Backcountry Ski Japan


John Morrell in the Tokachi Powder

John Morrell in the Tokachi Powder

Hokkaido Guided Ski Tours - In The Beginning.

"I first came to Hokkaido in October 1981. Within two weeks I was skiing backcountry nirvana in the Tokachi Mountains.  Previously I had trained and worked as a Nordic ski instructor and backcountry ski tour guide in Australia.

In 1984 I pioneered backcountry and resort tours for foreign skiers in Hokkaido. Back then, this extraordinary ski destination was known only to a select few outside Japan. Now of course it is possibly the fastest growing ski destination in the world, with good reason. Hokkaido and particularly central Hokkaido has, quite simply, the coldest and driest snow in Japan and possibly the most consistent powder snow falls in the world.  Come and join us to find out for yourself the secrets of Hokkaido powder snow skiing". John Morrell. Furano, Japan. 2018.


We offer guiding and package tours in the following areas: 

  1. Tokachi Mountains. - Backcountry.

  2. Asahi Dake. - Backcountry & Resort.

  3. Furano & Yubari Range. - Backcountry & Resort.

  4. Tomamu. - Backcountry & Resort.

  5. Kamui- Backcountry & Resort.

  6. Sounkyo area. - Backcountry & Resort.

  7. Other local areas. - Backcountry & Resort.

For more details on each area, follow this link. Or visit our Alpine Backcountry Guides site for details on all our backcountry ski tours including the following:

Day Tours From Furano

We run a range of guided day tours for both resort and backcountry skiing from Furano.  Each week we use our local knowledge, contacts and predicted weather to determine the best day tour options. Details and bookings in our shop, 100 metres from the Kitanomine Gondola station. You can choose from the following areas:

• Furano* • Kamui • Tomamu • Asahi Dake • Tokachi Mountains

Our tours include transport, safety equipment (where required), discount ski rental (where required) and guiding. In some cases we include discount lift tickets (Tomamu). For all backcountry and resort day tour details, click here to download or view our PDF brochure.


* Furano Off Piste. Since winter 2014 we have had permission from the Furano Ski Patrol to guide off piste at the resort, opening up some superb lift accessed terrain.

Multi days can be prebooked but not destinations. We will ensure we take you to the best locations each day.

Pre-Book Multi Day Guide. Fill out the details below and send to us to book a guide for two or more consecutive days.

Guided Tour Packages

We have resort and backcountry tour packages from 6 to 21 days in duration. Included are accommodation, most transfers, guiding and most meals. Visit our Journey into Japan site for details and to request a PDF brochure, or fill in the request form below and send it to us. 

Travel Agency License. All tour funds are processed by our partner company, Alpine Travel, a licensed Japanese Travel Agent. (Hokk. 3-627).

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