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Hokkaido Backcountry Ski Touring: A free resource

GPS route maps, downloadable GPS route files, photos, and more. A repository of open-source Hokkaido backcountry ski touring information in English. 

Here in Hokkaido, backcountry ski touring routes are right on our doorsteps. Even from central Sapporo City, super fun backcountry skiing routes exist less than an hour away by public transport. Some even have mountain huts only accessible by ski. This page is an ever-evolving database of Hokkaido’s winter mountain offerings accessible by ski or snowboard. 

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7km from location
N
Advanced

Muine-yama Toyoha Motoyama Route


897m


6hrs


7.5/10


1464m

11km from location
N
Beginner

Horai-san (Nakayama Pass) Ski Touring


273m


3hrs


3/10


980m


1060m


7hrs


7/10


1464m

11km from location
E
Beginner

Bihinai-yama Ski Touring


470m


3.5hrs


5/10


1071m

7km from location
NSE
Intermediate

Sapporo-dake and Hiyamizu Hut


851m


5.5hrs


5.5/10


1293m

6km from location
NE
Intermediate

Muine-yama and Muine Hut


1068m


7hrs


8/10


1460m

9km from location
SW
Beginner

Kokimobetsu-dake (Nakayama Pass)


480m


4.5hrs


4.5/10


970m

9km from location
N
Beginner

Onuma-yama Ski Touring (Jozankei)


511m


3.5hrs


4.5/10


1111m

8km from location
N
Beginner

Senjaku Plateau in Late Spring


540m


3.5hrs


5/10


1153m

9km from location
S
Intermediate

Kimobetsu-dake Southern Ridge Ski Touring


667m


5hrs


5.5/10


1177m

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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.

Hokkaido Backcountry Ski Touring Routes Difficulty Rating

Category

Grade

Points

Strenuousness

Vertical Gain

D

25

Time ascending

D

0

Technicality

Altitude

D

0

Hazards

D

Navigation

D

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.