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$700 USD
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6 - 7
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Snowcat + Snowshoe Tour, OR exclusive, SNOWCAT-supported, FIRST TRACKS and ski/board BACKCOUNTRY tour in Akakura, Myoko
Time on Snow
Alpine / Downhill Skiing
Snowcat supported skiing/riding First Tracks Tour, Akakura / Myoko Based backcountry, overnight trips, gear rental, ski-in ski-out cabin rental at Suginohara, etc.
Full Day Sessions
$700 USD
6 - 7
Full Day Sessions
Typical Session duration: 6.5 hours
Price per full day: $700 USD

This is a 7-hr SNOWCAT supported, FIRST TRACKS and BACKCOUNTRY tour offering, based on a minimum of two participants. Our tour is a mountain skills tune-up experience for strong intermediate skiers who want to try going off-piste beyond side-country, to learn how to use a beacon and learn about avalanche avoidance, etc. while riding sweet lines beyond the resort.
The first lift only is a ride in a SNOWCAT. We start our first descent in the side-country, progress to gate-accessed areas, then later hike about an hour out of bounds to true BACKCOUNTRY, all around Akakura. Pricing for the full day 6+ hour ski/board tour is essentially $350 USD per person; price includes our intro tour:
-Hotel pick-up, Welcome hot beverage, Meet and Greet by guide
-Avalanche set rental (beacon, probe, shovel, day-pack), Off-trail riding and SNOWCAT safety briefing, Avalanche beacon use training session
-One ride up in our SNOWCAT, Trail Lunch, Guide fees, complimentary hot-spring ticket to soak your bones after a great day

Full mountain ski lift passes are required for Akakura and Backcountry access, and are available for an extra $20 USD.
Skiing Experience
(日本語の解説なき、申し訳ないです!)The family baby carriage had skis, not wheels. On planks since age 2.5. Parents instructed. Skied the Haute route from France to Switzerland pre-college. Craig Kelly (boarder) strong influence in my neighborhood as a child. My first Burton (1983?) was wooden with aluminium fins. Went riding with Jake Burton once at the US Open. Ned Randall (tele-world champion and Mt. Ranier Guide) taught me how to stand tall and hit mach speed on 3-pins (old style tele-gear) without cratering. Years of resort life experience in NZ, WA, Utah and Alaska, Nagano and Niigata.
Teaching / Guiding Experience
PNSIA instructor age 15-20, ski vagabond after that. Heli-ski guide in Valdez and The Chugach Range (AK), North Cascades (WA) and Queenstown (NZ). Fluent in international backcountry and snow-safety practices as well as Japanese language and culture. (二カ国語でレッスンやガイド可)
Other Info
Hucking and adrenaline is all-good, but challenging yet safe, do-able path to the bottom for students or clients is what your wife / family / girlfriends wants for you. Outdoor pursuits / outdoor teaching / mountain life has proven an extremely good medium from which were born a wide range of intercultural experiences. From First Turns to First Tracks (pow) to showshoeing to ONSEN Apres-ski, I will pass along whatever knowledge I can. For clients, I have available ski lift ticket hook-up, private (couples/) onsen etc., available.
Sorry, I don’t work with Beginners or Kids under 14
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