With Eero Ettala & Heikki Sorsa
February 16, 2020 to February 22, 2020
AUD $2995 PER PERSON
Join Finnish Pro Riders, Eero Ettala and Heikki Sorsa for their Japan Project. They will take you behind the scenes and show you what it’s like to film in Hokkaido’s snowiest region. Numbers are strictly limited so don’t miss your chance to be a part of Japan Project.
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. 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 in 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.
The Japan Project Team
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!
Our Mint Tours Guides & Coaches
Our guides and coaches are highly qualified professionals and have worked at some of the biggest international camps like; High Cascade, Windells, Snow Park and The Camp Whistler. Each day we ride in small groups to make sure you get the most out of your time riding with our pro-riders, coaches and guides.
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.
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.
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!
When we are on mountain, we typically keep our group size to a maximum of 6 people per guide for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. 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!
- 6 nights twin share accommodation with ensuite, The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Buffet dinner daily
- Return airport transfers, New Chitose Airport to Kiroro accommodation
- 5 days of professional guiding at Kiroro
- 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
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.
Enquiries, More Information & Bookings
We have limited spots available for this tour. Contact us for a full itinerary and tour options.
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.
We want your holiday to be as comfortable as possible, so that’s why you’re staying on mountain in 5 star luxury at the Marriot, Tribute Portfolio Hotel. All guests will stay in a twin share Superior Room. Our 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. Each room has amazing views to the mountain. The hotel has multiple restaurants, a hotel bar which serves drinks and snacks, a small convenience store, indoor and outdoor onsen facility, pool and fitness centre, rental shop, snowboard store, day spa, drying room, karaoke room, and coffee shop.
Please note that we limit our group numbers for this tour. Bookings close on the 30th of September unless sold out prior.
If you would like some further information about the tour please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
To secure your spot on tour, we take an AUD $700 deposit and the balance is due 90 days prior to departure. We will issue all guests travel documents and Pre Departure Guides one month prior to travel.