Nozawa's ONLY English backcountry guide service!
Make the most of your powder time at Nozawa by hiring a professional mountain guide
to safely guide you around Nozawa's and surrounding mountains backcountry.
BC tours are the best way to learn about the areas stashes and our crew of highly experienced international guides will ensure you have an amazing day!
We keep the group sizes small to maximize the riding time
and freshies! It is best if you have a group with ability levels that are relatively close so we can customize the terrain for you.
If you like exploring then make the most of your time by booking multiple days and we can show you around some of the hidden gems at other nearby resorts.
(Other resort trips only available for those booking more than 1 day of tours.)
For more detailed information visit the Nozawa BC site
NZMGA ski guide, Pre Hospital Emergency Care, New Zealand Avalanche Association trainer, Canadian Avalanche Association trainer
Pete is a keen ski mountaineer with a wealth of experience in New Zealand, around the world, and has been our head guide for 3 seasons in Japan. His passion for the outdoors and backcountry is contagious! Not only will you have an awesome day but your knowledge will be taken to the next level!
||20,000JPY/person (minimum of 2 people required to run tour)
80,000JPY/private tour *
*Price based on a 4 person tour, larger group options available Ask us about multi day discounts for private tours!
|Registration & Payment
||@Nozawa Onsen Ski School (Hikage Gondola) on the day before tour (or earlier)
OR Using online booking form below (recommended)
||8:00 @ Nagasaka Gondola Ticket Office
||Guide fee, Transciever , Probe, Shovel
||Lift ticket, rental equipment
(Lift tickets are not included in the price of the tour. Please wait until the morning of the tour to purchase lift tickets so that the guide can advise you on the type of ticket required.)
||Age 13 and older
(Participants under 20 must have siugnature of guardian or parent.)
We require all participants to be at least level 1 on the downhill ability level chart below.
Please be aware that a certain level of fitness is required for our backcountry tours. Typically there will be 10-20 minutes of hiking per every minute of skiing. We require all participants to be at least level 1 on the fitness level chart below (and level 3 if you wish to use snowshoes on a group tour)
|| Ski/snowboard, boots, ski clothing, gloves, helmet, goggles, ski poles with BIG baskets, drink, snacks, sandwich/food
||Jan 15th - March 15th
|| Tours to other resorts are only available as private tours. Tours including a participant aged 15 or under are only available as a private tours. Private tours are based on the cost of 4 people.
|Backcoutry rental equipment
Snowshoe & Poles 1000yen
Poles with big baskets 1000yen
Touring skis and splitboards are strongly recommended. Snowshoes can be used as an alternative to touring gear.
|| We can also offer tours in the following locations: Myoko Kogen Akakura, Myoko Suginohara, Kagura, Madarao and Tenjindaira.
||Insurance is not inlcuded in tour so we recommend ALL lesson and tour participants have travel insurance. You can purchanse Japan travel specific insurance here.
|1 - Average
||You undertake 1 or 2 exercise activities a week, probably totalling 1 or 1.5 hours total. These might be walks/run/cycles or the equivalent in the gym.
|2 - Good
||Your weekly training volume is around 2 – 4 hours, including a longer session at the weekend. You're getting out 3 times a week, and walking uphill with a rucksack on is manageable for a couple of hours and doesn't leave you exhausted.
|3 - Great
||You are getting out every weekend and a couple of times during the week. At this level not running/cycling/hill walking every week is frustrating. You are happy with a 6 – 7 hour hill walk with a light backpack, a two hour run or a hilly 50km on the bike, and this doesn't leave you exhausted for the next week! Weekly volume around 4 – 10 hours.
|4 - Athlete
||You have been training regularly for several years, maybe for big objectives in the mountains or for competitive sports back home. Running a marathon in under 4 hours, or undertaking a 150 km cycle sportive would be a fun challenge. You are happy carrying a backpack in the hills for 7 hours or more, gaining more than 1500m height gain. Weekly volume is around 10 hours plus.