Hakuba Backcountry

Hakuba Backcountry Tours

Come and explore the vast Hakuba backcountry and some of the very best powder skiing in Japan. The Japan Alps average 12+ meters of somewhat dry powder each year, and no other mountain range in Japan has comparable terrain – powder in Japan doesn’t get much better than this! Evergreen employs certified avalanche professionals and seasoned backcountry guides.

SKI, SB & SPLITBOARD TOURS

Whatever you ride, we have you covered. We have a great selection of touring skis and splitboards in our rental fleet. For snowboarders we have been moving away from snowshoes and towards splitboards – if you’re a boarder and not sure of the best option have a chat with one of our guides.

3-DAY TOURS

New product for the 2015-2016 season. Pay ¥49,950 (10% Off Regular Price) for 1 off-piste and 2 backcountry tours over a 7 day period!

USAGI TOUR (INTERMEDIATE)

For those who are just starting to explore the backcountry. An intermediate ski, snowboard, or telemark skill level and a solid fitness level are all that is necessary. Participants on our Usagi (Bunny) Tour should be able to competently ride powder and negotiate through gladed trees and open bowls.

hakuba backcountry - usagi tourThe Usagi BC Tour requires hiking up slopes and ridges using alpine touring bindings & skins for skiers and snowshoes or split-board with skins for snowboarders. There will be approximately 3 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 500~700 vertical meters of skiing.

This introductory level tour is a great way to get off-piste, access epic terrain and ride the fantastic backcountry Hakuba has to offer!

Cost: ¥18,500
*includes pack, 3-piece set, guide, BC insurance and tax

2015-2016 Season
Dec 16 – April 15: Monday, Wednesday, Friday,  Saturday, Sunday

Hotel Pick-up Service
Complimentary shuttle service is only available with Private Tours

Usagi Tours require at least intermediate level skiing/boarding. If you can’t ski or ride powder, please consider a powder clinic before our BC Tours. Additionally, all BC Tours are skin/snowshoe accessed; this means you will be hiking for at least 2 1/2 hours. By joining one of our tours we understand you agree you are fit enough to do so.

KITSUNE TOUR (ADVANCED)

These tours are for those who have had experience in the winter backcountry and are confident in their ability to ride in variable conditions. Participants on our Kitsune (Fox) Tour should be capable to ride powder in gladed trees and steeper terrain and have a fairly strong fitness level.

hakuba backcountry - kitsune tourThis tour requires hiking up slopes and ridges using alpine touring bindings & skins for skiers and snowshoes or split-board with skins for snowboarders. There will be approximately 3-4 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 800~1000 vertical meters of skiing.

Enjoy the beautiful views from the alpine zones above Hakuba and ride some epic terrain in the Northern Alps backcountry.

Cost: ¥18,500
*includes pack, 3-piece set, guide, BC insurance and tax

2015-2016 Season
Dec 16 – April 15: Everyday

Hotel Pick-up Service
Complimentary shuttle service is only available with Private Tours

Kitsune Tours require at least advanced level skiing/boarding. If you can’t ski or ride powder, please consider a powder clinic and an Usagi Tour before our BC Tours. Additionally, all BC Tours are skin/snowshoe accessed; this means you will be hiking for at least 2 1/2 hours. By joining one of our tours we understand you agree you are fit enough to do so.

KAMOSHIKA TOUR (EXPERT)

These tours are for the advanced skier or snowboarder who has joined our Usagi or Kitsune tour. You will have to be fit and have experience in the backcountry to join in on these challenging and exciting trips into Hakuba’s steeper terrain. The pace of this tour is a little faster as we aim to access a little farther off the beaten track in search of the best lines.

hakuba backcountry - kamoshikaThis tour requires hiking up slopes and ridges using alpine touring bindings & skins for skiers and snowshoes or split-board with skins for snowboarders. There will be approximately 3-4 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 1000~1500 vertical meters of skiing.

Head off into the deeper backcountry and slide into some first-rate powder Japan riding terrain in the Northern Alps. Japan powder skiing doesn’t get much better than this!

Cost: ¥18,500
*includes pack, 3-piece set, guide, BC insurance and tax

2015-2016 Season
Dec 16 – April 15: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Hotel Pick-up Service
Complimentary shuttle service is only available with Private Tours

Kamoshika Tours are only available for those who have done a Fox Tour with us OR those who can demonstrate proper experience in the backcountry and good powder skiing/riding ability. Additionally, all BC Tours are skin/snowshoe accessed; this means you will be hiking for at least 2 1/2 hours. By joining one of our tours we understand you agree you are fit enough to do so.

PRIVATE TOUR (TAILORED)

If you and your group are looking to venture off on a Hakuba backcountry tour of any level we can arrange a guide for your private group. This type of tour would be recommended if you have a group of friends with similar skiing/boarding ability and you would like to keep the crew limited to your group of friends.

BC - PrivateThis tour will be tailored to the lowest ability level and could include terrain from any of the other Hakuba backcountry tours; if you are a seriously advanced group and the conditions are right we might be able to take you even higher where Japan powder skiing really steps it up to another level!

