Morino Whitecap Backcountry Tours

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Hakuba & Myoko Backcountry Tours –Morino Lodge partners with one of Canada’s finest backcountry skiing operators, Whitecap Alpine, offering the best backcountry guiding service in both Hakuba and Myoko. With our local knowledge & Whitecap’s fully certified & professional guides, we deliver a backcountry experience in Japan that is nothing short of exceptional.

This partnership gives you the opportunity to enjoy your own customized experience in the best of Japan’s vast backcountry with a top class ACMG Certified Mountain Guide or Ski Guide. Hakuba and Myoko are known for some of the best backcountry skiing on the planet. With an abundance of terrain ranging from deep snow in mellow trees to steep flutes & open bowls, these areas have got it all!


Whether you’re new to the backcountry and looking for an intro course, or a seasoned pro with your sights on long days and aggressive skiing, we will strive to create a program that will suit you. Our guides are all ACMG certified, know the terrain and snow conditions inside and out and will custom tailor our plan to get the most out of the skiing and out of you. We want you to enjoy the mountains as much as we do.  On all of our backcountry tours safety is our top priority. We will cater to your ability & experience to give you a safe & unforgettable experience.

You get:

  • A custom, unique backcountry day.
  • Maximum vertical.
  • The highest level of professional guiding & safety.


On the morning of the tour our in-house guide will join you at the lodge to discuss the day ahead and deliver an avalanche safety briefing before heading out. We are able to provide you with a pack, shovel, beacon and probe upon request. Gear rentals are not included however we offer a selection of touring skis and split board set ups. Lunches will also be taken care of – we know how important it is to fuel those turns.


We recommend that participants have a good overall fitness level and are willing to put in a bit of work to earn your turns! You should be an intermediate skier/rider at least with some experience off-piste skiing, or more rugged ski resort runs. More introductory level options are certainly welcome, however the group’s overall ability will dictate the day.


Our group tours can accommodate up to 6 people per group. We will strive to match ability and fitness levels so that you can all make the most of your day in the backcountry. Price: ¥18,500/person. Max 6 per group.


Our private tours allow for a unique backcountry experience. You will have the guide to yourselves all day, set your preferred pace and discuss which terrain best suits you. Price:  55,000yen per day for the 1st person then 6,000yen/person after that. Max 6 per group.


Morino Lodge and Whitecap Alpine cannot make exceptions to our cancellation policies for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather. There is no refund for leaving early or arriving late. All cancellations must be received in writing to

If notice is received more than 2 weeks prior to the starting date, we are happy to rebook your reservation at an alternative date of the same season. Alternatively, we will provide a full refund, minus administration fee.

If notice is received less than 2 weeks prior to the starting date, we are happy to rebook your reservation at an alternative date of the same season. Alternatively, a 75% refund will be made, minus administration fee.

If notice is received 48hrs or less prior to the starting date, there will no refund made unless we can fill the space with another guest in which case a full refund will be made.

Morino Lodge and Whitecap Alpine reserve the right to cancel the tour due to weather conditions or injury. In this case we offer the guest the opportunity to reschedule or receive a full refund.


We recommend that all guests purchase a cancellation insurance policy such as Trip Cancellation Insurance, Medical and Evacuation Insurance that cover costs of injury, medical and repatriation. Global Rescue is a good provider for this.

Questions & Booking

To book your guide or to ask any questions, please contact: