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We are a mountain resort that offers a variety tours and guided services.
We offer 3-5 day tours in Yamagata prefecture.
  • ・Min. 2 people
  • ・It feels like a private tour
  • ・Max. group size is 10 people
  • ・All inclusive tour


"Pole Pole" is a company that offers sports, trekking, and cultural programs specifically designed for foreign country sightseers visiting Yamagata.

We can customize your tour depending on your schedule and purpose. Please feel free to ask us.

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Spring Back Country Ski Tour – Gassan Pole Pole Farm
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Spring Back Country Ski Tour

10km Long cruising
Gassan Pole Pole Farm / Spring Back Country Ski Tour

Spring Back Country Ski Tour

¥129000

per person

7th Apr. – 31st May. Min.2 person go.

Highlights

  • 1. Back country experience skier or snowboarder only
  • 2. English speaking ski or snowboard guide attend
  • 3. Over 1000m altitude downhill
  • 4. 1~2 hours hike up per each day

 

Gassan Ski Area opens in April every year. There is only one lift, but it allows you to access Gassan, Yudonosan, and Ubagatake.

The ski lift will take you up to 1500 meters where you will find a back country ski paradise. From there you can hike up to the summit of Gassan or Yodonosan. From the summit you can ski back to PolePole which is at 1000 meters.

In April avalanche conditions in the back country are pretty stable meaning that the possibility of an avalanche is very low. This being the case you can enjoy skiing steep slopes without the risk of an avalanche.

We will drive from PolePole to the ski area and from there ride the lift up. You will only have to walk about 300 meters which can take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on your pace. You can’t ask for easier back country access.

With the hike being so short, it is suitable for people of most fitness levels. Feel free to join this tour if you have never tried back country skiing before. People who have experienced back country skiing before are also very welcome to join the tour.

Whether you have experience in the back country or not you will be sure to have a memorable experience.

 

  • Departure
    Yamagata station east exit taxi pool
  • Departure Time
    Please arrive by 13:50 PM for a prompt departure at 14:00 PM.
  • Return Time
    Approximately 15:00 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Back country ski or snowboard gears
  • Include
    Transportation in Yamagata
    Guide
    Dinner
    Lunch
    Breakfast
    Accomodation
  • Not Included
    Train ticket
    Air ticket
1

Day 1: Departure

  • 14:00 Yamagata station pick up
  • 15:00 Arrive at Pole Pole Resort
  • 16:00 Briefing about back country
  • 18:00 Dinner
 
  1. Accommodation : Gassan Pole Pole Resort villa (Western style room)
  2. Including meal : Dinner
     
2

Day 2: Back country

  • 8:00  Breakfast
  • 9:00  Start and enjoy back country
  • Ride chair lift and go to the mountain
  • This day we go to Gassan-san area
  • 15:00 Come back
  • 16:00 Hot spring
  • 18:00 Dinner
  1. Accommodation : Gassan Pole Pole Resort villa (Western style room)
  2. Including meal : Breakfast, lunch box, and dinner
 
3

Day 3: Back country

  • 8:00  Breakfast
  • 9:00  Start and enjoy back country
  • Ride chair lift and go to the mountain
  • This day we go to Yudono-san area
  • 15:00 Come back
  • 16:00 Hot spring
  • 18:00 Dinner
  1. Accommodation : Gassan Pole Pole Resort villa (Western style room)
  2. Including meal : Breakfast, lunch box, and dinner

4

Day 4: Return

  • 8:00  Breakfast
  • 9:00  Back country
  • Ride chair lift and go to the mountain
  • This day we go to Ubagatake back country area
  • 15:00 Arrive at Yamagata station
  1. Accommodation : Gassan Pole Pole Resort villa (Western style room)
  2. Including meal : Breakfast and lunch box

Tour Location

月山

Gassan Ski Area

Gassan is a ski hill located on the southern slopes of Mt Ubagatake (to the south west of the Mt Gassan peak) in the central region of Yamagata Prefecture. Large amounts of snow fall on the mountain and the ski hill only opens for the late spring season - usually from April until late July. There is only one pair lift and some t-bars, but unlike most ski hills in Japan there are not many trees - the skiable area is a relatively wide open area and backcountry tours are popular. When other ski resorts are closed in late season, Gassan can be very busy especially on weekends and holidays.  

Meeting Point

14:00 at Yamagata station West exit taxi pool
 

What do you need to bring

  1. Ski or snowboard
  2. Ski skins or snowshoe (Rental available)
  3. Back country wear
  4. Kettle (Rental available)
  5. Back pack (Rental available)
  6. Signal beacon (Rental available)
  7. Prove (Rental available)
  8. Shovel (Rental available)
Check Gear List

Tour cost :

JPY 129,000 /  person   Minimum 2 people

Cost includes:

  • 1. Day 1 - Day 3  accommodation in Pole Pole Resort Villa
  • 2. Day 1 - Day 3 dinner
  • 3. Day 2 - Day 4 breakfast
  • 4. Day 2 - Day 4 Lunch box
  • 5. Lift Ticket for 3 days
  • 6. Rental avalanche signal beacon, probe, and shovel.
  • 7. English speaking ski or snowboard guide
  • 8. Transportation from Yamagata station / airport
 

Price does not include:

  • Air ticket and train ticket to Yamagata
  • International air fair
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Costs occurred during your free time
  • Activities that does not appear on the itinerary
  • Personal expenses


Cancelation policy

  • From 60days up until 30days before the day 30,000JYP.
  • From 29days up until 20days before the day 60% of the total fee.
  • From 19days up until 10days before the day 70% of the total fee.
  • From 9days up until 4days before the day 80% of the total fee.
  • From 3days up until the day before the day 90% of the total fee.
  • On the day 100% of the total fee.
Note:With regard to the cancellation policy,the "Day"means the first day of the travel Itinerary arranged by Gassan Pole Pole Farm Co.,Ltd..