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THE SWEETEST SPOT! – JAN 27TH – FEB 4TH, 2021 (6 Person)

  • 7 days Backcountry Guiding
  • 8 Nights Cozy Accommodation
  • Small Group : 6 People
  • Powder Skiing Level 4/5
  • Visit both Hakuba & Myoko
  • Private Group 4 x 4 Van

This could be the best time of year in Japan for getting a little sample of both DEEP WINTER POWER and SUNS OUT GUNS OUT! BIG LINE SKIING. Deep winter powder still comes in with cold storms although the days are longer and we are seeing the mountain tops a little more frequently. We are pushing more often into the subalpine and alpine and with a strong group, there is the possibility for a summit. Although It’s still worth bring your down jacket, your powder snorkel & face mask or buff. Expect steep and deep birch forest skiing after storms and subalpine spines and shutes in the sun. Steaming onsens are still a must although cold beers go down just as well.

Recommended Airport

Narita or Hanada International Airports in Tokyo (Hanada Airport saves 1hr travel although some airlines do not fly to Hanada)

Pick Up Location

Myoko

Price Includes

  • The best steep powder skiing destination in Japan - Hakuba and Myoko
  • ACMG certified guide - with a low guide to guest ratio of a maximum 1:6
  • A safety net of Canadian ACMG guides linked in and out of the field for; condition sharing, safety & potential emergencies
  • 7 days of lift access backcountry guiding
  • All required lift tickets during guided ski days
  • 8 nights of accommodation with breakfast included*
  • Private 4WD family van and native left hand driver! Our 7 passenger 4 wheel drive van means comfortable safe travel to and from your accommodation to our backcountry access point, and shuttle between Hakuba & Myoko
  • Guided grocery store tours, onsen and evening dinner exploration trips. We are a skiing family for a week!
  • Detailed instructions regarding transportation from Tokyo Airports to Hakuba or Myoko. The Shinkansen is fast efficient mass transit at it’s best!!
  • Connected to knowledgeable Japanese speaking expats through Morino lodge for dinner booking, private onsen booking, travel & cultural site information and potential medical issues.

Price Excludes

  • Backcountry Skiing Travel Insurance. It’s highly recommended that you get Travel insurance that covers backcountry skiing, rescue and possible associated medical costs in case of injury.
  • Private shuttle transport is available from Tokyo airports to Hakuba or Myoko and back
  • All backcountry Avalanche safety Equipment
  • Dinners & Lunches
  • Flights to Tokyo
What to Expect

AM I THE RIGHT SKIER FOR THIS TRIP?

This trip is for the advanced backcountry powder skier or split boarder who wants to maximise their powder skiing experience in Japan. This means you can climb vertical on skins efficiently after the skin track has been set by your guide. You can also ski steep backcountry powder with relative ease. You don’t need to be a freaking charger although you do need to be proficient.

POWDER TURN RATIO

That being said the daily tours have excellent skin climb to decent ratios thanks to the generous use of ski resort lifts and a snowpack that reaches to valley bottom. Touring from the top of the lifts can be as short as 10mins for an 800m run to 1hr for a 1100m run and everything in between. Then it’s back to the lifts for another ride up!

LATE JANUARY WEATHER

This time of year can still be quite cold and snowy although there are more sunny days, temperatures are often around -12℃ in the am with day time highs of – 7℃. It’s still common for storms to last for days, bringing multiple dumps of 30 – 50 cms. Although periods of sunshine are equally as abundant.

AVALANCHE SAFETY

Every trip starts with an Avalanche companion rescue refresher, practice session and orientation to safety specific to Japan’s backcountry ski environment. Your guide will select the best skiing option for the day depending on the weather, snow and avalanche conditions and is happy to discuss the interesting Japan snow stability environment.

DAILY BRIEFING

Each morning, usually around breakfast the group will be present with the plan for the day, expected temperatures, snowfall amounts, expected weather for the day, the avalanche hazard as I forecast it, as well as a rough outline for the skiing objective.

A FAMILY OF FRIENDS SKI HOLIDAY

This trip is like a family ski holiday with your best friends and your new friendly guide Dad. We use our family 4WD van to navigate the snowy roads between our accommodation and the ski resort. I am not only your ski guide but also your after-ski cultural ambassador, onsen expert, driver, grocery store decipher and local cuisine connoisseur. How you choose to use your after ski and evening time is completely up to the group, I provide the options and facilitate the plan. Affordable dinner bookings are typically made at the start of each week to make sure we get the very best restaurants in town.

