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Backcountry and Snow-Shoe 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 5 days 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.

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

Backcountry Tours Price (Regular)

Mt. Iwaki*

(For the experiecned)

15,000 yen (2 persons)

13,000 yen (3-6 persons)

・Avalanche Gear (beacon, probe, shovel) Free of charge for participants

・Snowshoes, Retractable Poles

1,100 yen (each item)

・Tour skis / Splitboard with climbing skins

7,700 yen (each item)

* Only the experienced are acceptable in regular tours. (Minimum of 2 people required, maximum of 6 people per group.) Beginners are acceptable only in private guiding. Cost of Private Guiding per person : TBD

・You will need to be physically fit and a confident skier or snowboarder, comfortable in variable off-piste snow conditions. You will be also expected to have the physical stamina to hike for 3 hours and more. You will be required to fill out a liability waiver prior to departure.

・Package pricing includes English-speaking guide. Excludes gondola ticket and insurance. Please sign up for insurance which covers backcountry activities before joining a tour.

・Please check out this flyer for the detailed information including procedure, things to bring, and rentals.

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 hour guided hike ‎3,800 yen
Snow-shoe rentals and insurance are included.

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

We operate snow shoe guided hikes every Tuesday from December 24-27, 2019 and from January 7-March 24, 2020.

Please make a reservation at least 5 days in advance.