Let’s go skiing!

Let's go skiing!

Hello dear students!

In December, the peak of autumn leaves has ended and Tokyo has become colder all at once. When winter comes to mind, many people might think of winter sports. Those interested in skiing and snowboarding are probably excitedly waiting for the snow to fall. In this issue, we would like to introduce what you need to know in order to enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Japan.

First, let us give you an overview about the cost of skiing.

Transportation: Expenses for round-trip transportation to and from ski resorts, such as airplanes, bullet trains, trains, highway buses, etc.

Lift ticket: Japanese ski resorts do not have admission tickets.

Lift tickets are purchased when riding the lifts and gondolas.

Basically, it is free to play in the snow or for beginners to take their own skiboards up the mountain and ski down.

Rental fee: The cost of renting ski equipment and ski wear are not required if you have already purchased them.

First-time visitors are recommended to rent.

*When to buy ski equipment*
Snowboard: You may start with a complete set from beginner. Once you become an advanced skier, you may purchase a board dedicated to your style.

Skis: It is recommended that you do not purchase skis before you become an intermediate skier. Unlike snowboarding, ski boots and boards have much different performance for each level. If you ski intermediate level runs on beginner level equipment, you will not be able to ski safely because the boots will not be stiff enough and the boards will not have enough resilience and stability. If you want to buy intermediate level equipment, you should buy it after you become an intermediate skier.

1. Trip Duration
Day trip:
Ski from morning to evening during the ski resort's business hours for one day only.
This is an easy plan that allows you to make a round trip on the same day.

Overnight stay:
This is a trip of one night and two days or more. The first day is the same as the day trip, but you ski during the ski resort's business hours. You can stay overnight at an accommodation near the ski resort and ski the whole day on the second day. Especially in the morning of the second day, you can enjoy the fresh snow of the ski resort. If you want to ski as much as possible, the overnight plan is still recommended.

2. Types of travel

①Tour trip:
This is a plan to use ski tours provided by travel agencies. You can complete everything from application to payment online. For one-day tours, plans are set up for each mode of transportation used. Basically, the package includes the express bus fare and lift tickets, but there are also plans that include rentals.
Morning bus tour:
This is a schedule that departs in the morning by express bus.
Departure time is around 7:00 a.m., but this tour may not be suitable for those who are weak in the morning.

Night Bus Tour:
This plan is scheduled to depart at 10:00 p.m. by expressway bus and arrive at the ski resort the next morning.
When you wake up in the morning, you will be welcomed by a world that looks like a desert of snow! You can stay longer at the ski resort.
However, if you feel uncomfortable sleeping on the bus, consider another plan.
Shinkansen Tour:
More expensive than the bus, but more comfortable and time-saving.
but it is more comfortable and saves you time.
The GALA Yuzawa station building at the GALA Yuzawa ski resort is used as the ski center. As soon as you exit the Shinkansen ticket gate, you can take the gondola to the top of the mountain.

②Personal Travel:

One of the means is to go to the ski resort by car. Car tires must be replaced with studless tires. By attaching a ski carrier, you can secure your ski/snowboard boards to your car.

3. Ski schools at ski resorts are recommended for beginners.

For those who have never skied or snowboarded before, we recommend a beginner ski school at a ski resort. 2-hour courses will give you the basics of skiing. The school will teach you the basics of how to ski safely, including how to fall safely.

4. Ski resort etiquette for beginners

Ski while checking the direction of movement. Sitting on the course is dangerous, so when taking a break or falling, move to either side of the course. Ungroomed areas outside the course are dangerous.

Now nothing can go wrong.
Off to the ski resort!

& DM