Off Piste Ski & Snowboard Tours

Japan Powder Skiing At It’s Best

You’ve seen the Japan powder skiing / off piste / backcountry videos and gotten stoked, and Hakuba gets huge snowfalls, but with the keen local skiers and riders lined up first thing in the morning after a big dump the resorts get tracked out pretty fast, unless you know where to find the “secret stashes”. Join a tour with Evergreen’s experienced guides and smash powder like a local.

Several of Hakuba’s resorts have excellent side-country access where you can get the best taste possible of Hakuba Off Piste. Access the goods with the lift services of the resorts and then ride the excellent “side-country” terrain. Go with the knowledge and expertise of local professional ski & split-board guides into the best steep powder stashes in Japan…right here in Hakuba!

INTRO TO OFF PISTE

Sometimes all you need to do is take a few steps from the ‘well worn path’ to find the terrain that you came to Japan for. But where to start? It can be confusing to understand exactly where you are allowed to go and what to do in Off Piste terrain if something goes wrong. That’s where we come in. We have all the ski resorts in the Hakuba Valley wired, you will be able to challenge yourself on terrain that is accessed by ski lifts, and our Guides will create an itinerary of runs for you that are like a stepping stone for those wanting to adventure beyond the groomers and start making the most of the incredible Japan powder skiing on offer.

intro to off piste in hakuba

MAKE A
RESERVATION
2016-2017 Season: Dec 16 – April 15
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
(dependent on conditions)
Location: Hakuba / Nagano BC
Price: ¥18,500~
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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ADVANCED OFF PISTE

If you’ve skied a lot of off piste and side country terrain but prefer to ride the lifts to get more vertical in your day, then this is the program for you. We ride hard, covering lots of terrain with exciting features and technical entries. At times we might even go for a short 20 minute hike to access a hidden face of fresh Japan powder skiing. This program suits riders who can confidently navigate dense trees, big fluffy moguls open creek beds and fast narrow exit trails.

We set you up with all the safety gear needed and your Guide will take care of the itinerary, all you have to do is show up and shred!

advanced off piste tours in hakuba

MAKE A
RESERVATION
2016-2017 Season: Dec 16 – April 15
(dependent on conditions)
Location: Hakuba / Nagano Resorts
Price: ¥19,500~
Time: 7:55 – 15:30
Includes: Skins, skis, avi pack, transceiver, introductory transceiver lesson
Not included: Lunch, lift tickets
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PRIVATE OFF PISTE

Whether you are visiting Hakuba with family or you have a group of friends in town, book a Private Off Piste Guide for a day or two – you will not regret it. Depending on the ability of your group, we will show you the fun stuff, the secret stashes and the many hidden gems that the valley has to offer. You will be travelling through technical terrain and navigating obstacles like trees, creek beds and variable features, so it’s be to make sure everyone in your group can ride to the standard so you will all get the most out of your day.

We will arrange for your pick up and drop off from your accommodation in town. You will also be supplied with all the safety gear you need.

private off piste tours in hakuba

MAKE A
RESERVATION
2016-2017 Season: Dec 16 – April 15
(dependent on conditions)
Location: Hakuba / Nagano Resorts
Price: ¥54,500 for 1 + add ¥5,000 for each additional person
(Up to 5 total for 1 guide and add-up again for 2nd guide if there are 6 or more)
Time: 7:55 – 15:30
Includes: Skins, skis, avi pack, transceiver, introductory transceiver lesson
Not included: Lunch, lift tickets
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MULTI DAY ADVENTURE PACKAGES

BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES THROUGH HAKUBA & NAGANO

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2016-2017 SEASON
SPECIALS


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3-DAY
TOURS


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.

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SKI, SNOWBOARD &
SPLITBOARD TOURS


you' ll need skis like these for your hakuba backcountry tour

BACKCOUNTRY GEAR
RENTALS


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.

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PRIVATE
PHOTOGRAPHER


radiot photography can shoot your next hakuba backcountry tour

RADIOT
PHOTOGRAPHY


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!

BOOKING REQUEST

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This is an important question as no one wants to be in over their head, holding up a group or spending their day standing around waiting for others to make it down the mountain. We do our very best to make sure everyone is grouped properly, however this process will only benefit you if it starts with a realistic assessment of your riding abilities.

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.

Skiers:
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.

Boarders:
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.

All Riders:
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.

We offer backcountry gear rentals. These are offered to everyone on a day-by-day basis, but please be aware that clients on our tours take priority as well as receiving a generous discount. Prices per day are as follows:

Item

General Price / DayPrice for AST course participantsPrice for BC Tour participants
Beacon¥3,300¥2,200Included in Tour
Probe¥2,200¥1,500Included in Tour
Shovel¥2,200¥1,500Included in Tour
Backpack¥2,200¥1,500Included 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
Poles¥2,000¥1,500¥1,500
Snow Shoes¥3,300¥2,500¥2,500
Skins¥3,300¥2,500¥2,500
Alpine Trekkers¥2,750¥1,250¥1,250
3 Piece companion set (beacon, shovel, probe)¥5,500¥4,400Included in Tour
5 Piece set (companion set + any 2 from above)¥9,900¥7,150N/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 = ¥1,0001 day = ¥ 6501 day = ¥ 650
2 day = ¥ 1,5002 day = ¥ 10002 day = ¥ 1000
3 day = ¥ 2,0003 day = ¥ 1,3503 day = ¥ 1,350
4 day = ¥2,5004 day = ¥ 1,7004 day = ¥ 1,700
5 day = ¥ 3,0005 day = ¥ 2,0505 day = ¥ 2,050
6 day = ¥ 3,5006 day = ¥ 2,4006 day = ¥ 2,400
7 day = ¥ 4,0007 day = ¥ 2,7507 day = ¥ 2,750
add ¥500 /dayadd ¥ 350add ¥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).

We begin tours as soon as the snowpack is established – generally sometime in late December. Tours run through until April.
Group tours: Guide. Touring Skis / Split Board & Skins. 3 Piece Backpack (with shovel & probe). Beacon. Shuttle to Wadano Base. Tax… and ideally all the powder you can handle.
Tour itinerary depends on the level of skiing / riding ability of your groups and level of fitness for uphill hiking (if applicable for your tour).

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

The Day Before
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.

“More powder that I could handle. Can’t wait for next year!”SEAN T. (AUSTRALIA)
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