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Challenge Yourself at Advanced Skiing!
The snow in Japan is not just popular with novices as it attracts many advanced skiers as well, and many come back to ski here several times. If you want a more exciting experience than the average
slope, get on a jet helicopter to discover some untouched snow landscapes.

Heli-skiing

A 5-minute helicopter ride will take you to 2,024 meter high Tenguppara. From there starts an ultra-long, 17 km-course through powder snow slopes and quiet forests featuring the grand Hakuba mountain ranges. One try at heli-skiing and you are sure to fall head over heels for the entire experience.
Heli-skiing is available from mid-March. (Tsugaike
Kogen Tourist Association 0261-83-2515)●●

Snow Resorts that Aim to Satisfy Advanced Skiers

Why not try advanced skiing? Popular snow resorts in Japan are also popular with advanced-level skiers. Most ski areas have hot springs close by. After skiing, soak in a spa and enjoy the local food. This is as luxurious a winter itinerary as it gets.

Preparation for Winter Activities Make Sure You Are Fully Equipped!

When engaging in snow activities, wear warm clothes, shoes, caps, gloves, earmuffs, and make use of disposable hot packs and warming items. Ski wear and snowboard wear is also appropriate for other activities. Ski resorts rent out most types of clothes and gear but thermal underwear (e.g., tights), underclothing (avoid cotton), socks, sunscreen and sunglasses must be purchased in advance on your own.

Train / Vessel / Drift Ice

JR Hokkaido operates the SL Fuyu-no-Shitsugen train, which crosses Kushiro Wetland, and the Ryuhyo Norokko train, from which you can view the panoramic scenery of the Drift Ice covering the Sea of Okhotsk. Endless snow field. Watch the mesmerizing fluttering red-crowned cranes. You can see Drift Ice upclose on board an icebreaker on the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk where the Drift Ice reaches. Icebreakers Garinko II (Monbetsu City, Hokkaido 0158-24-8000) and Aurora (Abashiri City, Hokkaido 0152-43-6000) navigate while crushing through the ice. There are Drift Ice tours (Shiretoko Naturalist’s Association 0152-22-5522, Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association 0152-22-2125) where you can walk on the Drift Ice in a drysuit for ice diving.●●

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