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Niseko, Central Hokkaido and Shimamaki , Japan

Before COVID, for 4 years Brian worked full time in Japan for the winters.  He knows the spots in and out that offer the best ski experiences. Brian plans to work in Japan full time for the 2022/2023 seasons, and is excited to put all his knowledge to use!


Hokkaido, Japan is a wonderful place with so many options for skiing powder.  As it is no longer a hidden gem and is quickly becoming well-known, a flexible approach is typically the best way to approach the skiing.  One of the best methods for a high level of success is to base camp in towns within a certain distance from resorts, and depending on the day and how much it snows or how nice the weather is, decide early in the morning on where to go. From there a combination of lift-accessed and backcountry skiing can easily offer you the best bang for your buck.  If it has just snowed a bunch, heading to the resort is often the best option, however occasionally winds in Japan are high and we must be flexible.  

For those interested in getting further from the crowds or preferring mechanized skiing, we have a partnership with Hokkaido Backcountry Club. We can offer private Snowcat Skiing at Shimamaki, a town where you will see no other foreigners, as the operation has been built by us, and helicopter skiing on Shiribestu-dake.  

I have been fortunate to work with a Japanese company to learn the intricacies, and I am confident that our trips will not disappoint.  Get in touch today if you have specific questions! Otherwise we just need to know if any of these options stick out to you, and if not we will create an itinerary with flexibility depending on where the snow is falling.

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Backcountry Skiing

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Lift Accessed Skiing


Snowcat Skiing

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Rishiri Island

Ski Mountaineering


Heli Skiing


Multiday Powderhunter

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