Powdery white snow runways and crystalline ice hanging from the birch trees like naturally-formed chandeliers, there’s nothing quite like backcountry skiing through the tranquil surrounds of Hakodate. Guided by Hokkaido legend and adventure celebrity Hige-san (Mr. Beard), this route goes beyond the highest lifts in the area, gifting guests panoramic views of Onuma, Mt. Komagatake, and Funka Bay. Following the local expert knowledge of Hige-san, the five-hour tour starts in the morning and finishes by lunch, which is also included. With 30 years of experience in the area, exploring with Hige-san is equal parts exciting and educational.