Required skill level for the Tohoku and Hokkaido Storm Chasers
Our multi-day trips are geared toward strong intermediate and advanced powder riders. Experts are welcome but may find themselves waiting occasionally. Intermediates on powder will find themselves challenged most of the time. If our guides feel that a riders' ability level isn't up to par, they reserve the right to direct guests to resort-riding.
Beginners and lower intermediates are advised not to join any of our guided trips. We have unguided trips which accept anyone of any skill level--check out the Indy Trips for that option here.
What does it mean to be a strong intermediate or advanced powder skier/rider?
Riders joining our guided trips must be able to confidently descend the mountain in all conditions. Mountains in Japan specialize in tree skiing and that is where we spend most of our time. Some of the trees would be described as "tight", so its necessary that guests are able to descend through tight trees in powdery conditions.
If you're not sure if your skill level is up to what is described here, that's OK but you need to understand that if the guide determines that your skill level isn't suited to the terrain/conditions, they reserve the right to direct you to separate from the guided group and ski on your own for part or all of the ski day.