8 Week Snowboard Program in Hakuba Valley

Become a qualified instructor in the amazing Japan!

Jump into the experience of a lifetime


We are very proud to present an 8-week snowboard course in Japan, with a strong focus on becoming a better snowboarder, 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.

During this course you will be training to become a certified level 1 snowboard instructor with a group of likeminded people. Within the eight weeks you will develop your snowboarding skills immensely and get work experience as an instructor.


Snowminds Snowboard Instructor Course Japan

The Training


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 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 Valley, Japan


Hakuba (“White Horse”) is a village in the Japanese Alps, located 40 km north-west of Nagano city. This general region in known for some of Japan’s best resorts.  In 2016, Japan’s largest ski area was created, when ten of these resorts combined to form Hakuba Valley. Hakuba forged its reputation at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, hosting several events. On average, Hakuba gets 13 metres of Japan’s finest powder every year.

The 10 resorts in the area consistently receive heavy snowfall, allowing for plenty of opportunities to hunt for some powder and explore the area.


“The program was exceptional for the variety of programs that were available and the quality of the instructors that were provided and the group of people that were training along side me are some of my best mates to this day.”

- Calum Murdoch

Travel Program


All practicalities and logistics are taken care of by us, leaving you to fully enjoy the whole trip. Just bring some good vibes and your best snowboarding skills to enjoy the trip with new and old Snowminds friends.


Travel periods:

  • 8 Week Snowboard – December 9th – February 3rd (In total 56 days)
  • 8 Week Snowboard – January 6th – March 2nd (In total 56 days)


What’s included (See FAQ for example of schedule) :

  • Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Course
  • Avalanche Skills Training & Companion Rescue Course
  • First Aid Course
  • Development with an experienced trainer
  • Freeride Course
  • Career Mentoring & Work Placement
  • Work Experience
  • Accommodation (Standard accommodation at Alps Hotels – Superior available, see FAQ)
  • Food (half board)
  • Cultural Activities
  • Hakuba Valley Season Ticket
  • A total experience where all practicalities are arranged for you
  • A strong community with fellow Snowminders
  • Possibility to travel around Japan and Asia after the course


The trip does NOT include:

  • Flight and transport to and from Hakuba Valley, Japan
  • Everything else not listed above in the included section
  • Cancellation and travel insurance


Snowminds Snowboard Instructor Course Japan Japow off piste freeride



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 or send us an e-mail.


How is the eight week program?

Every Saturday and Sunday consist of freetime to snowboard, enjoy the food and the amazing Japanese culture.


Week 1: 

Monday: Welcome

Tuesday – Friday: Level 1 Training


Week 2: 

Monday – Friday: Level 1 Training


Week 3:

Monday: Level 1 Training

Tuesday – Thursday: Level 1 Course

Friday: Work Experience


Week 4:

Monday – Friday: Work Experience


Week 5:

Monday – Friday: Work Experience


Week 6:

Monday – Friday: Freeride Course


Week 7:

Monday: First Aid Course

Tuesday – Thursday: AST 1+

Friday: Culture Trip


Week 8: 

Work Experience


Please note, this calendar is for illustration purposes only and the final schedule may differ.

Where are we staying?

Participants of the 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!

Which cultural trips are available?

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


Course Icon Snowboard Program in Hakuba Valley

Course Icon December 9th or 6th of January

Course Icon € 8725

Course Icon The next application deadline is 10th August

Course Icon Hakuba Valley

Course Icon 8 Weeks

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