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Snowboarding and Skiing in Japan

The far eastern location of Japan was chosen as it has daily snowfall like the daily waves of Dunfanaghy. Both locations are equally unique in their natural resource, snow and surf.

Expertise

After many winters Duncan has developed a unique guided tour program to let you experience the best Japan has to offer in its unique culture, cuisine and approach to the mountains

Due to its unique island geography the weather in Hokkaido is very changeable and requires extensive local knowledge and understanding of the weather systems. Equally at home on a snowboard or skis Duncan will take you to the best resorts, lines and restaurants. 

Guiding

Enjoy a day of backcountry skiing/snowboarding in Hokkaido.

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Based on the forecast and your needs, the day will be customised to maximize powder time the way you like to ride it.

 

Options range from: Lift assisted slackcountry, lift assisted backcountry, lift assisted touring and full touring.

Cat Skiing

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Making fresh tracks all day, a hot lunch in a lodge and all finished with a natural onsen. Sound good? Wrap up a perfect day with a free beer at the House of Machines.

It’s no surprise this is one of the highlights of most clients trips to Hokkaido. 

Snowmobiling

A private mountain for a whole day!

Only accessible by snowmobile this unique terrain is yours for the day. With a maximum of 4 guests and by private booking only it’s a day that will go down in the books of your riding career.

Guided Trip to Japan

Experience the powder trip of a lifetime with all the details taken care of.

We can advise or arrange on all aspects of the holiday: transfers, accommodation, equipment hire, lift passes, restaurants, cultural experiences and of course riding the best powder everyday. 

A popular itinerary is a day in each resort (Niseko, Moiwa, Rusutsu and Kiroro), a touring day (climbing a local peak “Yotei”) and of course a mechanised day (cat or snowmobile) making the perfect powder week. 

Prices are bespoke and an itinerary will be made around your needs. Just get in touch and we will do the rest.

Consultation

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Looking to develop a snowsports business? We can help with both back and front of house process required to run a successful professional operation.

 

We specialise in staff training and setting company standards for staff to learn to lead from the front. Create and grow a client base specific to your products.

Rates can be arranged depending on specific needs and required timeframe. 

Instructor and Guide Training

A unique combination of on and off snow training is the best way to grow your business.

Increase your staffs capabilities in the quality of product they deliver, their ability to maintain clients season after season and crucially how to upsell new products to grow your business.

Duncan Halliday

Head Snowboard & Ski Guide

Full Carte Professional, Certified ISTD


Duncan grew up in Scotland learning from an early age to climb the extensive range of Munro’s, the local mountains peaks of the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.  He graduated from Edinburgh with a degree in Geology where he also was a successful president of the surf club.

Beyond university, his aspirations focused on leading in an alpine environment in winter and surfing in summer. Duncan followed his passion for the outdoors and moved to the west coast of Ireland to set up Narosa Life. His desire for mountaineering, climbing, backcountry snowboarding and skiing led him to the French Alps. In the big mountains of the Savoie valley, he was able to hone his guiding skills and complete his qualifications enabling him to share his passion and expertise of travelling in the mountains.

Duncan was drawn to the powder mecca of Hokkaido both recreationally and professionally. The mountains are alive in the winter and Duncan’s passion is to share the grandeur and excitement.  Duncan continues to spend his years surfing waves in summer and making waves of powder in winter.

Duncan has an infectious enthusiasm for riding powder, yet humble and professional demeanour with an excellent mountain sense that will serve you well when it matters most.  When not guiding he can be found sports climbing, swimming and even surfing in the cold local waters.