First Time in the Hakuba Backcountry (Blue)
The Hakuba Valley area offers a variety of backcountry terrain rarely seen anywhere else in the world.
December to May
All areas of Hakuba valley
1 to 12 persons
13,200 - 52,800 JPY
舎川 朋弘 Tomohiro Tonegawa
Representative of Color Sport Club, a backcountry pioneer in Hakuba, Japan
This tour is for backcountry beginners and those who just want to have fun. It includes a mountain talk and orientation, and backcountry equipment is available for rent. Women are especially welcome. This is the Club's most laid-back and relaxing backcountry tour. This tour is especially designed for first-time backcountry skiers. Of course, experienced backcountry skiers and snowboarders are also welcome to join us. On the day of each tour, we will guide you to the best field according to the conditions of the day. The total walking time is a little over an hour. We will have orientation and breaks along the way, so you will only walk continuously for about 15 minutes. ＜Pricing＞ ・ Up to 4 people in a group: 52,800 yen (1 guide in Japanese, tax included) ・ For each additional guest: 13,200 yen (up to 12 people in total, tax included) ・ A separate set fee of 2,200 yen (tax included) is required for those who do not have backcountry gear. The set includes the following items: ・ Beacon ・ Probe ・ Shovel ・ Snowshoes ・ Poles ・ Backpacks
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If you have any questions about this experience, please contact the guide below.
The orientation will include lectures on equipment and activities to enjoy backcountry skiing more safely. We will also practice in a game format how to use a beacon in case of an avalanche. Climbing skins, snowshoes, and walking tips will also be tested. In this beginner's plan, we will enjoy 400 - 600m of skiing altitude difference. On the day of the tour, we will enjoy the wide open space of the mountain. After the tour, please join us for the advanced Red and Yellow Plans. * Meeting time is 8:00 a.m. (advance notice will be given) * We will end the tour from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Q: Do I need to be physically fit? A: If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding on the slopes, you should be fine. The entire walk together takes a little over an hour. We will be interspersing orientation and breaks along the way, so you will only be walking continuously for about 15 minutes. Q: Is it okay if I don't know anything about the backcountry? A: Of course you don't need to know anything. We will pass on the knowledge and skills needed during orientation and the tour itself. Q: What about skiing techniques? A: As long as you can ski down anywhere from the top to the bottom of the ski slope, you should be fine. You don’t need fancy skills. You just need to be able to come down in a controlled manner.
Q: What should I wear and bring? A: As for clothing and skiing equipment, you can use what you normally wear when you go out to the slopes. Other things you will need include the following ・ A backpack (one that can fit skis or snowboards; rentals available) ・ Sunglasses (to protect your eyes from UV rays) ・ Lunch (something easy to eat during the activity) ・ Water bottle (plastic bottle is acceptable) ・ Warm clothing (fleece, sweater, etc.) ・ Snow walking equipment (climbing skins, snowshoes, poles, etc.; rental available) ・ Avalanche gear (beacons, probes, shovels, etc. available for rent) Rent your backcountry gear and get ready to go backcountry!
If you have any questions about facilities or about local accommodations, please contact us.
Access from Tokyo area By Car Tokyo ⇨ (Kanetsu/Joshinetsu Expressway) ⇨ Nagano I.C ⇨ (R19 - Prefectural Road Nagano Omachi Route 31, also known as Hakuba-Nagano Olympic Road) ⇨ Hakuba Approx. 4 hours Tokyo ⇨ Chuo Expressway ⇨ Okaya JCT ⇨ Nagano Expressway ⇨ Azumino I.C ⇨ (North Alps Panorama Road - R148) ⇨ Hakuba 5 hours By Train Tokyo ⇨ (Hokuriku Shinkansen) ⇨ Nagano ⇨ (Express Bus: Depart from JR Nagano Station East Exit, use Hakuba-Nagano Olympic Road) ⇨ Hakuba approx. 3 hours Shinjuku ⇨ (Chuo Line Express Azusa) ⇨ Matsumoto ⇨ (JR Oito Line) ⇨ Hakuba (direct connection between Shinjuku and Hakuba) approx. 3hr 30min Direct Bus Shinjuku ⇨ Hakuba *For more information, please contact the Hakuba Office of Matsumoto Dentetsu Co. Access from Nagoya By Car Nagoya ⇨ (Chuo Expressway) ⇨ Okaya JCT ⇨ (Nagano Expressway) ⇨ Azumino I.C ⇨ (North Alps Panorama Road - R148) ⇨ Hakuba Approx. 3hr 30min By Train Nagoya ⇨ (Chuo Line Express Shinano) ⇨ Matsumoto ⇨ (JR Oito Line) ⇨ Hakuba approx. 3 hr. 30 min. Access from Osaka By Car Osaka ⇨ (Meishin Expressway/Chuo Expressway) ⇨ Okaya JCT ⇨ (Nagano Expressway) ⇨ Azumino I.C ⇨ (North Alps Panorama Road - R148) ⇨ Hakuba 5hr 30min Osaka ⇨ Meishin Expressway ⇨ Maibara JCT ⇨ Hokuriku Expressway ⇨ Itoigawa I.C ⇨ (R148) ⇨ Hakuba 5hr 30min By Train Osaka ⇨ (Shinkansen & Chuo Line Express Shinano) ⇨ Matsumoto ⇨ (JR Oito Line) ⇨ Hakuba 4hr 30min By Airplane Osaka ⇨ Matsumoto ⇨ (Car & Bus R147-R148, Train JR Oito Line) ⇨ Hakuba approx. 3hrs. Access from Other Areas Sapporo By Air Sapporo ⇨ Matsumoto ⇨ (R147-R148 by bus or car, JR Oito Line) ⇨ Hakuba approx. 3 hr. 30 min. Fukuoka By Airplane Fukuoka ⇨ Matsumoto ⇨ (Car & Bus R147-R148, Train JR Oito Line) ⇨ Hakuba approx. 3h30 Parking The Club has a large parking lot.
JR Hakuba Station
Color Sports Club Backcountry Guide Office
If you come by car
5 minutes from Hakuba Station