Snowcountry Progression Packages Overview
With annual snowfalls in excess of 10 metres at most of its ski resorts and over a dozen ski areas in close proximity, Echigo-Yuzawa (aka Snow Country) is an ideal place to base yourself for a Japan ski holiday.
Snow Country Instructors is an international ski & snowboard school offering lessons with qualified instructors at all resorts in the Yuzawa region.
With their ski & snowboard instructional skills combined with strong local knowledge of the ski areas, they now offer ski & snowboard progression packages for those who want to maximise their skiing and riding time whilst exploring a variety of resorts, and at the same time improve their skills both on and off-piste.
Ability Level & TerrainThis tour is specifically aimed at intermediate to strong intermediate skiers and boarders wanting to take their skiing & riding to the next level. You will have your own instructor/guide (max group 6 guests per guide) who will help you thrive and give you the best possible experience in the best possible snow conditions each day.
This is not a tour that involves backcountry/sidecountry terrain. All terrain is either on-piste or may include some off-piste (providing conditions are favourable) terrain within the ski resort boundaries.
Tour DurationThese packages are for a minimum of 2 nights & 2 days. It should be noted that because of the proximity of these resorts to Tokyo, they can get quite busy on weekends and the cost of accommodation increases substantially due to the high demand. It is therefore recommended that these packages take place from Sunday night through to Thursday night (however weekends can also be added as part of the package if required; subject to rooms being available).
Solos and GroupsYou can join a group as a solo traveler or book as a private group. The optimal group size would be 6 as this would maximise the spread of the cost of your guide across the larger group possible for a guide.
PricingThe "from price" is a guide based on twin share occupancy on a 2-day / 2-night package. Please enquire for a quote for your group size and duration.
The Takahan is a famous traditional Japanese ryokan (Inn) located just a couple of minutes’ drive from the Echigo-Yuzawa station. It is rich in history and has been in the same family for over 900 years (spanning 37 generations).
Rooms are traditional tatami (woven-straw) floors with Japanese futons. All rooms have a private bathroom (with bath tub) plus a flat-screen television and small fridge.
Facilities include traditional Japanese bathhouse (onsen), sauna and coin-operated laundry. There is also a relaxation lounge area with a massage chair.
Services include free wifi throughout the hotel and Thai massage services are available for an extra fee.
Included in the package is a traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner on the first evening plus daily breakfast for each night you stay.
This is a true Japanese cultural experience!
...traditional Japanese-style rooms...
A Snowcountry Instructors' representative (or someone from the hotel) will greet you and pick you up from the Echigo-Yuzawa station.
The official check-in time for the hotel is 3:00 pm.
If time permits and you require ski or snowboard gear, your Snowcountry Instructor will take you to the rental shop where you can get set up with the necessary gear (including clothing if required). Otherwise this can be done in the morning on the way to the ski area.
On your first evening you will be treated to the ultimate Japanese dining experience; a traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner.
After dinner you can either head into town for a bit of nightlife or head for the comfy futon for a good night’s sleep before your first day on the slopes.
After breakfast, your Snowcountry Instructor will pick you up at around 8:30 am and transport you to one of nearby ski areas where you will begin your adventure. A typical day will involve exploring one or more ski areas (as some are inter-connected) whilst receiving some pointers from your qualified instructor.
In the late afternoon you will head back to the hotel where you can soak your weary muscles in a rich therapeutic hot-spring bath and indulge in a Thai massage.
For dinner, you can either purchase additional kaiseki meals at the hotel or you are free to explore one of the many great (and inexpensive) restaurants in town.
Once again after breakfast it’s off to another ski area to explore and improve your skiing or riding skills. Which areas you head out to each day will be determined by the weather, the snow conditions and the strength of the group.
On check-out day you can have your bags stored at the hotel until you finish your day of skiing where you will then be dropped back at the station.
If you require a shower before heading onwards (after a day on the slopes), you are welcome to use the Hotel's onsen before hand.
2016/17 Rates & Inclusions
- twin share per person
- single room upgrade ¥3,240 per person per night (room only)
- additional nights/days with guiding/instruction & breakfast ¥25,400 per person twin share
- base price & billing currency is in Japanese Yen
- 2 nights twin share accommodation
- 2 breakfasts
- 1 traditional kieseki multi-course dinners at Ryokan Takahan
- 2 days of lift passes
- 2 days of guided instruction
- Daily transfers to/from the ski areas
- Ski or Snowboard rentals
- Ski clothing rentals
- Additional dinners
- Additional nights/days
DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT
- Deposit is 20% of full tour price per person.
- All deposits are non-refundable.
- Final balance due: 30 days prior to departure.
- All payments are in Japanese Yen (JPY)
CANCELLATION BY YOU
- more than 30 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
- Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
- Tour operator highly recommends you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit.
CANCELLATION BY SNOWCOUNTRY INSTRUCTORS
Snowcountry Instructors reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.