Duration:

11 night package with 8 days coaching & 2 days sight seeing

Location:

Road trip in Nagano Prefecture, Japan

Technique Ninja & Culture Camp:

Having more ski resorts than any other country, it’s quite surprising that until a decade or so ago, Japanese ski hills received little attention and remained relatively undiscovered by most western shredders. Now, after a few ski & board movies put Japan in the lime light, the secret is out and you have undoubtedly heard countless stories of its legendary neck deep powder.

It’s true the skiing is great and we all love powder. There’s no doubt about that! But in Japan, the ridiculous snow fall is only a small part of the experience.

On our Snow Ninja tour, not only will you be shralping pow and technique geeking it out with Section 8 coaches on some of Japan’s best slopes… but you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the uniqueness of the ultra friendly and often a little quirky Japanese culture.

We’ll be heading to resorts slightly off the beaten path in search of authentic Japan. Beggining the adventure in the epicentre of the Japanse Alps, surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Hakuba Valley, we’ll then move on to the more traditional ground of Nozawa Onsen to fully unwind. Along the way we’ll stay in traditional Japanese Ryokan’s, eat what has to be the world’s most delicious and elegantly presented food, and spend plenty of time soaking our tired limbs in soothing onsens (traditional Japanese hot springs).

If skiing in Japan has been on your tick list, then perhaps it’s time to finally discover it for yourself… and you might as well do it in Section 8 style!

Dates, Prices & Registration

Booking Deadline for 2018 Snow Ninja Camp

September 10th, 2017

Snow Ninja – Japan

2017 Course Dates:

  • Arrival in Hakuba – Monday, February 19th, 2018
  • Departure from Nozawa – Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Course Prices:

  • Double occupancy booking as a couple: $4,495 CAD per person ($1,000 deposit)
  • Shared room booking on your own: $4,495 CAD per person ($1,000 deposit)
  • Single private room upgrade: $5,795 CAD per person ($1,500 deposit)

Have a spouse who doesn’t ski but still wants to come along for the cultural journey? Contact us for non-skiing or no coaching options.

Note* Space Limited to 14 Participants

 

Camp Itinerary

Snow Ninja – Japan Camp Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrival in Hakuba – Pick up is from Hakuba Station
  • Transfer to hotel for check in (detailed travel directions to be provided in your pre-trip package)
  • Orientation and Welcome Dinner

Day 2

  • Skiing at Happo One Resort
  • Discover the mountain with Section 8 Coaches
  • Warm up for the week with video Analysis

Day 3

  • Skiing at Happo One or one of the other Hakuba Valley Resort’s depending on conditions
  • Coaching and general ski improvement sessions based on conditions and group goals

Day 4

  • Skiing at Happo One or one of the other Hakuba Valley Resort’s depending on conditions
  • Coaching sessions continued based on conditions and groups goals

Day 5

  • Skiing at Happo One or one of the other Hakuba Valley Resort’s depending on conditions
  • Coaching sessions continued based on conditions and groups goals
  • Celebrate our last day of coaching in Hakuba

Day 6

  • Rest day with various optional extras such as:
  • Sight seeing tour to see the Onsen Monkey’s and Zenjkoji Temple (included in package)
  • Guided Backcountry Ski Touring
  • Go Freeskiing and discover some of Hakuba’s resorts on your own
  • Or just explore the town and shop for souvenirs

Day 7

  • Hop on our shuttle to the historic and culturally rich Village of Nozawa Onsen
  • Explore the Village

Day 8

  • All mountain ski improvement session at Nozawa Onsen
  • Video Analysis
  • Soak in Onsens

Day 9

  • All mountain ski improvement session at Nozawa Onsen
  • Soak in Onsens

Day 10

  • All mountain ski improvement session at Nozawa Onsen
  • Soak in Onsens

Day 11

  • All mountain ski improvement session at Nozawa Onsen
  • Soak in Onsens
  • Sayonara Dinner Party

Day 12

  • Departure (We’ll say good bye and send you on your way at the local Station so you can return to Tokyo via train or carry on the rest of your travels)
What's Included?

What’s Included in the Snow Ninja Tour?

Included in the costs:

  • Pick up at Hakuba Station
  • 8 days of coaching from Section 8 coaches (CSIA Course Conductors)
  • 8 days lift tickets to resorts in the Hakuba Valley and Nozawa Onsen
  • 11 nights accommodation in traditional Japanese Ryokan’s
  • Transportation from Hakuba to Nozawa Onsen
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • 2 x Dinner (‘Konichiwa’ dinner and ‘Sayonara’ dinner)
  • Bonus – Sight seeing tour to see Onsen Monkeys & Zenkoji Temple included

Addtional Costs:

  • Flights to Japan
  • Transfers to Hakuba Station and return transfer from Nozawa Station
  • Travel medical insurance (mandatory)
  • Trip cancellation insurance (optional but highly recommended)
  • All meals other than the ones mentioned above
  • Personal ski gear
  • Some optional extra curricular activities such as guided backcountry skiing etc.
Extra Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities

Japanese skiing is fantastic… but with such a rich traditional culture and amazing landscapes, a day off snow just might be the most memorable part your trip!

Some options are:

  • A trip to see the famous onsen bathing monkeys (included option)
  • A trip to see Zenkoji Temple (included option)
  • Although a longer journey, a trip to see Matsumoto Castle is possible
  • Guided backcountry ski touring is available in both Hakuba annd Nozawa Onsen… earn your turns and experience some serious freshies!
  • Bathing in onsens will become a habit forming daily activity
  • Explore the villages and discover your own unique view of Japan
  • Enjoy fine dining at it’s best with a kaiseki dinner at the Ryokan or venture out on the town to experience a fun Izakaya (Japanese pub).
  • We suggest arriving in Japan a day or two early or staying late to experiencing a little Tokyo time before or after the camp.