Epic Trips For Your Soul
Toll-Free +1-844-LE-GRAND
Le Grand Adventure Tours

Experience The Legendary Deep Snow of Niseko-Otaru Japan on our Powder Explorer Ski Tour. Ski The Deepest Snow of Your Life!


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Have you wanted to ski in Japan’s powder capital of Hokkaido but don’t want to deal with the logistics, finding the best snow everyday and opportunity to ski snow cats? If so, then our Niseko-Otaru ski tour is for you. Experience 5 nights in Niseko, 4 nights in Otaru and as much powder as you can handle with our private 4x4 vans for the group to search for the deepest snow. See the real side of Niseko and Otaru with our guides and enjoy an epic trip for your soul!

The trip is designed for advanced skiers and snowboarders who want to explore the side and backcountry of each resort, the option to ski tour into untouched backcountry, and experience the powder away from the crowds, this tour is just for you and your group to show you all the best ski areas in the Niseko and Otaru region. The group will be driving to a different area everyday with our 4x4 vans as our guides take you to the best snow that day. Our guides live to ski powder and showing you the best snow everyday is their top priority. Japan is known for its powder but you need to know where to look and that’s where our guides come into play.

This is an advanced guided tour where we spend the majority of our time off-piste in the lift accessed side/backcountry of each resort, skiing the birch trees of Japan and the open bowls. After skiing a full day of powder and a relaxing soak in the onsen you’ll get to enjoy some of Hokkaido’s delicious food and lively bars.

Some of the deepest snow on the earth covering wide open bowls, perfectly spaced birch trees, and endless side country and backcountry options to explore. With an average snowfall of 15+ meters or 50+ feet per season, it's no wonder that the Niseko and Otaru areaa are a perfect snow destination. Our guides have some secret spots that rarely ever see tracks and have been skiing these areas for over a decade.

Enjoy access to soak in the hot Japanese Onsens at every hotel we stay at. The hot springs have long been revered as a cure for ailments such as muscle aches, sickness, and other medical conditions. Its a great way to relax after a day of skiing powder. The hot onsen water rises from deep underground and usually contains a blend of many different minerals and are nutrient rich. Soaking in the onsen is one of the best ways to relax one’s body after a day in the mountains.

Enjoy daily breakfasts at the hotel with a wide variety of food and traditional Japanese Breakfast items. Our welcome and farewell group dinners are one of our guests favorite times on the trip as we get to experience a couple of our favorite restaurants in the area. The last night is always a fun time to celebrate and enjoy one last cheers before the trip ends. The hotels have easy access to all of the nearby restaurants and bars during the week so you can taste the incredible cuisine the area offers.

Dates:
January 28th to February 6th 2018
February 9th to February 18th 2018

Location: Niseko Resort & Otaru Japan
Tour Length: 10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Ski Days
Level of Difficulty: High Intermediate and Above
Guide Ratio: 4 to 1 Client to Guide ratio
Hotel: The Green Leaf Hotel & Dormy Inn Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast Each Day, Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Price: $3,495

Book Now With A Deposit!
BOOK NOW

Make This Trip Private!
MAKE IT PRIVATE

Submit Your Email For an E-Brochure!

EXPERIENCE

  • The RIDING, CULINARY & LODGING Experience

    THE RIDING EXPERIENCE

    Deep Japanese colder powder and home to some of the best snow in the world. Every day we lead guests on a guided exploration of the beautiful Niseko Area ski resorts such as Hirafu, Moiwa, Rusutsu and untouched backcountry areas. The Otaru area is well known for having some of the deepest snow on average every year and our guides know the area very well. There is always powder to be skied! From perfect birch tree glades to deep powder fields to long backcountry runs, Japan has something for everyone. Untracked powder awaits you after short lift lines, easy hikes, and secret spots only our guides know. There is nothing like skiing or snowboarding in Japan and our team is ready to take you there!

    Niseko Annupuri is part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park and is the most eastern set park of the Niseko Volcanic Group. Seasonal winds from the Eurasian continent pick up moisture over the warm currents of the Sea of Japan to from snow clouds and in turn some of the driest, lightest powder in the world.


    THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE

    Japan, home of amazing fresh sushi, seafood and delicacies from the sea as well as its traditional dishes of soba, udon, yakatori, curry and more. The seafood quality is known around the world but we bet after trying some of their local specialities you will leave with a whole new respect for Japanese cuisine. Sample a wide variety of local and regional cuisine, from Wagyu beef, Yakatori BBQ cooked on the table, Shabu-Shabu, Bakeries & Coffee Shops, incredible curries, and of course no trip to the Japanese isles is complete without a warm and hearty fresh made soba noodle bowl.

    Growth of the area over the last couple of years provides ample selection of small independent coffee shops, restaurants, breweries and sake bars. Visitors have every chance to dive into the local cuisine like never before. Included in your experience is a daily breakfast at the hotel, as well as a Welcome and Farewell group dinners at a couple of our favorite restaurants.


    THE LODGING EXPERIENCE

    Our hotel partners welcome you with friendly service and an unmatched experience that you will never forget. Our location is ideal to access several ski areas in the region with our private 4x4 vans so our groups are always skiing the best conditions that day. Walking distance to a wide variety of restaurants, shops and bars.

    The Niseko and Otaru area offer a wide variety of natural Japanese Onsens (separate for men and women) having both outside and inside areas. Free WiFi, daily breakfast, and comfortable twin rooms await you at our favorite hotel in the area.

ITINERARY

  • DAY 1 - DAY 10

    Day 1 - Arrival Day

    Fly into New Chitose Airport (CTS) by 1pm where the group will be there to transport you. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.

    Le Grand Adventure Tours welcomes you to Japan! Upon landing at New Chitose Airport (CTS) you will have a private 4x4 van transfer by our guides to your hotel. Settle into your comfortable room and get to know your new crew for the week.
    The evening offers your first chance to explore, dine or relax at the hotel with new friends. Relax, enjoy local cuisine, and get ready for a week of powder skiing!

    If rentals are needed, we can arrange snow equipment for the week through local shops. If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental. It is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted. Please advise the LGA Team before the trip if you will need gear.

    Hotel: The Green Leaf Hotel


    Day 2- 9

    On the first day we will be exploring Niseko. We’ll be hunting out some powder stashes. Celebrate an awesome first day on the mountain with the Welcome Dinner and a few drinks.

    Our guides will take you to some of the more hidden places in Niseko. Hike the peak with us and head into the back bowls if conditions are good. Finish your day soaking in an onsen and maybe head to Kutchan for Sushi Train.
    Day tour to Moiwa Ski Hill. We will spend the day guiding you through the trees and bowls of Moiwa – a great little ski resort with loads of fresh lines.

    Pack your onsen gear and a snorkel for a day at Kiroro. This powder gem has some of the best backcountry terrain in Hokkaido. As one of the few guiding companies allowed to operate in Kiroro you can take advantage of the new gate system and epic terrain it accesses.

    Day tour to Rusutsu Resort. Enjoy the day riding through the trees and gullies of Rusustu. Some many natural hits here and so few people! This is one of our favorites.

    Enjoy your last day riding Niseko United! Use the knowledge your guides have imparted to you and go at your own pace on this free ski day. Finish with an onsen and farewell dinner party to round off your Hokkaido powder experience.

    Hotel: The Green Leaf Hotel Niseko & Dormy Inn Hotel Otaru
    Included Meals: Breakfast Everyday | Welcome and Farewell Group Dinners


    Day 10 - Departure Day

    Time to check out and say goodbye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport for your flight home with memories to last a lifetime!

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour may be altered to adjust for weather and conditions. Our guides will plan the tour around the conditions to make sure you have the best trip possible.

