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Niseko Powder Week

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Niseko Powder Week

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Overview

Niseko Powder Week

Dare to ride with the best? Join other advanced riders hungry for untouched powder and go deeper into Niseko’s backcountry. Get yourself a spot if you want to push your boundaries and take your riding to the next level.

If you’ve been through the Gates of Niseko, this itinerary will take you further into secret spots with the likes of Annupuri backbowls, Hanazono’s backcountry & even dropping into Goshiki Onsen from the peak of Hirafu.

Safety is always a priority to minimize risk for maximum fun. With an introductory session for Avalanche Safety Training, we’ll be embarking on a backcountry tour in off-the-grid mountains near Niseko. If this isn’t enough to satisfy you, cat skiing in Iwanai will do the trick.

Seek out the best terrain and fresh lines with us

Trip Info
Trip Dates
9 - 16 February 2019
Duration
8D7N, Sat-Sat
Ability
Advanced
Resorts
Rusutsu, Kiroro, Iwanai, Annupuri, Hirafu, Hanazono

Experience Highlights

Full Day Backcountry Guided Tour

A full day backcountry expedition to off the grid mountains around Niseko with professional guides

Avalanche Safety Workshop

Learn how to use backcountry avalanche gear (shovel, probe & beacon) with a hands-on session and practice life-saving techniques. Already know how to use your gear? Use this as a timely refresher and sharpen your skills.

3 days Avi-gear rental

A full set of backcountry gear for accessing untracked powder terrain, inclusive of avi-backpack, shovel, probe and beacon

Day trips to Iwanai, Rusutsu and Kiroro

Explore new terrain in mountains around Niseko or take it up a notch with Cat-Skiing in Iwanai

Dates & Pricing

Powder Week Availability

All trip types are 8D7N experiences which begin & end on Saturdays

Powder Week (9-16 Feb): 1 slot left

Pricing Overview

All prices for this trip are nett prices & for per person

  • Shared Room (Bed)
  • A comfortable single bed in a shared room with 3 people
  • Standard Week
    1630 /pax
  • Private Room (Bed)
  • A luxurious private double bedroom, sleeps 2. Option to add a futon to fit 3*
  • Standard Week
    1980 /pax

What’s included in the package?

Backcountry Guided Tour

Full day backcountry expedition to off-the-grid mountains around niseko, lead my professional guides. An experience you do not wnat to miss

Avalanche Safety Workshop

Learn to use backcountry avalanche equipment and practice life saving techniques with a hands-on practical session.

Avalanche equipment and snowshoe rental

A full set of backcountry safety gear and snowshoe for 3 days, required for accessing untracked powder terrain

Day trips to Iwanai, Rusutsu and Kiroro

Explore new terrain in ski resorts outside Niseko. Option to do Cat Skiing in Iwanai

7 nights accommodation
Daily transport to ski resorts & restaurants
'A' Team of hosts throughout your stay
Secret spots with TRS crew
Daily curated dinner reservations
Not included

Exclusions

Flights

Food and personal expenses

Add-ons

Cat skiing - Iwanai

Airport transfers

Lift passes

Is this experience for you?

Keen to shred with an advanced level crew
High intermediate riders comfortable with Niseko’s Gates
Advanced riders eager to venture deeper into backcountry terrain & explore Iwanai
Good physical condition for optimal time on the slopes & backcountry touring

Itinerary

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Day 1: The Powder Week crew arrives

Check-in, meet the crew for the week and get cosy as we brief you on the week’s itinerary. For those who arrive early, you will get the chance to hit the slopes on day 1.
2

Day 2: Warm up with Annupuri's Gates

We’ll start the week off at Annupuri Ski resort. Famous for its powder, gates and backcountry terrain, you’ll get the day to find your feet again before we kick it up a notch.
3

DAY 3: Hirafu/ Hanazono & Avi-Safety Training

In the morning, we’ll ascend Niseko’s peak as a crew. Once at the top, we’ll drop into Hanazono’s backcountry terrain. Learn how to pick your the lines and choose the best runs for the day. In the afternoon, we’ll head to our Avalanche Safety Training. In this briefing, you’ll get first-hand experience on using Beacons, probes and shovels. Experiment with different rescue scenarios and be fully prepared for the adventure ahead.
4

DAY 4: Backcountry Guided Tour

On this guided session, you’ll get first hand touring experience and knowledge from expert backcountry guides. Gain insights on how to read terrain and travel efficiently in the backcountry and get the chance to use snowshoes and splitboards
5

DAY 5: Lift Access BC - Goshiki Onsen

Hone the skills you’ve learnt from your touring experience as we explore Niseko’s back bowl and ride all the way to Goshiki Onsen to get a well-deserved dip in a traditional Japanese onsen. Didn’t get enough? A small hike will allow you to drop into Moiwa for more.
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DAY 6: Iwanai (Cat Ski/ Cat Assisted Tour)

