Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Tours

Private Groups of 1-3: 56,000Yen per day Private Groups of 4-5: 69,000Yen per day Private Groups of 6+: Add 16,900Yen for each extra person

Includes: Door to door transport and guided ski day

At Rising Sun, backcountry skiing is our specialty and our qualified guides will take you beyond the ski resort boundaries and away from the crowds to find fresh lines and deep untouched snow. In Hokkaido there are snow and mountains everywhere and when you remove the requirement of a chairlift, the options are limitless.

Much like our lift assisted trips, we aim to be as flexible as possible and will ultimately decide our ski touring destination on the day of the trip based on weather conditions, snow stability and your interests.

Yotei Summit Trips

If you arrive in Niseko and the skies eventually clear, you`ll see the dominating peak of Mount Yotei looming nearby. If you like backcountry touring, it will probably be difficult to resist the temptation to stand on top of it. We also love going to the top of Hokkaido`s version of Mount Fuji and try to head up there as often as the weather permits.

Unfortunately clear skies and relatively calm winds Yotei can be elusive in Niseko and these conditions are essential to reach the summit. The best way to approach Yotei is to book at least one backcountry day trip relatively early in your trip. If we are lucky and catch a good weather window on that day, we`ll head for the peak but if its snowing hard and visibility poor, we will take you for an awesome day of backcountry powder skiing at another great area.

Naturally the more backcountry day trips you book with us, the better the chance of catching the right day. But even with just one day booked, this allows us to meet you and look for opportunities later in your stay where we have availability and the weather looks like it may cooperate. We also then have a chance to offer you some backcountry touring tips making a subsequent summit attempt more likely to be successful.

Please indicate your interest in climbing Yotei at the time of booking so we can plan accordingly.

Skill Level

All guests should be advanced level downhill skiers / riders capable of negotiating most terrain, variable snow conditions and trees. In terms of uphill experience we can head out with first time ski tourers or experienced backcountry enthusiasts. Please let us know about both your uphill and downhill skill level so that we can plan your day accordingly.

Gear

Skiers: skins and AT skis are required gear so please let us know if you don’t have your own and we’ll get you set up with rentals.

Snowboarders: can travel on snowshoes if that is your preference however we highly recommend Splitboards as they are lighter and more efficient meaning that you will get more out of your day with us. Both are available for rental if you don`t have your own. More information on rental equipment can be found here.

Please also bring lots of layers as we will be in the backcountry all day with no opportunity to head into a ski lodge to warm up. Please bring at least one layer more than you normally wear when skiing off lifts. Plan to add/remove layers regularly through the day to moderate your temperature. Please avoid cotton layers!! Spare gloves, goggles and sunglasses are also highly recommended. We will stop on the way to the mountain pick up food, snacks and water to keep fuelled and hydrated.

Pricing

Private Groups of 1-3: 56,000Yen/day

Private Groups of 4-5: 69,000Yen/day

Private Groups of 6+: Add 16,900Yen/extra person

*Backcountry gear rental not included in above prices. Please visit our equipment and rental page for rates.