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.
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 (“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.
- Calum Murdoch
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.
What’s included (See FAQ for example of schedule) :
The trip does NOT include:
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday consist of freetime to snowboard, 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 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!
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
Snowboard Program in Hakuba Valley
December 9th or 6th of January
Deadline for next application round - 5th of April!
Any Questions? Call us!