Snowminds are proud to present an 8-week course in Japan, with a strong focus on becoming a better skier, qualifying as an instructor and having fun. The program is filled with activities to give you a complete Japanese experience with great training, work experience and cultural exploration.
The equation is simple…
10 different individual resorts (2.5 hours from central Tokyo!) + World-class cuisine + The finest powder = JaPOW.
You will be a part of a likeminded group, train to qualify as a level 1 ski instructor and get some work experience within the eight weeks.
The 8-week course opens doors to a world of opportunities in the industry. The program will guide you every step of the way, assisting and mentoring you to become the best possible instructor. We will guide, coach and support you all the way.
Through this Snowminds course, you will receive a high-performance alpine education, which is based in the Hakuba Valley, Japan.
We aim to develop character and accountability, by working with you to develop personal goals, health and sustainability in a supportive environment. You will learn about the true Snowminds spirit! ⛷✌🏻
Hakuba (“White Horse”) is a village in the Japanese Alps, located 40 km north-west of Nagano city. Some of Japan’s best-known ski resorts lie within this general region. In 2016, ten of these resorts combined to form Hakuba Valley, Japan’s largest ski area. Hakuba forged its reputation at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, hosting several events. It is normally blessed with plenty of snow; an average of 13 metres of powder per season.
Hakuba offers lots of powder-days and plenty of opportunities to sample the famous jaw, and the 10 alpine resorts in the area consistently receive heavy snowfall with deep powder covering the area for long periods.
- Loreen Chan, Attendee
We take care of the practicalities during the program, leaving you to fully enjoy the whole trip. Just bring a bunch of good vibes to enjoy the trip with new and old Snowminds friends.
What’s included (See FAQ for example of schedule) :
The trip does NOT include:
Below we have collected some of the frequently asked questions. Should you have a question that is not stated below, then feel free to give us a call 🙂
Every Saturday and Sunday consist of freetime to ski, enjoy the food and the amazing Japanese culture.
Tuesday – Friday: Level 1 Training
Monday – Friday: Level 1 Training
Monday: Level 1 Training
Tuesday – Thursday: Level 1 Course
Friday: Work Experience
Monday – Friday: Work Experience
Monday – Friday: Work Experience
Monday – Friday: Freeride Course
Monday: First Aid Course
Tuesday – Thursday: AST 1+
Friday: Culture Trip
Please note, this calendar is for illustration purposes only and the final schedule may differ.
Participants in our 8-week course will be staying in Hakuba Valley, which is Japan’s largest ski area.
You will be staying at Alps Hotel, which is a ski-in, ski-out hotel located in Hakuba. This means it’s a part of the mountain and you can literally ski out of the hotel in the morning.
You can choose between standard or superior lodging, with catered meals.
The standard accommodation is a shared room for 4, if ordering the superior lodging it’s for 2 people.
The standard accommodation is included in the package and the superior lodging is an additional addon.
If you’re interested in the superior lodging, feel free to contact us!
There is a big range of non-skiing activities that provide a great insight into traditional Japanese culture, both locally and in surrounding areas. Soak in a natural spa onsen, dress up in a kimono, visit nearby world heritage temples, shrines, and castles, taste locally brewed sake and freshly grated wasabi, or visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys of ‘Hell Valley’.
Culture surrounds you on every step of your journey following in the footsteps of Samurai and hearty mountain explorers
Ski Course in Hakuba Valley
December 9th or 6th of January
Next application deadline: May 1st!
Any Questions? Call us!