THE RIDE SIDE EXPEDITION SERIES

1 WEEK, 6 NEW SKI RESORTS FOR STRONG RIDERS

AOMORI, TOHOKU

The Aomori Powder Adventure

An off the beaten path powder adventure

The Aomori experience is a fully hosted ski & snowboard tour where we aim to take you off the beaten path and deep into the backcountry of the Tohuku region. Famed for being the ‘snowiest place on earth’ with some of the best off piste runs in Japan – you can expect a unique adventure where we explore the region in search for fresh tracks.

Designed for high intermediate to advanced skiers & snowboarders

While all resorts we visit on this tour will have beginner to intermediate slopes, much of the terrain we aim to show you will involve off-piste trails, tree runs & backcountry terrain. Because of this, we will require all participants to be at least a strong intermediate rider, comfortable turning on black terrain, with some off-piste experience. If you frequent tree runs and powder fields, this trip is designed exactly for you. 

Unsure if you meet the standard? Get in touch with us and we’ll be able to advise.

Skip the crowds, get ready for the freshest of lines

Unlike other popular Japanese ski resorts with long lift lines and crowds that track out all good spots within minutes, Aomori’s ‘lack’ of crowds will provide you with a real sense of peace & serenity, with fresh tracks lasting the entire day. This expedition trip is ideal for anyone looking for a new adventure, amazing snow & to experience some of Japan’s lesser known ski resorts.

 

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Trip Dates

Suitable Levels

Expedition Series

Why we created this Expedition Series?

Our dream with The Ride Side is to travel the world – on our board (and skis). To constantly explore the unknown, as we seek for adventure, new experiences and lasting memories.

This expedition series is our first steps towards realising those dreams. We aim to explore new mountains every season and we invite you to be part of our journey. The destinations in this series may not have the hype of the more popular ski resorts but they are hidden gems with their own charm and prestige.

Follow us to destinations beyond the usual, as we search for powder in terrain most can only dream about.

For the explorer & the adventurous soul.

We have an intriguing line-up in store for you. Most of which will be a one-off – and will likely never return to.

This series is not for evereyone. If you have a keen desire to explore the less travelled, we welcome you to join us in this journey and to be a part of our story, untold.

*Skill levels required for each Expedition trip will vary according to the difficulty of terrain at each destination

Aomori Highlights

The Snowiest Place on Earth

Why Aomori?

Nestled at the base of Mt. Iwaki, Aomori Spring ski resort is located deep in the backcountry of Japan’s Tohoku region and is truly off the beaten path. Blessed with abundant snowfall, Aomori Spring has it all, from beginner friendly slopes to steep tree skiing & deep powder runs. You’ll find one of Japan’s best terrain parks with a superpipe & many other features. Experienced powder hunters will find the lift-accessed backcountry and untouched fresh powder to be the main draw of this mountain.

A powder adventure deeper into the Tohuku region

Apart from Aomori Springs, we will be taking you to the neighboring resorts of Hakkoda, Moya Hills, Owani, Iwakisan Hyazukawa & Soma. Each resort with untracked off piste trails, scenic tree runs and lift-accessed backcountry terrain.

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Surreal Terrain

Ride amongst the snow monsters of Hakkoda

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Off-Piste Heaven

Expect extensive off piste trails, open tree runs, lift-accessed backcountry & alpine steeps - with minimal competition

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Largest Snow Park in Japan

Aomori boasts Japan’s largest snow terrain park with a full sized halfpipe, small to medium jump lines, boxes, rails & airbag progression jumps. Send it!

Aomori Lift Map

Package Highlights

What’s Included in The Aomori Experience

Off The Beaten Path

A new experience for those in search of new terrain & the freshest of lines

Aomori Springs, Hakkoda & more

Explore Aomori, Hakkoda and other lesser known resorts within the vicinity – hidden gems that many will never get the chance to explore

Private transport to destinations

Get chauffeured to and from ski slopes, restaurants, onsens daily.

6 Day Lift Pass

Skip the lift ticket queue as our package includes a 6 day lift pass to all ski resorts we visit. 

