HAKUBA BACKCOUNTRY GUIDING
Single and Multi-Day Backcountry Tours In Hakuba
Come and explore the vast Hakuba backcountry and some of the very best powder skiing in Japan. The Japan Alps average 12+ meters of beautiful powder snow each year, and no other mountain range in Japan has comparable terrain with amazing powder! In Japan, or anywhere else in the world, it doesn’t get much better than this! Evergreen Backcountry Guides are certified avalanche professionals and seasoned backcountry guides.
Small groups & tailored private tours
USAGI TOUR (INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)
For those who are just starting to explore the backcountry. An intermediate ski, snowboard, or telemark skill level and a solid fitness level are all that is necessary. Participants on our Usagi (Bunny) Tour should be able to competently ride powder and negotiate through gladed trees and open bowls. The Usagi BC Tour requires hiking up slopes and ridges using alpine touring bindings & skins for skiers and snowshoes or split-board with skins for snowboarders. There will be approximately 3 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 500~700 vertical meters of skiing. This introductory level tour is a great way to get off-piste, access epic terrain and ride the fantastic backcountry Hakuba has to offer!
KITSUNE TOUR (ADVANCED)
For those who have had experience in the winter backcountry and are confident in their ability to ride in variable conditions. Participants on our Kitsune (Fox) Tour should be capable to ride powder in gladed trees and steeper terrain and have a fairly strong fitness level.
KAMOSHIKA TOUR (EXPERT)
For the advanced skier or snowboarder who has joined our Usagi or Kitsune tour. You will have to be fit and have experience in the backcountry to join in on these challenging and exciting trips into Hakuba’s steeper terrain. The pace of this tour is a little faster as we aim to access a little farther off the beaten track in search of the best lines.
PRIVATE TOUR (TAILORED)
If you and your group are looking to venture off on a Hakuba backcountry tour of any level we can arrange a guide for your private group. This type of tour would be recommended if you have a group of friends with similar skiing/boarding ability and you would like to keep the crew limited to your group of friends.
RESERVATION2016-2017 Season: Dec 16 – April 15
Location: Hakuba / Nagano
Price: ¥54,500 for 1 + add ¥6,000 for each additional person up to 4
(For group of 6 or more, ¥15,500 / per person)
Time: 7:55 – 15:30
Includes: includes 3-piece set, pack, guide, BC insurance & tax
Not included: Food, drinks, lift tickets (access)
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Book now and save…pay ¥49,950 for 3 tours over a 7 day period – that’s 10% off. As well as that, get the added flexibility of customising your itnerary to suit.
Pick the best 3 days out of 7 days of guided trips on any of our group Off-Piste or Backcountry tours in Hakuba. Get yourselves booked in now, and lock down dates when you are here.
SKI, SNOWBOARD &
Whatever you ride, we have you covered. We have a great selection of touring skis and splitboards in our rental fleet to help you make the most of your time.
For snowboarders we have been moving away from snowshoes and towards splitboards – if you’re a boarder and not sure of the best option have a chat with one of our guides.
Years of experience shooting in Whistler and Japan. Tomo from Radiot Photography can accompany Evergreen off-piste and BC tours upon request.
No booking fee, no hourly rate. Tomo offers the best quality and the best value for powder photography throughout the Hakuba valley. Let Tomo capture your epic powder moments!
|General Price / Day||Price for AST course participants||Price for BC Tour participants|
|Beacon||¥3,300||¥2,200||Included in Tour|
|Probe||¥2,200||¥1,500||Included in Tour|
|Shovel||¥2,200||¥1,500||Included in Tour|
|Backpack||¥2,200||¥1,500||Included in Tour|
|BCA Airbag Backpack w/ air cylinder||¥3,300||¥2,200||¥1,500|
|BCA Air Cylinder (only)||¥1000||¥650||¥650|
|BCA Air Cylinder (refill/replace) *only cylinders from Japan||¥4,000||¥4,000||¥4,000|
|3 Piece companion set (beacon, shovel, probe)||¥5,500||¥4,400||Included in Tour|
|5 Piece set (companion set + any 2 from above)||¥9,900||¥7,150||N/A|
|Splitboard w/ bindings||¥6,600||¥5,500 (skins & poles included)||¥5,500 (skins & poles included)|
|Powder Skis w/ touring bindings||¥6,600||¥5,500 (skins & poles included)||¥5,500 (skins & poles included)|
|BCA Air Cylinder (only)||1 day = ¥1,000||1 day = ¥ 650||1 day = ¥ 650|
|2 day = ¥ 1,500||2 day = ¥ 1000||2 day = ¥ 1000|
|3 day = ¥ 2,000||3 day = ¥ 1,350||3 day = ¥ 1,350|
|4 day = ¥2,500||4 day = ¥ 1,700||4 day = ¥ 1,700|
|5 day = ¥ 3,000||5 day = ¥ 2,050||5 day = ¥ 2,050|
|6 day = ¥ 3,500||6 day = ¥ 2,400||6 day = ¥ 2,400|
|7 day = ¥ 4,000||7 day = ¥ 2,750||7 day = ¥ 2,750|
|add ¥500 /day||add ¥ 350||add ¥350|
We kindly request credit card details for rentals outside of regular tours. If you are renting avalanche gear, you and all of your group should be familiar with using the gear, you should understand current avalanche conditions and have knowledge of your intended route(s).
