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Nagano Ski & Snowboard Progression - Reviews

Nagano Ski Progression

Rodney Dyson
01/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    February
Just back from a fantastic week with Epic Ski Adventures. Jason and his crew makes sure everyone has a great time. They expertly determine your ability and group you with skiers/boarders with similar abilities.

Being an intermediate skier Jason spent a lot of time improving my skiing skills. Going to Japan on my own this year I decided to join a guided group. It was a great decision! Jason found great powder runs within our ability when it was available and called it when it was just not worth it or too dangerous to ski. But it didn't end there. Instead we all went on a cultural tour of Nagano! All the time making sure the group was having a great Japanese experience.

Safety of the skiers was always considered and we were provided with the right equipment and training in case.

I cant wait for our ski season to apply all I have learnt from Jason and I hope to be back next year to put it into practice.

BTW I never thought anyone could get me up at karaoke!!

Fantastic trip!

Christina
25/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    UK
  • Month Visited:
    December
I did not know what to expect for the trip. It was much nicer that I thought. I had a great time. Jason and his team was fantastic, so accommodating about individual need! I would love to join another trip in the future.

Fun tour for solo skiier

Andrew Garland
10/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    February
I am 55 yr old husband and father of 3 who didn't have anyone to ski with this season for various reasons. I've skied Oz, NZ, Nth America & Europe. Always had a hankering for Japan but a bit nervous about taking the plunge on my own. The Epic overview seemed to suit my desire for a priority on skiing (as opposed to partying) and exposure to true Japanese cultural experiences. Following initial enquiry the promptly delivered tour overview and FAQ's reinforced my impression of what could be a great tour and I can confirm all information provided was honest & accurate. The tour guides are the key. They quickly assessed my abilities and structured my program for progression in powder conditions. They remained patient for the entire 10 days and while instruction is not a conventional ski school structure, it matched the conditions at hand and my goals. The team are guides and guide they did. We had favorable conditions and our group did not go wanting for fresh untracked powder in a variety of terrain. There were secret stashes that I would never have found or tried on my own. The resorts were great in terms of small or no lift lines and few westerners to beat us to the virgin POW. The regular cultural events were structured for fun. I certainly struck it lucky with my group and we all got on like a house on fire. The tone throughout was laid back and easy going but skier safety and attention to detail remained at the fore. The food was great and plentiful. I went for Japanese style lodging with no regrets and the Onsen was a definite bonus. If time and finances permit, I will be back for more.

Awesome week in Yudanaka

Liz Copeland
24/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australian
  • Month Visited:
    January
Thanks Jason, Tom and Jack for a fantastic week full of great snow and cultural events. I really appreciate all you ski tips and hope to return next year to take on some powder. It was great to experience so many different Japanese resorts. The hotel was great loved the onsen and the food. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. The cultural events really added to the whole experience. It was great to experience the Japanese snow dumping first hand too.

Great Experience

Isaac Shi
07/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    China
  • Month Visited:
    December
Spent ten days in Yudanaka. Best snow tour I ever had

Awesome tour, regardless of the poor season

Adam Kloppenburg
17/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    February
The Epic Honshu Progression was a great tour, and Jason and his guides did a brilliant job of keeping us entertained. While we weren't blessed with much of the white stuff, Jason managed to keep things interesting, taking us to different resorts most days, and if the snow quality was too poor to ride, Jason planned some great side trips for sightseeing and some real 'Japanese' experiences, one memorable day we checked out a castle,temple, had a few hours running rampant at a Japanese games and sports centre (I won't give too much away)!
Jason was a good guide, he was able to give pointers to improve people's riding ability, and was very good at placing people of complimentary riding skills together. When the powder did come, Jason and co gave us a good taste of Japan 'slack country' and it was definitely some of my best riding. After finishing up for the day, we would go back to the accommodation for a quick onsen, and meet for dinner and night time activities.
The accommodation was brilliant, food was awesome and the onsen complex was great, with 4 different areas (2 inside, 2 outside).
I would highly recommend this tour for those who want to see a bit of the country and culture in between hitting the slopes... I will definitely be doing it again!

Awesome skiing, experience and overall amazing trip

Nadine Leblanc
24/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Canada
  • Month Visited:
    January
This trip and tour was excellent. Jason and his team was hard working and very professional.they did everything they could to make my trip amazing and it was.

I learned a lot in the lesson and the team has great instructors.

After I had such a great time I was not ready to go home so I extened my trip. Jason went out of his way to help me plan the rest of my trip.

I had such I good trip that I will definitely go back again and use Epic ski tour again.

Epic Honshu Ski & Snowboard Progression

Roni & Adrian Giacobetti
29/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    January
Jason and guides were friendly, welcoming, professional and helpful. The drivers were very high quality and inspired confidence when driving up and down the mountains, the guides were very caring and provided excellent and personal service, we visited very nice eating places, the hotel in Yudanaka was first rate in all respects and overall, the tour was well organised.

Progression tour

Harry Moody
28/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    UK
  • Month Visited:
    February
Cracking team, great locations, what more could you ask for!

very good. will reuse

Paavani Reddy
22/01/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    india
  • Month Visited:
    January
well organized tour. guide/instructors were qualified and made sure all guests received attention.
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