Summary

Difficulty

Challenging

Starts

14 Jan 2019

Length

5 days

Price

89,000 yen

Accommodation & Meals

Not Included

Location

Hakuba Based

Group Size

4 people

Our most freeride tour

Ski as much powder as possible in the classic Hakuba backcountry venues, and maybe a few places less known. 

What's it about?

During the big storm accumulation period of mid-Japanuary, we'll GRD [get'r done.] It isn't very complicated: ski backcountry powder during the coldest deepest days of a typical Japan winter season in Hakuba. Some days we might drive out of Hakuba, but not so far unless an epic situation is on, or conditions force us out of town.

Tour Difficulty

Challenging - Suitable for advanced skiers/riders and those with advanced backcountry experience. Please read our skill and experience definitions before signing up for a tour.

Who does it suit?

People with some backcountry experience, but more important: good skiers and snowboarders who are not afraid of steep trees or backcountry effort. I've raised the bar so that eager people can do this one and then the following Explorer Week back-to-back. We get double-up bookings every year. You should be one of those people.

Rescue Insurance, Cancellation and Ability

Comprehensive mountain rescue insurance is compulsory. For more important info on that topic, and our cancellation policy, please see below, or here.

Logistics

We will meet in Hakuba on the morning of the first day.

Inclusions

  • 5 days of professional guiding with an ACMG qualified Ski Guide and a tail guide.
  • Lunches

Exclusions

  • Compulsary personal mountain rescue insurance (see below).
  • Transport before and after the tour. You have to get yourself to Hakuba.
  • Accomodation
  • Meals

Lunches

Never go hungry. It has long been our tradition to supply complimentary packed lunches on our backcountry tours. This is to help those without access to kitchens or shops (Hakuba is very spread out). This is a complimentary service and if you are staying in self contained accommodation, or have easy access to shops, or have special dietary needs then please supply your own backcountry lunches.

Equipment

A detailed gear list will be provided after booking. In the meantime, please consider the following.

  • 3-antenna digital beacon, and a proper avalanche shovel and probe.
  • Touring skis or a splitboard. No snow shoes, sorry.
  • 30-40 liter backcountry-specific backpack capable of carrying your skis or snowboard. Smaller packs are too small, and that includes most rental packs.
  • Warm down or synthetic puffy jacket that can be worn over your shell jacket. A combination of lighter jacket and vest is also a good option.

On this tour you will be very uncomfortable in heavy and bulky resort clothing. Most people signing up already own light backcountry layering. If not, please take this chance to buy some. 

Be honest about your abilities.

No refunds are given if you are unable to keep up with a tour due to fitness or backcountry experience below that required by the tour.

Please read our definitions of skier/boarder skill levels and backcountry experience.

Rescue Insurance is Compulsary.

All customers MUST have their own mountain rescue insurance which covers mountain helicopter rescue, hospitalization and repatriation to their home country. This is your responsibility. You will be required to provide proof of insurance before attending any tour.

Travel insurance seldom covers all of this. Even if your travel insurance has special cover for "off-piste" or "guided backcountry",  it probably does not cover helicopter rescue, or may require you to contact the insurer before calling a helicopter, which is not practical.

We will not arrange short-term local insurance on your behalf as it seldom covers non-Japanese residents. And becasue you have no chace to review the policy fineprint. And because in the event of a claim, you would have to read and write Japanese to correspond with the insurer.


Booking and Cancellation.

Availability is filled on a first-to-pay basis. To secure a booking you will need to pay in full in advance.

No refunds are provided for any cancellation after November 1st, unless we can find a replacement.

TRAVEL CANCELLATION INSURANCE AT THE TIME OF BOOKING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. Check with your credit card company if they provide this cover at the time of payment.