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Nagano Ski/Board Progression5 out of 5 based on 29 reviews
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Nagano Ski/Board Progression - Reviews

Nagano Ski/Board Progression - Reviews

Nagano Progression - Great experience

Paul
19/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Boarder
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    Singapore
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Nagano Progression - Great experience

Paul
19/01/2020
I joined the Nagano Progression tour and had a great time. Jase and his crew are seasoned guides and know the mountains inside out. The guiding was well structured - Jase assessed our skills well and gave candid and useful tips to help us progress our riding, while taking us to new areas and eventually into the powder when we were ready. Also appreciated Jase's sense of humor and amusing stories.

The group was good fun and we were all like-minded in seeking the Japan powder snow experience.

Finally, the AIBIYA lodge was a homely and comfortable place to stay after a long and tiring day on the slopes. Yoshi and Seongmi were very approachable and made sure the guests were well looked-after.
All in all a great experience and I hope to be back!

Japan Powder Culture Tours

Mick Caspaney
18/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Japan Powder Culture Tours

Mick Caspaney
18/01/2020
My needs were that I was travelling solo and I needed instruction on my own skiing technique. Huge tick for the social interaction with other solo travellers and couples and families alike who all had a great time. We all went out for dinner together most nights after indulging in the great choice of Onsens available close by. We also experienced local culture which is great as you learn about the way the locals have lived in Yudanaka which has not yet been clinically anglicised like Tokyo. It is still old Japan which is a great thing to experience.
Huge tick also for the instruction on how to negotiate the powder and how to ski generally. The instructors all know what they are doing (all brilliant skiers) and the delivery is great because of the relaxed and laid back approach. You don't actually feel like you are being instructed by a ski resort robot because every day is just fun and they know how to find the snow, wherever it fell overnight. You are with the group for the whole day so it's not like being in ski school for an hour or two and then told you can leave. In fact, for the first time visitor, it would be impossible to replicate the choice of where to ski for the day as in the time I was there we discovered three different mountains and had access to JPCT's local knowledge of which slopes were best to suit the ability of whoever was in the group.
Jason's "true" stories are remarkable. The truth is always stranger than fiction but he does push the envelope in a way that calls out the quiet ones for a contribution to the banter on the bus trips. It also challenges the ones who ask too many questions! If you want to know what that means, just ask him a question........

sugoi (awesome)

Trevor
10/01/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    3

sugoi (awesome)

Trevor
10/01/2020
Had an awesome time with Jase and the team! Booked the 8-day ski progression tour for early in the season (mid Dec) which worked out perfectly as the tour wasn’t as busy which meant 1:1 coaching at no extra cost. Having only skied once previously, Jase, John & Fraser managed to get me up to a decent level where I could confidently tackle the different slopes, as well as pound that virgin powder!

The only concern now is that having had a sniff of the sweet japow I think I might be addicted.

JAPAN POWDER - PROGRESSION/ CULTURE/ SKI AND SNOWBOARD TOUR

Lindy and Stuart Fisher
22/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    New Zealand
  • Month Visited:
    March

