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Japan – Hakuba

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Location: Hakuba, Japan
Duration: 7 Days
Cost: $4500 CAD
Dates: January 4-13, January 12-21, January 20-29, January 28-February 6, February 5-14
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Bottomless Powder

Epic terrain, wicked pow and a super unique culture–go deep into Japan. Experience seven days of skiing immersed in some of the best snow conditions on earth. The Japanese Alps deliver when it comes to steep chutes and deep trees, combined with huge, cold dumps. Our Hakuba trip is the powder trip of a lifetime.


Days of bottomless pow, peaceful onsens and some of the best food in the world. Domo arigato.

Our trips to Japan are built for intermediate to advanced skiers with moderate to good fitness. We will be ski touring (mainly resort accessed touring) and skiing deep snow for seven days, meaning your legs will feel it!

Basic backcountry skills are required for this trip and we will review avalanche skills on the first day.

While in Hakuba, we are centrally located in the village of Happo, on the hill called Wadano. There are many restaurants and shops within walking distance from the Chalet.

The larger village of Hakuba is about a 5 min drive from the Chalet. There are all the modern amenities and
accoutrements. We provide all transport around the Hakuba Valley, to and from the resorts and touring

Your trip will be led by a certified U.I.A.G.M / A.C.M.G mountain guide with a vast knowledge of the terrain and snowpack. Also included:

Accommodation, food excluding dinners and alcohol, (final night
dinner is included), transportion during your stay in Hakuba and around the local region (Nagano), lift
passes (for lift accessed ski touring), guiding and transporion arrangements to and from Narita Airport or arrival/destination airport.

Dinners are not included so we can try different restaurants each night and you can experience all of the Japanese cuisine your heart desires!

Flights to Japan are not included in the trip price.

Ski Equipment

  • Ski boots (well-fitting, ski-touring boots recommended)
  • Skis or splitboard snowboard
  • Ski poles (adjustable type recommended)
  • Adhesive climbing skins (Fitted to width and length of your skis/board)
  • Backpack capacity: 30-40 litre (2000-2400 cubic Inches)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Snow Shovel
  • Avalanche Transceiver (457 KHz single frequency)
  • Spare transceiver batteries (purchase new ones & check for correct size)
  • Ski goggles
  • Glacier glasses/sunglasses
  • Insulated water bottle (Camelback or other hydration system)
  • Small thermos (optional)

Ski Clothing

  • All-weather ski pants (Schoeller type fabric)
  • Long underwear, shirt and bottoms (poly-pro/wool blends)
  • Fleece tops and bottoms (wind-stopper)
  • Warm socks (3 Pair)
  • Ski gloves / Mitts / Waterproof Outers (2 pair)
  • Gore-tex outer jacket / parka (with hood)
  • Gore-tex over pants
  • Down/Synthetic jacket (warm, “puffy” type jacket)
  • Neck gaiter/tube
  • Toque (ski hat)
  • Sun hat (baseball cap or sombrero) & bandana

Other Important Stuff

  • Personal first-Aid & blister Kit (second skin, compeed, athletic tape, personal medications, Ibuprofen, etc…)
  • Earplugs
  • Sun block (high SPF rated or zinc-type ointment)
  • Camera & film (spare camera batteries and/or charger for digital cameras, plus USB connector)
  • Repairs & spares kit (for own model of A/T, telemark, or snowboard binding Systems)
  • Personal liquor supply, wine preferably in boxes (due to weight restrictions, beer is available at Lodge)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Reading materials, notebook, pencil, map of Area (small one provided for use)

We strongly recommend that all guests purchase trip cancellation insurance and mostimportantly trip medical and evacuation insurance.

The specific is evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage, most travel policies do not cover this, please check with your provider to see if you are covered. If you are injured while skiing in Japan and need to be evacuated to a higher level of care, the evacuation expense is to be covered by the injured party. Basic travel insurance does not cover this and we want to ensure that you are adequately protected in the event of an injury.

We highly recommend our insurance partner for our international insurance
needs. They provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage. Please go to ourWhitecap link here read through the information and details and lock in a policy that works for you. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Whitecap and Whitecap International cannot make exceptions to the cancellation policy for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather.

All cancellations must be received in writing. If we receive your cancellation more than 10 weeks prior to the start of your trip, you have two options:

a) We are happy to rebook your reservation if you find an alternative date of the same season at Whitecap and McGillivray Pass Lodge, or Whitecap International.

b) We provide a full refund, less a $400 administration fee

If notice is received less than 10 weeks prior to the starting date, no money will be refunded.

For more information about our cancellation policy, please contact us by calling toll-free at 1.604.862.9757 or by email at info(at)

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