You don't have to be a mountaineer to have a great adventure in the hills.
If you're pushing your own abilities, testing yourself and trying new things, you’re having an adventure—even if it just means getting on skis for the first time ever. (Or your first descent from a 2,000-meter peak in 50cm+ of fresh snow—face shots or face plants, laughing all the way down.)
Our goal is to help you find a new adventure, right here in the beautiful setting of Myoko. We love being out here, and showing our guests some of the best places to play in the snow. Myoko is a pretty mellow and fun place—with lots of snow—and our approach is likewise to have fun, to enjoy the great scenery and slopes, and make some new friends from around the world. And, of course, to do it safely.
Dancing Snow was founded at least in part to answer the needs of an increasing number of international travelers, while also welcoming Japanese guests as well. In fact, some of our favorite tours in recent years have been with groups combining all kinds of people—it's amazing how quickly people start speaking both Japanese and English!
We welcome Alpine/AT/randonée skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders for all our tours. We use snowshoes and light Nordic skis for our hiking courses.
For tours, we really focus on going to local peaks and skiing down. We don't—and can't—do sidecountry (skiing directly off the lifts). One course has minimal hiking, but it's up and away from the ski area. A lot of countries have had to decide how to handle skiing in the trees, etc., and change is definitely coming to Japan. But as part of the local community, Dancing Snow, like our other local guide friends, have agreed to hike up for our skiing down. In Myoko, the climbing is what we find more fun, and more rewarding.
If that sounds good to you, too, we're looking forward to climbing with you!
For snow hiking, anybody's welcome—we'll go as far as you feel comfortable, and make sure that our lunchtime break is something that you'll enjoy.