Location/Resorts

The Snow Country Region in Japan is the perfect place to try snowsports for the first time. Easily accessible from Tokyo, it can be visited as a day trip or as a longer stay. There is a wide range of accommodation available, and many resorts from which to choose.

For a very first timer most resorts have an area that is good for beginners. If you have a particular preference about where to have your lesson, please let us know. We often recommend Maiko as a great choice for that first experience.

A WORD FROM THE COACH
A magic carpet lift (like a small moving walkway up a gentle slope) makes the first time experience much more pleasant. You'll save energy and get more out of your day.

Skiing or Snowboarding?

Both are great fun. If you have a particular interest in one or the other, try that first. Snowboarding tends to involve falling over a few times while you learn how to balance. Once you have that mastered, progress comes quickly, and you will be up on the slopes practicing. For skiing you generally fall over less and spend more time on flatter slopes learning how to stop and turn.

EQUIPMENT - WEAR

Wear – Snow pants and jacket. Hat/Helmet. Goggles (when snowing) or sunglasses (when sunny or cloudy). Gloves. Thick socks are not recommended. Thin socks that come to the top of your boots/calves are sufficient

EQUIPMENT - SKIING

Boots – hard plastic boots (that are difficult to walk in but support your foot and ankle.)
Skis – Usually as tall as the middle of your face. The bindings on the skis are designed to release your foot if you should fall over.
Poles – For added balance and use on the flat. We often teach children (and sometimes adults) without poles.

EQUIPMENT - SNOWBOARDING

Boots – Softer and more comfortable than ski boots.
Board – Usually as tall as your chin.

The Lesson

A typical lesson for first timers could go something like:

  • Meet at Resort & Introductions
  • Equipment check
  • Equipment explanation
  • Body position
  • Sliding on the flat
  • Sliding on a gentle slope
  • Using a lift to access the first beginner slope                                                                                                       
 
A WORD FROM THE COACH
The mountain can be a cold environment, however the excitement of learning a new fun sport will soon warm you up. You'll also be very active so wearing layers means you can take a few off if you get too hot.
 
A WORD FROM THE COACH
Don't worry too much about the different equipment on offer. Most rental shops will make sure you have what you need for a fun experience. Feel free to ask us if you have any questions.
 
A WORD FROM THE COACH
Skiing and Snowboarding are immensely enjoyable, so please be aware that you may find yourself hooked.