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. Hike from 2000 meters and challenge one of the peaks at 3026 meters, ride in the trees, and experience a natural half-pipe. Also Hirayu Onsen area, Gifu side of Mt. Norikura has deep dry powder! Mt. Yake is an active volcano and gives you unforgettable experience. Our experienced guides will adjust the tour according to the weather and your riding level.

Cost:

  • Private (1 person): ¥19,000/person
  • Semi-Private (2 people): ¥15,000/person
  • Regular (3 or more people): ¥11,000/person

*Including guiding fee, insurance and sales tax. Bus fare and lift fare not included.
**The tour is also available in Hakuba and Myoko area with ¥2,000 additional fee.

For tour guests, lodging is available at a discounted rate at NORTHSTAR Alpine Lodge.

Detail information

Flow

  • Registration (7:30AM)
  • Head to the backcountry field (8:30AM)
  • Backcountry tour (9:30AM)
  • Return to NORTHSTAR (3:00-4:30PM)

Required Equipment
Backcountry tours are intensive, so we require each guest to have the following equipment: Snowboard/skis, boots, ski/snowboard jacket and pants, backpack, avalanche beacon, probe, shovel, adjustable ski poles (for snowboarders), ski seals/snow shoes, water bottle, bento (lunch bag, only for day tours), snacks, extra goggles, extra gloves, and extra insulation jacket.

Rental Equipment
We offer backcountry rental equipment including probes, snowboard sets, avalanche sets, shovels, and hiking poles. Click here for more information.

Season
Mt. Norikura – Last week of December to first week of June
Hirayu – Mid January to mid March
Mt. Yake – March to mid April

Disclaimer
Guides will make the final decision about tour or lesson operation based on weather and applicable terrain conditions. Your safety is our priority.

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