Japan Powder Safari with The Telegraph

The Trip

The Trip

Discover Japan's deep powder and unique culture in 2018 with Ski Safari and The Telegraph.

Based on Japan's north island, Hokkaido, you'll ski five of Japan's best resorts. Each is unique in its own way and offers something utterly different to what you're used to in a ski resort. Ski down an active volcano, take your snorkel to Japan's snowiest resort and even go powder skiing at night.

The trip is taking place in late January/early February when the snow conditions are at their best and you can expect multiple fresh powder days. Hosted by our representative in Japan Kenji Matsuzawa and Telegraph ski editor Henry Druce, the Powder Safari also includes three days of professional guiding with our Hokkaido guiding partner Whiteroom Tours. As a Hokkaido local, Kenji will be on hand to share some of his favourite secret powder stashes, while Henry knows the area well having visited five times previously - including in February 2017 with Kenji.

The Japan Powder Safari with The Telegraph is running 24 January to 04 February 2018. It is aimed at intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders, with powder experience required to take part in the guiding.

We expect this trip to sell out quickly. Call us on 01273 224067 or email [email protected] to secure your place.

The Itinerary

The Itinerary

24 January Depart UK
25 January Arrive in Tokyo, connecting flight to Sapporo, bus to Niseko (3 hours), overnight at The Green Leaf Hotel (B&B)
26 January Ski/board Niseko, overnight at The Green Leaf Hotel (B&B)
27 January Ski/board Niseko, overnight at The Green Leaf Hotel (B&B)
28 January Guided skiing/boarding in Kiroro (1 hour drive from Niseko), overnight at The Green Leaf Hotel (B&B)
29 January Check out of The Green Leaf Hotel, ski/board Niseko, afternoon transfer to Rusutsu (45 mins), overnight at Rusutsu Resort Hotel (B&B)
30 January Guided skiing/boarding in Rusutsu, overnight at Rusutsu Resort Hotel (B&B)
31 January Check out of Rusutsu Resort Hotel, ski/board Rusutsu, afternoon transfer to Furano (2.5 hours), overnight at Furano Hotel (B&B)
01 February Guided skiing/boarding in Asahidake (1 hour drive from Furano), overnight at Furano Hotel (B&B)
02 February Ski/board Furano, overnight at Furano Hotel (B&B)
03 February Check out of Furano Hotel, ski/board Furano, afternoon transfer to Sapporo Chitose Airport (2 hours), overnight at Air Terminal Hotel (B&B)
04 February Fly home (via Tokyo)

Options available to add stays in Tokyo before or after skiing, or extend your trip to visit other resorts.

The Resorts

The Resorts

Niseko

Japan’s largest and best-known ski resort, the skiing in Niseko is exceptional. Look forward to ungroomed bowls and world-class tree runs (Strawberry Fields is amazing), while the Niseko Gates lead to unpatrolled terrain that’s best explored with a guide.

Stay at the 4* Green Leaf, a modern hotel in a prime ski-in ski-out location in Niseko Village, with easy access to the mountain and an amazing onsen.

Kiroro

You'll spend a day with a guide in Kiroro, Japan's snowiest resort and just an hour away from Niseko. Relatively unknown outside of Japan, Kiroro has a unique in-bounds 'Powder Zone' and you also have access to a huge backcountry area via three gates.

Rusutsu

A quirky, powder-filled paradise, Rusutsu is one of the most unusual resorts you'll visit. The tree skiing is exceptionally good, while you'll have the slopes to yourself as this is one of the quietest resorts in Japan.

Stay at the 3*+ Rusutsu Resort Hotel, a Disneyland-esque experience complete with Bavarian village, singing tree and two-storey carousel. The hotel has excellent facilities, including a wave pool, spa and three onsens (two indoor, one outdoor), plus 11 restaurants and bars.

Furano

Furano offers a real Japanese experience with a relaxed atmosphere. With backcountry restrictions relaxed in recent years, you can access some fantastic tree runs and untracked powder through the new gate system - the snow is often lighter and drier than in west Hokkaido, with around nine metres falling each year.

Stay at the 4*+ Furano Hotel, located in a quiet, wooded forest just a 10 minute drive from the slopes and lifts at the Kitanomine base. With only 25 rooms, the emphasis of the property is on its high level of service and attention to detail and there's an on-site traditional onsen for all hotel guests.

Asahidake

One of the highlights of the trip, Asahidake is a skiable active volcano, just an hour from Furano. You'll spend a day with a guide here hiking up to plumes of steam and enjoying some of the lightest, untracked powder of your life on the way back down.

What's Included?

What's Included?

The Japan Powder Safari will be taking place from 24 January to 04 February 2018 and costs from £3,750pp on a twin share basis including:

  • Return flights with British Airways and JAL from London Heathrow to Sapporo via Tokyo
  • Transfers to and from resort by coach
  • Coach transfers in between resorts
  • 4 nights at the Green Leaf Hotel, Niseko (B&B)
  • 2 nights at Rusutsu Resort Hotel, Rusutsu (B&B)
  • 3 nights at Furano Hotel, Furano (B&B)
  • 1 night at Air Terminal Hotel, Sapporo Airport (B&B)
  • All lift passes
  • Welcome reception
  • Guiding at Kiroro, Rusutsu & Asahidake with Whiteroom Tours
  • Day trip to Hokkaido's snowiest resort, Kiroro
  • Day trip to Hokkaido's highest mountain and live volcano, Asahidake

Bonus Extras

  • One year's subscription to The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard magazine
  • A ticket to The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show
  • Drinks reception at The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show
  • Commemorative The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard holiday t-shirt