Hakuba: We’ll Show You What All The Hype Is About

Story by Whitecap | December 5, 2017

Photo: Paul Wright

We are stoked to be partnering up with Morino Lodge again this year in Hakuba, Japan for another season of deep turns and endless bowls of ramen.

Once again, our week-long Whitecap International trips to Japan will be based out of Morino, but for those of you who can’t stand us for a whole week, or are already heading to Hakuba sans-plan, we’ll have guides around to show you what all of the hype is about in the Hakuba backcountry.  We’ll also be available for guiding at Morino’s Lodge nearby in Myoko – the next hot spot to ski in the Nagano Valley.

Morino’s Panorama Lodge

Here’s the low down on our day tours in Japan:

WHY CHOOSE US?

Whether you’re new to the backcountry and looking for an intro course, or a seasoned pro with your sights on long days and aggressive skiing, we will strive to create a program that will suit you. Our guides are all ACMG certified, know the terrain and snow conditions inside and out and will custom tailor our plan to get the most out of the skiing and out of you. We want you to enjoy the mountains as much as we do.  On all of our backcountry tours safety is our top priority. We will cater to your ability & experience to give you a safe & unforgettable experience.

You get:

  • A custom, unique backcountry day.
  • Maximum vertical.
  • The highest level of professional guiding & safety.
Photo: Paul Wright

WHAT WE PROVIDE:

On the morning of the tour our in-house guide will join you at the lodge to discuss the day ahead and deliver an avalanche safety briefing before heading out. We are able to provide you with a pack, shovel, beacon and probe upon request. Gear rentals are not included however we offer a selection of touring skis and split board set ups. Lunches will also be taken care of – we know how important it is to fuel those turns.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:

We recommend that participants have a good overall fitness level and are willing to put in a bit of work to earn your turns! You should be an intermediate skier/rider at least with some experience off-piste skiing, or more rugged ski resort runs. More introductory level options are certainly welcome, however the group’s overall ability will dictate the day.

GROUP TOURS

Our group tours can accommodate up to 6 people per group. We will strive to match ability and fitness levels so that you can all make the most of your day in the backcountry. Price: ¥18,500/person. Max 6 per group.

Photo: Paul Wright

PRIVATE TOURS

Our private tours allow for a unique backcountry experience. You will have the guide to yourselves all day, set your preferred pace and discuss which terrain best suits you. Please contact Morino Lodge for rates.

CANCELLATIONS

Morino Lodge and Whitecap Alpine cannot make exceptions to our cancellation policies for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather. There is no refund for leaving early or arriving late. All cancellations must be received in writing to arrivals@morinolodge.com

If notice is received more than 2 weeks prior to the starting date, we are happy to rebook your reservation at an alternative date of the same season. Alternatively, we will provide a full refund, minus administration fee.

If notice is received less than 2 weeks prior to the starting date, we are happy to rebook your reservation at an alternative date of the same season. Alternatively, a 75% refund will be made, minus administration fee.

If notice is received 48hrs or less prior to the starting date, there will no refund made unless we can fill the space with another guest in which case a full refund will be made.

Morino Lodge and Whitecap Alpine reserve the right to cancel the tour due to weather conditions or injury. In this case we offer the guest the opportunity to reschedule or receive a full refund.

INSURANCE

We recommend that all guests purchase a cancellation insurance policy such as Trip Cancellation Insurance, Medical and Evacuation Insurance that cover costs of injury, medical and repatriation. Global Rescue is a good provider for this.

BOOKING

To book your guide or to ask any questions, please contact: arrivals@morinolodge.com