Please beware that our tours are geared towards advanced-intermediate, advanced and expert skiers.
We will work with you through the booking process to explore in more detail your skill level so we can ensure you will get the most out of your day in the mountains.
- In the interest of safety, EBG reserves the right to direct guests to on-piste terrain, and/or a safe exit from the tour route, if it is determined that your skill level is insufficient to safely navigate natural hazards and keep up with the pace of your group. Please be aware that we are unable to give on-piste instruction and guiding, unless you have booked a private group tour where all participants are happy to change the tour itinerary. Refunds on tours or lift tickets in these situations will not be available.
CRITICAL SKILLS NEEDED TO COMPETENTLY RIDE IN OFF-PISTE & BACKCOUNTRY TERRAIN.
All skiers must feel confident making solid parallel turns, of varying rhythm and size, on steep blue or black angled terrain at an active pace. Being able to manage this terrain in deep snow or crud (depending on conditions) is of particular importance.
Critical skills are being able to hold a strong edge for high traverses and the ability to read terrain effectively so you can avoid the pitfalls of flat benches, miniature gullies and deep pow that will often stop snowboarders in their tracks. Literally.
Much of Hakuba’s best and most protected terrain is among the trees in areas with naturally occurring hazards, so you need to be able to navigate these and make turns where the terrain dictates. Many runs end with trails that are winding, narrow and bumpy ‘luge’ like exits where speed control is a requirement. With the assistance of your guide you can expect to cross partially open creek beds, flat cat roads and benches on which we may need to hike/walk across.
Intro to Off-Piste Tours:
This introductory program provides the first time off-piste skier/rider with coaching on how to translate the abovementioned skills into powder and variable off-piste terrain. Depending on the amount of fresh snow, you will need to make sure you have an appropriate fat powder ski or board to get the most out of your day.
Advanced Off Piste & Backcountry Tours:
In these programs it is assumed that skiers/riders already have experience in powder, at least in off-piste terrain. You don’t necessarily need to have the best style but you need to be capable of making your way down the mountain at a reasonable pace relative to your group.
BACKCOUNTRY TOURS: For guests who have NEVER been backcountry touring, you will join the Usagi tour on your first day so you can receive instruction on how to climb and using the safety equipment.
The weather and snowpack stability are also considered to ensure safety. We ski the off piste and backcountry terrain of Tsugaike, Norikura, Cortina, Happo & Hakuba 47 etc
Sign-in & pay, gear check & pre-tour briefing at 17:00
On The Day
Sign-in at 7:55. Tour from 8:00 – 15:30.
- Avalanche equipment – beacon, shovel, probe (mandatory & supplied)
- At least a 25L pack with straps which can carry ski/board (unless you are a skier or split-boarder using skins) – note, we supply packs FOC
- Skins or snowshoes (mandatory, skins are supplied)
- Lunch, drinks and at least 1L water (mandatory)
- Energy bars/chocolate/nuts etc (mandatory)
- Layering for warmth, wicking & ventilation (mandatory)
- Sunglasses (even if it is not sunny!) When you are hiking sunglasses are more comfortable to protect your eyes because they will not fog up. You can keep your goggles in your pack for the ski down.
- Helmet (recommended)
- A pair of lightweight gloves or glove liners for hiking (recommended)
“Amazing guides. Robbie, Mike and Bill took us out to Cortina, taught us a lot and showed us a great time…Could not recommend it enough.”Natalie (Australia)