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

For skiers and snowboarders who come to Hakuba specifically for backcountry. 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>>

MAGAZINE

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>>


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About Hakuba MountainLife

We strive for unsurpassed professionalism and quality. To achieve this goal, we do certain things: we remain a well organized and thoughtful small family business - we do not grow for the sake of growth, and we put customer experience before profit. 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, 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


Hi, I'm damian. I guide backcountry tours, instruct avalanche courses, and am the editor of Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. I am an Apprentice Ski Guide member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). I have completed the CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 and am a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and also the Japan Avalanche Network. I'm licensed by Avalanche Canada to instruct their AST Level 1 and 2 avalanche courses. Every 3 years I re-certify my 80 hour Wilderness First Aid training. I also have postgraduate education in Economics, along with previous work experience in a competitive professional industry, and was once a commissioned officer in the military. In the Japan off-season I am employed in the New Zealand guiding industry.

Mio


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.


Latest MountainLife Blog Post

Remote Terrain, Kita Alps, Japan

Take a look at the photos in this blog post. One of these days I will run a guided trip into this section of the Kita Alps. It is, without a shadow of doubt, the best ski touring (and guiding) terrain in all of Japan. It won't be an easy trip, nor cheap. I would anticipate at least a 5 day tour. Depending on the depth of soft snow (ski penetration) it takes 8-12 hour just to reach the fringe of the zone, without one single downhill turn along the way. It would be a shame to take two days just to execute that approach move. Tough first day, ey.