7 NIGHTS I 6 DAYS GUIDING
JAPAN SNOWBOARD TOURS
Get off the beaten path with us and in Northern Honshu. On this tour we’ll spend a week exploring Aomori Spring Resort. The annual snowfall statistic for this area is unknown, but a guesstimate would be around of 14-20 metres per season. Due to its northerly position, the snow quality is much lighter and dryer than most other Honshu ski resorts. These areas are known for their frequent big winter storms particularly in January. The infrequent bluebird days keep the crowds away which results in lots of fresh, untracked snow. Our guides are going to show you why this region receives its legendary reputation as possibly the holy grail of snowboarding in Japan. This is an un-weternised area that is blessed with lots of snowfall, has absolutely no crowds, and you can score fresh lines straight off the chairlift. On this tour you will spend 6 full days riding with your dedicated guide and host at Aomori Spring Resort, and for anyone wanting to explore beyond the resort boundaries, you will get the opportunity to do 3 guided backcountry days where we explore the legendary Hakkoda and Mt Iwaki.
Aomori Spring Ski Resort is well and truly off the radar for most westerners who head to Japan in search of powder and a cultural experience. Unlike the busy & well-known resorts where fresh tracks disappear within an hour and any cultural experiences are heavily diluted, Aomori Spring Resort is the real deal. Aomori Spring provides a quintessential Japanese resort experience and is ideal for anyone looking for an easy powder fix.
Like many Japanese ski resorts, Aomori Spring Resort is not particularly large, however what it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for with the abundance of snow, and easy access to tree runs. There are plenty of trees at Aomori Spring and no competition for the abundant fresh powder. For anyone wanting to explore beyond the resort boundaries, we will have 3 scheduled backcountry days running throughout the tour. The summit of Mount Iwaki is 700 metres of vertical above the lift-serviced terrain, so there are plenty of backcountry opportunities for those keen to earn their turns.
The resort also has a progressive terrain park and a 22ft half pipe which is open to guests and athletes alike.
Snow & Conditions
Aomori Spring receives copious amounts of snow but the resort doesn’t boast about it so who knows exactly how much snowfall there is. If the nearby city of Aomori is anything to go by which receives 13 metres of snow each winter (the most of any Japanese city), a guesstimate of what the resort receives would be around of 14-20 metres per season! The slopes of Aomori Spring are mostly north facing which also keeps the snow in pristine condition.
When we are on mountain, we keep our group size to a maximum of 6 people per guide for a more personal experience. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the group size small means less time waiting and more time riding powder!
Optional Backcountry Days
Hakkoda attracts riders who appreciate the joys of deep powder, off-piste riding and the backcountry. If you get to experience riding Hakkoda at its best, you’re in for one of the best snowboarding experiences of your life. The Hokkoda area is serviced by a single ropeway with a couple of ungroomed runs, and rest is one huge off-piste paradise with 654 metres of vertical drop. We use the ropeway to gain some quick vertical and then it’s all leg power to the top. We’ll use snowshoes or splitboard to reach the peak, then we’ll begin our descent. The scenery at the top Is incredible. You’ll get to descend through the Juhyuo (snow and frost covered trees), and then ride deep, untracked snow all the way back to the base of the ropeway. Expect long descents, face shots, and some of the best turns of your life. Once we reach the bottom, it’s time to do it all again.
Mt Iwaki, To reach Mt Iwaki, we will take the gondola from Aomori Spring resort then hike to the peak of Iwaki-san. Once we’ve reached the top, there are many faces and bowls to explore on the way down. This area is a powder factory and a total playground, with small to medium sized drops, wind lips to slash, wide open areas to lay down high speed pow turns and tight trees to challenge.