Day tours

La Colina Retreat is at one of the snowiest places in Japan and provides access to an amazing array of resorts to get you to the pow you’re after, whatever the weather dishes out. We adapt to your skill level and can offer full touring/split boarding backcountry tours, lift access with some boot packing, or traverse access side-country tours. There are also options for snowmobile access ski touring and CAT skiing.

Season 2023/2024

Welcome to Powder Snow Country

It’s no longer a secret. Every year more and more snow aficionados come to Japan in winter to experience powder snow (“japow”), and with consistent record snowfalls in Madarao and the Myoko area, you sure are in the perfect mountain base.

Ski resorts

For those skiers/snowboarders who want to get the best out of a one-day visit to a ski resort and learn firsthand the best possible terrain, our guides will recommend and guide you in any of the 20 ski resorts nearby.

Freeride

Madarao and Myoko areas arguably offer the best lift-accessed powder freeriding in Japan, and our local guides are willing to share their secret powder stashes.

Backcountry

Plenty of terrain to escape the masses and enjoy fresh powder lines awaits. Whether your motivation is to do backcountry skiing chasing pow lines, or ski mountaineering in more exposed terrain, the possibilities are endless.

*Guests at La Colina Retreat enjoy a 20% discount on all snow activities.
Contact us for multi-day trip discounts.


Ski Resorts Touring

The first time you visit a ski resort may be a little intimidating, particularly when on top of not knowing the terrain/snow conditions, you are visiting a foreign country. We will tailor the ski resort tour to your needs. Whether you want just to know the best slopes, where to eat the most delicious katsukare (pork cutlet curry), or assistance on your first Japow experience, this package will get your needs covered.

Ability levelFrom beginner to advanced skiers, we will adapt the tour to your ski level
AreaMadarao-Tangram resort
TimeHalf day: 3h
Full day: 6h + 1h lunch break
Number of peopleFrom 1 to 6 people per guide
IncludedGuide fee, lift pass discount, ski/snowboard rental discount
DetailsIt doesn’t include transfers, insurance, lunch, or snacks.
PRICE
Madarao-TangramHalf day -> Private: ¥20,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥10,000 per person
Full day -> Private: ¥30,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥15,000 per person
OtherHalf day -> Private: ¥25,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥13,000 per person
Full day -> Private: ¥35,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥16,000 per person

Freeride

With plenty of ungroomed tree runs and permitted off-piste skiing, Madarao-Tangram is an anomaly within the usual restrictive Japanese ski resorts. Only Niseko’s and Hakuba Cortina rivals the permisiveness, which makes the less crowded Madarao Tangram the place to find untracked slopes. The best thing is that you can comfortably reach different variants from out-the-resort areas to secured routes within the resort. Like in hardly any other ski area, the variety makes sure that all skiers/snowboarders regardless of their skills can find their sweet spot when riding.

Ability levelFrom intermediate to advanced skiers, we will adapt the tour to your ski level
AreaMadarao-Tangram resort
TimeHalf day: 3h
Full day: 6h + 1h lunch break
Number of peopleFrom 1 to 6 people per guide
IncludedGuide fee, conditions briefing and gear checking, lift pass discount, ski/snowboard/avy kit rental discount
PRICEHalf day -> Private: ¥25,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥13,000 per person
Full day -> Private: ¥35,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥16,000 per person
DetailsIt doesn’t include transfers, insurance, lunch, or snacks.

La Colina Retreat is between Myoko and Nozawa onsen, right in the middle of the powder belt of Japan. This is an area that receives some of Japan’s heaviest snowfalls, usually surpassing Hokkaido snow level by meters. We can help you to make the best of your trip to the region, guiding you through the legendary Seki Onsen off-piste terrain, Lotte Arai’s Freeride World Tour Qualifier courses, Nozawa Onsen lift-accessed couloirs, or the less-known Charmant Hiuchi off-piste slopes.

Ability levelFrom intermediate to advanced skiers, we will adapt the tour to your ski level
AreaMyoko Area, Nozawa onsen, Shigakogen, Lotte Arai, Seki Onsen, Charmant Hiuchi, Yamaboku, Kurohime, Togakushi, etc
TimeHalf day: 3h
Full day: 6h + 1h lunch break
Number of peopleFrom 1 to 6 people per guide
IncludedGuide fee, conditions briefing and gear checking, lift pass discount, ski/snowboard/avy kit rental discount
PRICEHalf day -> Private: ¥30,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥15,000 per person
Full day -> Private: ¥40,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥20,000 per person
DetailsIt doesn’t include transfers, insurance, lunch, or snacks.

Sidecountry routes examples:


Backcountry adventures

For people who are venturing into the backcountry for the first time, or for experienced backcountry skiers who just want to enjoy powder snow, our backcountry tours are perfect.

Mt. Madarao peak can be reached easily in 20-30min, sometimes even just walking through a snow path. From there, it is possible to continue skinning to Daimyojin-dake and get breathtaking views of Lake Nojiri, visit the ghost ski resort of Madarao Toyoda, or drop to finalize the day at the hot springs of Madaraoyu.

For the more adventurous and not afraid of covering more uphill distances, Mt. Hakama and the ghost ski resorts of Myoko Panorama Park or Pine Valley are also good options for a full-day tour.

Ability levelFrom intermediate to advanced skiers, we will adapt the tour to your ski level
AreaMadarao-Tangram resort
TimeFull day: 6h
Number of peopleFrom 1 to 6 people per guide
IncludedGuide fee, conditions briefing and gear checking, lift pass discount, backcountry ski/snowboard/split board/avy kit/skins rental discount
PRICEFull day -> Private: ¥40,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥20,000 per person
DetailsIt doesn’t include transfers, insurance, lunch, or snacks.

We also offer local backcountry guiding at Myoko, Kurohime, Shiga, Togakushi, Hiuchi and Nozawa onsen. No matter the weather or snow conditions, from December to May we have a special place to show you.

Ask us about one of these locations, or simply let us know your objectives (e.g. get to the best powder lines, reach a famous peak, enjoy the best views), fitness, and experience level and we will gladly prepare a customized itinerary at no cost or obligation to you.

Ability levelFrom intermediate to advanced skiers, we will adapt the tour to your ski level
AreaMyoko Area, Nozawa onsen, Kurohime, Togakushi, Nabekura, Shigakogen, Lotte Arai, Seki Onsen, Charmant Hiuchi, etc
TimeFull day: 6h
Number of peopleFrom 1 to 6 people per guide
IncludedGuide fee, conditions briefing and gear checking, lift pass discount, backcountry ski/snowboard/split board/avy kit/skins rental discount
PRICEFull day -> Private: ¥45,000 | Group (min 2p): ¥22,500 per person
DetailsIt doesn’t include transfers, insurance, lunch, or snacks.

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Our experienced La Colina Outdoor team is ready to help you boost your experience and will assist you throughout the whole process, from choosing the right activity to get you back safe. Guests at La Colina Retreat can interact directly with our staff to get firsthand the best recommendations and advice.


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