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SKI & SNOWBOARD GUIDED TOUR
8 Days | 7 Night | 6 Skiing | Up to 6 Ski Areas
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USD 1,860
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Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Ideal for budget conscious intermediate to advanced skiers & riders who want maximum pow! Based in the traditional town of Yudanaka, which is relatively free of western influence, you will be ensured of an authentic Japanese ski or snowboard experience.
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Inclusions
  • Guide/instructor for duration – max 1:6 ratio
  • 7 nights quad or twin share accommodation with shared bathroom
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 6 days of lift passes with guiding & instruction
  • And much more...
Add-ons
  • Upgrade to a deluxe twin room with private bathroom
  • Rejuvenating onsen (hot pools) at local ryokan
  • Taiko Drum, Shamisen guitar and lion dance performance
  • Karate performance from a Grand Master champion of Japan
  • Option to have a rest day to visit to Matsumoto Castle and Nagano to visit the Zenkoji Temple
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
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Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2017
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Jan 07 - Jan 14, 2018
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3 Qs in Nagano

Quality, quantity and quietness (3Qs) are the only ways to describe Shiga Kogen, Madarao, Tangram, Togakushi, Ryuoo Ski Park, Kijimadaira and Nozawa Onsen, where you will get your fill of the world famous Japan POW. All these resorts have been hand selected due to the relative lack of foreign skiers, abundance of snow and great snow quality. Another key element to chasing the best POW is having wheels and the experienced drivers to get you there safely in all conditions.

This is undoubtedly the best value 7 night and 6 day fully guided ski and snowboard tour in Honshu, and is designed for the budget conscious who are happy with a warm and cosy place to relax at the end of an epic day, which Yoshi’s Hostel Aibiya provides.

Based in the historic onsen town of Yudanaka, which is relatively free of western influence, you are ensured of an authentic Japanese skiing or snowboarding experience.

Highlights

  • No need to work out the best places to ski and ride - your guide does this for you
  • Rejuvenate in a local ryokan’s onsen
  • Visit the world famous snow monkeys and walk through 1300 year old Shibu Onsen town
  • Relax and be driven from location to location with the experienced mountain drivers
  • Enjoy a variety of traditional Japanese restaurants to eat at each night
  • Visit resorts that many visitors don't get to without the knowledge of a guide
  • Make some new friends to share those face shot stories with over a local ale or wine

Rider Ability

This tour caters for intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders. Avalanche equipment is mandatory and can be rented from us. For further information on skill level please make an enquiry and ask for the ability chart.

Resorts/Ski Areas Visited (Depending on Conditions)

This tour has the ability to visit a number of different resorts in the Nagano prefecture. The resorts visited are dictated by the conditions on any given day and each area has its own individual micro climate so don’t be surprised if you visit the same resort a number of times.

The resorts visited are dictated by the conditions on any given day and each area has its own individual micro climate so don’t be surprised if you visit the same resort a number of times. The resorts include: Oku Shiga Kogen, Yakebitaiyama, Ichinose and Giant (all part Asia’s largest ski resort Shiga Kogen), Ryuoo Ski Park, Kijimadaira, TogakushiNozawa Onsen, Madarao & Tangram.

Drive times to these resorts vary from 25 minutes to 50 minutes in good road conditions.

Accommodation Options & Meals

This tour is based in the township of Yudanaka which is located near the Shiga Kogen ski areas and also ideally located to visit many of Nagano's other great ski areas.

The area is well known for its onsens (hot springs) and it is said that over 1300 years ago a monk who visited the area discovered the healing quality of the water and the popularity of the region grew so much that the Samurai would come to repair their bodies in the rejuvenating waters.

The other attraction to the area is the world renowned snow monkeys who have learnt to keep themselves warm in the natural onsen water. Although the town is visited by foreigners to visit the snow monkeys during the day, you will find the town relatively free of westerners in the evenings. There is a wide array of traditional eating houses in Yudanaka which serve fresh local and regional produce. In the past few years the restaurant scene has expanded to include a number of new eateries which have a mix of Japanese and Western food to suit every palette. A walk through historic Shibu town is also a must with its quaint shops, temples, shrines, foot onsens and authentic architecture.

Accommodation for the duration of the tour is located at Hostel Aibiya (which is an up-market hostel/lodge).

Hostel AibiyaHostel Aibiya is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. Yoshi and his family provide a high level of Japanese service backed up with western insights gained by working overseas. English speaking with a wealth of knowledge of the Nagano area, Yoshi will look after all your needs.

The hostel has an option of quad share single western bed rooms and twin share rooms with shared bathroom and there is the option to upgrade to the twin/triple deluxe rooms with private bathrooms.

There is a well equipped kitchen for those who would like to cook themselves or enjoy the many traditional Japanese restaurants only a short walk away. There are two different types of lounge rooms and a separate cinema room.

There are separate male and female shared shower rooms and a free onsen at Ryokan Yoroduya, only a 2 minute walk away.

A free continental breakfast is provided each day with bread, cereal, fruits, yoghurt, coffee, tea and fruit juices.

A gift shop with crafts made locally, and local Shiga kogen beer and snacks are available for sale.

Free WI-FI is available throughout the hostel.

Experience the tradition of an onsen at a local ryokan for a small fee.

The hostel is located only a 3 minute walk from the train station with local convenience stores, restaurants & bars nearby.

There is an in house laundry service available at an extra cost.


Hostel Aibiya..

...quad dorm rooms...