PRICING AFFORDABILITY & BOOKING

To make these trips affordable, pricing is based on a group of either four or six persons. Feel free to assemble a group of friends or like skilled individuals and secure the private trip just to yourselves. A group may secure a private trip starting at four persons with the goal of reaching six people. Individual or partial group bookings are also welcome, and some amazing connections have been made on trips in this way. 

A 50% booking per person is required to secure your preferred dates.

ACCOMMODATION

All trip accommodations have been carefully selected to provide the best value for money, and work exceptionally well for our ski family. Our accommodation options have been supplied through the wonderful people at Morino Lodge. Their staff and owners are exceptionally friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful. And the best thing they are all there to ski the powder just like you. 

 

PRIVATE CHALET IN HAKUBA

On this trip, we will be spending 4 nights in Morino’s newest private Chalet in Hakuba. The beautiful chalet has three double rooms with either two twin beds or a single king bed per room depending on your preference. Two showers and a large kitchen & living room provide ample space for stretching and relaxation. 

 

MYOKO  ACCOMMODATION

We will be spending 4 nights in a private chalet on the side of Mount Myoko Volcano. Mykoko has a much more local feel, and we will be able to walk the short distance to the small downtown area.

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive at Toko Airports & Commute to Myoko

Arrive at either of Tokyo’s international Airports, Narita or Hanada. Hanada is preferred as it is closer to Tokyo city centre and therefore saves 1hr of travel, although many airlines do not fly to Hanada international airport. When booking your flight aim to arrive as early in the day as possible, this means you will arrive at a more reasonable time in Hakuba.

From your Toyko airport, you either take your private pre-booked shuttle directly to Myoko or you use your details instructions to start your Shinkansen adventure, the best public transit system in the world.
You arrive in Myoko and of course, it’s snowing per usual, I pick you up at the Myoko Kogan station in the capable 4WD van, and take you to your accommodations. You realise why we have a 4WD van as we crawl up the steep powder laden streets.

Day 2Avalanche companion rescue skills training refresher - Lift access ski touring Myoko

The day starts with coffee & your pre-selected breakfast.

On the first mornings briefing, I will orientate you to Mt Myoko & the surrounding area via google earth and some of the regular zones we will ski. I will also brief you on general condition, the day’s weather, snow, avalanche hazard, and a rough objective of the day.

We will then travel via van to the selected resort to access the backcountry.

We will stop at the local convenience store for the many wondrous lunch options.

Every trip starts with an Avalanche companion rescue refresher, practice session and orientation to safety specific to Japan’s backcountry ski environment.

We will spend the rest of the day backcountry skiing.

After skiing it’s either a hot shower or onsen, perhaps a chance to go to the local and wondrous grocery store for lunch supplies, before a fine evening of traditional Japanese cuisine. Then it’s back to your accommodation for a well-earned rest.

Day 3Lift access Ski touring Myoko

Breakfast & Coffee at the lodge followed by the daily conditions briefing and a rough touring plan for the day.
Drive to the selected ski resort via lunch and or snack stop at the wondrous convenience store.
A full day of backcountry ski touring.

After ski options include, Apres Japan style of Hot Sake. Onsen after skiing are also popular although need to be used with caution (sleepy factor). It’s your trip it’s your choice! Now it’s time to explore the town and fuel your machine with traditional & affordable Japanese cuisine.

Day 4Lift access ski touring Myoko - Drive to Hakuba

Breakfast, daily conditions briefing.
Day four means lodge check out as we will be travelling to Myoko after skiing.
Lunch stop
Lift access backcountry powder skiing – finishing a little earlier due to our 2hr drive Hakuba.

Usually, we have a bowl of soup or noodles and hit the road, then we drive through some interesting towns and scenery before we hit tunnels and then there are more tunnels. The Japanese highways are exceptionally good and snow clearing is very efficient.

Move into our lodge, grab a shower and then a short walk for some traditional & affordable Japanese cuisine.

