We’ve had a few questions about where to meet your instructor recently so here is a little more information.
We usually arrange to meet at the resort of your choice (though we are happy to make suggestions if you don’t know which of Yuzawa’s (or Snow Country’s) resorts you would like to use.) Occasionally we might meet at a rental shop or station, but it tends to work out better to meet where the lesson will take place. Hopefully you will be fully prepared for the lesson by the meeting time – i.e. have all your equipment rented, and lift ticket purchased (if necessary.)
We’ll confirm meeting points with you in advance so hopefully there is no confusion. If you have mobile internet we will also aim to connect you with your instructor via WhatsApp/Line/WeChat/Allo in advance, just in case of any last minute problems on the day. You can also contact us on our main number +81 90 2400 5303 (which also works for the above messaging apps) if you have any problems.
Below are the main meeting points for some resorts. They are not set in stone so if there is somewhere that is easier for you to meet, please let us know and we will try to arrange it.
GALA Yuzawa Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – We usually meet in the base building on the second floor, just in front of the elevator up from the car park. This is the same floor as the GALA Yuzawa station exit, ticket counter, Canyons Ski School desk, rental department, changing rooms, and gondola station.
Kagura Ski Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – At the ticket counter in the Mitsumata Station car park at the bottom of the Mitsumata Ropeway.
Tashiro Ski Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – At the ticket counter in the Tashiro Station base building at the bottom of the Tashiro Ropeway.
Naeba Ski Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – On snow outside the Whistler Cafe, just by the blue No. 2 gondola. This is outside Wing 2 (which also houses the main Naeba Snow School desk). Naeba Ski Resort is reasonably large so there may be a more convenient point depending if you are staying at the Naeba Prince Hotel, or on your mode of access.
Iwappara Ski Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – There are two stations at Iwappara – the mid-station (Resort Center 2) and the bottom station (Resort Center 1). We usually meet at the little, wooden, hexagonal ticket office just up on the snow from the car parks and Resort Center 2 building at mid-station. This may be different depending if you are staying in one of the ski-in, ski-out accommodations at Iwappara, or depending on how you are coming to the resort.
Maiko Snow Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – Either at the ticket office in the Day Return Center on the gondola side of the resort, or in front of the Maiko Ski School on the Maiko Kogen hotel side of the resort.
Yuzawa Nakazato Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – In front of the ticket counter next to the blue train carriages.
NASPA Ski Garden Ski Lessons – We meet just outside the NASPA New Otani Hotel’s ski locker room (where the Canyons Ski School desk is located), opposite the entrance to the rental shop.
Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – By the ticket office in the base building of the Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway, just inside from the Yuzawa Kogen Family Gelende.
Ishiuchi Maruyama Ski Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – Ishiuchi Maruyama is a big resort with several entry points and lots of ski-in, ski-out accommodation. We usually arrange a meeting point depending on where you are staying, or your mode of access.
Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort Ski Lessons / Snowboard Lessons – Another resort with ski-in, ski-out accommodation and various entry points, so meeting point depends on access, or where you are staying.
There are lots of other places where we teach both in this region and further afield (Karuizawa Ski Resort, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort, Zao, etc) so please feel free to ask us if you have any questions on winter sports lessons, snow experiences, or anything else.