Cost: ¥54,500 for 1
+ add ¥5,000 for each additional person

(Up to 5 total for 1 guide and add-up again for 2nd guide if there are 6 or more)
*includes pack, 3-piece set, shuttle, guide, BC insurance and tax

2015-2016 Season
Dec 17 – April 15: Everyday

Hotel Pick-up Service
Complimentary shuttle service available for all Private Tour guests

All BC Tours are skin/snowshoe accessed; this means you will be hiking for at least 2 1/2 hours. By joining one of our tours we understand you agree you are fit enough to do so.

MORE INFORMATION

Time
The Day Before
Sign-in & pay, gear check & pre-tour briefing at 17:00

On The Day
7:55 sign-in, 8:00 – 15:30 tour

Location
Start and finish is at Wadano Base, in the Wadanonomori Visitor’s Center, opposite the Mominoki Hotel. Tour location depends on tour level, weather and snowpack. Areas include Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Happo, Hakuba 47 etc.

Includes
Guide, shuttle, tax and ideally all the powder you can handle!

Restrictions
16 years and over, powder skiing/boarding ability, a reasonable level of fitness (see tour details)

Bring

  • Avalanche equipment – beacon, shovel, probe (mandatory)
  • At least a 25L pack with straps which can carry ski/board (unless you are a skier or split-boarder using skins) (mandatory)
  • Skins or snowshoes (mandatory)
  • Lunch, drinks and at least 1L water (mandatory)
  • Energy bars/chocolate/nuts etc (mandatory)
  • Plenty of layers for all conditions (mandatory)
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • A change of goggles and gloves for hiking (recommended)

Rentals
We offer backcountry gear rentals. These are offered to everyone on a day-by-day basis, but please be aware that clients on our tours take priority as well as receiving a generous discount. Prices per day are as follows:

Item

General Price / Day Price for AST course participants Price for BC Tour participants
Beacon ¥3,300 ¥2,200 Included in Tour
Probe ¥2,200 ¥1,500 Included in Tour
Shovel ¥2,200 ¥1,500 Included in Tour
Backpack ¥2,200 ¥1,500 Included in Tour
BCA Airbag Backpack w/ air cylinder ¥3,300 ¥2,200 ¥1,500
BCA Air Cylinder (only) ¥1000 ¥650 ¥650
BCA Air Cylinder (refill/replace) *only cylinders from Japan ¥4,000 ¥4,000 ¥4,000
Poles ¥2,000 ¥1,500 ¥1,500
Snow Shoes ¥3,300 ¥2,500 ¥2,500
Skins ¥3,300 ¥2,500 ¥2,500
Alpine Trekkers ¥2,750 ¥1,250 ¥1,250
3 Piece companion set (beacon, shovel, probe) ¥5,500 ¥4,400 Included in Tour
5 Piece set (companion set + any 2 from above) ¥9,900 ¥7,150 N/A
Splitboard w/ bindings ¥6,600 ¥5,500 (skins included!) ¥5,500 (skins included!)
Powder Skis w/ touring bindings ¥6,600 ¥5,500 (skins included!) ¥5,500 (skins included!)
BCA Air Cylinder (only) 1 day = ¥1,000 1 day = ¥ 650 1 day = ¥ 650
2 day = ¥ 1,500 2 day = ¥ 1000 2 day = ¥ 1000
3 day = ¥ 2,000 3 day = ¥ 1,350 3 day = ¥ 1,350
4 day = ¥2,500 4 day = ¥ 1,700 4 day = ¥ 1,700
5 day = ¥ 3,000 5 day = ¥ 2,050 5 day = ¥ 2,050
6 day = ¥ 3,500 6 day = ¥ 2,400 6 day = ¥ 2,400
7 day = ¥ 4,000 7 day = ¥ 2,750 7 day = ¥ 2,750
add ¥500 /day add ¥ 350 add ¥350

We kindly request credit card details for rentals outside of regular tours. If you are renting avalanche gear, you and all of your group should be familiar with using the gear, you should understand current avalanche conditions and have knowledge of your intended route(s).


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SUPPORT / SPONSORS

Evergreen Outdoor Center is proudly supported and certified through the following companies and organizations. From sponsorship, pro-deals and industry assistance – we would like to show our appreciation for their contributions. RESPECT!


thanks to our hakuba backcountry sponsors
WHEN DO YOU RUN TOURS?

We begin tours as soon as the snowpack is established – generally sometime in late December. Tours run through until April.


ABOUT BC INSURANCE

We highly recommend that all clients have Backcountry Insurance. Please check with your travel insurance company – most insurance packages do not cover those skiing in Backcountry areas. We offer backcountry insurance for an additional ¥1,500/person/day.


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Mark Tsukasov Photography

Mark Tsukasov is Evergreen’s in-house professional photographer. Specialising in snowsports photography since 2006, Mark is happy working with all ages and abilities in all conditions.
Mark is ever-ready to accommodate groups or individuals and can accompany Evergreen off-piste and BC tours upon request. No booking fee, no hourly rate. He offers the best quality and value for powder photography in the Hakuba valley. Let Mark capture your epic powder moments!

“Amazing guides. Robbie, Mike and Bill took us out to Cortina, taught us a lot and showed us a great time…Could not recommend it enough.”

NATALIE (AUSTRALIA)