GEAR WE TRUST PARTNERS:
Get ready to ride powder, trees, powder and lots of powder!
The guides will provide advice on technique, while respecting your individual style. Our guides will find the best snow conditions for you EVERY day. You will be guided in groups of max 6 persons.
ABILITY & CONDITIONING:
Please consider the following notes before you book your trip to come ride with us.
VISTAS TOURS require that guests have at least intermediate level powder skills. If you have any concerns or doubts about your ability give us a call and we can give you a better idea of what level we expect from guests.
- Guests will need to be in good physical condition. Consider following a conditioning program to prepare for your trip.
- If you are unable to keep up with the group you may be asked to sit out and will not be reimbursed for any missed time riding or skiing.
- Weather and snow conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ski or ride anything.
- If you have never skied powder or shy away from it at you local resort, this is not the place to learn.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your ability please call us to discuss prior to booking.
- In order to prepare your body for maximum performance during your trip with VISTAS TOURS and reduce your chances of fatigue or injury, we recommend you undertake a stretch and strengthening program 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip.
All guests are required to read and sign a standard insurance waiver. The backcountry is exciting, exhilarating and can be unpredictable. We strongly urge our guests to listen carefully to their trained guides.
Reservations & Payment
Reservations are considered tentative until we receive a 50% deposit of the total trip cost. Full payment is required 90 days before your arrival at trip destination. Payment is due in full if your reservation is made within 90 days of your arrival at trip destination.
If you must cancel your reservation, we require written notice. If we receive cancellation notice more than two months before the trip date, your balance will be refunded less a EUR300 administration fee per person and EUR500 per person for custom trips. Additionally, you will be responsible for any non-refundable travel insurance fees. If we receive cancellation notice less than two months before your trip date, the entire balance is non-refundable unless you can fill your spot.
We recommend that our guests carry trip cancellation/interruption insurance and emergency evacuation insurance as a precaution against unforeseen events including but not limited to adverse weather, flight delays/cancellation, injuries, illnesses, and other factors that may disrupt their adventures. Depending on the carrier, trip insurance is typically a fraction of the cost of your trip. Some homeowner insurance policies include travel or trip insurance.
HOKKAIDO is the magical powder island just north of the mainland of Japan that you probably already heard of. The annual average snowfall is between 8-11 meters and trust us when we say that this is a powder heaven, we are actually convinced that this place was created by the powder gods and we are excited to invite you to our unique DEEP WEEK POWDER SAFARI sessions.
This week is for intermediate to experienced riders that want to ride powder.
This is NOT for beginners...
Let us show you around this snowy island we like to call Japowadise. We will show you all our secret spots.
Off piste insurance/ Mountain Rescue insurance
Lunch and dinners
If you wish to combine your trip with some days in Tokyo or Sapporo let us know and we can help you plan the trip.
Possibility to rent powder boards and ABS bags through us.
Ask for prices and equipment list
We call it DEEP WEEKS POWDER SAFARI because the snow is sooooo deep and light. But Japan is so much more than just a snow trip, it is a cultural trip and an explosion of fantastic experiences from the food, the architecture, the landscapes, the people and the overall feeling that you get from just being in this amazing island of Japan.
Our main goal is to show you some of the best spots to ride pow in the Hokkaido island, but also to show you some of Japan’s rich culture and history.
Our program also offers a very flexible schedule to allow us follow the best snow and weather conditions on the island on any given day. Obviously the Island has a lot more to offer than what we can possible cover in 6 days of riding or even in 2 weeks, but we will show you some of the secret spots that you would never find on your own.
We will move around in mini vans and with our flexible schedule comes the possibility of change of accommodation on a daily basis so we advise you to travel light. Accommodation will be both classic private Japanese tatami style during the trip and western styled rooms(subject to change). We will go to the onsen(hot spring bath) every day after riding and before we head out for dinner together. The last night of the trip you will be in a nice hotel at the airport with onsen to enjoy a last night before flying back home early in the morning.
During the 6 days of riding you will experience the famous powder of Japan. 5 of the days we will be riding lift accessed terrain in resorts with some hiking and 1 day is reserved for Cat or sled accessed boarding. Furthermore we will be riding and shooting with a photographer for one day so we will give you some very nice pictures as a great reminder of your trip.
Remember you are here to ride pow;-) Our main goal is to show YOU the best spots in the Hokkaido Island.
SESSION 1 30 DEC 2018 - 6 JAN 2019
SESSION 2 6-13 JANUARY 2019
SESSION 3 13-20 JANUARY 2019
SESSION 4 20-27 JANUARY 2019
GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Your guides speak English, German, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
Average January temp from -12 to -4°C depending elevation, wind and distance from ocean. So layer up. Bring a facemask!
Beacon, Shovel & Probe is a must have on all our trips and a minimum knowledge of use is good to have. But we will run a few beacon clinics during your trip. If you don't own this you can rent from us. Book in advance!
You will receive an equipment packing list shortly after your deposit has arrived in our account.
Some useful phrases:
arigatou gozaimasu (thank you very much)
sumimasen (exuse me)
ohayougozaimasu (good morning)
konnichiwa (good afternoon)
All of the above program is subject to change and weather conditions
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GROUP PICK UP 2PM @ New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Japan. Important everyone respect this.
If you cannot get a travel plan to arrive before 2pm we suggest you arrive the night before and we can help you book a hotel at the airport for extra cost.
Depending all arrivals are going as planned we will go for a classic Japanese Onsen followed by welcome dinner in a traditional Japanese kitchen restaurant.
On a typical day after breakfast we will drive to the resort of the day usually we will be within a 30-45min drive to where we plan to ride. Lunch is on mountain restaurant(not included) After a day of riding we will go to a local traditional Japanese onsen(hot spring bath) before we go for dinner(not included). Change of accommodation is possible on a daily basis and you will of course be notified in due time. This is all part of the adventure and this gives us the freedom to chase the best conditions for your trip. Remember you are here to ride pow;-)
DROP OFF around 6-8PM @ New Chitose Airport in Sapporo. Where you will be checked into a nice hotel twin room and enjoy a last onsen and nice dinner(not included) before your flight departure early the next morning.
Don’t be late for your flight;-) Make sure you order your wake up call at the reception. Ask your guides for help and advice if needed.
Fly to New Chitose Airport (CTS) in Sapporo, Japan.
7 Days accommodation with breakfast
5 Days Skipass & 5 Days riding with private guide in group of 5-6
1 Day Cat Boarding or Sled accessed riding with guides
1 Day Shooting with Photographer
- Private return airport transfers
- Beacon Search clinic and basic backcountry skills training
- Daily hosting by Vistas Tours guide to restaurants and bars