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Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
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Escape from the crowded resort slopes to the wild snow and exhilarating freedom of backcountry mountain-skiing and snowboarding.
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An ideal experience for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders. Learn the basics of safe backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and equipment usage from professional guides. Breathe in fresh mountain air while hiking and riding past spectacular mountain views. Then—free of the crowds found on mainstream slopes—enjoy the thrill of shooting down some of Japan's best powder.

Inclusions :
  • Pick up service from Jomo Kogen station
  • All necessary equipment rental
  • Backcountry skiing and snowboarding lessons
  • One photo
  • Expert guides
  • Lunch (on full-day option only)

Daily, except Apr. 1–Dec. 1 (seasonal closure)

Approx. 8 hours

Departure time and location:
8:30 AM; from Canyons Minakami Base, pick-up at local train station available

Return time and location:
Approx. 4:30 PM
From departure point, drop-off at local train station available

To get to Minakami Base from Tokyo:
Via train: Take the Joetsu Shinkansen (bullet train) to Jomo Kogen Station (approx. 1 1/2 hours)
Via car: Get on the Kanetsu Expressway going toward Niigata. Take the Minakami Interchange Exit and follow the posted signs (approx. 2 1/2 hours depending on traffic)

Children younger than 16 years old are not allowed to participate in this activity. Snowshoes, poles, and a backcountry safety set (including a beacon, probe, shovel, and pack) are all available to rent for an additional fee. To participate in this activity you must be a confident intermediate skier or snowboarder and have a reasonable level of physical fitness.

Redemption instructions

After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it iscritical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

Exchange your voucher for activity:
Reservation confirmation is required. Please contact Canyons at least 24 hours prior to your preferred tour date to ensure your reservation and arrange pick-up from the train station (if desired). Upon arrival, present your voucher(s) and ID in exchange for service.
Terms and conditions

Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to two days before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.