Japan Project is based at Kiroro. THE snowiest major resort on the planet. It’s Japow on steroids. And 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 Eero Ettala and Heikki Sorsa, and they have just one goal for the week – to find you the best POWDER! Plus, they will take you behind the scenes and show you what it’s like to film in Hokkaido’s snowiest region. 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.
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.
PRO GUIDES – EERO ETTALA & HEIKKI SORSA
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 Eero Ettala and Heikki Sorsa, and they have just one goal for the week – to find you the best POWDER! 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.
Eero Ettala Born and raised in Finland, Eero first popped up on the international snowboarding scene in 2005. Since then he has been proving that he’s not only a jack of all trades when it comes to riding a snowboard; he’s a master. With a career boasting 25 magazine cover shots, 2 x Snowboard Magazine video parts of the year, too many podium results around the world to list and the inventor of the Double Backside Rodeo 1080 it’s not difficult to see how so much hype surrounds this man who simply loves snowboarding and having a good time. Eero is no stranger to riding deep powder in Japan as can be seen in his Cooking with gas web series.
Heikki Sorsa Another Finnish legend, Heikki has to be one of the most influential snowboarders in history. From dropping some of the heaviest video parts to competing in X-Games and Winter Olympics in halfpipe, Heikki has definitely earned his place among snowboarding royalty. Heikki has multiple video parts from Japan and is no stranger to ripping turns in the pow and showing crew a damn good time while doing it. There aren’t many guys who go as big as Heikki, so join him for a few laps around the hill and you will soon see what we mean!
ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR
We’ve included everything so you can focus on just one thing, riding pow! Apart from getting to ride every day with the pro’s and our Mint Tours guides, we’ve included luxury accommodation, buffet breakfasts and buffet dinners, our media team on hand to capture all the action, all lift tickets, bus transfers, movie night, demo sessions and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to keep the fun times going, all week long.
After riding, join us in bar where you can catch up with the other guests and guides. Each night we’ve included buffet dinners where you can load up on all the Japanese and Western food you can handle and wash it down with a few ice-cold Asahi’s. We’ll also have movie nights, tech sessions and plenty of time to catch up with the pro’s. Sound like the perfect Japow trip? Then grab your buddies or come solo, just make sure you don’t miss out!
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.
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, 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 and each night buffet dinners are included.
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.
A Typical Day
Each day will be different, but here is roughly what you can look forward to:
7:30am – Team Breakfast
Meet in the restaurant for a hearty buffet breakfast. Your guides and pro riders will develop a plan that best suits each days snow and weather conditions. After breakfast get ready to depart.
Our hotel is on-mountain, so you don’t need to go far to reach the lifts. Each morning we will head out with our guides and pro riders. Each day we ride to the conditions. If it’s dumping snow (which it’s likely to be) follow your guides into the trees for some pow laps. There’s something for everyone on this trip and the focus is on
Each day we will stop for lunch on mountain. Dine on some authentic Japanese food and use this time to talk to the guides and pro riders about new tricks and tips for your riding.
Use all the new tips and tricks from the morning and put them into play. Lap the park with the pro riders, get into a few more powder stashes, or head out with our videographer to session a feature, it’s completely up to you. After you’ve had enough time on the hill, simply ride back to our 5 star hotel.
Apres & Dinner
After a long day of riding, catch up with the crew at the bar to discuss important matters such as the best turn you had that day, how low your carves are getting or who won the prestigious award of best bail of the day. After these matters have been sorted we will head for dinner at the buffet and let the good times continue into the night! It’s a great chance to get involved in the local Japanese customs of Karaoke and Sake.
Your tour includes:
- 5 Star Accommodation
For 6 nights you will stay in 5 star luxury at the Marriot, Tribute Portfolio Hotel. All guests will stay in a twin share Superior Deluxe Room. Our deluxe rooms feature 2 comfortable single beds with high quality linen and duvets, plenty of room for your equipment, ensuite bathroom, free WIFI and USB outlets, and thoughtful touches like bathroom toiletries, robes, slippers and bottled water.
- Daily Guiding Sessions
Each day we hold guiding and freeride sessions which are led by our qualified coaches and guides. You’ll get to explore more of the mountain and cover more ground. You’ll enjoy the personalised attention as we limit our group size to a maximum of 6 riders per guide.
- Media Team on Hand
Throughout the tour we have our media team on hand to capture all the action.
- Video Package
You’ll be able to download all your Japan shots daily, so you can keep all your followers up to date with the drool-worthy conditions that you’re currently scoring. We’ll make sure you go home with your iconic Japan powder edit, plus all the highlights from the week, on and off-mountain.
For breakfast, join us at Kiroro’s talk-of-the-town breakfast buffet which serves eggs cooked to order, home-baked bread, French croissants and much more, all prepared with local produce.
For dinner, join us at Hokkaido’s renowned buffet on the second floor of our hotel. You will be treated to the freshest local seafood, delicious meats and vegetable dishes, hearty curry, Japanese soups and noodles just to name a few. For those with a sweet tooth, the irresistible dessert buffet isn’t one to be missed.
- 5 Day Kiroro Lift Ticket
You’ll receive your 5 day Kiroro lift ticket when you arrive at the hotel.
- Easy Airport Transfers
Once you arrive at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, simply jump on the bus and in no time you’ll be transported to our 5-star hotel in Kiroro. Our door-to-door transfers make the trip a breeze. On departure day, we’ll drop you back at New Chitose Airport.
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 4 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.
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:
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.
Please note that this is a small group tour that is subject to availability at time of booking.