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Backcountry Guiding


1 - 5



Age Range


Level Range

5 - 6


Ski or Board

Backcountry guiding with NBS is the ultimate way to explore the incredible backcountry terrain that Niseko has to offer.

With a team of seasoned guides and instructors, we offer a secure and unforgettable experience for skiers and snowboarders. Each day can be tailored to your backcountry experience goals, with the option to explore Niseko and some of the amazing surrounding resorts Hokkaido has to offer.

Please book in advance for backcountry guiding, especially if you would like to request a specific guide.

We recommend having a skiing ability of level 5 (see our levels here) and above in order to enjoy the full backcountry guiding experience. Feel free to get in touch to discuss if it will be right for you.

Backcountry Guiding Niseko

If you are looking to explore Niseko's renowned lift-access backcountry terrain then this is the option for you. We use Niseko's famous gate system to enjoy the full extent of the what this beautiful area has to offer, with everything from skiing in Hokkaido's famous birch trees to descending from the peak of Mount Annapuri.

Backcountry Guiding Hokkaido

If you would like to go further afield and explore some of the other incredible surrounding resorts, then this is the option for you. We offer day trips to Moiwa, Rusutsu, Kiroro and Sapporo Teine, and your booking will include transportation to your chosen ski area(s) as well.

Guiding includes

  • 7 hours of guiding and coaching, tailored to your needs and goals
  • Transport within Niseko or to and from chosen nearby resorts including Rusutsu, Moiwa and Kiroro
  • Avalanche safety training
  • Options to book for Niseko area and/or surrounding Hokkaido ski areas, or to upgrade from Niskeo to Hokkaido as necessary

Please note

  • Backcountry guiding does not include a lift pass
  • Avalanche safety equipment (shovel, probe, transceiver and backpack) is not included, but can be rented at additional cost
  • Price indicates the cost for up to 5 students
  • Backcountry guiding is most appropriate for level 5-6 skiers (see our levels here)
  • We recommend that participants be of a similar skiing or snowboarding level
  • Backcountry guiding lessons can be mixed between skiers and snowboarders if necessary
  • Participants must have suitable snow/skiing travel insurance that covers them for backcountry skiing

Inclusions Per Day
Guiding Hokkaido 7hrs Private Guiding Transport within Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Teine Avalanche Training ¥ 120,000
All Day 7hrs Private Guiding Transport within Niseko Avalanche Training ¥ 110,000


We strongly recommend that you book lessons in advance at all times. At peak times during the season – the Christmas / New Year period (19th December – 9th January) and the Chinese New Year period (4th February – 15th February) – pre-bookings are essential.

You can email NBS directly to request lesson information and make bookings up to 3 days prior to your arrival in resort at For services required in less than 2 days, or if you wish to talk to one of our NBS staff directly, please call us on  +81 136 21 5050. Alternatively, if you are in Niseko and haven’t yet pre booked, feel free to come directly into our office.

We accept cash (JPY only) and most credit cards, including Amex, Mastercard and Visa. Some travel cards may not be accepted.

The NBS Snowsports School operates from 1st December until 10th April. NBS is fully operational during peak season, from 15th December until 15th March. Outside of these dates, lesson types may be of limited availability.

Yes, the NBS Snowsports School has an excellent reputation amongst this skiing community and attracts a broad range of top candidates. This allows NBS to adopt a policy of hiring only experienced and certified ski and snowboard instructors.

NBS is an internationally recognised snowsports school. As such, all our instructors are capable of teaching and speaking in fluent English. We also offer instruction in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese and Korean.

This depends on the type of lesson taken. The meeting place for Kids Club lessons and private lessons is on the flat outside the NBS headquarters on the ground level of the Alpen Ridge Building, opposite the Family Chair Lift. The meeting place for adult group lessons is beside the orange level flags on the side of Family Run. If in doubt, please come in and speak to our friendly front desk staff or look out for the instructors in the bright orange jackets!

We ordinarily require that you meet you instructor in one of the designated NBS meeting areas. However, if you have booked an all day private lesson (6 hours), we can be flexible with your meeting point.

Yes, you will require a valid lift pass. Please note that lift passes are NOT included in the lesson price. For your convenience, please ensure that lift passes are arranged well in advance of lesson meeting times. Should you wish to pre book you lift passes, this can be arranged through NBS Direct or Ski Japan.

Please ensure that you have all the necessary equipment for skiing or snowboarding ready and in safe working order. You will also need the appropriate clothing to keep you warm for the duration of your lesson, a valid lift pass and a personal ID. You may also wish to bring some money to cover drinks and snacks. A fun and positive attitude can’t hurt!

Please ensure that you are at the designated NBS meeting place 15 minutes prior to your lesson start time, dressed and ready to go. Should you require rental equipment for your lesson, please ensure that you arrange it well in advance of your lesson, particularly during peak season and in the mornings.

Guests can always come to NBS once they are in resort to see if there have been any cancellations or changes in bookings. Places in group lessons may become available, however we can’t guarantee this.

We encourage different disciplines (skiing and snowboarding) to take separate lessons in order to receive specialised instruction and extend their skills in their chosen snowsport.


+81 136 21 5050


3-13 4Chome, 1Jo, Niseko Hirafu
Kutchan cho, Abuta gun
Hokkaido, Japan 044-0080


In a prime location in the heart of Hirafu!