DETAILS

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED & NOT INCLUDED

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    5 nights accommodation at The Green Leaf, Niseko (twin / double share)
    4 nights accommodation at Dormy Inn, Otaru (twin / double share)
    Airport transfers and all transport on guided days
    8 guided days at the following resorts: 1 x Niseko, 2 x Moiwa, 1 x Rusutsu, 2 x Kiroro, 2 x Kokusai,
    8 days worth of lift tickets at the above resorts
    Skills Sessions with Professional Skiers and Guides
    Onsen (Hotspring) tour
    Breakfast Every Morning
    Welcome and Farewell Group Dinner

     


    WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

    Airfare
    Lunches: Guests will be able to have lunch at local villages and ski resorts during the week
    All Dinners (except 2) are left open for the group to explore town together or experience the local cuisine with new friends. Recommendations will be provided.
    Alcoholic beverages during the trip
    Gratuities are not included for the trip
    Personal items purchased during the trip
    Gear: Skis, Backpack, Avalanche beacon, Probe, Shovel and Helmet. Avalanche safety gear is required on all of our tours. If you have your own equipment please bring it.

    Ski backpacks including beacon, shovel and probe are available to rent for $150 for the duration of the trip. (Option available to add-on at checkout. If you wish to add later please feel free to contact us)
    If you wish to rent Ski/SnowBoard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental. It is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted. Please advise the LGA Team before the trip if you will need gear.

    Trip Insurance is Not Included: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad. Protecting your trip & safety is our priority! There are multiple options available including protection plans through your credit card and other travel insurance companies. We recommend Travelex as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations. If you want to protect your trip with Travelex we highly recommend either the Travel Select or Travel Max plan. If purchasing the Travel Select, you must add on the Adventure Plus Pak (included in Travel Max.) The Adventure Plus Pak provides a rental allowance in case of lost, stolen or damaged sporting equipment. Includes medical evacuation and waives policy exclusions for participation in extreme sports such as biking, skiing, skydiving, parachuting, mountain climbing and more.
    The ultimate in travel protection, global emergencies and evacuations. Get a Quote Now at TravelexInsurance.com!
    450x75 (6) Need Travel Protection?

PHOTO GALLERY

TESTIMONIALS

  • TESTIMONIALS

    The Furano-Hokkaido Japan tour was even better than I expected. The pictures and videos do not do it justice. Jeff and his team took care of us everyday and made sure we experienced as much as we could on our trip. We had a mix of conditions from sunny days to one of the deepest days skiing-ever! They know a lot of spots that are on the mountain, off the mountain, and in the backcountry. We did some touring everyday and we were rewarded with incredible views, deep snow, and no crowds all day. Fresh powder every day! Will be going back to explore more areas with them. Todd A.
    Todd A.
    The entire trip was dialed in from the minute we landed to the time we left. 10 days of exploring Japan, finding the deepest snow everyday, he cultural sights, and food were incredible. The best trip I have ever been on. Can’t wait to go back! Dan D.
    Dan D.
    We searched for deep powder everyday and the guides did a great job of finding the best snow for us. Deepest snow of my life! Japan never disappoints and the private vans add a nice touch which allows us to travel to ski the best snow in the area. James E.
    James E.
    le-grand-adventures-5-starsJapan Powder Tour - Unreal! This is an absolute unbelievable adventure. If you want to ski big pow and are also looking for an incredible cultural experience, this is the trip for you. I've skied my entire life (last 18 years in Colorado as well as 3 years in Switzerland / Austria) and this was by far the best ski adventure I have ever taken. Some of the most memorable and best runs of my life. In addition to the incredible snow and terrain, Jeff and Crystal are true professionals both on the Mountain and off. This trip was butter smooth thanks to Le Grand Adventure Tours. A bucket list item for sure!
    Ryan P.
    le-grand-adventures-5-starsThe 2016 Japan trip with Le Grand Adventure Tours was absolutely amazing and blew us away!!!! Special thanks to Jeff and Crystal for making all of the necessary arrangements that allowed us to explore the many different areas on Hokkaido and, most importantly, chase the incredible powder (on some days this was literally over our heads!), which is simply amazing! LGAT provides the very best in guide service, with the primary focus on safety and skiing quality terrain! We would have been totally lost without them! We will be back in 2017 and beyond!
    Spencer N.

FAQ

  • FAQ

    Check out our General FAQs section. Here you will find answers to your general questions.


    What Should I Bring With Me?

