off Siberia, soaks up moisture from the Sea of Japan, and unloads mass amounts of cold, low-density snow over the island of Hokkaido. Forests of twisted birch trees blanket a volcanic landscape formed by fire and shaped by water. Backcountry skiing and riding in Japan is as unique as Japanese culture.

Baker Mountain Guides Japan Backcountry Skiing program combines world-class powder with luxury accommodations, catered Japanese cuisine, and traditional onsen culture. Our focus on backcountry touring allows us to escape the crowds and deliver the ultimate untracked experience.


ITINERARY

Baker Mountain Guides has crafted a suggested itinerary that includes some of Hokkaido's best backcountry venues. Actual itinerary will be determined by weather and snow conditions.


  • Day 1: Goshiki Onsen

    We’ll orient ourselves to Japan with some classic tree skiing in the Annupuri Range. Beautiful White Birch trees, open glades, and easy access make Goshiki a great introduction to the Hokkaido backcountry. We’ll finish the day with a soak at the onsen, which will be the theme for the trip.


  • Day 2: Shiribetsu

    Shiribetsu is a semi-circular stratovolcano, offering 360 degrees of skiing and riding. Along with fantastic glades, Shiribetsu offers some of the longest runs in the area. We’ll explore steep tree runs around the west summit, big descents off the east summit, or both!


  • Day 3: Iwaonupuri / Nitonupuri

    If the weather gifts us with some clear skies, we’ll venture into the alpine. The Annupuri Range offers many long tours with quality skiing and riding. Our goal will be to link open fields off the summit of Nitonupuri with superb, steep chutes on the north side of Iwaonupuri.


  • Day 4: Kiroro

    Japan is known for world-class tree skiing and powder, and Kiroro is known for some of the deepest powder and best tree-skiing in Japan. If a big storm arrives from the north, we’ll pack the snorkel and head to Kiroro for a full day in the white room.


  • Day 5: Chisenupuri / Shakunagadake

    No trip to Hokkaido is complete without a big tour in the alpine. A ski traverse of both Chisenupuri and Shakunagadake offers the opportunity to explore remote parts of the Annupuri Range. Our efforts will be rewarded with solitude and serenity, as well as sublime views of the Sea of Japan.


  • Day 6: Mount Yotei

    Massive Mount Yotei dominates the region and is one of Japan’s 100 famous volcanos. If weather and snow conditions allow, we’ll climb to the summit, lap the crater, and descend over 5000 feet back to the trailhead. Gladed slopes on the lower flanks of Yotei offer phenomenal storm skiing as well.


Each Adventure is Unique


Program Information

  • Season
  • January


  • Duration
  • 6 Full Days of Skiing and Riding


  • Max Ratio
  • 4 Clients to 1 Guide


  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2019 - 2020 Winter Season

    • January 25 - 30

  • Cost
  • $3300 / Person

     

     

    Cost Includes

    • Guide Fees
    • 7 Nights of Luxury Accommodations in Niseko
    • 7 Authentic Japanese Dinners - Catered In-House
    • Breakfasts and Lunches
    • Transportation within Niseko

     

     

    Cost Excludes

    • Gratuity
    • Airfare to Japan
    • Transportation between Airport and Niseko
    • Lift Tickets (1-2)