Backcountry beyond your expectations

Guided

Backcountry

Tours - 2019

If you would like to arrange a private week for just your family or friends, please ask.

Deep Hakuba Powder

Our most freeride tour

Starts

14 Jan 2019

Location

Hakuba Based

Length

5 days

Difficulty

Challenging
Japan Backcountry

Our advanced tour

Starts

21 Jan 2019

Location

Hakuba Based

Length

5 days

Difficulty

Tough
Ryokan backcountry

Our most popular tour

Starts

28 Jan 2019

Location

Not in Hakuba

Length

5 days

Difficulty

Moderate
Ryokan backcountry

Our most popular tour

Starts

04 Feb 2019

Location

Not in Hakuba

Length

5 days

Difficulty

Moderate
Hakuba Backcountry Guiding

Our easiest week

Starts

11 Feb 2019

Location

Hakuba Based

Length

5 days

Difficulty

Easy :-)
Hakuba Backcountry Camping

This tour is in tents

Starts

20 Feb 2019

Location

Not in Hakuba

Length

4 days

Difficulty

Challenging

Avalanche Skills Training
​​​​​​​Courses



AST Level 1

Introductory training

AST Level 2

More advanced training

Why Choose Us?

Personal Customer Service


We are 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 1000 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

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Hakuba MountainLife Team

Damian

Damian

Lead Guide, Instructor, Owner

  • ACMG Ski Guide (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides)
  • CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2
  • 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 3 years
  • Heliski guide in New Zealand. See www.mountainlife.nz

Background:

  • Postgraduate education in Economics
  • Previous experience in a competitive professional risk industry
  • Former commissioned officer in the military.


Yuki

Tail Guide, Helper, Skier

Yuki Ito is our smart and friendly tail-guide and general helper in the backcountry. He runs our snow/weather study plot and participates as an important team member in AM/PM guide meetings. Our customers always like having him on their tours. Yuki is working towards a career as a mountain guide in Japan, and we are happy to help with that process.

  • CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1
  • 80 hour Wilderness First Aid training recertified every 3 years

Background:

  • Formal university education is in aerospace engineering (but dropped out to become a skier)


Mio

Mio helps with logistics for the courses, and did all of the layout, design and translation of Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. She skis every weekend during the season, and enjoys backcountry skiing in spring.

Background:

  • Lots of education, and work experience with cutting-edge scientifc technology


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