Skilas really did provide the best of all worlds. Reservation at comfy and well-appointed hotels, pick up every morning in the Skilas van, door to door to a different resort every day based on the inside scoop of where conditions would be best, different levels of skiers and snowboarder and everyone was able to join in, piste and off piste, gnarly and groomers. The freedom to do your own thing if you wanted, but the invitation to meet up for lunch or make plans to do something some evenings. Each day was fun and flexible with our van groups deciding together if we might stop off at onsen on the way home. Silas had plenty of advice and knew all the great runs as well as places to eat and dishes to order. I was a solo traveler and I made friends with other solo travelers. In my group there was also a couple, a family, and a father and son. All ages. Would really recommend. I had previously done a trip to Myoko Kogan with friends and the time that was wasted trying to figure it all out, plus the dud days we spent at one resort not knowing conditions would have been better elsewhere… Skilas’s expertise did save time and money in the end, and the convenience was priceless. When you factor in the time off work and the flights to Japan, it’s just not worth wasting time. Silas is a great guy, fantastic host, and the value for money is genuinely good, he didn’t inflate prices and went out of his way to please. As for the area, Sapporo rocks! I much preferred Sapporo to Tokyo, and the snow quality and variety of the terrain at the resort Skilas took us to was excellent.
Louise Candice G (Australia)
Many thanks for organising a wonderful two week tour of the ski resorts around
Sapporo. The personal service was excellent starting from the pick-up from the
airport to meeting up every morning to decide which ski resort we would drive to
that day to provide the best opportunity for “deep pow.” The hotel was comfortable
and efficient and the location in Sapporo perfect for enjoying the restaurants and
bars around town. Looking forward to coming back next year!
Tim W (Switzerland)
I honestly can’t wait for the next opportunity to get back to Japow with Skilas. Being used to snowboarding in the Alps, I was a bit skeptical at first cause the mountains are relatively smaller but my word the powder is out of this world, I’m talking waist deep. Having someone that knew these mountains so well was well worth it… Skilas pretty much did the hardwork for me. He researched daily the weather forecast and powder alert for each resort in Hokkaido and we set out early in the morning and got the best powder that day had to offer. This dude will find new powder just when you thought you had exhausted the mountain. Can’t wait to get back to Japow – best snowboarding experience ever
Andrey S (Russia)
What a trip!!!! Silas just take all the worries off. He checks all the time where is going to be the next snowfall and take you there. No matter where. He takes you away from the crowds and somehow find freshlines all day. I am an expert skier and would recommend this trip to anyone.
A very big thank you for such an awesome ski tour.
Run after run of lift accessed deep snow and the ability of being able to make first
tracks on the last run of the day is a testament of your knowledge of the resorts we
visited. Skiing powder should not be so easy!
The joy was more than the guided skiing – just being in the beautiful gullies and
the serenity of the wonderful tree glades added a real appreciation of the
environment we were in. The vibrancy of Sapporo, the variety of the local food and
bars and the visits to the traditional village Onsens made the trip a real cultural
Thanks again to you and your team for a great time. I look forward to being back
again next year.
Andrew B (Australia)
Had a great time with Skilasjapan, picked up/dropped off at my hotel and hit all the areas around Sapporo. Takes all the worry off your trip,where to go how to get there etc. They know where the goods are and we got’em! I will use Skilas again this year.
Peter Kelley (US)
Wow – what a trip! Japan has totally redefined my love for powder skiing, and thanks to you Skilas I was able to make the most out of my visit. Everything was perfect: your hospitality, your choice of resorts and ‘secret powder stashes’, the food, the hot springs… Being with a group of positive like-minded people made the adventure so much more fun too. Thanks for an incredible trip and see you next year!
Robert D (UK)
Amazing! Albeit I am not an expert snowboarder, wow, was this great. I was pushed to my limits and enjoyed every moment thanks to Silas. Top man. Top knowledge and sadly, I am leaving now, but looking forward to returning in the not too distant future. Mega wicked for anyone after a good few days powder!!
Steve V (UK)
After skiing for over 30 years, my week with Silas and team has gone straight to the number one slot for my best skiing trip ever!
Expert guiding found new, knee deep powder every day. The Lodge at Kiroro is so cool!
Graham & Callum from Scotland
I’m a repeat customer with Skilas Japan. The local knowledge and service is the best I’ve experienced. Japan certainly offers the best ski experience and Skilas knows how to make the most of it, whether on-piste, off-piste, looking for a relaxing onsen or wanting some delicious sushi. Always a fantastic and memorable trip.
George A (UK)
As one of the members of the very first trip back in 1997, I am super-excited in looking forward to the big 20 year anniversary this year!!! A huge big thankyou to Skilas for all the awesome adventures and memories over all the trips across the years!!! Not having to plan where to go, how to get back from back country stashaways, where to eat, what skis to get, where to go on blue bird or white out days, plus where to grab those all-important post-pistes-shots means a top top hassle-free super-extravaganza Skilas Tours experience is guaranteed every trip!!! Keep it up – looking forward to many more!!!
Ollie (South Africa)
Wow, Skilas – what can I say? It was a fantastic, unique experience visiting the smaller quieter resorts not used by the larger tour operators. Whilst places such as Kiroro, Kokusai and Sapporo Teine don’t look much on a piste map lift lines were non-existent and it often felt as if we had the whole mountain to ourselves. Your in-depth resort knowledge always found a seemingly unlimited supply of the deepest and lightest powder I’ve ever skied. The Teine gullies were a particular highlight that will stay with me for a long while. Also many thanks for all your hard work and organisation away from the slopes and your company around the Sapporo in the evening. All in all, a totally fabulous trip. Hope to see you again next year!
Paul H (UK)
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