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Nagano Beginner Packages

Nagano Beginner Packages5/527
Nagano Beginner Packages5 out of 5 based on 27 reviews
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Nagano Beginner Packages - Reviews

Nagano Beginner Packages - Reviews

Perfect Powder - Shiga Kogen

Liz19/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    March

Perfect Powder - Shiga Kogen

Liz19/03/2019
We loved everything about Japan! Yudanako is a little gem to the gateway of fantastic skiing in Shiga Kogen. Our hotel Ryokan Biyunoyada was a wonderful authentic Japanese experience. We thoroughly enjoy the Onsen ritual after our daily skiing. Our first day at ski school with Jase was a fun, challenging and a soft snowy experience. The boys had a total blast. Tyson aka 'The Little General' is an amazing guide, teacher and mentor. His delightful sense of humor was lost on me as I tried to master this thing 'skiing', it all did eventually click for me. Overall a great, fun learning experience. Would definitely do it again.

Best way to get started (& hooked) on skiing

Nicholas13/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    December

Best way to get started (& hooked) on skiing

Nicholas13/03/2019
We signed up for Nagano Beginner Packages and it was one of the highlights of our Japan holiday.

Night before 1st ski, Jase meticulously ensured that each of us were fitted properly. Some of the gears were even brand new.

He coached us personally on day 1, Tom on day 2 & Gus on day 3. For newbies like us, you can’t get any better care & attention than with Jase & team.

When on the slopes, each of them were super patient, totally “with you”, coached us according to our levels & very encouraging. They were skiing with us, watching out and giving pointers throughout the whole day – literally from start till end of each day. Can tell that they thoroughly enjoy skiing and sharing what they know. This package is one of the best ways to get started (& hooked) on skiing. BTW, the “variety” of coaches was a bonus for me cos I got extra insights & pointers.

Jase got the 4 of us a family room at Hostel Aibiya which made us feel like we were in a hotel – spacious, private bath, quiet and clean. Yoshi & Seongmi were great hosts, and always helpful with advise and tips on where to eat & what to do.

Other bonuses included the stories from Jase during the bus ride, beer stop at one of the convenience stores, visit to one of the towns, getting Jase’s teenager son to accompany my son, getting to try different slopes & going to the slopes with the best snow each day.

Jase is very responsive to all emails, despite being on the slopes the whole day - very reassuring & shows how committed he is to making sure everything is AOK. Regretfully, we could not ski more days as my knees could not take it.

Thank you very much, Jase! Hopefully we can ski with you again soon!

Amazing experience!

Stacy02/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January

Amazing experience!

Stacy02/02/2019
Doing the beginners package with Jase and his guides was an excellent introduction to skiing and experiencing Japow for the first time. The logistics of the trip were straightforward with Jase taking care of our ski equipment hire, transport to the slopes, accommodation plus the extra evening activities of karaoke and cultural performances. It was also great being able to socialise with the other tour members in the evenings. We spent 4 nights in Yudanaka and the accommodation at the ryokan was comfortable and the onsens were great to use after a day of skiing. The instructors were very knowledgeable and patient - even with a big fraidy cat like me!! The small sized groups were great for receiving regular feedback and the switching up of groups each day meant no one was left behind or held back, depending on their ability. This meant my husband could be challenged on the beginner runs on day 2, whilst I got the chance to keep practising the basics. Despite thinking I'd just stick to the bunny slopes for 3 days, I even made it down my first run (with a LOT of assistance from Jase - thanks for making it less terrifying!!) on our last day. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip and a great introduction to skiing. Thanks so much!

Nagano Beginner Package

Jo Wilcox31/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January

Nagano Beginner Package

Jo Wilcox31/01/2019
Wow, what a trip! I recently spent 5 days skiing with Jase and his Team. I was initially a little hesitant to embark on a ski trip alone, however felt completely looked after. All of the guides were extremely helpful, patient, and fun. Met a great group of people, and ski conditions could not have been better. Look out for me coming back again next year!

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! 😉
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