Niseko Backcountry Topomap Companion Site

Posted on Dec 11, 2022
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Posted on Dec 11, 2022
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This is the companion site to Niseko Backcountry, the English-language backcountry ski map for the greater Niseko region in Hokkaido, Japan. Here, you'll find links to detailed online route guides, individual GPS route files, interactive maps, printable PDF maps, and more. You can buy Niseko Backcountry here. Niseko Backcountry is a non-profit initiative (details here).

Last updated Jan 14, 2023

NISEKO BACKCOUNTRY ROUTES

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542m


3hrs


4/10


1134m


950m


4.5hrs


6.5/10


1498m


850m


4.5hrs


6/10


1086m


550m


6hrs


7.5/10


1116m


690m


5hrs


5.5/10


1220m


1025m


5.5hrs


6.5/10


1220m

ES
Intermediate

Naganuma Pond


530m


4.5hrs


5.5/10


1041m


250m


4hrs


5.5/10


1308m


345m


3hrs


4/10


1065m

SEWN
Intermediate

Niseko Haute Route


2000m


15hrs


7/10


1308m


416m


3hrs


5/10


1076m

BUY NISEKO BACKCOUNTRY (ONLINE)

BUY NISEKO BACKCOUNTRY (IN-STORE)

There are a number of local stockists of the map in and around Niseko. See the list below.

If you’re a retailer, guide operation, accommodation provider, or other organization in or out of Japan wanting to stock Niseko Backcountry, then please get in touch (rob@hokkaidowilds.org / TEL: 080-4228-6132).

Name Location Map
Alpenglow Lodges Niseko Ginkei Annupuri (Niseko) Google Maps
Annupuri Lodge Annupuri (Niseko) Google Maps
Hokkaido Ski Club Hirafu (Niseko) Google Maps
Iwanai Resort Iwanai Google Maps
Moiwa Lodge Moiwa (Niseko) Google Maps
Offshore Snowshapes Annupuri (Niseko) Google Maps
PowBar Cafe Niseko Town Google Maps
Rhythm Base Hirafu (Niseko) Google Maps
Whiteroom Tours Hirafu (Niseko) Google Maps

PRODUCT GALLERY

NON-PROFIT INITIATIVE

Niseko Backcountry was developed in consultation with numerous local Niseko stakeholders – local guides, skiers, ski patrol, local councils, avalanche prevention committees, and ski area management. For the full, lengthy details about the map development process, see these documents: English | Japanese

Proceeds from HokkaidoWilds.org’s wholesale portion of the map go to the Hokkaido Wilds Foundation. Funds are regularly donated to volunteer and non-profit initiatives dedicated to sustainable, safe, and responsible access to Hokkaido’s great outdoors (read more here).

MAP DONATIONS

We provide Niseko Backcountry map copies free of charge to non-profit-oriented organizations involved in mountain safety, training, and access in Hokkaido. Please contact nonprofit-maps@hokkaidowilds.org to let us know how many maps you need.

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REGION: The general mountain/geographical region the route is in.

BEST MONTH(S): Time of year a route is suited to visiting. Some pop all season, some are more limited.

DIFFICULTY: How strenuous a route is, and how technical it is. Full details here.

FREERIDE/SKITOUR: Very subjective, but is a route more-of-a-walk-than-a-ski or the other way around? Some routes are all about the screaming downhill (freeride), some are more about the hunt for a peak or nice forest (ski-tour). Some are in between. 

MAIN ASPECT: Which cardinal direction the primary consequential slope is facing, that you might encounter on the route. More details here.

ROUTE TAGS: An eclectic picking of other categories that routes might belong to.

SEARCH BY LOCATION: You can find routes near your current location – just click on the crosshairs (). You may need to give permission to HokkaidoWilds.org to know your GPS location (don’t worry, we won’t track you). Or, type in a destination, such as Niseko or Sapporo or Asahikawa etc.

Please let us know how we can make it easier to narrow down your search. Contact Rob at rob@hokkaidowilds.org with your suggestions.

Niseko Backcountry Topomap Companion Site Difficulty Rating

Category

Grade

Points

Strenuousness

Vertical Gain

D

25

Time ascending

D

0

Technicality

Altitude

D

0

Hazards

D

0

Navigation

D

0

Totals

25/100

GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.