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Nagano Beginner Packages

Nagano Beginner Packages5/523
Nagano Beginner Packages5 out of 5 based on 23 reviews
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Nagano Beginner Packages - Reviews

Nagano Beginner Packages - Reviews

Awesome trip!

Jason14/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    December

Awesome trip!

Jason14/01/2019
Epic time learning to snowboard.
Very welcoming group. Felt like snowboarding with a friends rather than an instructors.
Already planning for my next trip with these guys!

EPIC!

Laura07/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    December

EPIC!

Laura07/01/2019
Before this tour, I had never been to Japan, Skiid or even seen snow! I came to Japan on my own to learn to ski had the best time, didn't want to leave! Jase, Tom and Gus from JPCT were awesome guides and instructors and had me parallel skiing on my second day which was very unexpected. I don't think I'd have picked it up so quickly without them. I also came very unprepared but Jase provided me with everything I needed to ski down to my socks! The hostel accommodation was really great and easy to get to and navigate from. The boys take their skiing very seriously and the whole operation was a well oiled machine. We went to different ski fields every day which weren't packed with other tourists and although I'd come a little early in the season, there was still a lot of snow! I was the only beginner in the group so paid a little extra for one-on-one tuition but it was well worth it and I still got to socialise with the rest of the group. We also had the best time checking out the local surrounds, the boys showed us a few sights and some great places to eat. Jase was very flexible and quick to respond to emails and questions when planning the trip. Highly recommend this tour for solo travellers but I'll also be bringing some friends back next season!

Excellent trip!

Mcihelle and Sean23/12/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    December

Excellent trip!

Mcihelle and Sean23/12/2018
My husband and I spent 5 days snowboarding. We spent three days with Gus and two days with Jase. We had an excellent week of fun, snow and stories. We were brought to different areas and terrains where we experienced a variety of snow and powder. Jase organised everything for us, from gear to equipment to the onsen. We were picked up and dropped off everyday and looked after perfectly. We would definitely recommend the trip for all levels.

Amazing time @ Shiga Kogen

Lee29/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January

Amazing time @ Shiga Kogen

Lee29/01/2018
We had an amazing time learning to ski. The instructors are skillful, patient, and fun! Will certainly join again at next available chance.

great tour...great people

Jo Hope12/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January

great tour...great people

Jo Hope12/01/2018
The Nagano Beginner Package was fantastic. As first time skiers my 11 year old daughter and l had a great time and by the end of 5 days were skiing down the incredible slopes of Japan. Everything was taken care of by Epic Ski Adventures, from our gear, lift passes, transport to and from the fields and tuition. All we had to be was be ready by 8am in the morning for the bus and off we would go. Our guides/teaches were exceptional, patient, encouraging, kind and fun. We had so much fun and we will be back again hopefully next year.

First time to Shiga Kogen!!! #solotraveller #snowboarding

Melinda Salter05/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    December

First time to Shiga Kogen!!! #solotraveller #snowboarding

Melinda Salter05/01/2018
What a fantastic experience! From the first email to Jason until my last night in Yudanaka my 10 days was an absolute blast!
Jason, Gus and Mike made my first time to Japan (and Shiga Kogen) and my first time on the board so easy. Thanks Jason for putting together a plan of attack (accommodation, a mixture of days on the board and days visiting the local sights), your advice was spot on and it made the whole trip an “experience” rather than just a snowboarding trip.
Three days of private lessons set me up for the next few days of snowboarding. Gus is a passionate instructor who truly loves teaching others. He did it all at my own pace, was patient throughout and offered valuable advice. With Gus’ tutition and Jason and Mike’s feedback on my progress I set off on the slopes on my own (within advised boundaries). I was just amazed that I was able to do so after such a short time on the board.
Accommodation at the High Quality Abiya Hostel was more than what I expected. Great factilities, impeccable local knowledge, warm and friendly owners (Yoshi and Somi looked after their guests like family) and great other lodgers as well!!! 😉 They have fostered such a strong relationship with Jason and his team.
Overall, everyone on the team, plus the other snowboarders and skiers made me feel at home throughout my time with Epic Ski Adventures! Such a fantastic balance of snow, culture and experiences, I have no doubt in recommending Jason and his team to my friends and family. Great for solo travellers, families and the extreme adventurer, Jason caters for all! Thanks again, epic times!
P.S. Highly recommend that your take Jason and Mike for karaoke! 😉

