Sass Global Announces Japan 2015

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 15, 2014 10:23 am

After recent completion of the 10th season of their flagship Argentina program, SASS Global Travel announces the newest installment to their session list. SASS Japan 2015 is now officially open for registration. For the second year of the program, SASS will use their snow travel expertise to offer a specialized opportunity to advanced skiers and riders looking to get a taste of the deepest snow the world has to offer. The North Island of Japan, Hokkaido, has become a bucket list trip for powder hunters in recent years and SASS is looking to make this unique location accessible to adventure travelers with a desire for face shots and a distinct cultural experience.

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The program will base itself out of high-end Japanese lodging off the beaten path near the well-known area of Niseko and utilize 4×4 vans to make sure that every day is spent in the most snow available. More than ten ski areas handpicked for their incredible side-country and a diverse range backcountry zones including abandoned ski areas, volcanos and pillow-playgrounds are within driving distance. Small groups of like-minded skiers and riders of similar ability levels will be led by the all-star cast of pro guides and coaches to ensure the best possible experience.

Backcountry zones include  abandoned ski areas | Photo SASS Global Travels

Backcountry zones include abandoned ski areas | Photo SASS Global Travels

Three ten-day sessions will run from January 3rd through February 7th, a time dubbed “Japanuary” for the consistent snowfall. Session 3 will have an add-on option which includes a three day trip to the remote backcountry tramway of Asahidake in the center of the island, giving clients even greater exposure to Japanese culture via traditional lodging and cuisine.

“I have devoted the majority of my life to skiing. If you have done the same, you long for those deep, deep days. Hokkaido has redefined my concept of deep,” says Ski Guide and Mountain Operations Director Pete Connolly.

Fresh powder skiing | Photo SASS Global Travel

Fresh powder skiing | Photo SASS Global Travel

For more information about the 2015 Japan program, check out the official SASS website.