Originally posted: 11.01.2019
Is JAPOW Ski & Ride Silky POWDER TRIP on your list?
Join us Feb 1 to 12, 2020 for a once in a lifetime EPIC POWDER ski & ride trip to HAKUBA & NISEKO, Japan..
Flight departs from SFO – San Francisco International Airport on Saturday Feb 1, 2020.
Secure your spot with a deposit.
2 spots left as of December 19, 2019 (we’ll update if spots have been taken – refresh this page for updates).
Here’s your chance to discover simply some of the driest, lightest powder aka silky champagne powder in the world.
Japan’s powder consistently records winter seasonal snowfall of 45.9 feet of snow or more; it is among the top three powder skiing and riding destination.
The ski resort Niseko United – Annapuri/Grand Hirafu/Hanazono/Niseko Village is located on Hokkaido (Japan). For skiing and snowboarding, there are 44.5 km of slopes available. 32 lifts transport skiers and riders to the summit (check out the resort’s trail map). The winter sports area is situated between the elevations of 300 and 1,200 m.
How did JaPOW gets it’s name?
Seasonal winds from the Eurasian continent pick up moisture over the warm currents of the Sea of Japan to form snow clouds and in turn produce some of the driest and lightest powder in the world. With its rich variety of terrain and beautiful winter woods, Niseko offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of skier/snowboarder.
This trip includes two separate legs, first leg is to Niseko, the second leg is to Hakuba – both legs with multiple days of Skiing/Snowboarding plus an opportunity to check out the ultra popular Ice Festival in Sapporo as a side trip, in addition to Tokyo!
First Leg of the trip to Niseko:
Flights from SFO to Sapporo via Tokyo
Feb 2 – transfer from Sapporo to Niseko (aprox 2 hour drive)
5 nights at the Hyatt House in Niseko, double occupancy (Single occupancy available at additional cost) daily continental breakfast included
Dinner Feb 3rd (location TBD)
3-Day Lift Pass Niseko (Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko and An’Nuupri are all options with this pass)
1-Day lift pass to Rusutsu – (can be exchanged for train ride to Sapporo for Ice festival)
Second part of the trip to Hakuba:
Leave Niseko Feb 7th to Sapporo with Flight into Tokyo in mid morning
Transfers to Private Lodge in Hakuba (5 nights accommodations included)
Feb 8 – Ski Happo One
Feb 8 – Dinner (Location TBD)
Feb 9 – Ski Cortina
Feb 10 – Free Day
Feb 11 – Ski Hakuba 47
Feb 12 – early am transfer to Tokyo, have all day to explore and see Tokyo, with Evening Flights direct home to SFO
What is it like to ski powder slopes in Japan?
What is it like to snowboard/ride powder slopes in Japan?
Join us for an epic skiing and snowboarding trip that will be one of your most memorable experience of a lifetime.
In addition to the epic skiing/riding, some side perks:
+ enjoy natural onsen hot springs
+ enjoy some of the freshest seafood + sushi
+ expand your cultural insight and foodie palate discovering delectable foods & taste stellar sakes and plum wine brands only available in Japan 😉
If you have Ikon Pass, Vail’s Epic Pass or Mountain Collective Pass, let us know and we will reduce the cost by those lift ticket expenses.
1) How many total lift tickets/ski days are included in the cost?
4 days during first leg, and 3 days plus an optional 4th day on second leg.. All tickets, for the exception of the optional day, are included in price.
2) Any backcountry skiing?
Both Niseko and Hakuba have ample tree and Backcountry options at the resort. Also several expert local backcountry guides available for hire at both locations if that’s something you’d like to do.
3) Any meals included in the price?
Continental breakfast at the Hyatt is included, and for the second leg at the private chalet we’re staying at, we are finalizing breakfast to be included daily plus we will give out a snack package so you can take a snack break to recharge slopeside.
4) How close are the lodging to the lifts?
The Hyatt Niseko is at the base of Niseko village, with several resorts accessible via shuttle taxi, with some lifts that are only steps away; we will coordinate shuttles to a resort each day so no need to worry; in addition, if you’d like to venture on your own that is an option but you’ll have to cover those side trip expenses separately.
5) What expenses are not included in the trip price?
We will include two dinners and continental breakfast each day. Aside from that, you are free to have the remaining meals at restaurants of your choosing. We will provide restaurant tips so people have the option to enjoy meals together or you can choose to eat meals separately.
6) Couldn’t I just plan my own trip to Japan and save money?
Yes, certainly you could but it takes lots of detailed planning and time to properly research. In addition, Japan is a country whose citizens speak mostly Japanese even in tourist areas so there is a language barrier if you find yourself lost or in need of directions, advice or have travel related questions. Most importantly, it is the priceless intangibles we incorporate into our trips: wisdom and experience of the best lodging, hot tubs (onsens), restaurants and in addition, we take care of the details so you can focus on enjoying epic powder or shall I say “JaPOW” vacation 😉
7) Is there a discount if we use the lift tickets that’s included in IKON pass, Epic Pass, Mountain Collective Pass?
Holders of IKON pass, EPIC pass or Mountain Collective Pass – more reason to join this ski/ride trip to Japan since you can save $175 to $235 depending on which pass you have. Just let us know when you book and we will deduct the cost of the lift tickets for those using their season pass.
8) I am interested but will you help find me another person to share a room with since it’s double occupancy?
Certainly, we’ll help pair you up with another male or female according to your gender. Just let us know when you book.
9) Who is the trip organizer?
Tahoe Ski Trips is a tour & event management company that specializes in coordinating ski & adventure tours, senior graduation trips and guided wildlife tours.
‘TST (Tahoe Ski Trips) opened its doors in 1996 as Bay Area Ski Bus and today runs over 500 trips & tours per year! Management has over 40 years of combined experience producing tours and events ranging from skiing, to golf trips, wine trips and out of state adventures! Operating with integrity and a commitment to quality, TST contracts with the finest transportation companies and recreation outfitters with fantastic reputations and safety records. We focus on the details, while you focus on having fun! Our quality and service is unmatched!’ – TahoeSkiTrips.net
Got a question or would like to reserve a spot?
to reserve your spot with a deposit no later than December 31, 2019; be sure to tell Kevin that you learned about this trip through SnowPals to get $40 off the trip price of $4300 which includes:
+ all flights and transfers,
+ 5 nights lodging at the Hyatt,
+ 5 nights lodging at a private chalet,
+ lift tickets for 7 days,
+ two dinners and
+ daily breakfasts.
*Lodging stay is with double occupancy. Single occupancy supplement available at additional cost.
To reserve, deposit 50% with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to the trip. The deposit is required so that we can secure group flights pricing as that is the most pressing issue.
Is Hakuba, Niseko, Tokyo + Sapporo on your travel destinations bucket list? If yes, no better time than now. Share with friends to invite 😉
There’s good reason why Hakuba is the top travel destination for the Free Ride World Tour (FRWT) 2020: POWDER measured in meters.
The deep conditions and exciting terrain will give the riders the best possible start to the competition season.
Watch the live webcast of the FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2019 in Hakuba, Japan: