January 8th, 2008

Enter the Trimodal Challange

“Riders Unite! Calling all snowboarders, Telemarkers and Skiers! Come

one come all for the 3rd Annual Tri-Modal Challenge! 2 days of Mad

sliding action, Bands/BBQ/Booze at night and race in 3 modes by day!

Individual or teams of 3 all seek the glory of the coveted Tri-Modal

Crown! ”

This April 5th & 6th in Hakuba Japan. Check out the links below for registration forms, flyers, details, and images & info from last year. Wild, really a wild fun time for friends and families welcome too. Each year our costume contest has a new theme. Make sure to contact Evergreen staff and ask about appropriate dress themes this year.

Entry Form>>

Trimodal Poster>>

Trimodal Challange Info>>

Hakuba White Christmas Special

Join our Christmas special with your family or friends in Hakuba this holiday season. Our package takes care of lodging at the Mominoki Hotel, meals, hot springs, massage options,
and some unique backcountry tours in the Japanese Alps.

Hakuba White Christmas Special Package Tour Includes: 2 nights accommodation at the Hakuba Mominoki Hotel, 5 meals, welcome drink, activities, hot spring, & plenty of good times!

Price: Adult: 36, 750

Under 12: 25, 200

Under 6: 12, 600

5% sales tax included

››Hakuba White Christmas Special Details

Ski Tours with Evergreen in Hakuba Japan. . .

We are centrally located and long time members of the Hakuba community.

Our office is in Wadano-mori, next to the Mominoki Hotel & Bar, Morino Lodge, and a 5-minute walk to Happo-one (1998 Winter Olympics).

We are a Canadian/Japanese company. Our staff comes from all over the world, and collectively
we have cutting edge knowledge in mountain sports and taking-it-easy.

Our dedicated staff has years of wisdom,
and is happy to give helpful advice on getting around in Japan and how to make the most of your time.

Family Packages & Kids Ski Lessons

Evergreen can offer something different for each member of your family: child care, ski/snowboard lessons (ages 3+), sledding,
snowshoe tours, arts & crafts, and ski lessons for mom and dad.

Choose any tour or event
and we can tailor it to your family. English or Japanese, our bilingual staff makes family ski vacations easy.

››lessons for kids, child care, & family info

Ski School & Snowboard Lessons

We are the only ski school in Hakuba with native English and Japanese instructors. Our ski school instructors are certified to teach ski and snowboard lessons

and perform medical care. Evergreen chooses ski instructors who have extensive experience guiding and teaching, who are responsible, and
fun to be with. We offer the next steps for any skier/snowboarder: learn how to ride in powder, get bigger air, jump off big cliffs, or we can help
you put on your boots and help you make your first turns.

››ski school, snowboard, & telemark lessons

Backcountry Tours

You can customize a snowshoe or ski tour with professional guides into Hakuba’s backcountry. All the gear you need can be rented or
purchased from Evergreen. Our backcountry tours vary by ability, and for our advanced tours into steep powder country, we require
that you have prior avalanche training and rescue equipment, and that you are fit.

››backcountry tours & training

Backcountry Gear Rental & Sales

Whether you are joining Evergreen for a backcountry tour or wanting to head out into the Backcountry of the Japanese Alps with your friends, the Evergreen Outdoor Center has everything you will need to make your tour a success. Some of the brands that we carry are SOS (Survival on Snow) avalanche beacons, probes and shovels, G3, Backcountry Access, Prior Split boards, Powder skis and skins as well as Haglofs packs to confortably carry all you safety gear in and out of the winter mountains of Japan.

››Contact us for more information on backcountry gear.

Avalanche Training

Evergreen offers avalanche training courses for first-time backcountry tours to Level 1 certification (CAA). Check out the times
and dates for more info and if the dates don’t fit your schedule, gather a group of 6 and we can make a special schedule for you.

››avalanche courses and information

Hakuba Snow Advisory and Weather Report

Daily, Evergreen staff research and make detailed reports about the snow conditions and snow stability in Hakuba.
You may have
been reading our daily reports -Hakuba Now- on snowjapan. Our reports are not a substitute for taking proper precautions before heading into the backcountry, and as a disclaimer: we do not claim our reports reflect the snow stablity in the Hakuba area, nor should they influence decisions regarding backcountry travel.

››Evergreen weather and snow advisory

Massage, Hot Springs, & Art Galleries

You could spend a week doing relaxing things not involving sweat or gear. Go to a different art gallery and coffee shop each day; the Hakuba Museum of Art has over 90 original Chagall works.
And with the hundreds of hot springs (some private), it is easy to spend your days warm and enjoying the peace and quiet of
your children being somewhere else.

