JAPAN POWDER EXPERIENCE

  • Adventure Factor
    courageous
  • Experience Value / Emotion
    thrilling
  • Fitness / Struggle
    enjoy
  • Risk
    feel free to tell your partner about it
  • Travel Comfort
    sophisticated

Curious, exotic and a hell lot of snow! On Hokkaido, we do all those things, other skiers dream about.

On Hokkaido, we put together an individually, very appealing program for connoisseurs.

You can think of Japan whatever you want. All those little curiosities everyone associates with the Japanese, like sushi or the cherry blossoms, just to name a few. There is probably no other country where traditions and modernity collide like here. And there is probably no other place in the world where those heavy snow-laden low-pressure-fronts hit a mountain range, like here on Hokkaido. You may imagine what the result looks like – up to 15 m snow per year. Hokkaido’s powder is legendary. Here you can experience the cliché, everyone starts to imagine when thinking about skiing in Japan – meters of powder falling in sparse, deciduous forests situated at the mountainside of volcanoes with the sea sparkling at the horizon. Truly amazing. But despite this fairytale-like image, you have to bear in mind that this snow does not fall out of blue skies. The weather is a big topic on Hokkaido.

Just recently, a new Heliski-territory, situated right at a volcanic mountain range has opened up, supported by a modern Eurocopter. We arranged this trip in order to have at least one full day with really a lot of vertical meters on the helicopter and two spectacular days with the snowcat at some coastal spots. The remaining days will be spent at some of the best freeride areas with lift-support in order to experience the Japanese powder as much as possible. Of course, all of these adventures will be guided by one of our Austrian mountain guides. The program is as diverse as the country itself – we will experience hot thermal springs, traditional fish-dinners at the sea, a tour with the snowmobile and accommodations ranging from traditional and rustic to high-end japaneses resort-style luxury. It was our objective to create a travel, which cannot be outperformed in terms of originality, experiential value and variety. We offer a maximum number of 9 participants the chance to come with us on this journey. Registration now open. First come, first serve.

 

Highlights:

  • 10-days trip to Japan
  • Exclusive Volcano-Heliskiing
  • Freeriding with snowcat-support and sea view
  • Powder at some of the best areas of Hokkaido
  • The probably most diversified and varied ski-travel we have ever organized
  • Austrian mountain guide plus local guides
  • Only 9 places available

 

Dates:

 

February 03 - 12, 2019 (10 days from/to Hokkaida)

Booking Code: JAP118

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Price incl. Flights: € 4.890

Minimum members: 6

 

What the price includes:

3 nights at lodges (middle category) in double rooms, incl. breakfast

1 night at guesthouse in double rooms, incl. full board

4 nights at lodge (upscale category), incl. breakfast

1 day (depending on weather- and snow- conditions) guided Heliskiing in small groups, supported by certified mountaing uide ( 1 guide per 4 participants, austrian guide plus local guides, refund due to bad weather conditions).

2 days freeriding with snowcat-support

2 days guided freeriding in the top resorts of Rusutsu, Niseko and Asahidake

All transfers

Permanent support by Austrian mountain guide

Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator 

What the price does not include:

All flights

Excess baggage

Personal insurance

Ski equipment

Safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver)

Lunch and dinner (except stated otherwise in the program)

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Tips

Single room surcharge (€ 500 per person)

 

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures GmbH, Hoehenstrasse 5, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, phone: +43 (0) 512 204134, mail: info@furtenbachadventures.com

 

 

The following schedule is planned:

Day 1: departure to Hokkaido.

Day 2: Arrival in Hokkaido and transfer to the Heliski lodge next to the helipad. Depending on the arrival time, optional freeriding in Rusutsu or snowmobile tour.

Day 3 or 4: Heliski (depending on weather conditions)

Days 5-6: Ski touring with snowcat-support and sea view. Accommodation at traditional guesthouse with hot thermal springs and big fish-dinner. Transfer to Niseko in the evening.

Day 7: Freeriding in Niseko or Rusutsu, accommodation at luxurious hotel.

Day 8: Freeriding or snowmobile tours and transfer to Asahidake, accommodation at a lodge in the resort.

Day 9: Freeriding in Asahidake..

Day 10: Transfer to the airport and flight back home.  

General 
Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. The fact that this is a pilot-trip requires a certain amount of flexibility from our guests.

Participation in Heliskiing / Ski Touring lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.
If you are not sure whether taking part in an certain trip is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per emaillukas@furtenbachadventures.com for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Difficulty / Technique
Heliskiing / Ski Touring always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in different snow conditions and steep terrain. For Ski Touring members should be able to perform kick-turns. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

Physical fitness 
A key success factor in ski touring trips is being in good shape. We will ski down up to 3000 vertical meters every day in varying snow condition.

Equipment 
Please note which equipment is included under the point “What the price includes”. We will supply you with adequate safety equipment (avalanche airbag, shovel, probe and avalanche transceive)


Health 
We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

Entry Requirements
Passport and Visa Regulations

Japan
Swiss or EU citizens: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 or more months.

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:
http://www.who.int/ith/en/

 

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

 

Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

 

Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (https://www.furtenbachadventures.com/en/service/gtc/, item II. 7.).

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

 until 30 days prior to departure............................... 30%
29 - 20 days prior to departure.......................... 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure.......................... 70%
9 - 4 days prior to departure.............................. 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours).........100%
on the day of departure....................................... 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.

 

Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG” [European Travel inscurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

 

 

 

Furtenbach Adventures is the most innovative organizer of expeditions and exclusive adventure travel.

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Furtenbach Adventures GmbH
Höttinger Gasse 12
6020 Innsbruck
Austria

+43 (0) 512 / 204134

office@furtenbachadventures.com

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