ON SNOW EXPERIENCE
The program proposed by Bruce Goodlad and his Japanese partners is outlined in our itinerary (please speak to a member of our team to request this). This trip includes 9 full days with the guide in groups of 4, where you’ll receive expert tips and insights. You will need to be an expert off piste skier, if you are unsure of your skiing standard please see our Ski Profile Page. Throughout the trip you will stay in 4 different locations, visiting many different areas (weather permitting) including, Mount Chitokaniushi, Mokotoyama, Mount Shari Dake and many more. Towards the end of the trip you will get to explore Mount Higashi and Mount Shiretoko which are volcanoes located on the Shretoko Peninsula.
On this trip you’ll find yourself staying in a mixture of traditional Ryokans or guest houses. A Ryokan is a Japanese-style inn where you will really soak up the culture whilst experiencing the comforts of Japanese hospitality. They often possess elements such as tatami floors and futon beds whilst offering a selection of local cuisine. This kind of accommodation is only available in Japan so is not to be missed! The accommodation is all on a half board basis and will often have an Onsen (hot spring) present or nearby.
All land transfers and transport between airports are included. For further information and for recommended flight times to tie in with the transfers please speak to a member of Freshtracks on 020 8410 2022.
Visiting Eastern Hokkaido and Shiretoko you will have the opportunity to explore terrain visited by few other skiers, and develop skiing memories that will last for a lifetime. The Shiretoko Peninsula lies on the northeastern tip of Japan’s most northerly main island of Hokkaido, with the name meaning “the place where the earth protrudes”. This gives an indication to the rugged and remote nature of the terrain, as far a cry from the hyper developed resorts of the Alps and Rockies as it is possible to get. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the peninsula is only accessible via foot, boat or in this case, touring skis. The region consists of varied terrain, from snow-capped volcanic terrain, untouched forests and jagged coastlines, all blanketed under the snowfall of a cold Japanese winter.
EQUIPMENTDue to the itinerary on this trip, it is not possible to rent equipment in Japan.