Max slope angle
30-45 Degrees
Primary aspect
South facing
Vertical descent
5,000.00 ft (1,524.00 m)
Distance
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
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Mount Yotei is often stuck in the clouds, but it nevertheless offers tree skiing and long runs. When the clouds lift, many will go for the summit, where you can take a run into the summit crater. Be prepared for sudden weather changes; it can quickly become difficult to navigate above the treeline during cloudy or stormy conditions.

If it's a clear day, you'll find the parking lot packed with skiers and snowboarders going for the summit. The route ascends the south side of Mount Yotei and is easy to navigate. Follow the ridgeline through the trees and continue above the treeline to the summit if the weather allows. Because of the exposure to the sun and wind, don't count on the snow being what you're used to in Japan. It's best to retrace the route down the ridgeline; some of the gullies hold wind-protected snow, but sit in obvious avalanche terrain. On a stormy day, Mount Yotei is still worth the drive. The tree skiing is varied and offers many aspects sheltered from the wind.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Views. Tree skiing.

Cons

Weather.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Trailhead Elevation

1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)

Highest point

6,100.00 ft (1,859.28 m)

Total elevation gain

5,000.00 ft (1,524.00 m)

Net Elevation Gain

5,000.00 ft (1,524.00 m)

One-way approach distance

5.00 mi (8.05 km)

Features

Old-growth forest
Geologically significant

Trail type

There-and-back

Access

Vehicle

Typically multi-day

No

Shuttle required

No

Terrain type

Chutes

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Drinking water

Unfrozen water

Location

Field Guide

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