Guided Backcountry Tours

If you want to make the most out of your Hokkaido/Japan powder vacation, join our guided backcountry tours where our seasoned guides will take you to the deepest snow and most remote locations on the island. No matter how much time you have or how many people you want to tour with, we will have the right option for you. Select the perfect trip for you from three different tour options to make this a memorable Japan experience.

From a guided backcountry day tour with Hokkaido Backcountry Club you can choose just how much hiking or chairlift access skiing and snowboarding you want. Our tours range from lift assisted day trips that require minimal hiking into the slackcountry of Ski resorts around Niseko, to backcountry ski tours for intermediate and advanced skiers using skins, snowshoes or splitboards.

While sometimes we don’t use any mechanized support, many of our products do use at least a ski lift to reduce hiking times/effort. There will likely be some degree of hiking or poling involved every day whether it is to get back to the lifts, or away from them at the top, to access the best snow. Everyone must be in good physical condition, and prepared, for a day in the mountains.

Lift-Assisted vs Traditional Backcountry Touring: What’s the difference?

Lift-assisted backcountry- This type of trip utilizes ski area lifts, followed by shorter hikes or ski tours to access the backcountry (off piste). You’ll ski approximately 3,000m of vertical.

Traditional backcountry touring This trip entails ski touring all day in the backcountry-no lifts, lines or hoards of people! But it does mean you’re outside all day; there are no facilities or lodge to warm up in. You’ll ski about 500-1,500m of vertical, depending on hiking speed. Ski touring requires an AT setup for skis, or a splitboard, and climbing skins (rental available at Niseko Basecamp).

What’s the Best Fit For Me?
Lift-assisted is a great option if you only have a little backcountry experience, are looking reduce your time getting up those steep ski hills, or want the option of a nice hot lunch and bathrooms.

Traditional backcountry is for that person who wants to avoid the ski areas altogether. A strong level of fitness and previous backcountry experience is necessary for these trips. (Ask us about private Intro to Backcountry trips if you’re new to ski touring!)

Brian Muller going through powder. Photo by Sea and Summit Photography
Mt Yotei Backcountry Skiing
Backcountry Ski Touring Hokkaido