about

MEET SHERPAS RIDE

about

MEET SHERPAS RIDE

Our mission

We are dedicated to offering only a handful of unique skiing and biking locations and work with guides that know these places like the palm of their hand. We believe that being small and specialized gives us the flexibility which is needed to ski the best snow every day, ride the best trails, or experience as much as we can from the places we visit. We are a bunch of friends who are lucky enough to do the job we do and can’t wait to show you our favorite lines!
 

Our team

Vojta Lím

SKI GUIDE & FOUNDER

 

 

 

 

 

Vojta Lím

SKI GUIDE & FOUNDER

If you combine hyperactivity and love for the outdoors you got some serious problems. With help of this diagnosis, I realized the “office life” was not for me and set off for a 2-year journey where I also visited Japan. I saw the magic of Hokkaido Pow in 2013 and have been bringing guests here ever since. I also have guided in Norway, the Alps, Georgia and I am on a constant hunt for some new adventures. I am proud of our Sherpas Ride team and we can´t wait to welcome you “on board”!

Certifications:

CAA Avalanche Operations Level
Euro Securite (Avalanche Level 2)
Wilderness First Aid
NZSIA Ski Level 2 and Snb Level 1 Instructor

Robert Vrlák

UIAGM MOUNTAIN GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Vrlák

UIAGM MOUNTAIN GUIDE

Climbing and ski mountaineering have been Robert’s hobbies for more than 30 years. He feels home on snow, rock, or ice. He traveled/guided in the following areas and ranges: the High Tatras, Yosemite, The Alps, Dolomites, Caucasus, Alborz/Iran, Cordillera Blanca/Peru, and others. Robert is our main guide for Ski and Sail Norway and trips in the Alps. 

Certifications:

UIAGM Mountain Guide

Tomáš Prajzler

SKI GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

Tomáš Prajzler

SKI GUIDE
Tomas is a skier, cyclist, and passionate hockey player. Also a psychologist (may come in handy in a 100kph wind and no visibility).  He joined Sherpas Ride 7 years ago and as he says “life has never been the same again.” Experience with freeride / ski touring guiding in Japan and Georgia, MTB, and road-cycling guiding in Europe.
 
Certifications:

CAA Avalanche Operations Level
Wilderness First Aid

Josef Šimůnek

UIAGM MOUNTAIN GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

Josef Šimůnek

UIAGM MOUNTAIN GUIDE

Josef is UIAGM Certified guide and heliski guide. He is a long-life mountaineer, who stood 5 times on an 8000m peak and guided guests on all continents. He runs ski trips in Sweden and the Alps and organizes expeditions to the Himalayas. He works with us on the Japanese Hokkaido Road Trip.

Certifications:

UIAGM Mountain Guide

 

David Čítek

SKI GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

David Čítek

SKI GUIDE

David comes each year to Hokkaido to guide our Niseko and Furano-based camps and road trips. A skier and a mountaineer, he is now getting ready for his next big project in the Himalayas. He is a spirit of every Karaoke party and a guy who will make your Sapporo goodbye party especially memorable.

Miki Yoshizawa

LOCAL ASSISTANT

 

 

 

 

 

Miki Yoshizawa

LOCAL ASSISTANT

Miki is a Hokkaido local, who loves shredding powder in winter and hiking in Daisetsuzan national park in summer. She helps Sherpas with day-to-day local logistics in Japan. Everything from making sure all the utility bills are paid and kerosene tanks are filled to countless situations, where detailed knowledge of local customs comes in handy.

Martin Forman

OPERATIONS MANAGER

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Forman

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Martin is a snowboarder with probably the most stoke on the hill. He is the head of 1 man Operations and Marketing department at Sherpas. He is also a coach of the top Swedish floorball team and organizes a kids’ floorball tournament in Prague.

Alex Balaguer

BREAKFAST CHEF

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Balaguer

BREAKFAST CHEF
Alex is our ex-client, now being part of the Sherpas team striving to make the best scrambled eggs in Kutchan and the neighborhood. He has worked in multiple popular restaurants and hotels around Barcelona. He is a  scuba diving instructor in summer and spends as much time as possible mountaineering and shredding in winter.  If not in Japan, you can find him back home in the Pyrenees.
 

Jára Sijka

PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

 

 

 

Jára Sijka

PHOTOGRAPHER

Jara is our in-house photographer and the one who will relentlessly put himself into the most awkward positions just to take a cool powder pic of yours. In winter he shoots pictures in Japan, Canada, or European Alps, while in summer he is the main photographer of the Czech bike enduro series. He is also a pretty mint and fast snowboarder. You will barely realize he is taking pictures while you ski. Most of the pictures you see around are his work.

Why choose us

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Friendly vibe

On our trips, you should feel like you are riding with friends. We always try to create a family vibe, that forms friendships lasting long after the end of our camps. 
 
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Guests’ ratings

Word-of-mount is what we rely on when promoting our trips, so a happy guest is our main mission. Check our reviews to see what our tours are all about. 
 
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Insured travel operator

We are a registered travel operator with insurance against bankruptcy. We have been in the tourism industry since 2014, and especially in Covid proved to offer great flexibility towards our guests

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Minimize impact

We are well aware of the impact of tourism on the planet. We measure our carbon emissions and offset them for our ariving guests and staff. We support local providers whenever possible.
 

Our story

Back in 2010, sitting on a park bench in New Zealand I was thinking of what to do with life after quitting my comfy office job. A couple of years later and after some sleepless nights putting visa papers together I found myself in the Japanese mountain town of Niseko – considered to be the Powder Capital of the world. I instantly fell in love with the place and decided to bring other skiers here to allow them to get addicted to the feeling of skiing fresh lines in deep snow. Sherpas Ride was born.

Sherpas Ride Team

Our story

Back in 2010, sitting on a park bench in New Zealand I was thinking of what to do with life after quitting my comfortable office job as a Sales Guy. A couple of years later and some sleepless nights putting visa papers together I found myself in the Japanese mountain town of Niseko – considered to be the Powder Capital of the world. I instantly fell in love with the place and decided to bring other skiers here to allow them to get addicted to the feeling of skiing fresh lines in deep snow. Sherpas Ride was born.

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