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Ski Touring Routes in Hokkaido

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Rob Thomson, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Rob Thomson

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    Hi all,

    I am new here. I am a Kiwi living and working in Hokkaido, Japan (working at a university in research).

    I thought I would share an information page I've put together about ski touring in Hokkaido. It's not super comprehensive yet, but it includes trip reports and route maps of the backcountry ski trips I've done on the weekends over the last few years here in Hokkaido.

    Hokkaido Ski Touring Routes: http://www.14degrees.org/hokkaido-backcountry-ski-touring-routes/

    While there's a mountain of information in Japanese about backcountry skiing in Hokkaido (e.g., the excellent Hokkaido Snowy-mountain Guide book), there isn't much info out there in English.

    So this is my small effort to make things a little bit more accessible.

    It is a free conglomeration of trips I've done over the years. GPS route files, mountain hut information, and trip reports.

    Cheers,
    Rob

    www.14degrees.org

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    Pic: Heading along the Sandan-yama ridge in the Tokachi mountain range, central Hokkaido
     
  2. smackies

    smackies A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    And welcome.
     
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    bluestick One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    really good big thanks for posting and getting the info together . very wow. there is a real need for english bc and xc and cheap dirtbag options info on japan. its a bit inaccessable if you don't speak japanese however this probably helps keep the foreign numbers down. thanks again
     
  4. Rob Thomson

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    Cheers!
     
  5. Rob Thomson

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    Yeah that's what I reckon. Pretty much everywhere you turn in winter here there are good routes. Just not much info about them.
     
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    smackies A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just realised I trawled through your bike packing section a few months ago.

    I now have a healthy fear of fox poop.
     
  7. Rob Thomson

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    Haha...it is a small world! It's all good - you won't know about the parasites until they have burrowed deep into your liver, which will be at least 10 years from now.
     
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    Mufts Potato Ski Pass: Gold

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    Much like, many want.
     
  9. essjaywhy

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    Nice one Rob,

    for gps tracks ,
    on Strava,
    go Activity Search, for Backcountry Skiing - in your region,

    its full of global skitours there
     
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  10. Rob Thomson

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    Oooooohhh...nice! I didn't know that Strava had a backcountry ski category! I have updated the post accordingly: http://www.14degrees.org/hokkaido-backcountry-ski-touring-routes/
     
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  11. Rob Thomson

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    I just thought I would drop in and say I've updated the route filtering system on my Hokkaido backcountry ski touring routes page: http://www.14degrees.org/hokkaido-backcountry-ski-touring-routes/

    Each winter I end up adding about 10 routes, so this should make it easier to browse the ski touring routes by region (Niseko, Sapporo, Tokachi, Northern Hokkaido, Eastern Hokkaido, and Southern Lakes) and type of route (snowboard friendly, public transport accessible etc).

    It is a pretty bumper season here in Hokkaido for early-season snow...I hope that continues!

    A parting shot from a ski tour we did way out east in Hokkaido (route guide here) - not particularly famous for powder, but there are some killer views to be had.

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    Awesome, thanks for sharing
     
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    Wow! thanks
    I love the fact you can just stroll off the train in Sapporo and start skinning, I'd like to do that one day...

    By the way, I was looking for the route you have on Shokanbetsudake, but I couldn't find a detailed report link?
     
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