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Three Qs in Nagano - Reviews

Skiing Japow with Jase and Jack

Allan Holt
23/09/2017
    • Age
      18-35
    • Ability
      Advanced
    • Rider Type
      Skier
    • Country
      Australia
    • Month:
      March
    Massive thanks to Jase and Jack for such an epic week that included amazing skiing as well as experiencing traditional Japanese food and culture.
    Jase and Jack really strive to give their customer's the best skiing experience possible, they know all the terrain so well and always offer the best situation tailored to suit each individual.
    Without a doubt some of the funnest skiing I have ever had as well as authentic Japanese food and culture every day!

    Japan ski trip

    Mark lahood
    26/04/2017
      • Age
        51-70
      • Ability
        Intermediate
      • Rider Type
        Skier
      • Country
        New zealand
      • Month:
        February
      Skiing for many years in New Zealand I thought I could handle any type of conditions – wrong. Nothing can prepare you for waist deep powder (and sometimes chest to neck deep). The first day on our ski trip with the crew from Epic Ski Adventures really blew my mind (and I’m a pharmacist). It was a real adjustment, but with the right tuition from our guides things started to come together as the trip progressed. One thing that happens when you get outside your comfort zone is you just start using way too much energy as everything tenses up. Jack and Jase taught me a whole lot of things which put me in the right head space to learn that powder is your friend. They even got me on some fatter skis to try which made life a lot easier. Being fitted up with safety gear was a new experience and getting a safety briefing of how to use it is a real eye opener to the many dangers that exist on and off piste at resorts. Felt the guides did a great job of keeping things fun but were very no nonsense when it came to safety to a point where they had to stand down a client who would not stay within their safety umbrella. We had an awesome group to ski with immense hilarity on the way to the mountains and back (usually with a roadie in your hand) and thanks to the whole group for a new repertoire of jokes, which none can be repeated here. All the side adventures we went on outside the skiing really made the trip feel like you were with a bunch of mates going on a weekend ski trip not a pre arranged group tour as there were so many spontaneous things that just happened. The accommodation was superb and the communal onsening is a must. All the cultural activities we got involved in were a real bonus and we got to know a number of the locals and sharing whiskeys and songs with a group of Japanese visitor at the Karaoke night was a hoot! I like my food and man did we eat while in Yudanaka, usually with the group we skied with and sometimes with our guides. Sushi, Yakatori, chibu chibu, Izakaya and a few restaurants that had mixed Japanese/Western were out of this world and the food up at the mountains was not only great but very reasonably priced. Would I go again? Hell yeah, this was a fantastic trip and am already planning on taking the whole family next time.
      Mark LaHood (Intermediate-Advanced Skier) – New Zealand - February 2017

      Why would i ski anywhere else!

      James Paterson
      25/04/2017
        • Age
          51-70
        • Ability
          Advanced
        • Rider Type
          Skier
        • Country
          New Zealand
        • Month:
          February
        Words can’t describe the time we had in Japan this season. But I will give it a go anyway. From the time we arrived at the train station at Yudanaka my friend and I knew that we were in for an adventure. The town sits at 600 metres and was covered in snow, an experience we do not get in New Zealand as the snow level sits a lot higher. We were driven to our very nice accommodation and had a catch up with Jase and Jack in the afternoon. They gave us a breakdown of what was happening with the weather and what to expect with our time with them. The first day was off the charts and I have not seen this depth of snow anywhere before in my life. The guys set us up with Avalanche gear and taught us how to use it and then we got stuck in. There was so much snow that we didn’t even ski in the off piste on day one as the on piste was just that good. Great to have the appropriate safety gear as I can see how you could get into trouble in deep snow even in the in-bounds of a resort in Japan. It amazed me that even on the days that we did not have any new snow the guys took us to places that had not been touched – that stuff just does not happen back home. We thought they were kidding in their tour description that we would ski at resorts where there was not competition for the POW but they were spot on. The trip just got better and better. We had an awesome group of skiers and snowboarders and everyone got on like a house on fire. Not just a skiing trip the guides introduced us to a real live Geisha performance, an interactive Karate performance and a Taiko Drum, Japanese guitar and lion dance which really topped off our amazing days on the snow. We elected to have a day off and go and check out Nagano and the Zenkoji temple on our own which was way cool and the other little things we did on the way back from skiing each day like having a local ale at the Teppa Room, a walk through Shibu town and some sake tasting really gave us an all round authentic experience. We had a wicked night of Karaoke with a group of elderly Japanese and it was pretty special interacting with them all, and the New Zealand Haka went down really well. We elected to onsen everyday which is a fantastic way of bathing and was well needed after the third day of skiing. What really impressed me about the skiing is that the guides would evaluate where the best place was to ski via the snow reports, make a few calls then get every in the wagons and take us there. They have no special relationships with any one resort so they are not inclined to promote one over the other just focussed on giving us the best POW each day. The food at our lodging and at the town of Yudanaka was outstanding and it was great to have the guides eat with us at times. The guides day did not just start when we headed up the mountain and finish when we were dropped off at the accommodation, they interacted with us every day and night and although we saw a lot of them it did not feel like they encroached on our territory. All and all this was a very well run tour without feeling like it was to contrived, the guides were obviously passionate about what they did and really made our time there an amazing experience. Just can’t wait to get back to Japan and do it all again. Thanks Jack and Jase, see you on the slopes in NZ.

        Christmas in Japan

        Keith Byrne
        10/01/2017
          • Age
            51-70
          • Ability
            Expert
          • Rider Type
            Skier
          • Country
            Switzerland
          • Month:
            December
          Skiing in Japan at Christmas is a bit of a gamble as you have a 50/50 chance of hitting the jackpot with the famous Japanese Powder. (Having previously been to Japan in February then I know when the optimum time to go really is)
          Checking through the Powderhounds options told me that there were no Backcountry options for Christmas but I stumbled across the Three Qs tour and thought I would give it a try as I had previously only skied in Hokkaido.
          So whilst the snow could have been better (we still managed to ski fresh lines most days) the team of Jason, Jack and Tom were awesome in delivering on their promise of exciting side-country. We hit several locations throughout my 9 days skiing in Japan and the guys certainly knew the area very well and where were the best locations to get the untracked snow.
          The hotel in Yudanaka was a great Basecamp for the trip and the daily onsen is a Japanese skiing ritual that is well catered for in this package.
          So I would definitely recommend this trip especially for those skiers or snowboarders that are looking for a Japanese experience without too many westerners and for those looking to extend their experience of riding in powder.