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Backcountry and In-Bounds Guiding

Head deep into the backcountry or explore the lift-accessed terrain.

There’s so much waiting to be discovered within and beyond the resort boundaries at Aomori Spring. Whether you are looking for a gentle snow-shoe walk through the tranquil snow-covered forests, or a challenging backcountry adventure above the tree line on Mt Iwaki, we have a guided package to suit you.
Please note: All guided tours MUST be booked at least 24hrs in advance. Subject to availability and weather.

Guided Backcountry Trips

If you want to take things to the next level, consider our Guided Backcountry Tours where we take you beyond the resort boundaries, through the “snow monsters” above Mt Iwaki’s tree line. Deep, untouched powder and awe-inspiring views over the Sea of Japan await you!

Our JMGA-qualified guides are highly experienced in backcountry skiing and snowboarding and are members of the Shirakami Guide Association. They have your utmost safety in mind.

All backcountry packages are full day tours. A beacon, probe and shovel are required and may be rented. A one-time gondola pass is required.

This video will show you what the activity is like and how exciting it is!

Backcountry Tours Price
Mt Iwaki* ‎¥15,000 per person
Mt Iwaki private tour ‎¥30,000 for 1-3 people
Mt Hakkoda ** ‎¥20,000 per person
Beacon, probe, shovel, snowshoe, retractable pole ‎¥1,000 each item

* Minimum of 2 people required, maximum of 5 people per group. Tohoku residents with valid ID receive special rate of ¥12,000.
** Includes transport. Price based on a minimum of 5 people per group, please request a quote for smaller groups.

You will need to be physically fit and a confident skier or snowboarder, comfortable in variable off-piste snow conditions. You will be required to fill out a liability waiver prior to departure.

Package pricing includes English-speaking guide or translator. Excludes gondola ticket, gear rental (beacon, probe, shovel, etc.), and insurance. Please sign up for travel insurance which covers backcountry activities before joining a tour.

In-Bounds Guiding and Filming

Perhaps you don’t feel the need for a formal lesson, but would like to be shown the best spots and secret powder stashes around Aomori Spring Resort?

Or maybe you would like to capture your ski or snowboard holiday memories on video? If so, our In-Resort Guiding and Filming packages are perfect for you or your group.

Choose between hourly or daily sessions with the option of video analysis by one of our expert instructors.

In-Bounds Guiding and Filming Price Per Group*
4 Hour Guiding/Filming ‎¥30,000
1 Hour Guiding/Filming ‎¥7,500
End of session video analysis ‎¥2,000

* 1-5 people per group.

You will need to be an intermediate or above skier or snowboarder for this product.

The raw GoPro footage can be available to you at the end of the session (we can also edit it for you, pricing on request).

Snow Shoe Hiking

Step into the deep snow in a pair of snowshoes and start exploring the surrounding landscape. See not only your own, but also the footprints of animals native to the region and even get a chance to spot them if you’re lucky.

Take a guided trip through the beech forest trail with our guide, or simply rent snow-shoes for your own self-guided adventure.

Snow-shoe Hiking * Price Per Person
2.5 hour guided hike ‎¥5,300
Snow-shoe or ski shoe rental (per hour) ‎¥1,100

* A minimum of 2 people are required for the Snow Shoe Guided Hikes.