Join us in the beautiful Myoko backcountry!
Dancing Snow has something for every adventurer, from hiking in the woods for complete beginners, to big descents from area peaks.
You don't have to be an expert skier to enjoy your own backcountry adventure with Dancing Snow!
Backcountry doesn't necessarily mean the ultra-steep slopes and narrow chutes of ski videos; if you're ready to have fun in the snow, we have something for you (including some steep and challenging runs). In fact, we particularly enjoy giving people their first experience in the backcountry.
First take a look at our tour schedule page
for the destinations we're planning. Other tour and hiking days are also possible, depending on guide availability. Just tell us what you'd like to do
; we'll do our best to arrange a program to make it happen.
Please let us know at least a few days in advance, so we can arrange everything needed, and get together people with similar interests and skills (we're not necessarily on the mountain every day).
What we do
- Snow hiking, on skis (and even beginners can handle these!) or snowshoes. A stroll through the snowy woods, hot lunch on a snow table (even a little wine for those who wish).
- Telemark ski lessons, for those who have never tried the fun of freeheeling
- Introduction to avalanche thinking. Our Level 1-certified guide can get you thinking about what it means to go into the backcountry, give you some basic tools and approaches, and get you used to using your "avy eyes" before you head off into untouched snow. The backcountry is great, but your knowledge of the risks is key.
For those new to deep powder or backcountry skiing:
- Powder Experience. Depending on your experience (and the snow conditions) we'll use lifts or have a first, easy hike-up to get used to the feel of natural snow. You'll soon get used to the idea of bounding through snow instead of crashing into the big waves of Myoko pow. You'll learn how to use avalanche gear (required for all to use!), enjoy lunch and a coffee break, and lots of powder (dates depend on good snow).
- First tours: We have courses that aren't as challenging as a full peak attack, but that give a great experience in climbing up, and skiing down through the Myoko trees.
- Intermediate telemark lessons, usually (because it's Myoko) with a focus on dealing with powder.
- Trips to the many local peaks, for those who have experience in the backcountry, or have good powder/tree skiing experience and want to go all the way to the top.
- We head into the Myoko back/backcountry, or to places like Tateyama, Oze and even Mt. Fuji from April; Tateyama in November.
Spring to autumn
Hiking and trekking
- Hiking on area trails
- Climbing to local peaks
- Overnight climbs, with stays at mountain huts
- First experience on Lake Nojiri, or on the Sea of Japan (depending on waves, wind)
- Day tour: exploring the rock gardens and caves of the Sea of Japan coast
- Multi-day tours: Awashima Island, Sado Island, Noto Peninsula, Wakasa Bay, etc.
Five-day forecast for Myoko