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NISEKO BEGINNER SNOWBOARD CAMP

Learn to Snowboard in 1 Week

Designed for First Timers & Beginners

Want to improve your snowboarding in one of the most beautiful resorts in the world?

Our beginner snowboard camps are designed to help you learn to snowboard quickly and progress with a fun like-minded group who just like you, are eager to pick up and improve in the sport. The recommended ability level for this camp begins from a complete first timer with no experience, to anyone who is still looking to improve and perfect their S-turns. During the course, the group will be split up by our instructors according to skill level to ensure effective learning.

Our team knows Niseko inside out

With seasons under our belt, our team knows Niseko inside out & we want to share a side of it that you would never otherwise see in other ski & snowboarding trips. From untouched powder runs to the best bars & hidden onsens, we’ve got you covered. What’s more, ready your appetite as we recommend you to the most sought-after restaurants in Niseko each night.

We decide, you enjoy the ride

Our team of hosts will monitor the weather each day to decide on the destination with the best conditions so all you have to do is kick back, relax and enjoy the ride. Whether travelling solo or with a group of friends, you will come as strangers and leave as friends bound together by a shared love for adventure, skiing & snowboarding.

Location

Trip Dates

Suitable Levels

Our Hosted Experience

Why travel with The Ride Side?

The Ride Side specializes in social travel ski trips to some of the world’s best ski resorts. Our trips are designed for everyone & all ability levels. Whether travelling solo, with a friend or in a group, there is no minimum number! Just book a single slot and join a group of likeminded travelers for a week of skiing & snowboarding. Our concept makes ski travel easy for you – with accommodation, transport, gear, lessons and dining options all planned & booked. All you gotta do is show up!

Why hosted trips?

On all of our hosted experiences, our team of friendly and passionate hosts will be with you throughout your trip. Regardless of your skill level, we will to show you around, both on and off the slopes, to ensure you experience only the best of each destination resort.

To top it off, we add a social element into the mix to create an unforgettable experience. You will be travelling with a group of spirited individuals who share a passion for adventure, nature and travel. We aim to give you the opportunity to create lasting memories & friendships that will define what it means to live freely and be in the moment.

Package Highlights

What’s Included in The Niseko Beginner Snowboard camp

4-Day Learn to Ride -Beginner Snowboard Course

Our 4-Day beginner snowboard course includes 2 full day + 2 half day lessons. Customised to your ability to ensure quick and effective learning. 

Learn From Dedicated Instructors

The camp is led by our 100% english speaking instructors who will be with the group throughout the trip. They will monitor your progress individually to ensure effective learning and to make sure no one gets left behind.

Niseko, Rusutsu & more

Get to explore of Niseko – Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hanazono, as well as external resorts of Moiwa & Rusutsu

Private Transport to Onsens and More

Get chauffeured to and from ski slopes, restaurants, onsens and other attractions in Niseko daily.

THE FULL EXPERIENCE

Niseko Highlights

Our Japan powder experience in the heart of Niseko

Why Niseko? 

Niseko has been Japan’s most popular ski resort for years with the reputation of being one of the snowiest places on Earth. The perfect combination of consistent snow quality, incredible ski terrain, world class amenities and endless mouth-watering gastronomical options make this incredible ski resort a must do if you are thinking of experiencing ski & snowboarding trips with Japan’s finest powder.

Experience the 6 resorts of Niseko + Rusutsu

In just one week, you will experience all of Niseko – Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hanazono, Moiwa as well as Rusutsu, another world class ski resort in Hokkaido. From beginner groomed runs to intermediate off-piste terrain ad advanced secret backcountry lines, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

A conducive resort to enhance your learning experience

Niseko is a fully integrated ski resort, boasting some of the world’s best facilities and amenities. Having the perfect mix of luxury and adventure, this well thought out resort will give you a very wholesome and comfortable snow experience, especially if its your first time experiencing Japan powder. 

Get personal guidance when you need it

Suitable beginner terrain

Our instructors will take you to various beginner terrain around the mountain, to ensure you learn in a safe & comfortable environment.

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Cafes & bars, on and off the mountain

Need a coffee break in between your runs? You'll be spoilt for choice with an abundance of cafes, restaurants and bars both on and off the mountain.