Choose your style of massage and have a professional roll back your clock a couple years. You can have a massage on the same day
you make a request, but to gurantee massage services please

››make a booking in advance.

››contact for photo services

Ski Hotels, Ski Lodges, and Hakuba Accommodation Links

Hakuba has ski hotels, pensions, and lodges throughout the 20km valley. Choose from luxury hotels with full
ski service to budget hotels and lodges. The Hakuba accommodation links we provide have English and Japanese hotel staff. You can
save money and get the best discount lodging in Hakuba by making reservations early. Most Hakuba lodging providers offer shuttle service (good to ask
in advance), otherwise ask if the Hakuba hotel is on a bus line. Evergreen is in Wadao-mori, next to Happo-one Kokusai lift (5-minute walk), across from the Mominoki
Hotel, and a stones’ throw from La Neige, Morino Lodge, and . . .

››Hakuba hotels, lodges, pensions, and backpackers

Upcoming Hakuba Events

We celebrate the holiday season in a variety of ways, and there are many of us who still celebrate christmas with santa, egg nog, presents and stockings.
If you are missing western christmas, come join us for our christmas showshoe and festivities in Hakuba. Designed with the family in mind, we drink cider, sing carols, make gingerbread houses and of course head out into the snowy Hakuba forest for a Christmas day snowshoe that the whole family will enjoy. At the end of the day join friends and family for a gourmet Christmas dinner prepared by the Hakuba Mominoki Hotel’s master chef.

››Book Christmas Snowshoe Tour

Our big
spring event is the TRI-MODAL CHALLANGE, and it’s never to early to get your team organized and send
us your registration form.

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›› Finding Evergreen in Hakuba

Hakuba currently is sitting under cloudy skies with the expected temperature rising throughout the day. Wasn’t nice waking up to rain but some snow on the car and word is snow is falling up from around the 1200m mark with some big smiles on some faces after finding some powder up top this morning. New snow (albeit wet heavy snow) fell overnight with about 3-5 cm in the valley and 8-10 cm on the upper slopes. Packed and chopped powder conditions on the hill today and soft groomed snow on the main runs. High winds could be a factor today on the upper slopes with flurries expected in the afternoon and tomorrow. Still raining in the valley but snow is falling up top…fairly warm at the moment though so here’s hoping the temperature drops.


Cloud cover and scattered showers for most of the day with a possibility of snow this afternoon.



0 degrees C.


-1 degrees C.


Light – Moderate Westerlies


Average due to rain/snow


Goryu Toomi, Hakuba 47 the Gondola, Happo-One, Tsugaike Kogen, Iwatake, Cortina, Sanosaka, Sun Alpina, open.


Backcountry Travel Advisory:

The large snow fall over the new years has been settling and although there are still weak layers in the surface snow recent days have seen increased bonding occurring in the new snow. The rain crust of December 29th is also starting to bond to the new years storm snow, however, be careful around rocky outcrops and shallow snow pack areas where faceting may be occurring around the crust. There will still be stresses in the snow pack in convexing areas so do take caution on steeper complex terrain. Winds over the last week have created multiple medium sized cornices that are very fragile and easy to dislodge therefore take due care around corniced areas.
Be aware of temperature rises and direct solar radiation on slopes.
Compression tests in the Tsugaike area on a north facing start zone at 1900 metres produced very easy compressions at 20cms from the surface in the new snow over riding the new years storm snow. Moderate compressions were found with in the storm snow 50 – 60cms from the surface, many of the compressions from with in the storm snow were progressive compressions or breaks and would signify bonding. Mild temperatures should continue to support bonding.


Above tree line: Considerable

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Moderate

See Below for International Danger scale classifications or click on the Canadian Avalanche Association web page for the International Danger Scale.

International Danger Scale


Natural avalanches very unlikely. Human triggered avalanches unlikely.
Travel is generally safe. Normal caution advised.


Natural avalanches unlikely. Human triggered avalanches possible.
Use caution in steeper terrain on certain aspects.


Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches probable.
Be increasingly cautious in steeper terrain.


Natural and human triggered avalanches likely.
Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.


Widespread natural or human triggered avalanches certain.
Travel in avalanche terrain should be avoided and confined to low angle terrain, well away from avalanche path runouts.



BASE DEPTH: 100 cm(at the base); 235 cm(at 1500m)


BASE DEPTH:90 cm(at the base); 275 cm(at 1500m)

Tsugaike Kogen:

BASE DEPTH: 155 cm(at the base); 275 cm(at 1500m)