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Backcountry Tours

Backcountry Tours

We often hear that people wants to try backcountry but they don’t always have a clear image of what backcountry riding is or how to start. When you hear the word backcountry, what do you imagine? You might imagine spraying deep powder where nobody has ridden or dropping into a steep shoot. The number of people who wants to try backcountry is increasing and media and guides like us are working hard to show people how fun backcountry riding is. But there are few things you must know about it before you head out.

First, you have to know about avalanches. Japan Avalanche Network that our lead guide YMKN is a member of runs avalanche classes and training programs. They also publish books that talk about avalanches and safety in the mountains. We suggest that you learn more about avalanches through those resources first.

ピット(縦穴)を掘って雪質のチェック
Digging pit and checking snow pack.

Tools
You will need a few pieces of equipment to safely go into the backcountry. You need an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel. These tools are useless if you don’t know how to use them so please practice using them and get conformable with your beacon and probe. You also want to have a backpack that you can carry your board, snowshoes and other things you need. You will also want some good winter outerwear that is easy to layer and pack. You can use your snowboard but you might want to set the binding a little bit back for powder riding.

Beacon training.

Next is hiking and riding. For a beginner tour, you will hike about 2 hours. Of course the guide will set the pace for you but you might want to start getting ready by doing some basic exercise like cycling or jogging.

ピークを目指してハイク
Hike up to the peak!

We always get asked, “How good of a rider do I need to be to ride in the backcountry?”. The anser is “You don’t have to be an expert level. If you can ride down a 30° steep, non-groomed advanced course without falling, you can do it.”

We have our riding levels at NORTHSTAR Outdoor Adventures to help people find their level. Riding level for backcountry tour is above R8. If you want to skill up your riding level, please try our freeride lesson to get you ready for backcountry.

パウダーゲットを目指しましょう!
Let’s spray powder like this!

So if you think you are ready to challenge Mt. Norikura’s backcountry, we suggest you to try our Beginner Backcountry tour where you can learn about avalanches, how to use beacon and other skills you need for backcountry. If you want to improve your riding level before going out for backcountry, take a freeride lesson and get yourself ready for a spring backcountry tour. There are backcountry tours in many other areas in Japan but NORTHSTAR Outdoor Adventure’s tours are combined with our snowboard school so you can experience backcountry and improve your overall riding level.

For experienced riders.  
We offer 1 day backcountry tours to the peak of Mt. Norikura. And from mid February we have 1 night 2 day custom tour package with lodging at Kuraigahara mountain hut. Not only you can ride 2 days but you can watch stars and sun rise from 2,350m.

位ヶ原山荘からの美しい日の出
Beautiful sun rise from Kuraigahara hut.

We want all our guest to enjoy riding and have a safe season in the backcountry. Hiking up to ride in the backcountry is part of the roots of snowboarding today. And the best part of being in the mountain is riding the natural terrain. Come ride with us on Beautiful Mt.Norikura.

Lift Ticket Pack & Weekend Pack

Lift Ticket Pack & Weekend Pack

Good Deal Lodging and Lift package

¥13,000〜/ adult with 2 days lift ticket.

We hope you to get Powder Weekend!
Come have a fun Powder Weekend!

Lift ticket package

Weekends

Adult:¥14,500

High school students / Senior (above 55 years old):¥13,500

Junior high :¥12,000

Elementary:¥7,200

Weekdays

Adult:¥13,000

High school students / Senior (above 55 years old):¥12,000

Junior high:¥11,000

Elementary:¥7,200

  • Price above is for 3 people per room. Private room will be an additional ¥3,000/person. Room for two will be an additional ¥1,500/person.
  • Includes 1 night, 2 meals and 2 days lift tickets.
  • Elementary’s price is for with the adult only.
  • You cannot use with other plans or coupon.
  • The plan will start from 2014/1/10 (Thu).

Good Deal weekends

You can stay for weekdays price on those dates.

1/25-26、2/1-2、3/15-16、3/29-30

  • You can not use with other plans or coupon.

