Our back country tours are easily accessible and do not require extensive back country experience or gear. They do, however, require a moderate to advanced level of skiing/snowboarding.
Mt. Neko, Sugadaira. Hike with snowshoes 2km (2 hrs) to the top of Mt. Neko (2207 m) and ski or snowboard down. If you have skis with skins and/or a split board, you can certainly use them. After we finish our first run, we have lunch and have the snow cat take us up for the second run. Blue-Black runs. Difficulty Level: Hard
Yamada Bokujo Takochi Course. On this “slack country” tour, we take two lifts to the top of Yamada Bokujo Wild Snow Park before riding down the 13km run partly through trees and groomed runs. A shuttle bus picks us up at the bottom and we do it again! We can do 2-3 runs on this day, depending on the speed at which we finish. Green-Blue runs. Difficulty Level: Medium
Pick up/drop off: Nagano Station or Yudanaka Station at 9:00 AM. Please don’t be late
Suitable for children 13+
Tour Dates: Mid-January to March
Group Tour Rate: ¥17,500 per person for 2+ pax, ¥14,500 per person for 4+ pax.
Private Tour Rate: ¥75,000 total up to 5 pax, + ¥10,000 for each additional person.
Tour Includes: Snowshoes, gaiters, lift/bus/snow cat ticket when applicable, lunch and transportation to/from Nagano Station or Yudanaka Station. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies.
Please Bring: Ski/snowboard attire including jacket, several layers underneath, waterproof ski pants with long underwear underneath, gloves (2 pairs if you have them), ski/snowboard boots, backpack, change of socks, warm hat, neck warmer or scarf, backpack, water (at least half a liter), sunglasses or ski goggles, sunscreen and a camera with extra batteries (electronics tend to lose charge quickly in the cold). Please notify us if you do not have all of these items, we might be able to prepare them for you at an additional cost. If you have time to prepare equipment and gear in advance, Uniqlo and MontBell are inexpensive, high-quality Japanese stores to check out.