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Splitboard with Thomas Delfino

Splitboard with Thomas Delfino

€2400 / per person
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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!

 

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Asahikawa

Konichiwa in Hokkaido! Make your way to the Asahikawa train station. A hotel's shuttle bus will pick you up from here and take you across town to our beautiful hotel for the week. Check-in and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Hokkaido's second-largest city. At night when everyone checked in, head for a nice meal and get to know your fellow tour mates and Thomas Delfino!
  • Shuttle bus Asahikawa train station to the hotel
  • Accommodation in a beautiful hotel with amazing bathhouse
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Day 2 to 7 - Daisetsuzan National Park

Start each day with a luxurious buffet breakfast. We'll then head off to explore the Daisetsuzan National Park. This beautiful national park is home to some of the tallest peaks in Hokkaido with Asahidake as its tallest. This enormous active volcano has a gondola to get you up to around 1600m. From here we'll set up the splitboards and start our hike to the top. From the top, we can ride the backside of this volcano for some amazing alpine lines. If conditions permit we will try to ride through the center of the crater with smoke shooting out from the volcano beside you, a truly amazing experience. We'll also visit Kurodake.  A lift will again bring you halfway up before splitting to the peak. From the peak, you'll find some of the steepest terrains in all of Hokkaido with runs shown in many of your favorite powder movies. The rest of the touring days will be local secret spots throughout the range and will depend on snow and weather conditions.
  • 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
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Day 8 - Furano

After breakfast check out of the hotel and load gear into our vans. We'll head towards Tokachidake for a fun tour around another active volcano. This area is easily reachable and one of our favorite runs ends at the entrance of one of the most beautiful onsens in Hokkaido! After soaking in the onsen for a bit we'll drop you off in Furano where we'll spend our last night together. Furano is a fun ski town with lots of different bars and restaurants, the perfect place to end this tour.  
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Transfer to Tokachidake
  • Guiding by Thomas Delfino and Shinya Nakagawa
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge in Furano.
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Day 9 - Depart

After breakfast, we'll make our transfer back to Sapporo airport. Depending on your flight you can choose to spend some more days in Japan or be sure to make your flight home. Keep in mind the first Coach Transfer from Furano arrives at New Chitose Airport at 10:30 AM.
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to airport or Sapporo city
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INCLUDED

  • 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

EXCLUDED

  • Lunch & dinner
  • Allowance
  • Backcountry gear (beacon, probe, shovel, backpack)
  • Flights
  • 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.

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