The damned good clarts at Dragon Lodge are set to make a trip to the powder Mecca of Niseko. Join them!
If you’re reading this then chances are you love snowboarding…whether carving a piste or sliding a rail, hitting kickers or hiking for powder turns…the joy we get from the simple act of sliding on snow is unmistakable.
Snowboarding is obviously about the love of riding, but its also about much than the physical act of riding, it’s about traveling, about being in the mountains, spending time with friends and like minded folk from all over the world.
One of the most memorable experiences we’ve had that combine these things have been in Japan – travelling to new places, experiencing wildly different culture, meeting amazingly friendly people, eating incredible food…and riding epic powder
After a number of trips to Japan to shred the legendary powder in Niseko over the past few years the Dragon Lodge crew are this year planning another trip. Once again it’ll be hosted by local guiding company Ezon Snow whose local knowledge on and off the hill is second to none.
* 7 nights accommodation – self catered, twin share rooms in a 3 or 4 bedroom lodge in Niseko. January 17th – 24th 2015**
* 6 full days guiding – in resort, nighter, lift / gate accessed back-country and snow shoe / hiking back-country areas
* All lift passes needed (Niseko, Grand Hirafu, Annapuri, Hanazono & Moiwa)
* Back-country equipment – snow shoes, avalanche tranciever & pack
* Airport transfers from Saporo
* All local transport – to & from the hill every day
* Off snow hosting – our local knowledge to make sure you get the authentic Japanese experience off the hill – from best places to eat, drink & shop to essential cultural customs like the après riding hot spring onsen!
**Extra nights accommodation available from £75 each per night and dates are flexible around this week – get in touch to discuss…
Ezon Snow is the guiding company run by Dragon Lodge co-founder Owain Bassett who has been living, riding and guiding in Niseko for the last 10 years, so setting this trip up will reunite the original lodge crew. With lodge co-founder and owner John Bassett leading the group alongside with long time lodge manager and all round powder ripper Will Hughes the plan is to help our powder quest crew to get the most out of their trip – the best riding each day depending on snow conditions which Owain’s local knowledge will guarantee. John & Will’s lodge hospitality experience, and knowledge of the town picked up on previous trips, to help make sure the crew get the best and fullest Japanese cultural experience off the snow.
We will pick you up each day, head to the chosen powder stash for that day. The selection of little resorts in the Niseko area are a little spread out, so having our own van for the week will ensure we can get to wherever the snow’s best that day. Wherever we choose, be it magical Moiwa, gate accessed side-country in Niseko, night-time powder sessions or a snowshoe hike or split-board mission into the backcountry, we’ll be sure to get the best snow each day that the conditions allow.
You’ll be staying in a great 3 bedroom house in the Niseko Country Resort just a short drive from Niseko village, with a free shuttle bus service – perfect for shops, restaurants and night time activities! We’ll also take you to the best places to eat, drink, shop…and also to experience the hot spring Onsens after riding!
The 7 day trip, with 6 full days guiding is the basic package – if you want to stay longer we can arrange the accommodation for that with added days either side of our week.
We can also advise on best flights, weather straight to Sapporo (usually via Seoul, Hong Knog or Tokyo) or with a stopover in Tokyo to experience that side of Japan too, which we’ve always done on previous trips and can thoroughly recommend.