Kiroro Freeride Week
6 Nights I 5 Days guiding
January 16, 2020 to January 22, 2020
$2550 Per Person
UP YOUR FREERIDE GAME WHILE RIDING THE SNOWIEST MAJOR RESORT ON THE PLANET.
Up your game and spend a week riding with our pro guides, coaches and film crew at Kiroro – THE snowiest major resort on the planet. It’s Japow on steroids. Sure, there’s plenty of other places in the world that get their fair share. Nearby Niseko and Rusutsu hold their own, but the 23 metres that Kiroro scores on an average season, is a step-up again. This coastal resort gets slammed with clockwork consistency. They get an absurd amount of snow. Kiroro receives more snowfall n a month, than most resorts receive in a full season.
Another way of looking at it is snowmaking. “Snowmaking machines are useless in Kiroro, they would just be buried in deep snow” and it’s a good point. Kiroro sits in an absolute sweet spot for snowfall, seeming to catch the best from most directions as the Siberian Pow Express keeps thundering in off the nearby Sea of Japan. When nearby areas like Niseko and Rusutsu get 10-20cm, in Kiroro it will be 30-40cm. And over a season, that really adds up.
The stats are hard to argue with. At Kiroro they have been keeping score diligently since it opened in 2001. But it should be no surprise. The original owner of Kiroro selected its prime location by flying a helicopter over Hokkaido in June (summer) to find out where he might want to put his new ski resort. Only the Kiroro area and Asahidake still had lots of snow. So he picked Kiroro and by doing that he guaranteed his new resort would always enjoy a long season that runs from November to May.
Situated on the northern island of Hokkaido, just a stones throw from the Sea of Japan is the lesser-known ski area, Kiroro. It’s a 5-star ski-in/ski-out resort that is home to some of the best powder on Earth. If this place isn’t on your powder radar, then it should be. Kiroro is synonymous with the having the best powder on earth. Snow here is bountiful, abundant, plentiful, there aren’t enough words to describe the amount. If you’re the kind of person who likes the facts, you’ll be pleased to know that Kiroro tops the Japan powder tally, season after season. It even beats its high-profile neighbours, Niseko and Rusutsu in the powder stakes. It’s officially the snowiest resort in Japan. And you’re in for a treat, because we’ve timed our tour to run during peak powder season, so powder turns are virtually guaranteed.
Snow & Conditions
Kiroro is THE snowiest major resort on the planet. It’s Japow on steroids. Sure, there’s plenty of other places in the world that get their fair share, but the 23 metres that Kiroro scores on an average season, is a step-up again. This coastal resort gets slammed with clockwork consistency. Another way of looking at it is snowmaking. “Snowmaking machines are useless in Kiroro, they would just be buried in deep snow” and it’s a good point. Kiroro sits in an absolute sweet spot for snowfall, catching snow from most directions as the Siberian Pow Express keeps thundering in from the nearby Sea of Japan. When nearby areas like Niseko and Rusutsu get 10-20cm, in Kiroro it will be 30-40cm. And over a season, that really adds up.
While Kiroro receives 23 metres of snow in an average season, the legendary snowfall doesn’t mean you have to be an experienced skier or snowboarder to enjoy it. Quite the opposite. There are plenty of moderately pitched powder lines, and many areas that are left un-groomed that are perfect to level up. Kiroro has the advantage over other resorts as they have designated side country and tree riding areas within the resort boundary that are patrolled, along with a wide open section that is left un-groomed just for you to ride pow. These areas are perfect to get your lift accessed powder fill. Kiroro also has lots of terrain beyond the resort boundary where you can find fresh tracks all day long.
So you can spend your week deep in the white-room, you’ve got two guides on-hand who know a thing or two about hunting down the best lines, finding the best snow, and making sure you have a good time while doing it. In fact, you could call them professionals. Your guides for the tour are our Canadian team, Hayden Manwell and Geoff Brown. Geoff and Hayden have just one goal for the week – to find you the best POWDER! When Geoff and Hayden aren’t in Japan, you’ll find them deep in the British Columbia backcountry. Their big mountain experience makes them the perfect hosts for the week. They are always more than happy to provide you with some tips and feedback on the mountain, and share a beer and some laughs at the end of the day.
Media Team on hand
Throughout the tour we’ll have our media team on hand to capture all the action. You’ll be able to download your Japan photo’s and videos, so you can keep all your friends up to date with your powder adventures. We’ll make sure you go home with your iconic Japan powder shot, plus all the highlights from the week, on and off-mountain.
We offer one of the smallest client to guide ratio’s in the industry which ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. Our small groups allow greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best areas a destination can offer. When we are on mountain, our guest to guide ratio is 6 people per guide. This also makes for a more personal experience between our guests and guides.
Cat Ski Add-on
The best way to access a blissful day of untracked powder is by snow cat. Each run delivers 450-650m of vertical and you’ll get 6-9 runs per day. The cat ski operation is just 50 minutes from Kiroro, and you will get to spend a full day riding untracked powder with oceanfront views. It’s a place so beautiful, you’ll get the experience of a lifetime. There is a variety of terrain that you’ll explore including wide-open former course runs, old growth glades and long, steep bowls.
Luxury 5 Star Accommodation
Throughout the tour you’ll stay on-mountain at The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. This is a 5 star, luxury hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to the region’s best powder. On-site are a hot spring, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre and shops. Dining options include a formal sushi restaurant, authentic steak house, elegant Italian restaurant and European brasserie, using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. You’ll stay in a Superior twin share room that is equipped with 2 single beds that will have you feeling zen in no time. Each room has a great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. Every morning you’ve got a hot buffet breakfast to enjoy in the restaurant.
Easy Airport Transfers
What we like about Kiroro is it’s so easy to get to. It’s a stress-free trip, especially if you’re travelling solo or it’s your first time to Japan. Once your flight arrives in Sapporo, grab your bags and get on the bus. It’s a scenic door-to-door trip, from the airport straight to our hotel. Grab a window seat and in just under 2 hours you will arrive at our powder paradise. Our guides will be on-hand to greet you and help you settle in.
Pre Tour Support
After you sign up for a tour, you will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. In addition to this, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
Why travel with Mint?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
This is a 6 night tour starting on the 16th of January and finishing on the 22nd of January, 2020. The price per person is AUD $2550. Guests stay in a twin share room (2 beds per room). If you are travelling solo, we will match you with another solo traveller to room with. Single rooms supplements may be available and are subject to availability at time of booking. If you would like a quote in your local currency, please contact us. To secure a spot on tour we take an AUD $700 deposit per person, and the final balance is due 90 days prior to the tour departure.
Why travel with Mint?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
What happens on arrival and departure day?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
What if i’m travelling solo?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. If you’d prefer your own room please request a single room at time of booking.
Do you ever cancel a tour?
No! Once you’ve signed up for this tour, you’re going! We won’t ever cancel this trip due to low numbers, so you can go ahead and book your flights early and rest easy knowing you’re going.
How many people are on tour?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. When we are on mountain, we have a maximum of 6 people per guide. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder!
Is this the right tour for me?
We ensure that everyone who joins these trips are a good fit for the difficulty level. This helps ensure that you’re booked on the right tour, as are the other people joining you.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Got cold feet? Couldn’t find a good flight or get the time off work? Cancel up to 7 days after your initial booking and get 100% of your deposit back, no questions asked.
Who are the guides?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season, so our returning guests will see many familiar faces.
Can you book flights?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.
What happens once i’ve booked?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, you will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. In addition to this, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
- 6 nights twin share accommodation with ensuite, The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Return airport transfers, New Chitose Airport to Kiroro accommodation
- 5 days of professional guiding at Kiroro
- Freeride tips and direction
- 5 day lift ticket for Kiroro
- Media team on hand capturing all the action
- Images/video provided at end of tour
- Mint Tours guides on hand throughout the tour
If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:
Send your enquiry and one of our tour specialists will be in touch asap!
2. Over the phone
Call us on (03) 8563 9437 (within Australia) or +61 (03) 8563 9437 (international) between 9:30 am and 5:00pm AEST Monday to Friday and speak to one of our tour specialists.
Drop in to our shop for a chat. We’re located at:
98 Surf Coast Hwy, Torquay, VIC 3228
You can book your spot one of two ways:
1) Online: Click HERE
Once we receive your booking form, we’ll provide you with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.
2) Over the phone: Call us on (03) 8563 9437 (within Australia) or +61 (03) 8563 9437 (international) between 9:30 am and 5pm AEST Monday to Friday, and follow the prompts to speak to one of our tour specialists.