Glide down a mountain which doesn’t have a ski slope
Although you can slide on areas of the mountain that aren’t ski resorts, it doesn’t mean that you can slide anywhere on the mountain.
You must not intrude into private property. Inevitably, you will slide into the middle of Daisetsuzan National Park.
Daisetsuzan National Park, Yes, that’s right, there are places there where you can enjoy mountain skiing.
These places are Daisetsuzan Mount Asahi (or Asahidake) ropeway (Higashikawa town) and Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake ski resort (Kamikawa town Sounkyo). Both mountains don’t have lift but there is a ropeway so you can easily ascend to the starting point.
At the Donkoro outdoor school (Minami Furano town), they have a program to enjoy back country skiing in the fields around Minami Furano.
The Alpine Visitor Center (Furano) also provides tours to slide on Furano Nishidake and Tokachi mountain range.
There is also back-country tours at the Tokachi Adventure Club (Shintoku-cho) and instructors who have a deep knowledge of the local area lead the tours.
On this tour, It is possible to go backcountry skiing together with a professional skier, Yoshimasa Wada (Wada Promotion company Ltd. = Tokyo prefecture) and the plans which are made by Yuichiro Miura & Snow Dolphins Ski/Snowboard School, Kamui branch are also very attractive.
Standard price, ¥9,000- ¥16,000. If you require more details, firstly check.
Ski/ Snowboard lessons
Skiing and Snowboarding is perhaps the reason why many people travel to Hokkaido in winter. Are there any people who say it’s impossible because they don’t have experience and give up? You don’t need to worry. Skiing and snowboarding lesson programs are available at a lot of skiing resorts. Let’s really make a debut on the fine powder snow ski slopes.
A snowshoe is a tool for the sake of walking in the snow, yes, that’s a pair of snowshoes alright. A snowshoe is a walking ski so to speak. Do you walk, or sometimes do slide. Either way, they are a reassuring partner when you go onto a road off the beaten path where snow has piled-up. Well, where shall we go, what shall we do wearing our snowshoes or ski-shoes.
Ice walking/ ice diving
In the northern provinces, as days with temperatures of 10 degrees below freezing are not uncommon, the lakes also freeze. It’s delightful as you are able to walk on top of the lakes. It is fun just to savor that indescribable feeling but perhaps you will have a lighter gait to be able to see the superb views waiting for you ahead. Let’s enjoy a stroll on the lake and seek out a landscape that’s not possible to see in summer.