The day we’ve been waiting for. We travel to Iwanai to explore the best of Hidden Hokkaido. Think fresh runs for days! At Iwanai, you’ll have the option to do a full day Cat Ski Tour (8-10 runs), a Cat Assisted Experience, or get lift access (available as add-on's). On top of that, a premium sushi course will be served at lunch! This is a truly remarkable opportunity you should not miss.
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DAY 7: Exploring Beyond Niseko

On our last day, we’ll head out of Niseko to neighbouring resorts of Rusutsu or Kiroro. Based of snow conditions, our crew will decide the best resort for the day.
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DAY 8: We bid farewell

Before you know it, Saturday would have come again. Enjoy your final day in Japan’s never-ending snow as we bid farewell to friends new & old & make our way to the next destination.

Guest Reviews

Jacob

the ride side niseko powder week review
I've been going to Niseko every year since 2014 and decided to try something new with The Ride Side in 2017. Cost: The entire trip was insanely cost-effective. Lodging arrangements are way cheaper than whatever you'd be paying at a hotel or service apartment. Alex has also sourced out all the best foods in the local towns that won't put a giant dent in your pocket; plus he'll take you to the local supermarkets that have way much more to offer than the seicomarts (imagine A4 Wagyu steaks for 12 bucks). Snowboarding/Skiing: I thought there wouldn't be anything new for me to see considering i'd been there 3 years in a row but but I was super wrong. The team really knew the terrain and were recommending areas I had never seen or knew could be accessed; ended up looking forward to each morning. Group: This is the best part imo. As long as you open yourself up, I guarantee you're going to have fun making new friends, getting hammered, pigging out, riding together and embarrassing yourself falling. Alex makes a great effort too to make sure that no one feels left out and that everyone feels part of the group.

Alex

the ride side niseko alex review
Was never in Japan before, so taking this trip with The Ride Side was really good idea. Guys have everything covered. Transportation, new dining place every day, and several ski resorts. So you just relax and ride. TRS team is really friendly and helpful, always there for you, no matter what is your riding level. Special thanks to Terry Tan for being my ski tour guide and video operator 🙂 Living in the lodge was fun. Chester, you rock man 🙂 Alex, Daphne you guys doing a great job. Wish you all the best in this endeavour!

FAQ

WHAT'S THE SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED FOR POWDER WEEK?

WHAT ABILITY LEVEL SHOULD I BE AT TO JOIN POWDER WEEK?

The Powder Week experience is designed for high intermediate to advanced skiiers and snowboarders. You should be confident on black runs and be fairly comfortable on off-piste terrain. Upon booking you will be required to provide your previous ski/snowboard experience for our team to determine if the experience will be suitable for your ability level. Please give an accurate description as we want to ensure everyone gets the best experience possible with a high level of safety in mind.

Our team will be on the ground throughout the trip to guiding the group. In any scenario where our team feels you are not equipped with the required skill set to safely navigate the terrain of choice, we reserve the right to recommend alternative routes.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR THE TRIP?

A comprehensive packing list will be sent to each guest prior to the trip to ensure that you are fully prepared for your trip. All items may be purchased or rented at the ski resort.

WILL IT BE POSSIBLE TO GET TO KNOW FELLOW TRAVELERS PRIOR TO THE TRIP?

Yes, there will be a meet up for all our travelers prior to the trip. It will be the perfect time to get to know each other, clear any queries or doubts, share experiences and get psyched for the trip we have all been waiting for!

RESERVATION & PAYMENT

HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING?

Make a booking via the ‘Book Now’ button located at the top right corner of the page and complete the booking in 4 steps:

  1. Select your experience of choice
  2. Select your travel dates & accommodation
  3. Fill in your particulars and proceed with payment
  4. Proceed with payment via Direct Bank transfer or Paypal

For all bookings, A minimum, non-refundable deposit of S$300 is required per person upon each booking. Your reservation will be secured once we receive your deposit.

If confirmed, the remainder of the booking fee can be made anytime up till 60 days before your arrival date. Your booking will be confirmed once we receive the full payment of your booking fee.

IS MY DEPOSIT OF SGD 300 REFUNDABLE?

All deposits are non-refundable once made.

IS THE TRIP STRICTLY AN 8D7N TRIP?

Yes, the trip is strictly an 8D7N trip. We can accommodate alternative schedules (i.e. shorter travel duration), however full trip charges will apply. You may contact us via email ([email protected]) if you wish to request alternative arrangements.

ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?

