Wilderness Medicine CME

Japan Ski & Snowboard Adventure

February 18 - 24, 2024
February 25 - March 2, 2024

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS from $4,495

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit up to 6 different ski resorts on the island of Hokkaido: the "powder capital of the world."  We check conditions each day and go where the snow is best!

  • English-speaking guides will navigate the group to the best untracked "side-country" powder (backcountry skills or bindings are not required)

  • This course is designed for Physicians, PAs, NPs, RNs, from ALL specialties who are skiers or snowboarders with high intermediate to advanced skills

  • Stay in centrally-located accommodations with in-hotel "onsen" hot springs and soaking tubs.  Guides will navigate the group to some of the best food Japan has to offer!

There are a variety of reasons Japan powder skiing is at the top of many skiers' and riders' destination lists. The island of Hokkaido is legendary for arguably the driest and most consistent powder in the world.  Enjoy uncrowded ski resorts and our English-speaking guides who will lead the way to untracked side-country skiing (that requires traversing, but not hiking).

For this trip, we have strategically chosen hotels in the towns of Furano and Otaru to serve as our hubs. Each day, our guides will assess the best nearby conditions and powder, as Hokkaido is known for its micro storms and varied snowfall within small areas.

You will experience four days of guided side-country skiing with access to the best possible conditions, and for the other two days, the guides will select the resort with the most favorable in-resort conditions for self-guided skiing.  Additionally, the guides will share tips to help you make the most of your self-guided ski days.

In addition to the legendary skiing, this trip offers a fantastic cultural experience. Our guides will arrange group dinners each night and assist with menu selections for those eager to try new dishes. Our chosen accommodations feature in-hotel hot springs and are conveniently located for exploring the quaint towns of Furano and Otaru on foot.

The Wilderness Medicine CME lectures will be held every afternoon or evening before dinner in a nearby meeting space.

Japan Ski CME Map for Website

Itinerary Snapshot

Japan Ski & Snowboard Adventure
Wilderness Medicine CME

Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you'll have. Prices are based on double occupancy.

Trips include: lodging, lift tickets, transportation, guides, and breakfast/dinner each day.

February 18 - 24, 2024

$4,495 per person
Single supplement is $900

$789 optional CME cost
(16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

Full - Accepting Waitlist

February 25 - March 2, 2024

$4,495 per person
Single supplement is $900

$789 optional CME cost
(16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)

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Testimonials From Your Colleagues

"This was truly a trip of a lifetime on and off the slopes! Logistics were seamless. The endless powder skiing was a "bonus" to the fantastic cultural experience and CME course.  Our guides were outstanding - taking us to the best skiing in Japan and also delicious food.  I'd highly recommend this trip!

Brooke Carpenter, NP

"All CME should be like this! A wealth of knowledge communicated in a wonderful manner! Course content was great for anyone who enjoys the outdoors---no matter what level. Guides were fun and safety oriented. My non-medical spouse loved the course and attended the lectures. Perfect combination of CME and fun!"

Deborah Wilson, MD

"What a collection of expertise…where else could you learn so much, so well – in such a short period of time…I don’t know how you could improve…Thanks for a great week… 5 star!"

Donald Turner, MD

Faculty for the Japan Ski and Snowboard Adventure

Wilderness Medicine CME

February 18-24, 2024 Trip Faculty

cme course faculty Vantilburg

Christopher Vantilburg, MD

Emergency, occupational, travel, and mountain clinic physician Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Public Health Officer and Medical Examiner, Hood River County, OR. Twenty year veteran of Crag Rats Mountain Rescue. Author of 11 books including Mountain Rescue Doctor and Search and Rescue.

February 18-24, 2024 & February 25 - March 2, 2024 Trip Faculty

Kyle Allred

Kyle Allred, PA

Professional expedition and whitewater guide on five continents for over 20 years. Wilderness survival instructor, field course instructor, and co-founder of MedWild.com Instructional Videos. Co-founder of MedCram.com Medical Education Videos.

February 25 - March 2, 2024 Trip Faculty

cme course faculty howard

Howard J. Donner, MD

Co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Featured in two successful NOVA documentaries including; Deadly Ascent, and the critically acclaimed film: Everest: The Death Zone. Medical operations consultant for NASA for 5 years. Medical advisor for Telluride's Search and Rescue team. Staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association for 2 seasons. Began his career as a professional river and mountain guide, now a Certified Flight Instructor and professional skipper. Has advised mountaineers, rescuers, Olympic athletes, pilots and aerospace personnel throughout his career.


  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
  • Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
  • Management of Fractures and Dislocations
  • Preparing for Foreign Travel
  • Backcountry Medical Kits
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations
  • Snake Envenomation


Earn 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits which are typically acceptable for MDs, DOs, PAs, NPs, Nurses, and some other medical professionals.

Read below for more info and it is your responsibility to check with your certifying organization as needed:

"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This trip is planned, outfitted, and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.

For more information or to register for this trip please contact

Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238