Powder Belt Package

Our flagship ski package. Stay with us at La Colina Retreat and discover the privilege of having more than 20 ski resorts within 1h drive, and many more mountains to explore. This package caters to advanced skiers who wish to experience as much powder as possible in a variety of on-piste and off-piste terrain; or intermediate skiers and boarders who want to experience “japow” and improve their freeride technique.

The Area

Japan’s Powder Belt is located between Nagano and Niigata prefectures, across the mountain of Madarao and the mountains of the Myoko Togakushi Renzan National Park. A region that due to its close proximity to the Sea of Japan, receives an annual average snowfall of 13 meters. A land of ski tradition -both the first ski resort and the longest in operation are located here, it’s an area that maintains its local culture and traditions, with an influx of visitors traveling to discover the traditional Yukiguni (Snow Country) culture and enjoy its festivals and hot springs. Compared to Niseko and Hakuba it can still be considered off the beaten track for foreign tourism, with many small resorts that feel private during weekdays.

With access to over 20 ski resorts including Shigakogen, Nozawa Onsen, Lotte Arai, Madarao, and the resorts around Myoko, this package offers diverse terrain with big steep, untouched tree skiing zones, and more than enough japow to enjoy for the whole week.

6-Nights / 5-Ski Days

Included
  • 6-night private accommodation at La Colina Retreat apartments
  • Pick-up/drop-off at Iiyama, Kurohime or Myokokogen train stations.
  • All ski resort transfers
  • 5 days of lift passes
  • English/Spanish/French/Japanese speaking mountain guide for resort and side-country (5 days)
  • Discount on premium equipment rental at La Colina Gear
  • Daily bulletin board including weather forecast, avalanche reports, recommendations of best ski areas, restaurants, activities, etc…
  • Avalanche safety training. This will give you the confidence to use your equipment with the aim of giving you more skills and knowledge to take away with you at the end of the trip.
Optional
  • Direct transfer between La Colina Retreat and Narita/Haneda/Toyama/Shinshu-Matsumoto/Niigata airports
  • Courier baggage delivery from La Colina Retreat to the airport
  • Insurance
  • Backcountry ski tours (non-lifted access)
  • Additional activities
  • Lunch/dinners
  • Après-ski option: Our guides will get you to the best hot spring in town and propose different plans to spend the evening in a recommended restaurant or other activities near the ski resort. Private transfer included. ¥20,000 per day (Amount split among all participants)
Additional Activities
  • CAT skiing
  • Snowmobile tour
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowbiking
  • Ice climbing
  • Zipline
  • Snow Monkeys visit
  • Togakushi Shrine and Zenkoji Temple visit
  • Ice skating at the 98’ Olympic venue
  • Matsumoto Castle
  • Karuizawa outlet
  • Craft beer factory visit and tasting
  • Japanese whisky factory visit and tasting
  • Local winery/cider visit and tasting
  • Local sake factory visit and tasting
  • Making soba experience
  • Finish-style sauna in Lake Nojiri
  • Kamakura (Japanese igloos) festival (February only)

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrival at La Colina Retreat. Check your gear and meet your guide, who will fill you in on the snow conditions and weather forecast for the week ahead. Optional additional day or night skiing at Madarao.

DAY 2
First contact with Madapow, a fluffy powder paradise with arguably one of the best tree skiing in Japan.

DAY 3-5
Your guide will decide the best place to ski each day, and you will receive information about the weather, avalanche forecasts, and activities in the area each day through our dedicated website. You will have the opportunity to end each day in a different outdoor hot spring, eat in traditional or modern restaurants, or just buy some groceries to enjoy the comfort of a homemade meal at your apartment.

DAY 6
Departure from La Colina Retreat. If you have a late flight to catch and still have stamina, you can squeeze an additional day skiing at a reduced price at Madarao.

PACKAGE COST
¥300,000

  • Price for 1 person staying at a shared apartment with a private kitchen, living room, and bathroom.
  • Groups of 4 staying at the same apartment (max 4 people) get discounted rates.
  • Possibility to stay at discounted prices at partner hotels with continental breakfast in the area.
  • Fully customizable subject to availability: choose your own dates, extend or shorten the trip, book your own accommodation, reduce the number of guided days or opt for half-day guiding, add cat ski or backcountry skiing…
2024-25 TRIP SCHEDULE
December 29th, 2024 – January 4th, 2024
January 5th – January 11th, 2025
January 19th – January 25th, 2025
January 26th – February 1st, 2025
February 16th – February 22nd, 2025
March 2nd – March 8th, 2025

your powder trip starts