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Japan Backcountry Skiing
Everything you've heard about the pristine powder playgrounds of Hokkaido, Japan is true. Embark on an exhilarating ten-day guided ski trip with AMGA Certified Ski Guides through some of the region's most coveted ski spots.  With a perfect blend of powder skiing, soothing onsens, and mouthwatering ramen, this guided ski trip promises an unforgettable adventure in the winter wonderland of Hokkaido, Japan.
Custom Trip: $4,950

Here’s What To Expect

Itinerary

Day 0: In mid-February, guests and guides will fly to Sapporo, Japan. After a gear check, the crew will pack up into rental vans and spend the night in Sapporo for the evening.

Day 1-4: The crew will wake up early and drive a few hours south to Niseko. There, you will spend four days exploring the terrain around Niseko. From the gloriously long fall line skiing through white bark birch on the slopes of Yotei, to the lift assisted backcountry skiing on Annapuri, there's a lot to do! After exhilarating days skiing and riding, unwind and rejuvenate in traditional Japanese onsets (hot springs), where natural mineral-rich waters provide the perfect remedy for tired muscles.

Day 5: After packing everything back in the vans, you will have a traveling rest day as you relocate north of Furano for the second half of the trip. On the way north, you'll stop in Sapporo to visit the legendary Ramen Alley for lunch and explore the vast outdoor walking malls.

Day 6-9: For the latter part of the trip, you'll be based in a location with multiple different venues within an hour drive to allow for flexibility to chase the best available snow & conditions available. With access to everything from the high alpine of Asahidake and its volcanic steam-vents, to steep glades and open alpine bowls, this part of the trip can easily be tailored to fit the crew's goals and the conditions.

Day 10: Like all good things... this trip must also come to an end. We'll wake up early and travel back south to Sapporo to catch flights back home.

This general itinerary is subject to change based on weather, route conditions and participant skill level, among other factors.
Trip Details
Ratio
1-4 Guests Per Guide
Season
February
Duration
10 Days
Skill level
Intermediate +

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Skill Levels

Ski & Ride

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) toured in the backcountry before.

Intermediate

I’ve toured a bit and been exposed to a variety of conditions in the backcountry.

Advanced

I’m a strong rider with at least a few seasons of experience touring in the backcountry riding a variety of conditions.

Expert

Skiing/Riding is life. I tour in the backcountry 60+ days per year and have many years of experience.

Alpine

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) been alpine climbing before.

Intermediate

I’ve climbed a bit on snow as well as rock and understand the basics.

Advanced

I’m a strong climber with at least a few years of experience climbing snow, rock, and ice.

Expert

Climbing is life. I have many years of experience climbing big mountain objectives in steep variable terrain.

Rock

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) been outdoor rock climbing before.

Intermediate

I’ve climbed a few outdoor multi-pitch rock climbs as a follower and understand the basics.

Advanced

I’m a strong climber with at least a few years of experience climbing multi-pitch routes outside (sometimes on lead).

Expert

Climbing is life. I have many years of experience climbing and am comfortable leading up to 5.9 trad.

Program Rates
Custom Trip: $4,950

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Program Rates

Scheduled Programs

Scheduled Programs are open to all to sign up for. These programs are charged a flat rate per person, regardless of the number of people on your booking. This flat rate is often the same as the 3:1 per person rate. Scheduled programs tend to be more cost effective for groups of one or two people, and allow you to connect with other people with similar mountain interests and skill sets. 

Standard Programs

Day Rates
Overnight Rates
AIARE Courses
Ratio

1:1

1:2

1:3

1:4 +

Price

$600

$375

$325

$300

Ratio

1:1

1:2

1:3

1:4 +

Price

$650

$425

$375

$350

Ratio

Level 1

Level 2

Rescue

Mentorship

Price

$575

$575

$275

$100

Technical Programs

Cascade Mountain Ascents pays guides more when they are working in terrain that is more involved or poses higher objective hazard. Therefore, a surcharge is added to trips we deem Challenging ($100) and Complex ($200). A custom surcharge may apply to non-standard programs and will be worked out by the guide and administrative staff along with the guest(s) during program design. Here’s more information on Technical Program Surcharges

Learn More

Program Rates

Scheduled Programs

Scheduled Programs are open to all to sign up for. These programs are charged a flat rate per person, regardless of the number of people on your booking. This flat rate is often the same as the 3:1 per person rate. Scheduled programs tend to be more cost effective for groups of one or two people, and allow you to connect with other people with similar mountain interests and skill sets. 

Standard Programs

Day Rates

Ratio
Price
1:1 $600
1:2 $375
1:3 $325
1:4 + $300

Overnight Rates

Ratio
Price
1:1 $650
1:2 $425
1:3 $375
1:4 + $350

Day Rates

Ratio
Price
Level 1 $575
Level 2 $575
Rescue $275
Mentorship $100

Technical Programs

Cascade Mountain Ascents pays guides more when they are working in terrain that is more involved or poses higher objective hazard. Therefore, a surcharge is added to trips we deem Challenging ($100) and Complex ($200). A custom surcharge may apply to non-standard programs and will be worked out by the guide and administrative staff along with the guest(s) during program design. Here’s more information on Technical Program Surcharges

Gear List
Ski & Ride
This general itinerary is subject to change based on weather, route conditions and participant skill level, among other factors.

Program Cost Includes: Certified Ski Guides, transportation in Japan, lift tickets (if used), lodging, breakfasts and dinners.

Program Cost Does NOT Include: airfare, personal travel insurance, food outside the lodges, drink purchases, equipment rentals.

Trip Reviews
“I have skied with all of the guides at CMA and have had great experiences. They are passionate about their craft, and it shows in the experiences they provide. They know where to find the best skiing and have extensive knowledge of the local terrain.”

They do the essentials really well: they’re professional, knowledgeable and competent, great teachers, and always keep an eye on safety as every guide service must. What sets them apart for me is that they do all that AND make it FUN. Some of the best times I’ve ever had in the mountains are with this crew. I highly recommend them!”

I hired this guide crew for technical education and then returned for their recreational guiding services. I’ll continue to lean on Cascade Mountain Ascents to bring me further into the backcountry and advance my technical skills in the mountains.”

Zack and Cascade Mountain Ascents is the best choice for your adventure no matter your skill level. From beginner to seasoned pro, Zack has you covered. His knowledge and skills of all-terrain and mountain situations had us feeling safe and confident all the way.”