Discover all the Hokkaido truly has to offer with our Niseko Backcountry Tours!
Side Country Days
Hokkaido has some of the world’s best lift accessible side country, and with most resorts relaxing off-piste regulations over the past few years, we at Niseko Custom Tours say Hokkaido’s side country is like heli-skiing off a lift!
Unlike backcountry skiing with long climbs to find un-tracked powder, side country usually only involves a short traverse to get to deep powder you are after. Niseko Custom Tours offer side country days at a number of resorts, usually deciding on the day what resort to ski depending where the best powder is!
Back Country Days
Niseko Custom Tours have 3 main peaks in the Niseko area that we use for our full backcountry days. Book in for 1 or all 3 peaks for your next visit!
Mt Yotei, while being a very popular “wishlist” climb for many visitors to Niseko of all levels, is a significantly difficult, but rewarding climb. With a base elevation of 280m, peaking at 1880m, and exposed to very strong weather systems, you need a high level of fitness to reach the summit. It takes on average 6 hrs. to make the climb and enough ‘fuel in the tank’ to ski back down – an exceptionally unique powder experience. For those up for it, yes you can ski into the volcano’s crater at the top, a tremendously fun 200m vertical drop, but yes you have to climb back out again of course.
Mt Shiribetsu, located near Rusutsu Resort, offers some of the steepest terrain in the area with easy access of an approximate 2 hr. climb. It’s a trial day for clients wanting to climb Mt Yotei and we also use Shiribetsu on bad weather days as it is protected from most wind directions. Depending on the group, we can usually take 3 runs on different aspects before heading home, making for a very full, fun day!
Mt Iwao-nupuri, located on the back side of the main Niseko ski hill My Annupuri, is usually accessed after skiing Hirafu’s west face – itself a wonderful backcountry experience. With only just over an hour to summit, Mt Iwao-nupuri offers sensational terrain and stunning views towards the coast and back at the main ski hill. With an afternoon onsen at highly rated Weiss hotel to top of the day; a treat for a consistently popular tour!