AUD $ 2,584
USD $ 1865
Ladies First Hakuba
16 February 2019 to 25 February 2019
9 nights, 7 days on snow.
Deep in the Japanese Alps close to Nagano you find the Hakuba Valley which is made up of a cluster of smaller ski resorts, each one unique. It’s the combination of all these smaller resorts however that make the Hakuba Valley incredibly special!
The landscape around the area is made up of rugged peaks (each measuring around 3000m high) which are covered with dense, birch tree forests - resulting in some of Japan’s best tree runs. An average of 11 - 13 meters of dry, Japanese powder falls in Hakuba every season. This means there is ample opportunity for you to experience the famous Japanese pow!
Your guide for this tour is Mirte. A well traveled and highly experienced rider, Mirte has spent the last season riding in Hakuba.
Ride like a Hakuba local. Our guide will take you to her favorite spots and experience the runs most tourists miss out on!
What will your day look like? Each day, your guide will tailor your tour to the snowfall and weather. Each day, your hosts will take you to and from the resort you’ll be visiting.
After a full day riding the deep Japanese pow, and exploring the Hakuba Valley is it time to grab your towel and a drink and head to a local onsen to soak and relax in. These natural hotsprings will relax your muscles and are the ideal way to re-energize you for the day ahead.
When everyone has rested, Mirte will take you into town to one of the many restaurants to indulge in the local cuisine.
- 8 nights Hakuba Cortina Lodge
- 1 night in Tokyo
- Daily breakfast
- 7 days Hakuba Valley liftpas
- Narita - Hakuba return bus transfer
- 'First' guide during whole tour
- Discover the beautiful Hakuba Valley
- Experience Japan
- Minimum of 4 guest.
- For Mirtes pictures last year in Hakuba click here
- Lunch & dinner
- pocket money
- Backcountry equipment (beacon, probe, shovel, backpack)
- Travel insurance
- Possible longer stay in Tokyo
A shuttle bus awaits you upon arrival into Tokyo airport to take you on a 5hr journey to Hakuba. The bus will stop once to go to the bathroom and get something to drink and eat. Straight away you get to experience the crazy Japansese culture as you order a meal from a machine.
Your guide will meet you at the Hakuba bus stop and guide you to your lodge. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing or walking around town. When everyone's checked-in your guide will take you to one of many restaurants in town for a lovely Japanese dinner. This is a great time to get to know each other and talk about the week ahead.
Day 2 - 8:
Every morning at breakfast your guide will discuss the days plan according to weather- and snow forecast. After breakfast the accommodations host will drop the group at the decided resort and can pick you up at the end of the day. This way you don't have to pay (and wait) for taxi's or buses.
On the mountain your "First" guide will use her local knowledge to show you to the best spots, spots that most tourists won't be able to find! One of the great things about Japan is that usually you can find some of the deepest, lightest snow right next (or under) the lift If you know where to go these runs usually end up back at a lift so no need for long hikes!
If a hike is needed your guide will discuss this in advance to make sure everyone is up to it.
The resorts that can be visited during this trip are: Cortina, Norikura, Tsugaike Kogen, Iwatake, Happo-One, Hakuba 47, Goryu, Sanosaka, Kashimayari, Jigatake, en Minekata.
After every day haven ridden some amazing terrain your guide can show you to the many locan onsens. Onsens are a natural hotspring filled with sulfur which is a fantastic remedy to re-energize the muscles and just sit back and relax after a long day on the hill.
For those wanting to apres ski, below the lodge is a fun little bar that pours beers, local wines and sake and also has a pool table.
In Hakuba there are also many local restaurants. Think of sushi bars, ramen noodles or yakitori bbq places. Your guide will take you to her favorite ones. As most restaurants in Japan are very small it can quickly become a little busy, your guide will make sure to reserve a table so you don't have to wait in line and miss out
After our last breakfast in Hakuba we say goodbye to our accommodations host and head towards the shuttle bus. This shuttle will bring you back to Tokyo. Depending on what time your return flight is the next day you can either choose to stay near the airport. That way you could take a train from the airport to Tokyo if you'd like to explore the city for the afternoon. Make sure to check local train times as not all lines go back to the airport until late.. If you have a late departure you could choose to stay near the center of Tokyo. Tokyo must be one of our favorite cities in all of the world. It's a rare combination between century old temples and shrines right next to bright neon lights, high rises and shops with robots. Walk the busy streets and see the different ways the locals dress and express themselves. If you choose to stay in the center, it is up to you to make it to the airport the next day. Most hotel staff can help you book a bus transfer which will take you there directly.
Tip: we really recommend you spending some time in Tokyo. This massive city has so much going on, from century old shrines with geisha ladies to busy shopping streets filled with neon lights or a cafe with dancing robots! In Tokyo you also find plenty of delicious restaurants and cozy little bars, some only fit 6 people...
If you choose to spend some extra time in Tokyo we'd be happy to help you book a comfortable hotel near the center well located so it's also easy to get back to the airport!
This ladies first tour is for the intermediate to experienced snowboarder. Experience in off piste is not necessary but recommended to get as much out of your holiday as possible. Some runs are accessed via narrow cat tracks or short hikes.
Our guides have lots of experience and can give you tips and tricks to improve your pow riding!
Because most of the runs are side country (off-piste), backcountry equipment, like a backpack, beacon, shovel & probe is recommended. Because Japan is famous for it's massive amounts of snow it is not crazy when it snows for days. A good waterproof jacket + pants are hereby very handy so you don't get wet and cold. Our go to choice is the Airblaster Beast Series which will keep you and dry and warm no matter of the weather conditions.
During this trip we'll stay at the Hakuba Cortina Lodge. This lodge has twin rooms with shared bathrooms. The bathrooms are right out front of your rooms.
Daily breakfast is also included en the accommodation's host will shuttle you to the chosen resorts every morning and can pick you up at the end of each day.
If you prefer sleeping alone we can arrange a single room at extra cost.