Powder Skiing on Hokkaido, Japan

A trip preview of world re-known powder skiing or snowboarding on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Guided by Patti Polinsky and Takeo Kuraishi who speaks Japanese, you will attend the Ice Festival in Sapporo and Otaru, (which draws over 2,000,000 people) before skiing and riding at 4 unique resorts on the island.
  • Mon, Sep 17, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Seattle Program Center
    7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
    Summit Room
  • Patti Polinsky
  • meanysports@me.com
  • 206 525 7464
  • Meany Lodge
  • Outdoor Centers
  • vCal / iCal
  • 10 (12 capacity)

We will fly into Sapporo arriving during the  Ice and Snow Festival.  At the  festival, you will view  unique snow and ice sculptures or go ice skating but not on ice  and  attend the evening light and music show.  There will be an option to have dinner and see the Light festival at Otaru late in the afternoon.

We will  leave Sapporo by private coach to drive to world re-known powder skiing of Asia, specifically found on the northern Japanese Island of Hokkaido.  Here skiing is incredibly rewarding for powder hounds as it is ideally located in the path of consistent weather systems that bring the cold air across the Sea of Japan from Siberia. This results the  four Hokkaido ski resorts, where we will ski, being absolutely dumped with powder that is renowned for being incredibly dry. Some of the ski areas receive an amazing average of over 50 ft of snowfall annually!   These areas are on or near volcanoes which do not have the steep runs found in the Cascades.   There is snow shoeing and set track nordic skiing in avalanche free areas.   Snow equipment can be rented.