Hokkaido Powder Safari!

8 days
All ages
1–5 people

Tour some Deep Powder in Japan!

You’ve seen it in movies and in photos: Japan’s legendary cold smoke powder! Hokkaido is home to the finest deep powder skiing in the world, wrapped up in a truly unique cultural experience. Grab the fattest touring skis or the widest split board you can find and go on an Epic Japow Ski Safari!

About the skiing…

It snows pretty much every day here, day after day! And this daily accumulation of snow is deeper than what many popular ski areas see in a week. But what’s really amazing is the quality, we’re talking cold blower pow! So if you love undulating terrain, widely spaced deciduous trees, beautiful landscapes and consistent snowfall day-in and day-out then this is the trip for you.

And the culture you’ll love

Half the fun of a Japanese ski holiday is checking out the local culture and the local food. Sushi, ramen, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, omo-rice may not mean much to you now, but soon they’ll become favorites! No foreign vacation is complete without sampling some of the local beer and spirits. Japan’s famous for its amazing single malts and sake. There’s a booming craft beer scene that must be sampled too. It doesn’t matter if you’re a foodie, a connoisseur or an avid skier just looking for some filling food at the end of a big day of skiing, you’ll be more than happy with the local offerings.

Here’s your itinerary
  • Day 1: Your guides will pick everyone up at the airport in Sapporo and then drive to Asahikawa
  • Days 2 and 3: Ski the Asahikawa Area
  • Days 4 to 7: Ski Tokachidake Area
  • Last Day: Have breakfast and then we’ll take you back to Sapporo
And…as usual, the fine print
  • A $1000 deposit is due upon booking
  • Final payment is due December 1st
  • Trips include a 5% GST
  • Your guides highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver
Where we are
Class Location
Asahikawa Area
Meeting Location
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
What's included
  • 6 Days of skiing
  • 2 ACMG Certified Guides
  • Ground Transportation
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Onsen entrance (hot pools)
  • Lift tickets (if required)
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Black Sheep JAPOW hat
What's not included
  • Flights to and from Sapporo
  • Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.)
  • Dinners
Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging backcountry tour? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to ski and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Monte Johnston

Monte’s a full-time Skiing, Mountaineering & Climbing Guide based in Squamish, BC. After graduating university with an engineering degree he found he wasn’t satisfied only chasing his passion for the mountains on weekends or in the evenings. This led him away from working behind a desk into a life of guiding, avalanche forecasting and movie/film safety work. Monte has since climbed and skied all over the world including Patagonia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Oman, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Japan. Of course he’s also visited numerous areas closer to home like Bella Coola, Bugaboos, Rockies, Rogers Pass, Alaska, Yukon, Indian Creek, Red Rocks, Zion, Joshua Tree, Index, Yosemite, etc.

In addition to Guiding, Monte’s an avid gear junkie. He simply loves testing the limits of new gear, apparel and equipment for various articles and reviews though mainly for Black Sheep’s site.

Mel Makepeace

Mel is the proud owner of Mountain Addicts – Guiding and Instruction. After graduating from University in 2005, Mel moved from Nova Scotia to BC, where she turned her back on the ocean and fell head over heels for the mountains.

Since 2008, Mel has worked as ski patroller, ski touring guide, catskiing guide, and heliskiing guide. She has experience working all over BC, New Zealand, and Japan, and currently spends the majority of her winters burning the legs off of her guests at Last Frontier Heliskiing.

When she’s not skiing, Mel can be found hanging around on the granite cliffs in Squamish working for Squamish Rock Guides, as she pursues the ACMG Rock Guide program. Totally obsessed with climbing, Mel spends all of her “down” time seeking out the next climbing challenge.