Backcountry

Beginner Backcountry Tour

If you’re new to backcountry (outside the ski resort boundary), we recommend our Beginner Backcountry tour. You will learn about avalanche safety and mountain terrains, and practice how to use avalanche equipment.

Cost*:

  • Private (1 person): ¥35,000/person
  • Semi-Private (2 people): ¥27,000/person
  • Regular (3 or more people): ¥20,000/person

*Includes guiding fee, insurance, and sales tax. Bus fare and lift fare not included.
*The tour is also available in Hakuba and Myoko area with the Destination Backcountry Tour rate.

Local Backcountry Tour (Mt. Norikura, Hirayu and Mt. Yake)

Experience the thrill of riding one of Japan’s top backcountry areas. Mt. Norikura has good snow all season long, as late as May. Hirayu Onsen area, on the Gifu side of Mt. Norikura, has deep dry powder! Mt. Yake is an active volcano and gives you an unforgettable experience.

Cost*:

  • Private (1 person): ¥35,000/person
  • Semi-Private (2 people): ¥27,000/person
  • Regular (3 or more people): ¥20,000/person

*Includes guiding fee, insurance, and sales tax. Bus fare and lift fare not included.
*The tour is also available in Hakuba and Myoko area with the Destination Backcountry Tour rate.

Kuraigahara Mountain-Hut-Stay Backcountry Tour

Kuraigahara Sanso is a historical mountain lodge located at 2,350m deep in the backcountry of Mt. Norikura. In the winter the only way to get there is by hiking which makes for a great base camp to access the peaks of Mt. Norikura. You will be greeted with a warm smile from the lodge owner on arrival and if the sky is clear the stars look amazing from up there.

Cost*:

  • Private (1 person) : ¥66,000/person
  • Semi-Private (1-2 people) : ¥52,000/person
  • Regular (3 or more people) : ¥41,000/person

*Includes guiding fee, backcountry insurance, and sales tax. Lift fare and Lodging at Kuraigahara Hut(¥9,000) not included.

Hakuba area Backcountry Tour

Hakuba area allows you to choose variety of riding lines from the huge area depending on the conditions and weather. There are big lins in the alpine area, deep hidden lines between tree, and short hike to long routes, our guide will help you have the best ride for the day.

You can also have beginner tours or split board clinics in these areas.

Cost*:

  • Private (1 person): ¥38,000/person
  • Semi-Private (2 people): ¥28,000/person
  • Regular (3 or more people): ¥21,000/person

*Includes guiding fee, insurance, and sales tax. Bus fare and lift fare not included.

Myoko & Northern Nagano area Backcountry Tour

Experience the deepest snow in Japan in Myoko and northern Nagano area. Our guide will take you to optimum riding route from a short run to a long one day tour according to your request.

You can also have beginner tours or split board clinics in these areas.

Cost*:

  • Private (1 person): ¥44,000/person
  • Semi-Private (2 people): ¥30,000/person
  • Regular (3 or more people): ¥23,000/person

*Includes guiding fee, insurance, and sales tax. Bus fare and lift fare not included.

Spring Backcountry Tour

A Spring Backcountry Tour is the perfect way to prepare for the winter backcountry season. Spring offers mellow weather and great corn snow. If you are lucky, you might get some fresh snow even in May! Tours are available from Golden Week (first week of May) until the first weekend in June.

Cost*:

  • Private (1 person): ¥35,000/person
  • Semi-Private (2 people): ¥27,000/person
  • Regular (3 or more people): ¥20,000/person

*Includes guiding fee, insurance, and sales tax. Bus fare and lift fare not included.

Backcountry Equipment Rental

Having your own backcountry gear and being able to use it is very important for going into backcountry. We provide rental gear to try out for beginners backcountry participants.

*All avalanche equipment (beacon, probe, and shovel) are only available to rent for those who participate in a NORTHSTAR tour. Without proper understanding, this equipment is useless and will not protect you in an emergency.

Cost:
Snowboard Set : ¥5,500/day
Includes avalanche beacon, probe, shovel, snowshoes, and ski poles.

Avalanche Gear Set : ¥3,000/day
Includes avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel.

*All prices include sales tax.