2017 tour is now SOLD OUT!!

If you are interested for 2018, please contact me at

yuji@onsightcanada.com

Looking for powder?

Have you ever heard about "JAPOW"? Japan + powder = JAPOW!.

Like you, all enthusiastic powder people is chasing deep, cold powder every year. If there is guaranteed deep snow, would you go there? Maybe... How about as well as deep powder, beautiful deciduous tree forest, delicious food, tasty sake, bullet train, old temples, snow monkeys, hot springs, kind people, clean city and more are all in there, would you go? Who would say "NO"!!

Japan is one of the deepest snow country in the world with 2000 + years of history. Lots visitors visit for just only culture & history but you can have both, powder and culture!!

ONSIGHT CANADA INC. is running tour to Japan since 2012-13 season.

 

In 2017, ONSIGHT CANADA will team up with Damian Banwell who is ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guide) apprentice ski guide and runs famous website "Mountain life Hakuba".

 

We are going to run the Onsen Ryokan road trip tour which is totally new concept and is going to be a classic.

 


Stay away from crowds

 

You will be shocked how many people is hunting Japanese powder from every where in the world.

It is getting not easy to find good quality powder without big effort especially near ski hill.

 

We are NOT GOING TO USE ANY CHAIR LIFTs during our tour. Only the people who knows what they do be able to do this. Yes your guide is certified / reliable / have local knowledge.

 

You should expect lots vertical gain using your legs but it is totally worth. You would love your life immersing your body in a onsen (hot springs) after big day.


Onsen RYOKAN Road TRIP

This tour is going to become a classic. After meeting in Hakuba, we will relocate to at least one traditional Japanese Ryokan (a style of very authentic Japanese accommodation with volcanic hot spring baths).

 

Where we go depends on conditions, but each of the possible venues is in the mountains, off the beaten path, and has very good ski touring from the door. To be clear, this is a road trip, and you will stay at different locations away from the growing Hakuba crowds.

 

The unique highlights include: amazing terrain, pure Japanese cuisine, classic Japanese accommodation and of course, the hot springs (onsen). This will all be served by professional backcountry ski guides with a special focus on providing a fully hosted service for people who value the experience.

 


2017 Tour Dates・price

Dates       

February 5th (Sun) - 12(Sun), 2017 
* You will need to be in Hakuba on the afternoon of the 4th for a pre-tour meeting. The tour will conclude in Hakuba on the   evening of the 5th.

 

Price

245,000 Japanese yen 

 

max # of guest

8 max (1:4 guide ratio)

*Sold out (9/27)

 

What's include

The exact itinerary will depend on conditions and how many times we change locations. This is indicative:- 6 days guided powder skiing

 

- ACMG, JMGA certified guide x2 (1:4 guide ratio)

- 6 or 7 days ski touring (may include 2 half days)

- One rest and travel and culture day

- 8 nights in traditional Japanese Ryokan style inns

- All meals

- All transport during the tour

 

What's NOT include

- air ticket to / from Hakuba, Japan before / after the tour.

- Compulsory mountain rescue insurance

- Accommodation before or after the tour


Who is your guide?

Yuji Akiyama

Yuji came over to Canada from downtown Tokyo, Japan in 2002.  He planed to stay in Canada for only one year to check out the mountains but he’s still here.  Seems he was trapped in Canadian deep pow and can’t get out! Yuji is a certified ACMG  Ski Guide and Canadian Avalanche Association Professional Member.  Yuji spends most of his winter with Chatte Creek Cat skiing.  When you don’t see him at Chatter creek, he’s likely guiding ski touring in the Rockies or Japan.  Yuji spends the summer months guiding Japanese hikers and backpackers in Rockies.  He lives year round in Canmore with his wife and two daughters.

 

 

 

 

Qualifications

Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) - Ski guide, Hiking guide

Japanese Mountain Guide Association (JMGA) - Ski guide stage 2, mountain guide stage 2

Canadian Avalanche Association(CAA) - professional member, Avalanche Operations Level 2

Japanese Avalanche Network (JAN) - active member 

Sponsor

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Damian Banwell

Hi, I'm damian. I guide backcountry tours, instruct avalanche courses, and am the editor of Hakuba MountainLife Magazine. I am an Apprentice Ski Guide member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). I have completed the CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 and am a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and also the Japan Avalanche Network. I'm licensed by Avalanche Canada to instruct their AST Level 1 and 2 avalanche courses. Every 3 years I re-certify my 80 hour Wilderness First Aid training. I also have postgraduate education in Economics, along with previous work experience in a competitive professional industry, and was once a commissioned officer in the military. In the Japan off-season I am employed in the New Zealand guiding industry.

 

Qualifications

Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) - Apprentice Ski guide

Canadian Avalanche Association(CAA) - professional member, Avalanche Operations Level 2

Japanese Avalanche Network (JAN) - professional member 

 


Tour Itinerary

* Itinerary is tentative. It will be varied depends on snow condition.

 

Day1 2/5 (Sun) Arrive and meet the group in the evening at ryokan in Hakuba

Day2 2/6 (Mon) Half day backcountry skiing on our way to venue A ( secret! )

Day3 2/7 (Tue) Full day backcountry skiing around venue A

Day4 2/8 (Wed) Full day backcountry skiing around venue A

Day5 2/9 (Thr) Half day backcountry skiing or culture day on our way to venue B ( secret! )

Day6 2/10 (Fri) Full day backcountry skiing around venue B

Day7 2/11 (Sat) Full day backcountry  skiing around venue B

Day8 2/12 (Sun) Tour end after breakfast


Backcountry Experience level and fitness

This tour is open to anyone who has had at least a few days previous experience using ski touring equipment. You will have to be an upper intermediate or advanced skier/rider.

You should be capable of climbing at least 1000m a day for at least 5 full days. This is a little more demanding than you might anticipate. Blisters can be a problem in new boots or with unseasoned feet.


What to bring?

This tour is open to both skiers and snowboarders. Snowboarders must use splitboards. For skiers, narrow 3-pin telemark setups are not suitable - this tour has a definite powder freeride theme. A detailed gear list will be provided on booking.


Mountain rescue insurance

All participants MUST carry their own mountain rescue insurance which covers backcountry skiing activities. You must be insured for helicopter costs, medical care, and repatriation to your home country. You will be asked to provide proof of your policy before joining the tour.


Payment and Booking

A 45,000 yen deposit is required to secure a spot on the trip. Full payment is required by December 2nd, 2016, after which cancellation will incur a loss of 45,000 yen. As always, we will endeavour to fill your spot if you do cancel, and if successful, we will provide a 100% refund minus any transaction costs. Travel insurance with a cancellation clause is highly recommended.


Japan powder slide show