TOURS

7 nights + 7 days riding = $2700

 
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OVERVIEW

Stealth Backcountry Tours has found the least crowded zone on the island, central Hokkaido. Unlike the Niseko area, we are able to access a number of different resorts which are yet to be “Resortified” and overrun by foreign tourists. Translation: no lift lines and untracked powder days after a storm cycle.

 
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INCLUDED

7 nights lodging
7 days of lift tickets or access to side country
Free Gentemsticks to demo
Daily guiding with a 4:1 client-to-guide ratio
All daily ground transportation
Nightlife excursions
Meet and greet at Sapporo Airport

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare (Sapporo Airport)
Backcountry gear (Beacon, shovel, probe, backpack)
Lunch, Dinner, and Alcohol
Lessons to meet SBT skill level requirements

ADD-ONS

Professional photo packages
Demo equipment (Snow shoes, etc.)
Custom transportation (e.g. Special arrival day)

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DATES

December 29th - January 5th
January 5th - January 12th
January 12th - January 19th
January 19th - January 26th
January 26th - February 2nd
February 2nd - February 9th
February 9th - February 16th

Typical DAY

Breakfast
7:15am - 8:00am: Discuss where to ride

Ride/Ski
8:15am - 4:00pm: Full day of powder

Onsen
4:30pm - 6:30pm: Relax in the natural hot springs

Dinner/Night
7:30pm: The best sushi, yakitori, soba, or ramen

9:30pm: Hole in the wall bars

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What airport do I fly into? 

The main airport for international flights to Hokkaido is Chitose/Sapporo. For our North American guests, flights will land in Narita or Haneda airports (Tokyo), layovers typically are 90 minutes or so, and then the 2 hour flight to Chitose. 

Where are you located? 

Our lodge the Powder Dojo is a 2 hour drive from Chitose/Sapporo airport in the “Belly Button of Hokkaido”. The town of Furano is popular in the summer for its lavender and flower fields but come winter it's a real life snow globe. Our lodge is a 5 minute drive to Furano ski area. 

What’s the weather like? 

Come Japanuary, the cold Siberian winds blow across the Sea of Japan and gather copious amounts of moisture before heading inland and unloading the ever so famous Japow. Unlike most places in the world, Japanuary is as consistent as it gets, after all that's why we are here. 

The sun rarely comes out so yellow, rose or clear goggle lenses are the preferred call. We suggest having a back up pair as well. A face mask or neck warmer/buff are highly recommended too.

What should my ability be? 

We suggest that skiers and snowboarders are advanced and comfortable riding the deepest of days at their local resort. The perfectly spaced white and silver birch trees make for the best tree runs of your life and give shelter from the storms. We will be hiking to and from the various side country zones at each resort so strong cardio is preferred. 

What board or skis should I bring? 

We suggest bringing your favorite powder board or skis, to float effortlessly through the deepest driest snow of your life. New this year, we are ambassadors of Gentemstick Snowboards and will have 7 different models for you to choose from. If you don’t want to lug a board bag across the world, just bring a pair of bindings and we will put you on some of our favorites. Please contact us prior to reserve your model of choice. 

What if I don't like sushi? 

Not everyone likes raw fish, however Hokkaido is home to some of the best seafood in the world. If sushi isn't your thing there are multiple options from amazing ramen, crab legs, amazing curry dishes, western style breakfasts, etc. You won’t starve in Japan as the quality and freshness is unparalleled. 

What is an Onsen?

An onsen in short is a natural hot spring and synonymous with Japanese culture. 

Onsen water has been believed to have a multitude of healing properties basically since time began, and is packed full of minerals that are thought to be good for your skin, circulation and general health. There really is nothing more relaxing or therapeutic than lying back in a hot bath after a long day of riding/skiing– especially when you’re surrounded by falling snow. 

What Backcountry Gear should I bring?

We expect all guests to wear avalanche transceivers daily when traveling into the resort side country zones. We suggest a backpack, beacon, probe, and shovel. If you don’t own some of these we can provide them for rent. Please let us know prior to your arrival what additional gear you need.