    Ski/Snowboard Gear:
    Skis/Snowboard, boots, poles. AT or a good backcountry touring set up
    Goggles
    Helmet – stay safe on the slopes!!

    Misc/Recommended:
    Backpack
    Avalanche Transceiver
    Shovel/Probe
    Touring Gear and Skins
    Packable Puffy
    (We can assist with some gear, please feel free to contact us)

    Après Clothing:
    You will be in the mountains for a week so please
    bring proper clothing for when you're not on the slopes.

    Travel Requirements:
    Current Passport
    Credit card, cash and/or traveler’s checks
    ID or driver’s license
    Medical insurance cards
    Prescriptions or other medications
    Important phone numbers
    Proof of Travelers Insurance


    Can I Reserve My Trip With a Deposit?

    Yes, you can reserve your trip with a Deposit for all tours. Reservations are available immediately once a trip is announced and up to 90 days prior to the Date of Departure. The Deposit amount is twenty percent (20%) of the Tour Price. When booking within 89 days or less prior to the date of departure, the full amount is due at time of booking.


    When Should I Make My Travel Arrangements?

    Please wait until you receive confirmation from Le Grand Adventure Tours before making any travel arrangements. Our team is happy to assist you with any travel needs.


    When is The Final Payment For This Tours Due?

    Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure, or 7 days from booking confirmation if booking is within 90 days.


    What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

    90 days or more prior to Departure: LGA will retain the deposit as an “Adventure Deposit” for a future trip. Full refund will be given.
    89-60 days prior to Departure: LGA will retain 50% of the total Tour Price and the deposit will be held as an Adventure Deposit for a future trip.
    59 days or less prior to Departure: LGA will retain 100% of the total Tour Price.
    Le Grand Adventure Tours cannot be held responsible for snow and/or weather conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow and weather conditions.


    What Is Your Refund Policy?

    No refunds, reimbursements or discounts will be granted if, for any reason, Client misses the Tour, fails to join the Tour, leaves the Tour, is dismissed from the Tour, or cannot fully participate in the Tour. Any Refunds will be at the discretion of Le Grand Adventure Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason.


    What Type of Skis To Bring?

    A ski with roughly a 100mm to 110mm is the best option. If you want to bring a wider pair of skis please feel free or you can rent these if needed.


    Do I Need Ski Touring Equipment?

    It is highly recommended but not mandatory. If you have a new pair of touring bindings (Dynafit, Plum, Marker, Salomon, etc) and are comfortable skiing a wide variety of terrain on them, please feel free to bring them.


    Do I Need Backcountry Safety Gear?

    Avalanche safety gear is required on all of our tours. If you have your own equipment please bring it. Ski backpacks including beacon, shovel and probe are available to rent for $150 for the duration of the trip. (Option available to add-on at checkout. If you wish to add later please feel free to contact us.)


    Ski & Gear Rentals

    If you wish to rent ski/snowboard equipment please let us know so that we can coordinate your rental. Please advise the LGA Team before the trip if you will need gear.


    What is the Best Way to Get There?

    Fly into New Chitose Airport (CTS) by 1pm where the group will be there to transport you. In some cases you may need to plan your arrival the day before. There are many hotels near the airport offering shuttle service so it is easy to meet the group back at the airport by 1pm. We suggest using Booking.com to find a nearby hotel.


    What Is The Weather Going To Be Like?

    For the most accurate weather please check the <strong><a title="Niseko Weather" href="http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Niseko/6day/mid" target="_blank">Niseko Weather Online</a></strong> a few days before your trip.

    If you want to experience the best snow in the world, you need to be prepared with good gear, as it can get cold. It's not unusual to receive 30cm to 50cm+ (12 to 20"+) of snow overnight! Many storms will drop upward of 100cm's plus or basically 3 feet every couple of days. We will be in the mountains so bring clothes that will keep you warm in a wide variety of conditions. We will guarantee you get the most out of your ski holiday as we have a wide range of activities that we can add into the trip incase there are down days due to snow storms or weather.

    What is the Group Size?

    Small group sizes that don’t exceed 10 guests.


