MULTI DAY BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES
Want to come Backcountry Skiing Japan this season?
Jump on a plane and let us do the organizing for you! We have hand-selected the best accommodation in town to fit your budget and created an itinerary so you can ski the best lines in the Hakuba Valley. Pristine backcountry and lift accessed side country, your qualified guide knows where to find the deepest powder throughout the endless terrain found in the majestic Japanese Alps.
With 8 full days of skiing you will be able to explore the off-piste and backcountry areas of up to 8 different resorts. Each day you will be picked up from your accommodation by your guide who will bring everything you need for an excellent day in the mountains. You can choose to have lunch in the backcountry with stunning views over the valley, OR, you can eat at any one of the incredible local restaurants to enjoy some Japanese cuisine. This is your holiday and we are here to make sure you get an authentic taste of what the Hakuba Valley has to offer.
Send us an enquiry if you would like to discuss further how we can accommodate your group. Now is the time to start planning a trip that will have you backcountry skiing Japan this Winter.
TBC on initial reservation
What is Included:
Transfers from Hakuba Train / Bus Terminal
Touring Skis / Split Board Hire
Daily transport to and from your accommodation
Packed lunches for backcountry days
Monday night Evergreen Apres’ at ‘The Pub’
Japanese Pension (fully catered)
Modern Luxury Apartment (catered OR self catered)
Self Catered Budget Accommodation
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)
We highly recommend that all clients have Backcountry Insurance. Please check with your travel insurance company – most insurance packages do not cover those skiing in Backcountry areas. We offer backcountry insurance for an additional ¥1,500/person/day.
“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)