Tokachi Mountains Ski Touring
The Tokachi Mountains are the most famous ski touring destination near Furano. Tokachi is famous for its dry, deep powder.
The Tokachi Mountains and Daisetsuzan National Park is a volcanically active wilderness area. You can stay at an onsen hotel and ski powder by day. Or make the short, 45 minute trip from Furano and enjoy the natural hotsprings after a day out on the mountain.
There are no lifts here, just the peaceful atmosphere of the forest... and the occasional fighter jet fly-over and the occasional, distant sound of explosives from the nearby military base.
There are options for epic tree skiing, both steep and mellow. On a clear day, when the conditions allow, It is possible to ski near active smoking craters in the alpine.
In recent years, Tokachidake has become increasingly busy. During the busiest period of the previous winter, the carparks were often overflowing. During this busy time, I look to guide elsewhere or venture to the remaining pockets that are still largely unknown to the majority of the guiding operations.
Regardless of the popularity, the Tokachi mountains are still worth the visit. For those booking multi-day backcountry guiding, I would suggest we make at least one day here or make a trip to visit the hot springs.
There is plenty of steep terrain in Hokkaido. Below is a topo of Furanodake's steep north face:
A video showing the establishment of the 2 lines on the far lookers right of the image above. Thanks to Jacob Fisher for the idea.
For backcountry guiding steep or mellow, for total beginners or experts, the popular routes or a different take. - Get in touch.