Leave the beaten track with The Powder Project
We guide flexible backcountry ski and snowboard trips in Hokkaido, Japan and Canterbury, New Zealand.
Great experiences in the mountains happen when you get the right people in the right places with the right conditions. We only take private trips, so you can provide the people and we’ll take care of the rest.
We’re not big on crowds. You can’t mass produce an amazing day in the mountains, You have to go find them in their natural habitat. That’s why each trip we run is different. We don’t have a set program or some one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, we have experienced, qualified guides with local knowledge of the best places to ride, eat and stay.
Our focus is on the backcountry. We’re not averse to catching lifts on the right day, but when the backcountry skiing is as good as it is in Hokkaido and Canterbury resort days don’t happen very often. Whether you’re a seasoned trail-breaker looking for someone to show you the best places, or a first timer wondering how the whole skiing uphill thing works, we’ve got you covered. We can help you figure out the gear, teach you about moving safely in the mountains, and get you on your backcountry feet; or we can take you to the top of something rad and get you down safely. Our trips are flexible. We plan each day around your group and getting the most out of the weather and conditions.
We’re serious about safety. The Powder Project employs qualified ski guides with professional avalanche safety certifications. We’re in the hills day after day, year after year digging pits, watching the wind, and tracking layers in the snowpack. Our priority is to get you home in one piece with the best memories the mountains can provide. Sometimes that means steep, deep pow; other times it’s mid-storm meadow turns and occasionally it means relaxing in an onsen. That’s all fine by us.
We have built our lives around hiking for turns and moving through the mountains. If you're looking to leave the crowds behind and experience the best of some of the world’s great skiing and boarding destinations, you've come to the right place.