Add this to your all-time bucket list and get saving that shrapnel - Vista Tours are offering some solid weeks guiding you round the pow paradise of Japan (which would be good enough on its own) and jacking up the awesome-o-meter by bringing along the Swiss master to ride with...
VISTAS TOURS in association with TOBIS TRAVEL SOLUTIONS presents DEEP WEEK SAFARI – HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
SESSION 1 - 2-9 JANUARY 2016 - RIDE & DINE WITH NICOLAS MÜLLER
SESSION 2 - 9-16 JANUARY 2016 - RIDE & DINE WITH NICOLAS MÜLLER
SESSION 3 - 16-23 JANUARY 2016
HOKKAIDO is the magical powder island just north of the mainland of Japan that you probably already heard of. The annual average snowfall is between 8-11 meters and trust us when we say that this is a powder heaven, we are actually convinced that this place was created by the powder gods and we are excited to invite you to our DEEP WEEK SAFARI sessions in January 2016.
As a bonus this year our friend Nicolas Müller decided to join us and will ride minimum 1 maybe 2 day(s) with our groups for SESSION 1 & 2 in between filming for his new movie. So if you feel like getting weird in Japan in January and get sprayed by Nico or have him throw a method in your face come ride with us and let us show you around this snow paradise island. We will show you all our secret spots.
SESSION 1 2-9 JANUARY 2016 (RIDE & DINE WITH NICOLAS MÜLLER)
SESSION 2 9-16 JANUARY 2016 (RIDE & DINE WITH NICOLAS MÜLLER)
SESSION 3 16-23 JANUARY 2016
If you book 2 weeks or more we offer a 100 EUR discount per person on the second week!
To secure the best service to our guests this offer is exclusive and there are only 12 spots per week available so we advice you to book early!
7 Days accommodation with breakfast
5 Days Skipass & 5 Days riding with guide in group of 4-6
1 Day Cat Boarding with guides
1 Day minimum riding with Nicolas Müller
1 Day Shooting with Photographer
Beacon Search clinicGoodiebag
Flights (our partner TOBIS Travels can help you book your flights)
Off piste insurance/ Mountain Rescue insurance
Lunch and dinners
We call it DEEP WEEKS SAFARI because the snow is sooooo deep and light. But Japan is so much more than just a snow trip, it is a cultural trip and an explosion of fantastic experiences from the food, the architecture, the landscapes, the people and the overall feeling that you get from just being in this amazing island of Japan.
Our main goal is to show you some of the best spots to ride pow in the Hokkaido island, but also to show you some of Japan’s rich culture and history. The guides will provide advice on technique, while respecting your individual style. Our guides will find the best snow conditions for you EVERY day. You will be guided in groups of 4-6 persons.
Our program also offers a very flexible schedule to allow us follow the best snow and weather conditions on the island on any given day. Obviously the Island has a lot more to offer than what we can possible cover in 6 days of riding or even in 2 weeks, but we will show you some of the secret spots that you will never find on your own.
We will move around in mini vans and with our flexible schedule comes the possibility of change of accommodation on a daily basis so we advise you to travel light. Accommodation will be classic private Japanese tatami style during the trip. We will go to the onsen(hot spring bath) every day after riding and before we head out for dinner together. The last night of the trip you will be in a nice hotel at the airport with onsen to enjoy a last night before flying back home early in the morning.
During the 6 days of riding you will experience the famous powder of Japan. 5 of the days we will be riding lift accessed terrain in resorts with some hiking and 1 day is reserved for Cat boarding. Furthermore we will be riding and shooting with a photographer for one day so we will give some very nice pictures as a great reminder of your trip.
For sessions 1 & 2 you will also have the pleasure of riding and dining with Mr. Nicolas Müller for one day.
More details on www.vistas-tours.com, launching end of November
DAY 1: GROUP PICK UP 2PM @ New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Japan. Important everyone respect this. If you cannot get a travel plan to arrive before 2pm we suggest you arrive the night before and we can help you book a hotel at the airport for extra cost. This first day we will stay in a classic private Japanese tatami style accommodation, in the Asari area. Depending all arrivals are going as planned we will go for a classic Japanese Onsen followed by Welcome Dinner in traditional Japanese kitchen restaurant.
DAY 2-7: On a typical day after breakfast we will drive to the resort of the day usually we will be within a 30-45min drive to where we plan to ride. Lunch is on mountain restaurant (not included) After a day of riding we will go to a local traditional Japanese onsen (hot spring bath) before we go for dinner (not included). Change of accommodation is possible on a daily basis and you will of course be notified in due time. This is all part of the adventure and this gives us the freedom to chase the best conditions for your trip. Remember you are here to ride pow ;-) Our main goal is to show YOU the best spots in the Hokkaido Island.
DAY 7: DROP OFF around 8-10PM @ New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Japan. Where you will be checked into a nice hotel double room and enjoy a last onsen and nice dinner (not included) before your flight departure early the next morning.
DAY 8: Don’t be late for your flight ;-) Make sure you order your wake up call at the reception. Ask your guides for help and advice.
GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
We have Japanese speaking staff.
Our guides also speak English, German, French, Swedish, Danish and some Norwegian.
Average January temp from -12 to -4°C depending elevation, wind and distance from ocean. So layer up.
Bring a facemask!
Beacon, Shovel & Probe is a must have and a minimum knowledge of use is good to have. But we will run a few beacon clinics during your trip
You will receive an equipment packing list shortly after your deposit has arrived in our account.
All of the above program is subject to change and weather conditions.
Snowshoes can be rented per trip
This is not a splitboard trip!
ABILITY & CONDITIONING:
Please consider the following notes before you book your trip to come ride with us.
VISTAS TOURS require that guests have at least intermediate/advanced-level powder skills.
- Guests will need to be in good physical condition. Consider following a conditioning program to prepare for your trip.
- If you are unable to keep up with the group you may be asked to sit out and will not be reimbursed for any missed time riding or skiing.
- Weather and snow conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ski or ride anything.
- If you have never ridden powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the place to learn. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability please call us to discuss prior to booking.
- In order to prepare your body for maximum performance during your trip with VISTAS TOURS and reduce your chances of fatigue or injury, we recommend you undertake a stretch and strengthening program 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip.
- All guests are required to read and sign a standard insurance waiver. The backcountry is exciting, exhilarating and can be unpredictable. We strongly urge our guests to listen carefully to their trained guides.
Reservations & Payment:
Reservations are considered tentative until we receive a 50% deposit of the total trip cost. Full payment is required 90 days before your arrival at trip destination. Payment is due in full if your reservation is made within 90 days of your arrival at trip destination. Payment only per bank transfer. Contact us for details.
If you must cancel your reservation, we require written notice. If we receive cancellation notice more than two months before the trip date, your balance will be refunded less a EUR300 administration fee per person and EUR500 per person for custom trips. Additionally, you will be responsible for any non-refundable travel insurance fees. If we receive cancellation notice less than two months before your trip date, the entire balance is non-refundable unless you can fill your spot. Insurance: We recommend that our guests carry trip cancellation/interruption insurance and emergency evacuation insurance as a precaution against unforeseen events including but not limited to adverse weather, flight delays/cancellation, injuries, illnesses, and other factors that may disrupt their adventures. Depending on the carrier, trip insurance is typically a fraction of the cost of your trip. Some homeowner insurance policies include travel or trip insurance.
VISTAS TOURS website will go live end November. www.vistas-tours.com
Ph : +33 672 546456