If you happen to be skiing Niseko, Japan on a day that it is not snowing, you would be able to see the magnificent Mount Yōtei volcano in the distance. This volcano stands alone and resembles the more famous Mount Fuji, which adds a powerful backdrop to any of your ski photos. Resort skiing is great, but if you’re on Hokkaido and looking for an extreme adventure, try ski touring Mount Yōtei. Hiring a local guide is the safest way to go about this. They will set you up with the equipment you need, know the best spots to stop for breaks, and they also know how to read the snow for avalanche hazards. The hike takes about 5-7 hours depending on your skill level and whether or not you choose to ski inside Yōtei’s crater. Your snowboarding friends can tour Yōtei as well with either a split-board or snowshoes. All of the hard work of climbing up pays off as soon as you start your descent. Since only a handful of people ski tour the volcano, you will enjoy fresh konayuki (powder snow) all the way down. Enjoy this magical experience!