Hakuba MountainLife is a small family business. We strive for unsurpassed professionalism and quality in the three things we do:


Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. Hakuba's high quality community driven backcountry magazine is available every winter in print and online. It is the best backcountry resource in all of Japan.More>>


Backcountry guiding for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. We don't do sidecountry if we can avoid it. We serve people who come for the backcountry and book months in advance. More>>

Avalanche Courses

AST 1 & 2 avalanche courses professionally taught under license from Avalanche Canada. We offer our training over longer duration and smaller classes to maximize your learning and enjoyment. More>>


We are proud members of the following organizations

About Hakuba MountainLife

We strive for unsurpassed professionalism and quality. To achieve this goal, we do certain things: we remain a small family business - we do not grow for the sake of growth. We pursue continued training and professional development every year, no matter the expense or inconvenience. We work with people who are better than us and learn from them. We seek and act on customer feedback. We recognize our limitations and act within them. We keep things simple. If it isn't fun, we don't do it. We forget our ego and pride and greed and we never use fluff and hype in our marketing. Most of all, we love backcountry skiing, but safety comes first.


Damian is licensed to instruct Canadian standard AST Level 1 and 2 avalanche courses. He guides backcountry tours, and is the editor of Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. He skis a lot of backcountry. He is a Professional Member of organizations listed above, has completed the CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 (info), and renews his 80 hour Wilderness First Responder training every 3 years. In 2016 he passed the Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Apprentice Exam (info.) Damian also has graduate and postgraduate education in economics, science and finance, and work experience in professional and competitive industry.


Mio arranges logistics for the courses, and works on layout, design and translation of our own Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. The magazine would be impossible without her enormous effort, energy and enthusiasm. She skis every weekend during the season, and enjoys backcountry skiing in spring. Mio also has extensive graduate and postgraduate education in science and business, and professional work experience with highly demanding technologies.