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Whatever aspect of your riding you want to improve one to one private lessons are the quickest way for you to learn and to progress. From complete beginner looking to learn the basics of snowboarding to advanced riders who want to polish up their technique or focus on a specific aspect of their riding, individual one to one private lessons allow you to dictate the pace and content of your lessons.

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Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced snowboarder you will see significant developments in your riding throughout the week on one of our technical camps and courses.

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Our Technical camps and courses are run throughout the winter season and are a great way to meet people, make new friends and develop your snowboarding. If you are not sure if this is for you then why not give us a call or send us an email and we can discuss what will work for you.

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Progressing your freestyle riding never stops! From a 2 hr lesson to focus on specific tricks through to a full week of coaching, our instructors will work with you to advance all aspects of your Freestyle riding.

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Avoriaz is considered a hub of European snowboarding and has 5 snowparks including the Burton Stash and a superpipe. There are a further 8 parks across the rest of the Portes du Soleil.

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At MINT Snowboarding we have been teaching kids aged from 3 years old to snowboard for over 12 years. We aim to create a fun and engaging environment for your kids to learn to snowboard. From complete beginner to fully fledged little ripper, our private and group lessons are the perfect way for you kids to learn to ride.

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If you want to get off-piste and hike or splitboard tour into the backcountry to ride epic powder lines then you should be riding with us.

We have a huge choice of backcountry off-piste adventures in the Portes Du Soleil, the Grande Massif and Chamonix for you to choose from. 

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Powder Safari – Hokkaido, Japan

Powder Safari – Hokkaido, Japan - Description

Our Hokkaido Powder Safari takes you to snowboard the best powder in Japan from two base areas; Niseko in the south-west and then Furano in central Hokkaido.

Join us for some of the best lift-accessed off-piste that Japan has to offer, riding some of the deepest powder on the planet! You will spend 9 days hunting out Japan’s legendary light & deep powder, chasing big winter storms around Hokkaido. Our itinerary will allow you to ride the best conditions each day in a diverse range of different ski resorts, including Niseko and many of the off-the-beaten-track resorts, where Japan’s best secret powder stashes lie.

Your trip will start with 4 nights in Niseko, Japan’s most famous ski resort. Niseko is known for it’s continuous snowfall and as such is every snowboarders dream, a huge powder playground! From a base in Niseko you will go on day trips to explore the resorts of Rusutsu and Kiroro. Rusutsu Resort has an incredible average annual snowfall of over 14 meters, which mainly falls as dreamy dry powder. The resort is relatively uncrowded and offers some of the best tree riding in Japan. Kiroro is a medium sized resort with fantastic uncrowded off piste and more abundant snow.

You will then head to Furano in central Hokkaido for 5 nights. Furano itself has plenty of off piste riding with quality powder, but is also a great base for day trips to some of the smaller, low key resorts. An hour away is the uncrowded resort of Kamui Ski Links, which has a huge amount of sidecountry areas that are easily accessible from the lifts. Your next stop will be to the powder paradise of Asahidake, which is essentially a backcountry resort serviced by a single cable car. Asahidake is an active volcano and also the highest mountain in Hokkaido so the snow stays light and cold.

This is an advanced level trip where lifts are used to access the backcountry of each resort (although expect some hikes too) in search of fresh & deep Japanese powder! You are guaranteed to have a snowboarding trip of a lifetime on our Hokkaido Powder Safari!!!


9 guided days riding different resorts around Hokkaido, Japan


6 to 1 client to guide ratio

Is this for me?

The Hokkaido Powder Safari 2019 is suitable for advanced level riders with previous off piste experience. This should include riding a variety of terrain and snow conditions, including tree runs and steeper slopes. You have a good level of fitness, enabling you to do continuous full days of riding as well as the ability to hike to reach good lines.

If you are interested in joining us in Japan but are not yet an advanced rider please let us know. We will be running off piste snowboard courses in Japan at wider range of levels in 2010.


Day 1: Monday 7th Jan – Arrival Sapporo Airport. Transfer to Black Diamond Lodge, Niseko

Day 2 – Ride Niseko

Day 3 – Ride Rusutsu

Day 4 – Ride Kiroro

Day 5 – Ride in Niseko. Drive to Furano after riding.

Day 6 – Ride Furano

Day 7 – Ride Kamui Links

Day 8 – Ride Asahidake

Day 9 – Ride Tomamu

Day 10 – Ride Furano. Drive to Sapporo airport hotel after riding

Day 11 – Departure from Sapporo Airport


The exact itinerary of this Japan snowboard tour remains flexible to allow for variations with the weather and snow conditions.


In Niseko you will be staying at the Black Diamond Lodge, renowned as the powder hunters lodge in Niseko, Japan. It’s friendly staff help create a relaxed atmosphere and a great vibe, making it the place for serious powder lovers! There is a bar and restaurant serving daily specials and traditional Japanese food.

In Furano you will be staying at Pension Lavendar. This Japanese-style Bed & Breakfast inn provides fantastic homely & comfortable accommodation, a perfect place for relaxing after a day of charging powder! It is conveniently located just a 5 minute walk to the Kitanomine ski lifts. At this friendly, family-run pension you can look forward to fantastic home-made breakfasts.

At the end of your trip you will spend a night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel close to the airport before your departure the next day.

All accommodation is in twin shared rooms.

Whats included

  • 9 days guiding with UIAGM Mountain Guide, David Gladwin
  • All ski passes (9 days for each resort)
  • All accommodation (Niseko, Furano & Airport)

    Based on twin shared rooms

  • Private mini bus transport around Hokkaido for duration of the trip
  • All breakfasts

Whats not included

  • Flights
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch & evening meals
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