Great for skiers and non-skiers alike

Judith Hunter31/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    December

Great for skiers and non-skiers alike

Judith Hunter31/12/2017
My kids were very keen to ski, my husband wanted to give it a go, and I wanted to do other things instead. Our trip with Jason made us all happy. We stayed in the wonderful Hostel Aibiya in the lovely little town of Yudanaka. The kids skied for three days with Jason’s excellent instructors Mike and Gus. They had a ball and learned a lot. My husband did one day then decided to go again the next as he had so much fun. I went up to the slopes one day to watch and see Shiga Kogen, but the other days I explored Obuse and Shibu Onsen. On the third day of skiing the conditions weren’t great so after a morning skiing, Jason took us all into Nagano for the afternoon to see the Genko-ji temple and the Olympic Museum.
Jason made it fun for everyone. He was good at balancing everyone’s needs in a very diverse group. The other people in the group included advanced skiers and intermediate snowboarders and we all had fun.
Jason made the logistics of gear, transport and passes very easy in a very interesting area with lots of variety for skiers. Our base in Yudanaka was great - lovely little restaurants and shops and welcoming onsen in a town that felt real”.
Highly recommended

A great snow experience.

Karen M31/12/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    12-17
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    December

A great snow experience.

Karen M31/12/2017
Jason and his team were fantastic. We are a family of 4 with 2 teenagers of different skiing ability and my husband (a beginner) decided at the last minute to have a go too! Jason made all this happen. We stayed at a Ryokan in Yudanaka for 4 nights. We chose Western rooms and I would say the rooms are ***. The bathrooms * but most people use the onsen (amazing hot springs baths) each day and don't need the shower. The meals are traditional, multi-course affairs. Breakfast can be either traditional or western. All wonderful. Now, the most important part is the skiing and it was INCREDIBLE. The kids and husband loved it. Jason joins people of similar ability and tailors the skiing each day. They got so much from the coaching from Jason and his team. They tried powder for the first time. They ate crumpets at the highest peak in Japan. The photos are incredible. Jason made all this happen: booked everything from accommodation to equipment hire. A couple of nights we skipped the dinner included in our package and had amazing sushi in a local restaurant. As I wasn't skiing, I did a few trips into Nagano (45 train ride). Everyone got to see the snow monkeys, a 45 minute walk in the snow - incredible.

Snowboarding and High Quality AIBIYA Hostel Best Short Break

Ben Williams08/06/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    December

Snowboarding and High Quality AIBIYA Hostel Best Short Break

Ben Williams08/06/2017
While I was already planning to go to Japan for my second time for three weeks, I wanted to try something different and I'm soo glad I choose snowboarding with Jason and Co.It was actually first time in the snow and even I learnt to snowboard on dry slope in the UK,snow is certainly a mix of harder and easier to move around on.

After a few emails and chased up a few prices and found the package from Powderhounds looked to be the best value for money. Jason from Epic Ski Adventures, sent me an information package that was clear and concise and answered most of my questions straight away. After some thinking a decided to choose the 5 day package at High Quality AIBIYA Hostel and for a hostel it is very high quality the Owners Yoshi and Seongmi are great hosts. They don't check you in and forget you. We had many long conversations about traditional Japanese life and we shared some city-brewed sake which I would also recommend. and even watched some classic japanese TV shows while enjoying some snacks, The free breakfast is very good and the rooms are nice with comfortable beds.

As for the actual snowboarding, I was very very lucky and had 1to1 lessons as I booked right at the start of the snow session and was the only person who booked for that time. Jason certainly didn't have to do this but I'm glad he decided to hit the slopes with me. The slopes were just great and not too busy with the numerous school skiers and even some slope we tried had very few people. Jason was incredibly patient and put up with all of my clumsiness and slight mind blanks.

I cannot recommend the Shiga Kogen package enough, the price is great, the hotel was great and the people were great. And the scenery...WOW!

Powder Founds

Roger Simons02/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January

Powder Founds

Roger Simons02/03/2017
Madarao More Powder than Colombia Snow Monkey The Van
Jason and his crew are gregarious, no nonsense Kiwis who take pride in their expertise in this little pocket of the world. I had a fantastic 3 days sampling a number of resorts, they are well kitted up and can offer terrain for all expertise. The group dynamic was great, sharing meals with families and the pros as well as powder noobs like me. The Ryokan was super too, fabulous views and nothing beats a private onsen with the snow falling on your head after a day on the slopes.
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