eThe Roof of Hokkaidof
6 nights/7 days (backcountry focus)

 

You will be skiing the highest peaks of Hokkaido in Daisetsuzan National Park, nicknamed eThe Roof of Hokkaido.f Daisetsuzan is the largest park in Japan and one of the snowiest areas in Hokkaido.

We begin the first few days on the 2 mountains that have lift access to the peaks. The first is Mt Kuro which is accessed from the Sounkyo, a village located in a large canyon. From here there is the biggest vertical ski descent in Hokkaido from the lifts.

For a preview of this area, check this segment made by the Furano Tourism Association; http://www.furano-kankou.com/english/hyperlinks/movie/11.wmv

We then travel to Asahidake which is the highest mountain and live volcano at 2,290 meters. Again we have lift access to 1,600 meters before the 2 hour ascent, passing the huge volcanic vents up to the peak. Our accommodation is a log house that features hot thermal springs at the base of the mountain.

For the remaining three days we travel to the southern end of the national park where we will be located in a hot-springs pension deep in the mountains. The pension is surrounded by 3 peaks that provide vertical descents of around 700 meters of alpine and tree skiing. One of those is Mt Tokachi, a smoking volcano that is a real highlight to touch the volcanic smoke and ski to its base. At the end of the descent is a forest hot spring that is surrounded by old growth spruce, perfect for bathing your tired body.

Check this segment from Red Bull who we guided in the Tokachidake area;

and for some written material, check out Outside Go's article; http://outsidego.com/index.php/20081102445/Travel/Ski-Japanese-Volcanoes/menu-id-1.html

This tour is best done in March when the weather is a little more settled.


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