JAPAN POWDER - PROGRESSION/ CULTURE/ SKI AND SNOWBOARD TOUR

Lindy and Stuart Fisher
22/03/2019
Our initial motivation to join this tour was to:
1. Experience the famous Japan powder.
2. Pick up some appropriate technical tips.
3. Stay safe.
4. Minimise the navigation, transport and language challenges.
5. Enjoy the scenery.
6. Enjoy the company of like minded enthusiasts.
7. Embrace a different culture.
8. Have a holiday and relax.
Happy to report that all 8 expectations were met and we had a great time.
Our priorities did seem to reverse order when on the spot cruising around enjoying the scenery from 9am-3.30 through Shiga Kogen’s 19 resorts. Our preference was to keep mostly to marked trails of varying slope and terrain with forays into the trees and fresh powder following a 250mm dump on day 6. Still the best snow on Honshu for the time of year and our guides knew where to find it.
Helpful pointers were offered with encouragement and enthusiasm in abundance.
Perhaps our exertion was not up to spec...ha ha, but we did not get tired or muscle sore much to everyone’s surprise, given we are well into the silver hair phase!
The guiding was relaxed but professional and sensitive to individual’s preferences. A deep passion for, and knowledge of the area was very apparent and worth heaps to us all.
“ We go up!” – “ We go down!” - “Just follow the guide!”
Completely stress free but maybe a glimpse into the secret agenda of routes planned for the day would have heightened our sense of anticipation/trepidation! There’s a challenge for the master!
The infrastructure of the resort is understated but efficient and very under utilised... hense never any queue dramas for lifts , coffees or food.
Transport was modern and efficient ....door to door! With stories unavoidable! Ha ha.
Accommodation at Aibiya Hostel was wonderfully comfortable, spacious and authentic with a perfect balance of friendly inclusion, service and privacy...like a lodge in New Zealand.
The jumbling, old retro town of Yudanaka had an endless variety of “ Ma and Pa” dining rooms serving fantastic, authentic Japanese cuisine at minimal prices... gorgeous!
Our cultural evening was a treat to remember too!
Over all a great experience for a couple of Intermediate level, globe-skiing Kiwis!!
Just Do It!!

Japan

Andrew McCombe
16/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • RiderType
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    UK
  • Month Visited:
    February

Japan

Andrew McCombe
16/03/2019
Life is too short to spend time writing long reviews, so I will keep this short, and to the point!
First the country. Japan is an amazing place. Picturesque countryside. Tokyo, where we spent a couple of days at the beginning of our trip, is a typical big city and with lots of life and colour. The people are so courteous, and everything is so precise. Even if you don’t ski, it is a country that should be on your “visit list”.
We then transferred to Yudanaka which was our base town for the ski trip. We stayed in the hotel rather than the hostel and had a typical Japanese room with futon bed. Lovely hotel and lovely food, both Japanese and western.
And then to the skiing and Jason and his team…which was all excellent. The ski resorts have a very north American” feel to them for anyone who has skied in North America. Hilly with a lot of trees rather than mountainous, the resorts are quiet and we rarely had to queue for any chair lift or gondola. The piste runs were fine but it was off the piste that the powder was to be found and Jason and his teams’ knowledge of the mountains and resorts meant that they were able to find little un-tracked pockets all over the mountain. His team, when we were there (Jan/Feb 19) was a mix of youth, and youthful enthusiasm, and experience. The combination worked well.
What also worked well was the various groupings, to try and match peoples’ personalities and abilities. This, I thought, was done well and was a big factor in making the trip so enjoyable.
Finally, it is worth commenting that the problem with outdoor pursuits, and skiing in particular, is that you are very dependent on the weather and snow conditions in terms of impact on your overall ski experience. This of course has nothing to do with the country, the place or the tour team, but is down to the lottery of the weather.
The first half of our trip was rewarded with excellent conditions and snow, the second half less so, but I think it speaks volumes that despite the relatively poor snow conditions, we still had a great time, and were able to keep riding throughout.
I would thoroughly recommend this trip, team and location.

Great experience

Simon Marsh
10/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    UK
  • Month Visited:
    February

