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Experience The Legendary Deep Snow of Furano-Hokkaido Japan on our Powder Explorer Ski Tour. Ski The Deepest Snow of Your Life.


TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Furano and Central Hokkaido is what skiing & riding in Japan is really all about – untracked powder, no crowds and a true cultural experience. You’ll get to ski/snowboard Furano, Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro and more! All of these resorts have different qualities, terrain and weather patterns, and we make the most of this by having a flexible itinerary allowing you to experience the best conditions possible on this Hokkaido ski tour.

Experience 9 nights in Furano and as much powder as you can handle. See the real side of Hokkaido and enjoy an epic trip for your soul!

You will ride in our comfy 4WD van to whichever resort is best on any given day. Our guides work with you and the weather to make sure that you have the deepest time possible. At night we’ll take you to some of Furano’s great restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the delicious local cuisine and experience true Japanese culture.

Designed for advanced skiers and snowboarders who are keen to get into the side and backcountry of each resort. This tour will show you all the best ski areas in the Furano region. With only one rest day (optional) you will be on the move and hunting for powder – not that it is too hard to find, 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. After all that powder and a few deep soaks in the onsens 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 trees, and endless sidecountry and backcountry options to explore. With an average snowfall of 15+ meters or 50+ feet per season, it’s no wonder that the Hokkaido Area is a perfect snow destination.

Enjoy access to soak in the hot Japanese Onsens. The hot springs have long been revered as a cure for ailments, as well as a way to relax after a great day of skiing powder. 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, as well as a welcome and farewell group dinner at a couple of our favorite restaurants. Easy access to all the nearby restaurants and bars during the week so you can taste the incredible cuisine the area offers.

Dates:
Trip #1: Saturday, January 7 – Monday, January 16, 2017
Trip #2: Wednesday, January 18 – Friday, January 27, 2017

Location: Furano-Hokkaido, 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
Accommodations: Pension Snow Crystal, Furano
Included Meals: Breakfast Each Day, Welcome & Farewell Dinner
Price: $3,495

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EXPERIENCE

  • The RIDING, CULINARY & LODGING Experience

    THE RIDING EXPERIENCE

    Deep Japanese powder and home to some of the most snow in the world. Each day we lead guests on a guided exploration of the beautiful Furano Area ski resorts. From perfect tree glades to deep powder fields to long backcountry runs, Japan has something for everyone. Untracked powder fields await after short lift lines, easy hikes, and secret spots only our guides know.

    There is nothing like skiing or snowboarding in Japan. 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 sushi, it’s seafood quality is known around the world. Sample a wide variety of local and regional cuisine, from Wagyu beef, Yakatori BBQ cooked on the table, incredible curries, and of course no trip to the Japanese isles is complete without a warm and hearty Noodle bowl.

    Growth of the area over the last couple of years provides ample selection of small independent coffee shops, restaurants and 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 4×4 vans so our groups are always skiing the best conditions that day. Walking distance to a wide variety of restaurants, shops and bars.

    The Furano 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 4×4 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: Pension Snow Crystal, Furano


    Day 2- 9

    Enjoy the first two days being guided around one of our favorite mountains – Furano. We’ll be hunting out some powder stashes. Celebrate an awesome first day on the mountain with the Welcome Dinner and a few drinks.

    Day tour to Kamui Ski Links. Spend a day exploring the trees and backside of Kamui. We may stop on the way back to soak in a secluded volcanic onsen.

    Rest those legs or head out with the guides so they can show you more hidden areas around Furano.

    Travel to Sahoro to enjoy an awesome day of secluded tree skiing and a sneaky road drop!

    Rise early for the drive to Asahidake. Your guides will show the goods of the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake 2290m. The ropeway does most of the hard work taking us to well above the tree line at 1600m. From there you’ll spend your day exploring the ridges from the lift.

    Head Mt Racey or Pippu and get the goods amongst the trees. No crowds here – just you and the powder.
    Tomamu day tour. Today, your guides will show you around the resort hill of Tomamu with its awesome powder, short hikes and deep north facing backside. There is some great skiing and boarding to be had here. At the end of the day you can check out the indoor wave pool and have an onsen.

    Ski your last day in Furano. We might hit our favorite chutes or take you on a secret mission into the backcountry.
    Our guides will take the group out for the farewell dinner after skiing to celebrate a great trip. There are some amazing local restaurants a short walk away or down in town. Don’t forget to do some Karaoke on the last night!

    Hotel: Pension Snow Crystal, Furano
    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 (CTS) 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

    9 nights accommodation at Pension Snow Crystal, Furano (twin share)
    Airport transfers and all transport on guided days
    8 guided days at the following resorts: 2 x Furano, 2 x Tomamu, 1 x Kamui, 1 x Sahoro, 1 x Asahidake, 1 (optional/rest day)
    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.
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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=”Furano Weather” href=”http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Furano/6day/mid” target=”_blank”>Furano 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!
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    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.

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

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