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Hakuba Freeride Tour

Hakuba Freeride Tour

€1580 / per person
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15 – 24 February 2020

This Hakuba Freeride Tour is the perfect tour for anyone who wants to ride as much of that amazing Japanese powder as possible and experience the beautiful, rich Japanese culture without moving around too much. It’s the perfect trip to get to know new, likeminded people.

 

Deep in the Japanese Alps, you’ll find the Hakuba Valley which is comprised of a cluster of smaller ski resorts. Here you’ll find rugged, 3000m high peaks which, on average,  receive 11 to 13 meters of dry, Japanese powder every season. This means that there is ample opportunity for you to experience that famous Japow!

 

Your tour guide is Mirte, a well trained and highly experienced rider who spent the last few seasons riding in Hakuba and will take you to her favorite spots on and off the mountain. Each day is tailored to the snow and weather conditions with the aim to ride the best pow stashes as possible all accessible via lifts!

 

There are plenty of great resorts to choose from. Happo One has great backcountry runs and gives you access to the Happo North Faces. Hakuba 47 is a small resort with plenty of potentials and is perfect for riders hunting for steep powder runs.

 

Hakuba Goryu shares a lift with Hakuba 47. Goryu has opened up the Open Tree Zone, home to some perfectly laid out treeruns.

 

Kashimayari has some great tree runs a short hike from the top lift with, if it’s not dumping, some of the best views over the Northern Alps.

 

Tsugaike Kogen has some excellent backcountry options as well as a designated tree skiing area (gate system), and the resort tends to be fairly quiet.

 

Hakuba Norikura and Hakuba Cortina are joined by a lift and here it stays very quiet, what they lack in modern infrastructure they make up for in snow.

 

At the end of each day, unwind in one of the nearby onsens to relax and rejuvenate for the day ahead or hang out with your new friends at the local bar and play some pool.

 

This tour is fully guided by the First Tours team. We’ll show you the best spots on and off the mountain. Because we keep groups small places are strictly limited so start your booking now!

 

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Itinerary

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Day 1 - Tokyo

Welcome to Tokyo! A shuttle bus awaits you at Tokyo airport to drive you to Hakuba. Check-in and spent the rest of the day exploring the town. Visit the beautiful temples, explore some of the relaxing onsens or just wander around the different towns. At night when everyone checked in, we'll head to the bar for some welcome drinks on the house! After we'll all go for a delicious dinner in of the many local restaurants.
  • Shuttle bus Tokyo airport - Hakuba
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge, Hakuba (twin share)
  • welcome drinks
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Day 2 – 8 - Hakuba Valley

The Hakuba valley is spread out over a large number of small resorts each with its own unique features. Together with Mirte, we'll decide in the morning what resort we'll visit that day depending on snow and weather conditions. If we decide to go to a resort a little further away we'll drive you to and from the lifts. Here are some options;  Happo One has great slackcountry runs and gives you access to the Happo North Faces – a great collection of bowls and lines set behind the resort. Hakuba 47 is a small resort with plenty of potential and is perfect for riders hunting for steep powder runs. Hakuba Goryu Is located in the Hakuba village and shares a lift with Hakuba 47. Goryu has opened up the Open Tree Zone, home to some perfectly laid out tree runs. Where Iwatake really excels is in views. From the peak of Mt. Iwatake you’ll get 360-degree panoramic views across to Happo One. Kashimayari is home to some of the best views over the Northern Alps. It’s a little further south of its neighbouring resorts, and as a result, is generally much quieter. Tsugaike Kogen has some excellent backcountry options as well as a designated tree skiing area, and the resort tends to be fairly quiet. Hakuba Norikura and Hakuba Cortina are joined by a lift, and what they lack in modern infrastructure they make up for in snow (and because they’re pretty quiet you have fewer people to share the pow with). After a day exploring the beautiful Hakuba Valley and riding that famous Japow unwind in one of the many local hot springs or play some pool with your new friends at the lodge's bar. At night we'll head into town for some delicious Japanese food and apres drinks. 
  • Breakfast
  • 7 day lift ticket Hakuba Valley
  • All day guiding around the Valley
  • Transfer to lifts
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge, Hakuba (twin share)
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Day 9 - Tokyo

Today the choice is up to you. You can either choose to spend the morning riding around Hakuba to get those last few face shots in, or you can decide to head into Tokyo in the morning so you have an afternoon to explore this beautiful city! For those with an early flight the next morning we recommend staying in a hotel close to the airport. (we'll organize this for you). If you have a later flight we recommend staying near Ueno Station or Asakusa in Tokyo, here you're right in the middle of the city with easy access to the most beautiful temples and gardens and some delicious little cafes. A very handy airport express train or shuttle bus leaves from this same location.  (Tokyo hotel prices may vary due to demand)
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to the bus stop in Hakuba
  • Hakuba - Tokyo transfer (not included)
  • Lift ticket (not included)
  • sightseeing Tokyo (not included)
  • Accommodation in Tokyo city or near the airport
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Day 10 - Depart

After an amazing trip exploring the beautiful Hakuba Valley, scoring some epic pow and experiencing the beautiful Japanese culture it's time to head back to the airport. If you stayed in the city there are a few easy ways to get from the center to the airport. From Asakusa, there is a direct shuttle bus that departs from one of the major hotels and drops you off in front of the right terminal, or from Ueno, a direct airport train takes you to Narita in about 45min. For those with an early flight, you probably stayed at a hotel near the airport. These hotels offer free shuttle buses to your departure terminal.
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Tokyo Airport (not included)
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INCLUDED

    • 8 nights Hakuba Cortina
    • welcome drinks in Hakuba
    • 1 night Tokyo (either city or near the airport)
    • Daily breakfast
    • Lift pass for Hakuba Valley
    • Daily guiding by an experienced guide
    • Transfer to Hakuba station on departure day
    • Tokyo - Hakuba transfer
    • 'First Tours' guide for the duration of the tour
    • Free access to Rome powder boards
 

EXCLUDED

  • Lunch & dinner
  • local buses (when needed)
  • Allowance
  • Backcountry gear (beeper, probe, shovel, backpack)
  • Hakuba - Tokyo transfer
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
 

EXPERIENCE + GEAR

This tour is for the intermediate to experienced skier/snowboarder. Experience in deep snow is not necessary but recommended to get as much out of your holiday as possible. Some runs are accessible via narrow cat tracks or short walks.

 

Because most of the runs are side country and can be unpatrolled, backcountry equipment (backpack, beacon, shovel & probe) is highly recommended. (without backcountry equipment different, inbound runs will be found)

 

A good waterproof but breathable jacket and pants are very handy. For example, consider the Beast series from Airblaster available at Behind The Pines in Amsterdam.

Must have a min of 4 people to operate.

Prices based on twin share. Single rooms available upon request.
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