.....communal kitchen

Itinerary

This itinerary is a guide. The tour is dictated by the weather each day and your guide will fit around where the best conditions are. This is a powder tour so wider skis and a powder board are recommended to get the best out of your time. Your guide is there to show you lines you may not have discovered on your own.

Day 1
Make your way to Yudanaka (home of the snow monkeys) on either the amazing rail system or a shuttle from Narita or Haneda airport. Then it is  just a short walk to your accommodation from the station where you will be greeted by Yoshi & the team (further information on how to get to Yudanaka is contained in the pre trip instructions). The area has a history of over 1,300 years as a hot spring resort and more recently was put on the map due to the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games. Let Yoshi recommend one of his favourite restaurants to enjoy your first of many meals in Yudanaka.

Day 2
Made up of 19 resorts Shiga Kogen is the largest ski area in Asia with the highest lift access in Japan. Because Shiga is so large and elevated, fresh lines can be found days after a snowfall. And because relatively few westerners have discovered this area the queues are almost non-existent and another bonus is that very few Japanese ski off-piste. After skiing, why not try an onsen to sooth any aches and pains.

Day 3
After breakfast we will travel to Nozawa Onsen for some more action on the snow. Considered by some as the birthplace of skiing in Japan, its 300 hectares of terrain and 50km of slopes will not disappoint. At the end of the day we will take a walk through Nozawa Onsen township and enjoy the many shops and eating treats.

Day 4
Madarao (Madapow) is another of the Japanese ski fields that does not attract the hoards of gaijins (foreigners). This field seems to have its own micro climate and when it snows here it can be very light and deep. If you are looking for a change from the Japanese fare there is a restaurant on the mountain that makes the best burgers and pizzas. Enjoy a meal at one of the many traditional Japanese restaurants in Yudanaka.

Day 5
Togakushi is one of those hidden resorts that few westerners have either heard of or visited. With a total of seven chairlifts, it is a great resort to explore, and the views over the Japanese Alps are spectacular. If time allows we will visit the local sake museum and taste up to 10 different sakes that are made on site.

Day 6
Either Kijimadaira ski resort or Ryuo Ski Park are on offer today, with some great tree skiing or steep open wide courses which are accessed with the areas only ropeway.  You couldtake an evening stroll through historic Shibu town followed by a meal in Yudanaka.

Day 7
After breakfast we will further explore Shiga Kogen. The great thing about the 19 connecting resorts at Shiga is that we may ski one area for the morning then after lunch relocate to another part of the mountain for more powder action. Your pass gives you access to the whole of Shiga and your guide knows where those private stashes are located.

Day 8
It is time to bid farewell to our fabulous hosts at the Hostel Aibiya.

No visit is complete to Yudanaka without some interaction with the famous snow monkeys. This is the only place in the world you can see the snow monkeys soaking in natural hot pools up close and personal.


Cultural activities...

...traditional Japanese food...

...visit the famous snow monkeys.

2017/18 Rates & Inclusions

Rates
Quad share with shared bathroom:  ¥209,000 (per person)
Twin share with shared bathroom: ¥229,000 (per person)
Twin share (deluxe room) with private bathroom: ¥249,000 (per person)

Dates

In addition to the dates listed, private tours can be arranged between 7th March and 31st March (based on a minimum of 4 people).

Epic Ski Adventures Booking Conditions

DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT

  • Deposit is 20% of full tour price per person.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Final balance due: 30 days prior to departure.
  • All payments are in Japanese Yen (JPY) 

CANCELLATION BY YOU

  • more than 30 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
  • Tour operator highly recommends you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit. 

CANCELLATION BY EPIC SKI ADVENTURES

Epic Ski Adventures reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.

Other Important Information


Terrain & SafetyThe rules when skiing at resorts in Japan can be a lot different to what is experienced in Western resorts around the world. At a high percentage of the resorts in Japan, trail skiing is the norm and anything off the main marked trails is deemed "out-of-bounds". The out of bounds is not patrolled so as far as the resort is concerned; skiing there is at your own risk. The out of bounds skiing provided by ESA is deemed (what has been termed in Japan by westerners) “slack country” or “side country”. Many times these out of bounds areas are in between two marked courses so at the bottom of the run you meet up on a marked course to take you back to the lifts, hence the term “slack country”.

Some resorts are more lenient with "out-of-bounds" skiing and others very strict. Some will have signs that state "ski at your own risk" where others may not. ESA consider everything that is not on a marked trail to be out of bounds. 

If you wish to experience the "out-of-bounds" (skiing off any of the marked trails) areas:
  1. You must carry the essential avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe & backpack to carry such gear)
  2. You must be able to ski at a sufficient ability / level to manage the conditions on the day for any out-of-bounds runs
  3. You will need to undertake an safety instruction session on the use of your avalanche equipment (even if you already know how to use it)
  4. You will be required to sign a release of liability agreement prior to undertaking any out-of-bounds skiing with ESA
The ESA team have the following credentials:
  • knowledge and experience at skiing the various resorts they visit in the Nagano and Niigata areas
  • accreditation and different combinations of instructors, ski patrol, avalanche awareness and first aid
  • ski instructors have a minimum of level 2 NZIAS certification
Exclusion of Liability & RiskAdventure sports activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards. These risks and hazards are outlined in the ESA release of liability, waiver of claims, assumptions of risks and indemnity agreement which all participants are required to read and sign before participating in adventure sports activities. This agreement will affect your legal rights should you be involved in an accident.