Welcome to Japan

&

Backcountry guiding beyond your expectations

For 2020 winter, by popular demand...

I'll mostly be offering guiding away from Hakuba's booming foreign backcountry crowds. You will be based in Japanese Ryokan style accommodation where we will access the backcountry from the roadside, or quite often, from the front door of the Ryokan. No ski resorts at all. The accommodation focus is on an intense Japanese cuisine-cultural experience, and volcanic hotsprings.

My Intro to BC tour is designed to be easy, so please don't be scared of joining in.

The below tours are open for bookings and are filling fast. The remainder of my time is taken up with private bookings and instructing avalanche courses. Please do not miss out on what remains available.

Ryokan backcountry

Good for easy going fit splitboarders or skiers

Starts

20 Jan 2020

Location

Not in Hakuba

Length

5 days

Difficulty

Moderate
Hakuba Japan Backcountry

This tour is shorter. Good for easy going skiers.

Starts

27 Jan 2020

Location

Not in Hakuba

Length

4 days

Difficulty

Moderate
Japan Backcountry

Good for fitter splitters or skiers

Starts

03 Feb 2020

Location

Not in Hakuba

Length

5 days

Difficulty

Moderate
Hakuba Backcountry Guiding

4 days in Hakuba's backcountry

Starts

25 Feb 2020

Location

Hakuba Based

Length

4 days

Difficulty

Easy :-)

Avalanche Skills Training
Courses
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My AST avalanche training courses have a hard-earned reputation as being the best quality in Japan. And I try to live up to it every single time.

AST Level 1

Introductory training

AST Level 2

More advanced training

Why Choose Us?

Personal Customer Service


I am a single-guide operation focused on one thing at a time: you.


The person (Damian) who answers your emails and questions will be the person who guides you from beginning to end. 

 

Local
Guide

12 seasons and almost 1,000 days in Hakuba's backcountry.
 

Small
Groups

Limited to 4 people. This isn't McDonalds.
 

Tail
Guide

You will always have a tail guide to back you up and help.
 

Great
Value

A small team and low overheads means you pay a fair price. 

Certified under the

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides


We strive for unsurpassed professionalism and quality in everything we do

Hakuba MountainLife Guiding

Damian

Damian

Lead Guide, Instructor, Owner

  • ACMG Ski Guide (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides)
  • Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association
  • Licensed Avalanche Canada AST Level 1 and 2 course provider
  • 80 hour Wilderness First Aid training recertified every 2 years
  • Heliski guide in New Zealand. 

A little bit more:

  • Postgraduate education in Economics. Some miliatary experience.
  • Enjoys intelligent conversation in the backcountry.


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