Our Nozawa backcountry tour features easy access and great tree riding. Some of the best hot springs in Japan make Nozawa the first choice location for backcountry adventures.
The resort tops out at 1650m with bottom lift starting at 550m. The terrain allows for a plethora of route options ranging from lift access short hike powder bowls to long run touring. We have something for all levels and styles. Typically the season starts early January and the best snow lasts until late Feb, but there are always a few surprisingly good days in March.
Whether you are a newbie to backcountry looking to learn how to use all the gear and access some untracked powder, or a veteran of the BC looking for something steep and deep, we will find a group of others that have a similar amount of BC experience to you.
If you are looking for especially big days with big terrain, ask us about our private tours!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Nagasaka Gondola Ticket Office, Nozawa|
|SEASON||Jan 15th – March 15th|
|MEETING TIME||Please arrive by 8:00AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 16:00 .|
|REQUIREMENTS||A minimum of 2 people are required to run a group tour.
20-21 season single person tours are available. Please contact us.
The minimum age to join our group tours is 15 years old.
Participants under 18 need a guardian to be present on the tour.
Participants under 20 need a signature from a guardian.
A minimum level of fitness and downhill skiing/riding ability is required for our tours. Please refer to our Ability Levels.
|BRING||Ski/snowboard, boots, ski clothing, gloves, helmet, goggles, ski poles with BIG baskets, lunch, plenty of snacks and water
Snowshoes & poles OR climbing skins (split board or touring skis)
|RENTAL||If you require rental equipment please advise when booking:
Snowshoes & poles set 1000 yen
|LIFT TICKETS||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.|
8.00 AM – 8.30 AM: Orientation
- Organise and check gear for the day
- Discuss days conditions and planned routes with guides
- Fill out mountaineers card
8.30 AM – 9.30 AM: Lifts
9.30 AM – 10.00 AM: Hike 1
10.30 AM – 10:45 AM: First run of the day
10:45 AM – 11.15 AM: Hike 2
11.15 AM – 11.45 AM:Second run
11.45 AM – 13.00PM: Hike and lunch
13.00PM – 15.30PM : More powder
15.30PM – 16.30PM : Homeward bound
The meeting point for Nozawa is the second floor Nagasaka Gondola Patrol OfficeMeeting point map