UPDATED 30 October 2016
Want something different, exciting and radically different to the usual groomed slopes and comfy resort lifestyles? Want an adventure?! Love POWDER?! Then read on, this is what you were meant to do!
We've got a couple of amazing trips to Furano in Japan for intermediate riders and skiers wanting to learn more about free-riding and to improve their off-piste skills.
Furano is a small resort in the Tokachi mountains of central Hokkaido, and it receives 9m of dry powder snow each winter. The resort is often called the "locals'" resort and it is much quieter than nearby Niseko, It has an extensive lift system and is suitable for beginners to advanced skiers and riders, even and especially for those seeking backcountry powder experience.
The trip is organised by a company called Krystal Line Himalaya Adventures (K-Line) that specialise in trips to the Himalayas and Japan. I travelled to Kashmir with them a few years back and they are great, they provide a high level of safety and care for their customers.
Duration: one week, two dates possible: 6-13 January and 20-27 January 2017
Cost: $1,592 USD Twin Room (approx. £1,305 GBP), and $1,983 USD Single Room (approx. £1,626) - A $650 USD (£533 GBP) deposit is required to secure your place (payments can be made via PayPal or via direct transfer to K-Line's HSBC account)
• 6 days of in-bounds resort riding and backcountry riding on select days
• 6 days of lift passes
• 7 nights at the Furano New Prince Hotel (4*), ski-in/ski-out accommodation
• return airport transfers
• daily tuition with CASI-trained hosts and powder riding skills with the K-Line founder
• mountain orientation and backcountry safety seminar
• K-Line 24hr emergency assistance during your entire stay
• International and domestic flights (you fly into Asahikawa airport, other options may be possible upon request)
• Food & drinks
• Insurance: you'll need to get your own, for snowsports specific travel insurance check ihi-BUPA and ERV, both provide great services.
• Riding/Skiing equipment: you can rent some on site, or take yours along.
• Safety equipment: Transceivers, shovel and probe; Airbag or Avalung backpack. I will confirm with K-Line for rental options on these items if you don't own any. Note: for travelling purposes it is easier to travel with an Avalung (you need airline authorisation to travel with an airbag since you carry a compressed gas bottle - but it's super easy to get it, I did it).
• Visas: make sure you get your visas sorted in time if you need any!
This is going to be a wicked adventure, challenging, fun, exciting, full of amazing experiences and most of all, gorgeous powder you'll cry when you see it!
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