    Do We Need to Tip Our Guides? If So, What is Standard?

    Gratuities are not included. Tips are accepted at your discretion based on the overall trip experience provided by our team.


    Do I Need Trip Insurance?

    Trip Insurance is Not Included: We require trip insurance for all trips abroad. Protecting your trip & safety is our priority! There are multiple options available including protection plans through your credit card and other travel insurance companies. We recommend Travelex as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations. If you want to protect your trip with Travelex we highly recommend either the Travel Select or Travel Max plan. If purchasing the Travel Select, you must add on the Adventure Plus Pak (included in Travel Max.) The Adventure Plus Pak provides a rental allowance in case of lost, stolen or damaged sporting equipment. Includes medical evacuation and waives policy exclusions for participation in extreme sports such as biking, skiing, skydiving, parachuting, mountain climbing and more.
    The ultimate in travel protection, global emergencies and evacuations. Get a Quote Now at TravelexInsurance.com!
    450x75 (6) Need Travel Protection?


    How Long Does It Take to Fly to Japan?

    Flight time from the West Coast of the United States to Japan is approximately 10-16 hours depending on if you book a direct flight or a flight with stops.


    Are There Any Rules/Traditions Pertaining To The Onsens (Hot Springs)?

    Onsens are usually dedicated as either male or female baths. An onsen is a natural thermal hot spring. A word of warning – if you have tattoos you may not be allowed to enter. However, if you are a foreigner and the tattoos are not particularly obvious then you will generally be OK. Make sure you wash and rinse off your body before you get into the water. Note: Ritually these are full nudity baths, there are small towels to cover your ‘modesty’.


    Can I Use My Credit Card in Japan?

    Japan is mostly a cash based society. Most larger restaurants and bars will probably accept international credit cards (non-Japanese), a lot of smaller restaurants, bars and convenience stores will only accept cash. As crime in Japan is one of the lowest in the world, most people carry plenty of cash with them. A lot of ATMs in Japan do not accept international cards.


    Which Languages are Spoken in Japan?

    Japanese is the native language of Japan. The amount of English that is spoken varies considerably in Japan. A good rule of thumb is that English is much more widely spoken in destinations that are popular with international tourists.


    Is It Safe to Travel to Japan?

    In general Japan is one of the safest countries in the world to travel around. This is due largely to one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the incredible hospitality of the Japanese people.


    Why Does Japan Get so Much Snow?

    The abundance of powder in Japan is a result of the Siberian snow stream, the largest example of lake-effect snow in the world. High pressure over Siberia and low pressure over the Western Pacific leads to a constant flow of cool air across Japan. As this chilled, dry air flows over the Japan Sea it attracts moisture and becomes overly-saturated. This air hits the mountain ranges of the Northern Alps and Japan is blanketed with powder snow. These cyclical weather patterns last for weeks, guaranteeing regular dumps of the lightest and fluffiest powder imaginable.


    What Are The Japanese Mountains Like Compared to Europe and North America?

    This varies somewhat between resorts and the different islands but generally the major Japanese resorts are not as high and steep as their counterparts in Europe and North America. Ultimately one must always understand the snowpack as it can change rapidly in the mountains and is safest to travel into the backcountry with a guide.

BOOK NOW

Step 1. Click The Blue Book Now Button Below For Your Desired Dates
Step 2. Select Your Quantity
Step 3. Add a Promo or Voucher Code If You Have One
Step 4. Fill Out Your Details Optional Add-ons Are Available
Step 5. Add the name of the person in the notes section that you would like to share a room with. If you are traveling solo then just leave it blank.
*DEPOSIT: If booking 90 days or more prior to the trip, a 20% deposit is all that is owed to reserve your spot on the trip. If booking within 89 days or less prior to the trip, the full amount is due at time of booking.

Searching Availability...

The 2016 Trip is Sold Out! Inquire Today About Our 2017 Trip!

Have Questions About a Tour?

Let's Connect! We're here to answer all your questions. Call 1-844-LE-GRAND or Email us by Clicking Here.

"But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies”
~ Jack Kerouac

Epic Trips For Your Soul