Early Season Shiga Kogen Ski/Snowboarding and Snow Monkeys Trip

2016 December 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

An early season ski/snowboarding trip to the largest (by far) ski resort in Japan with a chance to see the cute and wild Japanese snow monkeys, and try the local craft beers!

This Trip Features;

  • FREE SKI/SNOWBOARDING GEAR/EQUIPMENT RENTALS
  • FREE beginners ski/snowboarding lessons (in English)
  • Chance to see the cute and wild Japanese snow monkeys enjoying the hot spring on Sunday (Dec 11)
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners (No lift pass will be provided)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Dec 9) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Well located hotel (almost ski-in/ski-out) near Yakebitaiyama; the best ski area in Shiga Kogen
  • Saturday apres-ski party
  • Delicious Shiga Kogen craft beers

Shiga Kogen sits high up in the mountainous regions of Nagano. Because of it's location and elevation, there is more snow at this resort at this time of the year than any other ski resorts in the Nagano/Niigata area.

Let's pray for lots of snow! :)

Trip Itinerary

Ski/snowboarding at huge snow resorts

Friday (Dec 9)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:45pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for some food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Shiga Kogen around 0:30am
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Go straight to sleep (or have some drinks at the lobby)

Saturday (Dec 10)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Apres-ski party at the local bar (try some local craft beers)

Sunday (Dec 11)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding or visit the snow monkeys (8:30am-3pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Short stops for some food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Fun in the snow

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • One (1) day lift pass (valid for Yakebitaiyama ski area only)
  • Two (2) nights accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of snow loving folks and make new friends

Extras;

  • Sunday lift pass (3,800yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (FREE)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (FREE)
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves set rental (FREE)
  • Goggles rental (FREE)
  • Helmet rental (750yen for 1 day | 1,000yen for 2 days)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (1,000yen/day)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Snow monkeys tour (3,000yen) *Includes bus transportation, park entry and guide

Discounts;

  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Dec 9-11 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person)
Price: 25,900Yen
Space left: 34 out of 45

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 persons per room.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms).
  • The hotel (almost ski-in ski-out) is located near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • There will be an extra fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 29.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Dec 10) from 9:30am until 12pm.
  • Lift pass will not be provided if you avail the beginners discount.
  • You don't need a lift pass to join our free ski/snowboarding lessons. However, if you're a fast learner and would want to ride the chairlifts, you can buy a "ride ticket" which costs around 300-350yen per ride. On average, beginners only take the chairlifts 4-5 times the entire weekend. Some beginners, not at all!
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal.
  • Soap, shampoo and rinse are provided in the bath (ofuro).
  • Towels available for rent at the hotel for 200yen.
  • You can send your gear by delivery service (takkyubin) to the hotel. Address will be provided upon request.
  • You must check out of your room before 10am on Sunday (Dec 11), and put your belongings in the luggage room before going ski/snowboarding.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Skis/poles/boots
  • Snowboard/boots
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves
  • Ski goggles
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Cellphone
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus
  • Camera
  • Cash

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