Its a unique and fun offering, you’ll push your boundaries and experiencing the thrill, all the while progressing you skills and passion for snow sports.
Find out more about Backcountry Snow Tours by Steve Lee on his Facebook page.
*Level grading minimums
Level 5 Parallel Turns: 20-30 Days Skiing
You can make parallel turns using your poles on blue runs and can ski comfortably on groomed black runs.
Level 6 Carved Turns: 30+ Days Skiing
You can make strong parallel turns and can ski black terrain in all snow conditions.
Level 7 Expert Skiers
You can confidently ski all terrain in any snow conditions.
Level 4 Intermediate: 20-30 Days Boarding
You can comfortably ride blue and easy black runs and are happy to try more difficult terrain and be introduced to more advanced riding.
Level 5 Advanced: 30+ Days Boarding
You are riding the whole mountain.
1. All mountain day:
Ride the groomers, a little off-piste and learn the best runs for your ability and skill.
Requirements & Equipment: Your standard skis/board equipment is fine. However for a better experience I suggest an all mountain ski, demo rental or better. (*Min level as blow)
2. Introductory to advanced powder days:
Includes resort riding inbounds and lift access side/back country.
Requirements & Equipment: All mountain to fat ski, 90mm or wider. Snowboarders, bigger is better, not a park/jib board. Avi pack recommended. (*Min level as blow)
3. Backcountry touring:
From the resort to the backcountry, includes hiking into unlifted areas. Requirements & Equipment: Require avi pack (beacon, shovel, probe) and fat (100mm+) alpine touring skis&skins. Boarders need snowshoes and powder boarder or a split board set up.
Min. level 6 skier and level 5 Boarder.
Restrictions: 12 years and over, powder skiing/boarding ability, and at a reasonable level of fitness. It’s a big day out including hiking and advanced riding.
Pricing per day
- 1 person private : $450
- 2 people : $230 pp
- 3-4 people : $160 pp
- 5-6 people : $130 pp
- Group bookings (7 to 12) available on request with tail guide
10% discount applies to concurrently booked days. Not included in pricing: lift ticket, lunch and equipment.
- The day before: Sign-in, gear check & pre-tour briefing by 18:00
- On the day: 7:30 confirm tour. Meet/depart 8-8.30am
- Morning session till lunch
- Arvo session to 3.00pm, but is flexible in time (depends on weather/snow conditions and gas left in the tank).
Sign in, start and finish at Phoenix Hotel, unless otherwise agreed.
Ski areas include HappoOne, Cortina, Norikura, Tsugaike, Hakuba 47 and more.
Equipment required for Backcountry tours:
- Avalanche equipment - beacon, shovel, probe (mandatory)
- Backpack (ski/snowboard specific) (mandatory)
- AlpineTouring skis & skins, Splitboard/snowshoes for hiking (mandatory)
- Lunch, drinks and at least 1L water (mandatory)
- Energy bars/chocolate/nuts etc (mandatory)
- Plenty of layers for all conditions (mandatory)
- Helmet (recommended)
- Sunglasses and or second pair of goggles and gloves for hiking (highly recommended)
To remember the day a selection of photos will be posted shortly after to facebook.com/skiingwithstevelee for you to enjoy and share (gloat) with your friends and family.
Extra Video/photo shoot on request for additional cost of ¥5,500PP or ¥10000 per group**. Up to 5min fully edited video plus edited shots (and all raw shots) on USB stick or FTP’d via yousendit.
Check out past albums and videos on my FB page (and please like) as well as keeping up to speed with daily conditions in Hakuba via my live weather app.
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