Great experience

Simon Marsh
10/03/2019
We joined Jase and his team for our first Japan ski adventure and had a great time.
Getting there- The trip up to Nagano by Shinkansen was easy to organise. On arriving in Nagano we put our luggage in storage for a couple of hours and ate lunch in this lovely town before visiting the famous temple which gave us a good excuse to stretch our legs. Then we switched to the local train line to finish the journey up to Yudanaka. The Abiya is a short walk from the station.
The accommodation- We stayed at the Abiya Hostel which is a great partner for JPCT. It is cosy, friendly and comfortable. It used to be a Ryokan so we got the tatami mat experience except with comfortable beds! The owners are really lovely people who advised us on many things to do during our stay and also after we left.
The skiing- We were picked up promptly each morning and taken to our mountain for the day. It really could not have been simpler for us! Unfortunately we suffered with poor snow so didn’t get to do the powder we had hoped for but JPCT tour leader Tyson worked hard to find us the best slopes available. We skied most of our time with Tyson and he was chilled and fun to be with. He was attentive and responsive to our needs, as was George, one of the other guides we spent some time with.
Other activities- Jase has come up with some authentic and entertaining evening events which we chose to join, or not, as we saw fit. The karaoke was a big hit, as was the drum performance.
All in all we highly recommend skiing with Jase and his team, we will be back!

Fun time at Shiga Kogen and surrounds.

Tony Macpherson
15/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    New Zealand
  • Month Visited:
    February

Fun time at Shiga Kogen and surrounds.

Tony Macpherson
15/02/2019
Excellent time with Jason and crew...if only the snow had come to the party too. Wife and I wanted to master "Japanese" powder as we struggle finding it at home in NZ....Good pow first few days certainly saw us progressing, but rain/ice put paid to our further development for the latter part of the trip. Well organised with great accommodation options, the cultural touches and further travel tips were well appreciated too...true story ;)

Nagano Ski Progression

Fredrik Ogilvie
21/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    United Kingdom
  • Month Visited:
    January

Nagano Ski Progression

Fredrik Ogilvie
21/01/2019
Along with a friend, I completed the 8 day Ski progression course in Jan 2019. I had little previous experience skiing powder and felt like i improved a lot with the help of some great instruction and guiding from the variety of guides in the company. More importantly, i had a great time doing it, with the snow in Japan living up to the hype and great camaraderie in the group, fostered by some great nights out organised by Jason and the rest of the gang.

I can also highly recommend the traditional Ryokan. Sleeping on tatami floors was surprisingly comfortable and the onsen hot springs facilities are fantastic after a tough day on the slopes.

This trip does what it says on the label.

Ian
06/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    England
  • Month Visited:
    February

This trip does what it says on the label.

Ian
06/03/2018
My ski buddy and I signed up for the Nagano Ski/Snowboard progression trip based in Yudanaka. We are both experienced on piste skiers but were unable to ski powder well and with confidence.
On the first day Jason quickly assessed the groups abilities and allotted them to different guides/teachers. We spent most of our time with Mike, an excellent teacher, who managed to bring the whole group of differing skill levels along to the point of being much more competent and confident skiing powder by the end of the trip. No mean feat.
The Ryokan hotel was very good. We chose to upgrade to a western room as the standard Japanese style rooms are very compact! Food great and staff very helpful. Japanese breakfasts outstanding.
The cultural evenings were interesting and certainly worth attending.
The restaurants we visited in Yudanaka were mainly good with a special mention to Ru’s and Isamisushi.
Great crack on the bus each day with a musical ‘guess the track and artist’ competition. Jasons ‘true story’ stories a highlight.
Karaoke evening great fun considering we have never, ever done Karaoke before!
All in all a great trip that we would highly recommend.

Amazing ski progression program

Kiyoko Miyanishi
28/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    70+
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • RiderType
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Canada
  • Month Visited:
    February

Amazing ski progression program

Kiyoko Miyanishi
28/02/2018
As an intermediate groomed run skier, I signed up for Epic's 8-day ski progression program to learn how to ski powder. I was totally impressed with the instruction I received and ended the program thoroughly enjoying skiing powder in the trees. My on piste skiing also improved significantly which was a bonus. Our instructor Mike could find the best powder even on days that hadn't received any fresh snow and was totally patient and helpful in his teaching. Everything about the trip was great - wonderful lodging at an onsen ryokan, fun people to ski with, great food, etc. Would definitely recommend highly to anyone.
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