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Freshest powder snow

Experience the famed Hokkaido powder snow and be spoilt by the some of the best snow conditions in the world.

Niseko Lift Map

Pricing & Availablity

All trips are 8D7N, Sat - Sat

Week 1: 17 - 24 Dec 2022
19 SLOTS LEFT
Week 2: 24 - 31 Dec 2022
7 SLOTS LEFT
Week 3: 31 Dec - 7 Jan 2023
4 SLOTS LEFT
Week 4: 7 - 14 Jan 2023
8 SLOTS LEFT
Week 5: 14 - 21 Jan 2023
22 SLOTS LEFT
Week 6: 21 - 28 Jan 2023
1 SLOT LEFT
Week 7: 28 Jan - 4 Feb 2023
1 SLOT LEFT
Week 8: 4 - 11 Feb 2023
SOLD OUT
Week 9: 11 - 18 Feb 2023
2 SLOTS LEFT
Week 10: 18 - 25 Feb 2023
11 SLOTS LEFT
Week 11: 25 Feb - 4 Mar 2023
16 SLOTS LEFT
Week 12: 4 - 11 Mar 2023
22 SLOTS LEFT
Week 13: 11 - 18 Mar 2023
26 SLOTS LEFT

Prices are in Singapore Dollars nett

Twin Room

with ensuite bathroom

  • Lift tickets are not included
  • Minimum age of 18yrs required
  • Rooms are mixed gender. Female-only rooms available on request.

$2,390 / pax

Triple Room

with ensuite bathroom

  • Lift tickets are not included
  • Minimum age of 18yrs required
  • Rooms are mixed gender. Female-only rooms available on request.

$2,090 / pax

Quad Room

with ensuite bathroom

  • Lift tickets are not included
  • Minimum age of 18yrs required
  • Rooms are mixed gender. Female-only rooms available on request.

$1,990 / pax

* Excludes

Why are lift tickets not included?

  • Lift tickets are not included as we will be taking the group to explore a variety of ski slopes around the Niseko area, these include Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hanazono, Moiwa and Rusutsu. In order the show you the best of each resort, our guides on the ground will monitor the weather each day and will decide which ski area to take you to for the best experience. Due to this, we will have a flexible itinerary and will not be able to pre-book lift tickets. We will take you to purchase lift tickets daily at each resort.
  • This will also help you save more if you decide to take any rest days in between.

ADD ON AVAILABLE –  Gear rental & extra lessons booking

  • Option to book your gear rentals and additional lessons will be available as an add-on at a later date. Feel free to get in touch with us if you require any advice with these reservations.

Accomodation

The Ride Side’s winter lodge for the season

In The Heart of Niseko

Our lodge will be located in the Hirafu district of Niseko and just minutes away from Grand Hirafu Ski Resort. In the heart of town, we’ll be in close proximity to Niseko’s renowned restaurants, cafes & bars.

Your accommodation in Niseko will be a mix of private twin rooms & shared 3-4 bedroom configurations, furnished by MUJI. Each room comes with an ensuite bathroom, shower, flat screen tv & WIFI connection.

For those who have your own personal ski & snowboard equipment, you’ll have access to secure ski storage.

Niseko Beginner Snowboard Camp Itinerary

What to expect on and off slopes!

Arrive at New Chitose Airport, gather at the designated meeting point in the airport and we’ll head to Niseko ski resort as a group in our dedicated airport shuttle bus. Check-in, meet the crew for the week and get cosy as we brief you on Niseko’s ski areas and attractions. You may also wish to head to the grocery stores in the ski village to stock up for the week!

Airport Shuttle Pick-up schedule*:

  • Shuttle Departure: 1PM (CTS – Niseko)

*Shuttle timings subjected to change based on available flight schedules. If you require shuttles outside this timing, you may let us know to make alternative arrangements

  • Shuttle Duration: Approx 3hrs
  • Flight recommendation: 
    • To arrive at New Chitose Airport by 12pm

Today, your instructors will take you to the slopes to begin your lessons. The group will be split up according to your level of experience (first timers vs beginners) and your instructors will have a lesson plan tailored according to your groups overall ability, fitness and general progression.

