Splitboard with Thomas Delfino
01 – 09 March, 2020.
Ride with a pro! Always wanted to know what it’s like to ride with a professional snowboarder. Now is your chance!
Thomas Delfino will be hosting this epic Hokkaido Splitboard Tour together with Shinya Nakagawa – a local backcountry guide and professional snowboarder. Together they’ll guide you to some of Japans best backcountry zones!
For those who don’t know Thomas Delfino, he’s a professional snowboarder for Rome Snowboards and has lately been putting in some unbelievable splitboard adventures. His latest movie, Zabardast was absolutely insane and now has more than 1 million views! He’s excited to be showing you some of his tips and tricks and get you as excited about splitboarding as he is.
This tour will run in central Hokkaido, home to some of the best backcountry zones in Japan receiving a tremendous amount of snow. We’ll be based out of Asahikawa, one of Hokkaido’s largest cities with lots of bars and restaurants and perfectly positioned to split the Daisetsuzan National Park – home to the tallest and wildest peaks on Hokkaido.
The first day we’ll spend at a nearby resort to get a feel for our equipment. After exploring the fun sidecountry runs of this relatively unknown resort, we’ll split to the peak from the top of the lift and drop in off the back. Some untouched terrain awaits – the perfect way to stat the trip!
During this trip we keep the itinerary flexible so we can find the best terrain for that day depending on weather and snow. We’ll aim to ride at Asahidake and Tokachidake, both are active volcanos and a truly unique experience – standing on the top of the volcano seeing the smoke pour out of the crater just a few meters away from you. At the end of each day we’ll visit one of the many local onsens to relax in and rejuvenate the muscles for the days ahead. Some of the natural onsens in this area have been there for ages and are some of the most beautiful in the country. On the way back to our hotel in Asahikawa we might stop at a local restaurant for sushi or ramen so you’ll get a truly locals perspective and the best way to soak in the rich Japanese culture.
This tour is fully guided by Thomas Delfino and Shinya Nakagawa. We use a 1 : 4 guide-to-guest ratio and keep the group size to a maximum of 6 guests. This ensures for a more personal experience and you’ll spend more time riding than waiting. We’ll use our vans to get us to and from our daily runs.
Register your interest now and stay up-to-date about this Hokkaido Splitboard tour hosted by Thomas Delfino. It’s one you don’t want to miss!
START YOUR BOOKING
Day 1 - Asahikawa
- Shuttle bus Asahikawa train station to the hotel
- Accommodation in a beautiful hotel with amazing bathhouse
Day 2 to 7 - Daisetsuzan National Park
- Daily buffet breakfast
- Lift ticket on days when needed
- Every day guiding by Thomas Delfino and Shinya Nakagawa
- Transfers to and from splitboard area in a comfortable van
- Well deserved daily onsen visits after long days of touring
Day 8 - Furano
- Buffet breakfast
- Transfer to Tokachidake
- Guiding by Thomas Delfino and Shinya Nakagawa
- Accommodation in a comfortable lodge in Furano.
Day 9 - Depart
- Transfer to airport or Sapporo city
- 7 nights Omo7 hotel, Asahikawa
- 1 night Furano
- Daily breakfast
- Lift pass for cablecars
- Daily backcountry guiding by Thomas Delfino and Shinya Nakagawa
- Transfer to and from backcountry zones
- Furano - Sapporo transfer
- 'First Tours' team member for the duration of the tour
- Free access to Rome powder boards
- Lunch & dinner
- Backcountry gear (beacon, probe, shovel, backpack)
- Travel insurance
EXPERIENCE + GEAR
This splitboard tour hosted by Thomas Delfino is for anyone who's interested to see what it's like to tour with a professional snowboarder! Whether you have splitboarded before, or it's your first time doesn't matter! The areas we visit will accommodate everyone! Because we'll have to muscle our way up to these perfect runs, good physical fitness is advised. Some experience riding in deep snow is also handy to get as much out of your holiday as possible!
Backcountry equipment, beacon, probe, and shovel is a must for this trip and we advise you to bring at least a 26L backpack. This will be enough to hold some lunch, spare set of gloves/goggles and different layering as well as your backcountry equipment.
Because central Hokkaido can get very cold and receive a tremendous amount of snow, a good waterproof and breathable jacket is preferred with some good layering. We highly recommend the Airblaster Beast Series, available from our friends at Behind The Pines in Amsterdam.
Must have a min of 4 people to operate.