Nagano Ski/Board Progression - Reviews

This trip does what it says on the label.

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

Powder 'n culture

Colleen
25/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    January
Yudanaka as accommodation site provided the authentic Japanese town culture. Stayed at Aibiya hostel, which exceeded expectations in terms of comfort, service and and great hosts. Close to train station, convenience store, onsens and restaurants. . Now for the skiing... Well we found plenty of powder at Shiga Kogen, empty and endless slopes! I have been on other powder tours , the difference on this one came down to the coaching style of the guide who was thorough, patient and encouraging in both improving technique and confidence in the powder. Thanks Mike! Made new friends and had a memorable week of skiing. Oh , and the bus rides to and from the slopes were fun with quirky commentary and good music! Karate demonstration, Geisha games, karaoke and sushi train also fun. Recommend and would go again.

Nagano Ski and Snowboard Progression

Gabriel
02/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Japan
  • Month Visited:
    December
The instructors were excellent. I learned a great deal and definitely am a much better skier as a result of this trip.

Nagano Ski Progression

Rodney Dyson
01/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    February
Just back from a fantastic week with Epic Ski Adventures. Jason and his crew makes sure everyone has a great time. They expertly determine your ability and group you with skiers/boarders with similar abilities.

Being an intermediate skier Jason spent a lot of time improving my skiing skills. Going to Japan on my own this year I decided to join a guided group. It was a great decision! Jason found great powder runs within our ability when it was available and called it when it was just not worth it or too dangerous to ski. But it didn't end there. Instead we all went on a cultural tour of Nagano! All the time making sure the group was having a great Japanese experience.

Safety of the skiers was always considered and we were provided with the right equipment and training in case.

I cant wait for our ski season to apply all I have learnt from Jason and I hope to be back next year to put it into practice.

BTW I never thought anyone could get me up at karaoke!!

Fantastic trip!

Christina
25/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    UK
  • Month Visited:
    December
I did not know what to expect for the trip. It was much nicer that I thought. I had a great time. Jason and his team was fantastic, so accommodating about individual need! I would love to join another trip in the future.

Fun tour for solo skiier

Andrew Garland
10/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    February
I am 55 yr old husband and father of 3 who didn't have anyone to ski with this season for various reasons. I've skied Oz, NZ, Nth America & Europe. Always had a hankering for Japan but a bit nervous about taking the plunge on my own. The Epic overview seemed to suit my desire for a priority on skiing (as opposed to partying) and exposure to true Japanese cultural experiences. Following initial enquiry the promptly delivered tour overview and FAQ's reinforced my impression of what could be a great tour and I can confirm all information provided was honest & accurate. The tour guides are the key. They quickly assessed my abilities and structured my program for progression in powder conditions. They remained patient for the entire 10 days and while instruction is not a conventional ski school structure, it matched the conditions at hand and my goals. The team are guides and guide they did. We had favorable conditions and our group did not go wanting for fresh untracked powder in a variety of terrain. There were secret stashes that I would never have found or tried on my own. The resorts were great in terms of small or no lift lines and few westerners to beat us to the virgin POW. The regular cultural events were structured for fun. I certainly struck it lucky with my group and we all got on like a house on fire. The tone throughout was laid back and easy going but skier safety and attention to detail remained at the fore. The food was great and plentiful. I went for Japanese style lodging with no regrets and the Onsen was a definite bonus. If time and finances permit, I will be back for more.

Awesome week in Yudanaka

Liz Copeland
24/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Home Country
    Australian
  • Month Visited:
    January
Thanks Jason, Tom and Jack for a fantastic week full of great snow and cultural events. I really appreciate all you ski tips and hope to return next year to take on some powder. It was great to experience so many different Japanese resorts. The hotel was great loved the onsen and the food. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. The cultural events really added to the whole experience. It was great to experience the Japanese snow dumping first hand too.

Great Experience

Isaac Shi
07/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    China
  • Month Visited:
    December
Spent ten days in Yudanaka. Best snow tour I ever had

Awesome tour, regardless of the poor season

Adam Kloppenburg
17/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Reuse
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Boarder
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month Visited:
    February
The Epic Honshu Progression was a great tour, and Jason and his guides did a brilliant job of keeping us entertained. While we weren't blessed with much of the white stuff, Jason managed to keep things interesting, taking us to different resorts most days, and if the snow quality was too poor to ride, Jason planned some great side trips for sightseeing and some real 'Japanese' experiences, one memorable day we checked out a castle,temple, had a few hours running rampant at a Japanese games and sports centre (I won't give too much away)!
Jason was a good guide, he was able to give pointers to improve people's riding ability, and was very good at placing people of complimentary riding skills together. When the powder did come, Jason and co gave us a good taste of Japan 'slack country' and it was definitely some of my best riding. After finishing up for the day, we would go back to the accommodation for a quick onsen, and meet for dinner and night time activities.
The accommodation was brilliant, food was awesome and the onsen complex was great, with 4 different areas (2 inside, 2 outside).
I would highly recommend this tour for those who want to see a bit of the country and culture in between hitting the slopes... I will definitely be doing it again!
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