And!

  • Backcountry tour, Snowboard lesson, Snowshoe tour are 10% off for weekdays.

  • You’ll get free sticker if you use this plan and share our information on Facebook.

Make a Booking

Please make reservation from our Reservation Page with course, date, etc that you want to join.

BURTON Family Tree Demo Center

BURTON Family Tree Demo Center

BURTON focused on free ride, “Family Tree” is available to test ride at NORTHSTAR Outdoor Adventures.

Rider: Stephan Maurer / Photo: ©BURTON

Rider: Stephan Maurer / Photo: ©BURTON

Burton’s “Family Tree” is their line focused on freeride which is the origin of snowboarding. Season for 2013/14, we will have test boards and be running as a demo center. We are hoping to have a lot of riders come experience these new board in powder, free ride and backcountry.  Rental time will be half days or full days so you’ll have plenty time to enjoy them. You can also try the new binding, GENESIS and ESCAPADE EST.

We will have lodging packages, lesson/mini tours, Backcountry Tours and events this winter as we run the demo center. Come try out some Family Tree boards and enjoy the new world of powder with us.

More Information

HOT DOG JAM!!

HOT DOG JAM!!

The season is coming to an end soon but we still have one last event for you. We will be holding our annual HOT DOG JAM again this weekend.

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Come out on Sat. March 30th for some riding with your friends and of corse to eat some hot dogs. This year we will also be adding a kids category and we are expecting them to step it up.

Info about the event can be found here.

This year we are taking pre-registration here.

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Getting Here from Tokyo

Getting Here from Tokyo

Due to the Sasago Tunnel accident on the Chuo-dou highway, the highway has been closed and traffic is being re-routed around the tunnel. We recommend that you take an alternate route to get to NORTHSTAR to save time and headache.  (more…)

2012 Banff in Norikura

2012 Banff in Norikura

The “Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour” will be showing again here in Norikrua this Fall. This year will feature the mountain bike film “From the Inside Out”. You might say “I’ve already seen that film” but watching a film outside with your friends in beautiful Norikura Kogen is totally different, it really is an amazing experience.
We are also offering a Banff Lodging Packages (¥8,800 for 1 night lodging with 2 meals and film festival ticket).
Activities will be, MTB tours for both beginners and experienced riders, Pilates Clinic buy a Paul Star Pirates instructor and Shower Climbing and Nordic Walking by ODSS.

Here is the contents of this years showing.

The film called “The Swiss Machine” below is crazy. This year is going to be good.

Mt. Norikura Park Butter Contest

Mt. Norikura Park Butter Contest

Today we healed our second park event of the season in the Mt. Norikura Park. The event was called “Mt. Norikura Park Butter Contest” and was a 1 hour jam session on the butter box. We had about 10 local riders turn out to butter it up and enjoy our park event. Here are a few photos from today along with the results.

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An Amazing day in Kamikochi

Today I had a great day in Kamikochi. I helped out with a snowshoe tour for a friend and ended up being one of the best days of the year. The weather was amazing, perfect blue skies and no wind. Just take a look at the photos to see how beautiful it was. I also saw several other snowshoe tours going on, one was by our friends at ODSS.

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CASI Level 1 in Hakuba

CASI Level 1 in Hakuba

I spent the last 5 days in Hakuba to see the area and to take my CASI level 1 Snowboard Instructor Certification. The CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) program is one of the best I have seen and the level of instructor training was amazing. I fell like I have improved my riding a lot just from going to this training and gained some new ways to teach beginners. I am looking forward to applying these new teaching methods to our LTR program and making an even better experience for the 1st time snowboarder.   (more…)

Kids Camp Day 3

We got about 20cm of fresh light powder last night that made for some great smiles today on the hill.

We had lessons in the morning with an early luch and then a short jam session in the park after lunch. The kids showed off their skills in the park with some 180s, jumps and spins on the wide box.

This years Kids English Camp was one of the best we have ever had with lots of kids stepping up every day and also challenging their English ability also.

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