Lift Pass included

Availability, Dates & Pricing

All trips are 8D7N, Sunday – Sunday

Week 1: 7 - 14 Jan 2023
10 SLOTS LEFT
Week 2: 14 - 21 Jan 2023
15 SLOTS LEFT

Prices are in Singapore Dollars nett

Twin Room

With Ensuite Toilet
  • Minimum age of 18yrs required
  • Rooms are mixed gender. Female-only rooms available on request.

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Avalanche Safety Briefing 
  • Backcountry Guiding
  • Ski & Snowboard gear rental
  • Avalanche gear rental
$2390 / pax

* Excludes

Option to book your gear rentals and/or additional lessons will be provided to you after your booking. Feel free to get in touch with us if you require any advice with these reservations.

Accomodation

Luxury on the slopes of Aomori

Your accommodation in Aomori will be at Rockwood Hotel by the foot of Aomori Springs resort. This deluxe hotel comes with twin rooms with full hotel services, an amazing onsen with an outdoor spring bath and a selection of great dining options.

Closest accommodation to the Aomori Ski Lifts

Chosen for its location & quality furnishing, your accommodation for the week is located right smack at the foot of the ski slopes – so you get immediate lift access each day

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The Aomori Experience Itinerary

What to expect on and off slopes!

Arrive at Aomori Airport, gather at the designated meeting point in the airport and we’ll head to Aomori Spring ski resort as a group in our dedicated airport shuttle bus. Check-in, meet the crew for the week and get cosy as we brief you on Aomiri’s ski areas and backcountry terrain.

Airport Shuttle Pick-up schedule* (AOJ – Aomori Springs):

  • Shuttle 1: 9:20AM
  • Shuttle 2: 1:20PM
  • Shuttle 3: 5:20PM

*Shuttle timings are subjected to change based on available flight schedules. If you require shuttles outside this timing, you may let us know to make alternative arrangements

  • Shuttle Duration: Approx 1.5hrs
  • Flight recommendation: 
    • Shuttle 1: To arrive at Aomori Airport by 8am
    • Shuttle 2: To arrive at Aomori Airport by 12pm
    • Shuttle 3: To arrive at Aomori Airport by 4pm

Throughout the week, we will take you to explore the ski resorts around the Tohuku region. These resorts include Aomori Springs, Hakkoda, Moya Hills, Owani, Iwakisan Hyazukawa & Soma.

Each morning, our team will check weather conditions and decide on the ideal ski area for the day, including the highly anticipated day trip out to Hakkoda ski area for a chance to ride amongst the snow monsters in their backcountry.

We will start the week off at Aomori Springs where we’ll get the chance to warm our legs up with winding scenic runs around the resort. The riding ability of each guest will also be assessed & we will advise you on the best runs to take on for the most fun at each resort, while keeping safety a priority. Throughout the week, we will be guiding you on-piste, in the side country as well as finding powder stashes in the backcountry – this is where the magic of Aomori really lies.

For those who are confident, adventurous and keen to explore more, you will also get the chance to venture through the famed backcountry around the region. For these routes, backcountry equipment will be necessary and you will have the option to rent them at the resort. We will guide you through both lift-accessed routes as well as backcountry routes that involve hiking to access.

Dining options are limited in the area but our team will bring you to some of our favourite spots to ensure you have the best of local cuisine throughout the week. You’ll also get the chance to explore some of the local onsens around the area and even more traditional spots around the ski resorts we will visit throughout the week.

Before you know it, Saturday would have come again and it’s time to say goodbye. Enjoy your final day in Aomori, bid farewell to friends new & old and you’ll make your way to your next destination. We will be leaving together on the airport shuttle bus to Aomori Airport

Airport Shuttle Pick-up schedule* (Aomori Springs – Aomori Airport):

  • Shuttle 1: 11:20AM 
  • Shuttle 2: 3:30AM

*Shuttle timings are subjected to change based on available flight schedules. If you require shuttles outside this timing, you may let us know to make alternative arrangements

  • Shuttle Duration: Approx 1.5hrs
  • Flight recommendation:
    • Shuttle 1: To depart Aomori Airport after 3pm
    • Shuttle 2: To depart Aomori Airport after 7pm
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