 

After the full day of lessons, you will be familiar with strapping into your snowboard, skating around with your board, taking the chair lift as well as sliding and slowing down on both your heel side and toe side variations.

 

These skills will give you the confidence to make your way down beginner slopes slowly and carefully, as well as avoid any obstacles along the way. The day on the slopes will end at 5pm today and you’ll head back to the apartments to freshen up and explore the town after. 

 

Excited about Niseko’s japanese food-fare? Our team always looks forward to recommending you the best lunch spots at each ski resort, to ensure you taste the very best of Niseko. At the end of each day, dinner is free & easy. You will have the option of dining out at a wide selection of restaurants and bars, all minutes away from the accommodation, or cooking in your apartment, with a fully equipped kitchen. Grocery stores are also conveniently located minutes away to get all your grocery needs.

Day 3 of the camp is when we take it up a notch! The morning will be used to practice and improve on your basic heel-side and toe-side progression.

 

Once your instructors see that you are ready, they will introduce to you the techniques of turning on a snowboard. You will use the next half of the day to practice and master both your C & S turns and eventually linking them up and making your turns as smooth as possible.

 

By the end of the day, you will have learnt all the necessary beginner techniques there are to snowboarding and it’s all about practice from here on.

Your 3rd day on the slopes is when you’ll start getting the hang of your newly learnt skills. The first 2 days are always the most challenging and from here on out, you’ll see improvements and progression a lot quicker. You will start to really understand the movements and techniques required and this is when you will really start to enjoy snowboarding and understand why so many are addicted to it.

 

Your instructor will use the day to fine tune your techniques and ensure that no bad habits are formed during the course of your learning. 

 

Lessons today will be half a day. Use the 2nd half of the day to practice on your own or take a break if you start to feel tired.

Day 5 is your free and easy day. We recommend taking a break from the slopes to rest up and recharge as 3 consecutive days on the slopes can take quite a toll on you. Take the day to relax, enjoy some good food and explore the town.

For those who can’t get enough of the slopes, feel free to head back to the mountains. You’ll be able to explore areas on the mountain where you previously have not been to during lessons. We’ll meet back for lessons on day 6.

Your final half day lesson of the week! Today, your instructor will take you around the resort to explore new runs, have a go at slightly steeper terrain and get to see the different terrain features of the resort. You’ll be amazed at the vastness of this amazing resort and understand why we head back here year after year.

 

Use your last day with your instructor to practice what you have learnt so far to reinforce the techniques and gain confidence snowboarding.

Put all you’ve learnt to the test on your last day on the slopes. Today you have the freedom to explore the whole of Niseko & really put your newly learnt skills to the test. Head off on a solo adventure or join up with the rest of the group and make your way around the mountain at your own pace.

Before you know it, Saturday would have come again and it’s time to say goodbye. Enjoy your final day in Niseko, bid farewell to friends new & old and you’ll make your way to your next destination. We will be leaving together on the airport shuttle bus to New Chitose Airport

Airport Shuttle Pick-up schedule*:

  • Shuttle 1: 8AM (Niseko – Sapporo/ New Chitose Airport)

*Shuttle timings subjected to change based on available flight schedules. If you require shuttles outside this timing, you may let us know to make alternative arrangements

  • Shuttle Duration: Approx 3hrs
  • Flight recommendation:
    • Shuttle 1: To depart New Chitose Airport after 1pm

Choose Your Niseko Experience

2 Programmes For All Skill Levels

We have designed 2 programmes in Niseko to cater to all skill levels, from an absolute first timer all the way to advanced riders.

Regardless of your experience, we guarantee you will have a blast with these 2 programmes, specially designed for your skill level.  Both programmes are suitable for individuals, friends and families. 

Choose from booking a single spot for solo travellers or an entire apartment (up to 6 pax) for friends and families.

Daily Hosted Mountain Guiding

Intermediate - Advanced

Learn to Snowboard in 7 Days

First Timers & Beginners

Niseko Beginner Snowboard Camp

Share the same trip with your friends of different skill levels

The 2 programmes will be run concurrently with each other, with all participants of both programmes in the same accommodation apartment. This allows you to join us as a group of family or friends with different skill levels, while still joining in a programme most suited to your skill level. You will be together each day and only split up during the daily programme lessons and guiding.

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