Hokkaido Roaming
13 nights/14 days (backcountry/off-piste)

You will experience the finest of Hokkaidofs off-piste and backcountry skiing on this 2 week journey, visiting three different areas of Hokkaido. We will begin in Niseko, which was voted one of the snowiest resorts in the world, accumulating of up to 16 meters a season. There is plenty of off-piste terrain in the four inter-linked resorts for our 5 days here, or we can ski more isolated backcountry terrain, including Mt Yotei which is known as Hokkaidofs Mt Fuji. Each day we will have a chance to soak in the many traditional thermal hot springs of the area. Niseko provides plenty of gourmet options for evening meals.

From Niseko we then travel to Central Hokkaido and our base of Asahikawa for 3 days. A highlight of Asahikawa in early February is to experience the winter ice festival where enormous ice sculptures are displayed. We will ski Hokkaidofs live volcano of Asahidake where you will be mesmerized by its long plumes of smoke billowing from its vents. Kamui Ski Links is the local resort from Asahikawa and provides some great off-piste skiing and riding. Asahikawa is known as Hokkaidofs gourmet town famous for the local noodles.

We then cap off the trip at the southern end of Daisetsuzan National Park for three days, known as the eRoof of Hokkaido.f Our accommodation is an intimate hot-springs lodge with an amazing view of the surrounding mountains from its outdoor bath. This is Hokkaidofs premier backcountry terrain and puts us in range of 3 peaks, including another live volcano. There are no lifts here, so we will be earning our turns in some amazing wilderness area, 2,000 meter peaks of alpine and tree skiing and some of the lightest snow in the world.

For a preview of this area, check this segment made by the Furano Tourism Association;

http://www.furano-kankou.com/english/hyperlinks/movie/3.wmv


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