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Ski touring in Hokkaido, Japan

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Hi all, I am new here to EpicSki, but I've been doing quite a bit of ski touring here in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, and thought I would share my blog posts about the trips here. Most include GPS track files and details about backcountry huts that are available to use.

 

First up is our most recent overnight weekend trip to Mt. Okuteine and the Yama-no-ie Hut, just within the Sapporo City limits. The weather and snow was perfect.

 

Full blog post here: http://www.14degrees.org/hokkaido-ski-touring-mt-okuteine-yama-no-ie-hut-and-mt-tsuge-sapporo-japan/

 

A few pics :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.14degrees.org

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At the risk of resurrecting a very old thread, I thought I would post a link to my Hokkaido backcountry/ski-touring resources page:

 

http://www.14degrees.org/hokkaido-backcountry-ski-touring-routes/

 

Basically, it is a page that brings together the ski tours I have done in Hokkaido over the last few years, and I hope it is helpful for anyone thinking about where to explore in Hokkaido.

 

It includes a few backcountry huts, GPS files, route maps, and links to blog posts about the various routes.

 

It should be another great season here, with some fairly early snowfall up high!

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Originally Posted by Robert Thomson View Post
 

At the risk of resurrecting a very old thread, I thought I would post a link to my Hokkaido backcountry/ski-touring resources page:

 

http://www.14degrees.org/hokkaido-backcountry-ski-touring-routes/

 

Basically, it is a page that brings together the ski tours I have done in Hokkaido over the last few years, and I hope it is helpful for anyone thinking about where to explore in Hokkaido.

 

It includes a few backcountry huts, GPS files, route maps, and links to blog posts about the various routes.

 

It should be another great season here, with some fairly early snowfall up high!


Nice pics!  Note that around here a thread needs to be from over 10 years ago to be considered "old."  :)

 

By the way, discussion of skiing in Japan is usually in the International Zone (outside North America).  Although it's fair to say that many threads can fit in more than one sub-forum and the organization of sub-forums because of how EpicSki evolved since 1999.

 

http://www.epicski.com/f/82/international-zone

post #4 of 13

I actually like this thread in BC, tele, xc forum since that's a smaller and more targeted segment of users than international zone.  

 

@Robert Thomson, The alpenglow photos took my breath away. Thank you for sharing. 

 

@CJSailor, Sapporo isn't too far away...

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I actually like this thread in BC, tele, xc forum since that's a smaller and more targeted segment of users than international zone.  

 

@Robert Thomson, The alpenglow photos took my breath away. Thank you for sharing. 

 

@CJSailor, Sapporo isn't too far away...


Robert's info is certainly fine in this sub-forum.  I wanted to point out that International Zone exists for those who are new to EpicSki and looking for general info about skiing in Japan.

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Thanks @Rainbow Jenny. That was an early morning start to catch the sunrise, but wow it wa worth it!
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Thanks @marznc, I will take a look :-)
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Fantastic blog, much thanks for posting this. Stunning countryside. It's amazing what you can access close to Sapporo.

 

Jenny, we've got Raiden 雷電山 and Mekunnai 目國岳 out our way, too -- lots of untouched terrain.

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we've got Raiden 雷電山 and Mekunnai 目國岳 out our way, too -- lots of untouched terrain.

 

I've seen those two in the Yukiyama Guidebook, @CJSailor - they look stunning!

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Fantastic blog, much thanks for posting this. Stunning countryside. It's amazing what you can access close to Sapporo.

Jenny, we've got Raiden 雷電山 and Mekunnai 目國岳 out our way, too -- lots of untouched terrain.

Heading westerly toward Raiden-san seems more manageable for me than Yotei-san. Fun to study the terrain and
love what I've read so far! Lucky you! Does F have gears to go along with you this upcoming season?!
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 Does F have gears to go along with you this upcoming season

 

F feels very strongly that skiing should be done in one direction only: down. :-)

post #12 of 13

Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

 

No imminent plans to visit, but curious if you could share cultural differences in terms of touring or back country huts in Japan a traveler should be aware of.

post #13 of 13

Just following along since I am spending a month in Japan this winter. beautiful photos, thank you!

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