All participants have to be 18yrs and above to join our group travel hosted experiences. If you have participants below 18yrs, you may join us on our Bespoke Travel trips. Click here to learn more about Bespoke Travel.

FLIGHTS & AIRPORT TRANSFERS

DO I HAVE TO BOOK MY OWN FLIGHT?

Yes, flights to Japan are not included in our package price and you are required to purchase them by yourself.

WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I TRAVEL TO?

Flights should arrive at New Chitose Airport (CTS), Sapporo on Day 1 of your trip date, while departure should be made on Day 8 of your trip. (I.e. For Week 1:  15 – 22 Dec, flights should be schedule to arrive on 15th December and depart on 22nd December). We request all guests to be responsible for their own flight bookings.

HOW DO I GET TO NISEKO FROM THE AIRPORT? HOW LONG IS THE TRAVEL TIME?

From New Chitose Airport, you will take an airport shuttle to Niseko. After booking with us, we will request for your flight schedule to New Chitose Airport (CTS) and arrange for your airport shuttle to Niseko accordingly. Shuttle location and timing details will be given to you then. Approximate travel duration to Niseko is 3-3.5 hours. Alight at Niseko Grand Hotel and our team bring you to the lodge.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I TAKE NOTE OF WHEN I BOOK MY FLIGHTS?

You will need to schedule your flights to fit airport shuttle timings. Shuttles from New Chitose Airport (CTS) to Niseko takes approximately 3-3.5 hours. The first shuttle departs at 9.30am and the last shuttle leaves CTS Airport at 9.30PM. There are no shuttles after 9.30pm. Please factor this into your schedule accordingly. We recommend arriving early on Day 1 to make the most of your time in Niseko.

Airport Shuttle schedule:

Airport – Niseko

Departs CTS Airport (Domestic) 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 14:00 15:00 16:30 18:00 19:30 21:30

 

Niseko – Airport

Arrives CTS Airport (Int’l) 10:45 11:50 13:30 15:00 16:30 17:30 18:30 19:30

 

WHAT TIME IS CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT AT THE LODGE?

  • Check-in: 3pm
  • Check-out: 10am

Our team will pick you up and send you off to your required shuttle stops.

DURING YOUR TRIP

CAN I CHOOSE WHERE TO SKI EACH DAY?

Ski destinations each day will be scheduled as indicated in our trip itinerary. However, the itinerary is not fixed and might change it in the event of bad weather. Our team experts will decide on the best ski destinations each day. If you wish to make alternative plans from the group, you will be responsible for your own transport arrangements.

DO I NEED MY OWN SKI EQUIPMENT? WHAT CAN I RENT & BUY AT NISEKO?

Everything you need can be rented or bought in Niseko. From ski equipment to snow wear, you’ll be able to find everything in any size and colour. The Ride Side will be coordinating with preferred rental partners in Niseko for equipment to be delivered and fitted right at our lodge. We will facilitate all your booking needs upon your booking with us.

WHAT WILL THE MEAL ARRANGEMENTS BE LIKE?

Breakfast: Quick and easy meals in our lodge before we head off to the slopes each morning. We will take you to the local stores and supermarkets in advance to grab all you want to satisfy your breakfast needs.

Lunch: We will introduce you to the famous eats around each ski resort and it will be your choice to select what you have for the day. The dedicated riders can have a quick lunch before returning to the slopes while those who enjoy a relaxing afternoon can soak in the ambience in the various restaurants and cafes.

Dinner: We have specially selected a list of Niseko’s most sort after and value for money restaurants that will be sure to delight. Such is the popularity of these restaurants that we will be making booking up to 5 months in advance to secure seats for you. Enjoy the best of Niseko’s dining hassle free. While staying with the group is recommended, you may arrange your own meals if preferred.

CAN I REQUEST FOR FEMALE-ONLY ROOMS?

We will do our best to cater to such arrangements upon your request. Feasibility of such arrangements will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Do check with us on the possibility of such an arrangement before you make a reservation.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FALL SICK OR GET INJURED DURING THE TRIP?

Safety is our priority and all our staff at The Ride Side are well-trained and ready to respond in the event of an emergency. Niseko Internation Clinic is the only medical facility in the Niseko area and are able to treat a variety of skiing and snowboarding injuries. For more serious injuries and hospitalization needs, a 20 minute drive into the town of Kutchan will take you to Kutchan Kosei General Hospital. Medical fees may be claimed through your travel insurance.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR THIS TRIP?

How much should I budget?

Heres’s a guide on how much a trip will cost. Do take note that this is only an estimation to help with your planning and is not definitive!

Powder Week Package
1,490
Round trip flight
600
Airport transfers
95
4 Day Lift Pass
220
Meals & Groceries
350
Total
2735

For a list of package inclusions & add-on prices, please refer to the Pricing section above!