Niseko, Japan - Japanuary


Niseko, Japan Resort/Backcountry Trip:
- 4-6 total guests - splitboard, telemark, AT
- January 14 – 21, 2018
- $1895/person
-Email for interest & booking:

Want to ski Niseko, Japan?
We’ve been doing it for nearly a decade making content and as a result have a relatively low-cost program for a trip available to the public to ski at resorts and ski tour backcountry terrain in the powder paradise of Niseko, Japan. This dream trip is a SELF-GUIDED resort and backcountry ski trip at a price that regular backcountry skiers and split boarders can actually afford. If a local guide is desired inquire specifically for booking. Trip price includes hostel lodging, breakfast & dinner, airport shuttle, trailhead/resort shuttle, morning backcountry & avalanche briefings, and is hosted by, J.T. Robinson.

Who is J.T. Robinson?
J.T. Robinson has travelled to ski the Niseko resorts and backcountry for over a decade gaining a wealth of knowledge in the area over a long career as a pro backcountry telemark skier. J.T. is now a ski guide in Utah, and is a co-founder of the Vertical Integration organization. On this trip, J.T leads morning backcountry & avalanche briefings, and is an excellent resource for planning your ski day and providing transportation to your day’s trailhead or resort destination. He is NOT A GUIDE on this trip. Although he is a backcountry ski guide in Utah, and may even ask to join ya on a tour, he is not licensed or insured as a guide on this trip. The skiing is a SELF-GUIDED.  J.T. is a great resource to talk you through maps, routes, trailheads, avalanche conditions, local concerns, and all that kind of local wisdom. J.T. is also the trip’s driver and point person for any questions, logistics, or concerns you have during the trip. To see J.T.’s website, click here.

Lodging is provided at the YHA Niseko Fujiyama Karimpani, or Old Schoolhouse B&B Hostel to the English tongue. Sleeping arrangement is a private bunk in a dormitory style room with J.T. and the other Vertical Integration guests. Bunks are curtained for privacy, but ear plugs and/or noise cancelling headphones are always a good idea. Breakfast each morning, and most dinners each night will be served onsite in the commons room. Two dinner nights will be reserved for going out in town for a “night-out” dinner. For a link to check out the lodging on the Snow Japan website, click here.

Transportation is provided to and from New Chitose Airport via shuttle bus. Transportation is also included to and from ski resorts, backcountry trailheads, and to “night-out” dinner nights. J.T. is also the internationally licensed driver that will handle most local driving. Niseko area also has taxi and public shuttle bus services as well for any other needs.

What’s not included?
Airfare. Airline tickets have a wide range of prices and keeping an eye to the deals ahead of time is key. The arrival airport on Hokkaido Island is New Chitose Airport(CTS). Also, lunch each day, booze, and onsen(mineral hot spring pools) fees are not included either. Ski resort lift tickets are also not included, but can be purchased each day for resort days from the YHA Niseko staff. Taxi and bus fare for individual rides outside the program are also not included.

What can I expect?
Niseko in January is among the snowiest places on earth. Seeing the sun can often be rarer then skiing deep powder in Niseko this time of year. As always, nature will do as she pleases with the weather, but many people come to Niseko in January for the high probability of powder snow. Japanese culture is very neat, punctual, and organized. The food can range from exotic to mundane. Food at the YHA Niseko is Japanese “family style”. Onsen refers to soaking in mineral hot spring bath pools and is a well-known Japanese custom that includes some ritual and etiquette that can be a different and sometimes awkward kind of experience for some. Anyone uncomfortable with gender-separate locker room nudity may have some fears to overcome to enjoy the relaxing Japanese custom of Onsen.

All in all this is a dream ski trip to a unique powder paradise with a program that we built over years of experience in getting good skiing in Niseko at a low cost price tag. Our hosts keep everything organized, provide daily backcountry & avalanche briefings, make reservations, transport you were you need to go, and serve as invaluable resources in planning your resort or backcountry ski tour each day. Contact us to inquire about booking your Niseko, Japan dream trip today by sending an email to the trip host, J.T. Robinson, at:

Picture Gallery

^Watch a friend go deep!

^YHA Niseko Fujiyama Karimpani.

^Hostel bunks.

^Eat well.

^Niseko powder.

^Tour in the woods.

^Fresh turns in a magical bowl.

^Niseko storm cloudy sunset.