Backcountry Tours | Ski & Splitboard

Private Groups of 1-3: 62,000Yen per day Private Groups of 4-5: 72,000Yen 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 away from the crowds to find fresh lines and deep, untouched snow. In Hokkaido we have snow to sea level and mountains ranges across the island so when you remove the requirement of a chairlift, the options are limitless.

Our backcountry trips aim to be as flexible as possible and we`ll ultimately decide our ski touring destination on the day of the trip based on weather conditions, snow stability and your interests.

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.

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 head up as often as weather permits.

Clear skies and relatively calm winds are needed to reach the summit but unfortunately these conditions can be elusive here. If you`d like to summit Yotei, we recommend booking at least one guided backcountry day 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 is poor, we will take you for an awesome day of backcountry powder skiing either on lower Yotei or at another great area.

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

Kiroro Backcountry

As the official guiding partner of Kiroro resort, Rising Sun guests enjoy preferred access at this resort. There is incredible backcountry ski touring terrain adjacent to the ski area but access is restricted for the general public meaning more pow for guests on our trips.

Pricing

Private Groups of 1-3: 62,000Yen/day

Private Groups of 4-5: 72,000Yen/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.