Day 5Lift access ski touring Hakuba

Wake up to a very different town that is Hakuba.
Breakfast, daily conditions briefing, and an orientation to our new ski venue of Mt Myoko

Lift access backcountry powder skiing in Myoko – damn this place is deep!
Afternoon/evening activity selection and Japanese dining

Day 6Lift access Ski touring Hakuba

Breakfast, daily conditions briefing.
Lunch stop
Lift access backcountry powder skiing in Japan – so good!!
Afternoon/evening activity selection and Japanese dining

Day 7Lift access ski touring Hakuba

Breakfast, daily conditions briefing
Lift access backcountry powder skiing in Myoko – damn this place is deep!
Afternoon/evening activity selection and Japanese dining

Day 8Lift access ski touring Hakuba

Breakfast, daily conditions briefing
Lift access backcountry powder skiing in Myoko – damn this place is deep!
Afternoon/evening activity selection and Japanese dining

This is our last evening together as a group and the party almost makes it 11 pm. This reassures me that I have done my job well, as everyone is exhausted.

Day 9Check out & Station Drop off

11 am check out is usually used to its full potential, as is a couple of extra cups of coffee.
I then drop you off at the train station and most groups make their way back to Tokyo for a few days & night of sightseeing and perhaps a bit of Partying!

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FAQ

What ski equipment do I need to bring?

Ski Touring boots – no regular ski boots
Skis – over 100mm waist is recommended
Touring Bindings – Pin or tech bindings are highly recommended
Ski poles with powder baskets – adjustable type recommended
Adhesive climbing skins – Fitted to the width and length of your skis
Backpack capacity: 30-40 litre
Avalanche probe
Snow Shovel – no plastic shovels
Avalanche Transceiver (457 KHz single frequency)
Spare transceiver batteries (purchase new ones & check for correct size)
Ski goggles x 2, there’s lots of snow!
sunglasses
Insulated water bottle or regular water bottle (No Camelback or other hydration systems they will freeze)
Small thermos (good option to warm the insides)

What ski clothing do I need to bring?

Ski pants gortex
Long underwear, shirt and bottoms (poly-pro/wool blends)
Fleece tops and bottoms (wind-stopper)
Ski socks
Ski gloves / Mitts
Gore-tex outer jacket/parka (with hood)
Down/Synthetic jacket (warm, “puffy” type jacket)
Neck gaiter/tube or buff – key for Japow face shots
Toque (ski hat)
Lightweight helmet and carrying system (optional)
Sun hat/powder hat – baseball caps work well

What are the other recommended things to bring?

Personal first-Aid & blister Kit (second skin, compeed, athletic tape, personal medications, Ibuprofen, etc…)
Winter boots, it can be very snowy in town on the regular, also bringing a pair of dinner boots, I bring bloodstones that can handle a little snow but that are also comfortable in a restaurant.
Earplugs for sleeping next to your snoring roommate..Silicone for swimming work great?
Sunblock – the sun in Japan is strong
Repairs & spares kit (for own model of A/T bindins) Japan has little repair options for most bindings
Headlamp, it’s good to bring a headlamp in your pack in case we have an issue, for example, a broken binding later in the day.

What if there is a cancellation due to weather, and extreme weather?

OneLife Adventures reserves the right to cancel any day or multiple days of a Japan Powder trip due to what it defines as, unsafe weather, extreme weather or snowpack conditions. These sort of extreme weather or snowpack events are very unlikely. OneLife Adventures cancels any scheduled guiding days due to extreme weather, all participants will receive a refund that represents the guiding portion of that day or days.

What if there is a cancellation due to insufficient numbers?

Each Japan guided trip requires a minimum number of participants for that trip to go ahead. If Onelife Adventures cancels due to lack of participants, those participants already paid receive a full refund.

What if you the client cancels?

You must cancel at least 60 days out from your scheduled Japan powder trip to receive a full refund. You can substitute another participant that has the appropriate level and skills for the trip, approved by Onelife Adventures. All cancellations made within 60 days of your scheduled trip start date will not be eligible for a refund. Trip Cancellation insurance is a good way to mitigate this risk.

Do I need to sign a waver?

All participants must read, understand, and sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement. Those under the age of 19 years must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign their waiver. Medical conditions that may affect your or other participants’ safety must be declared during the reservation process. The participation of any person in any program at any time is always subject to the discretion of OneLife Adventures and its guides, crew, or skipper.