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Top quality English-speaking ski, snowboard, telemark, cross-country and even snowshoe lessons are available in Hakuba. Mountain Guides & Backcountry Guides are also available for hire. We can recommend some great ski schools around Hakuba – contact us and let us know what you’re after.

An indication of rates with our preferred ski school:

Group Lessons

¥5,000 per adult or child for 2 hours.
Morning Lesson: 9:45am - 11:45am
Afternoon Lesson: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before your lesson start time. Lessons leave on time!

Private Lessons

1 hour ¥8,500
2 hours ¥17,000
Half day (3 hours) ¥25,000
Full day (6 hours) ¥50,000
Rates are for instructors time - you can have any number of people in your group.

Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before your lesson start time. Lessons leave on time!

Children’s Full Day Program

¥10,000 per child for the day.
The full day program for children includes two lessons and lunch. Supervision is provided during the lunch break.

Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before your lesson start time. Lessons leave on time!

Ski Lesson Levels and Descriptions

Note: When you are choosing your lesson level, please be realistic. Don’t grade yourself on what you want to be, think about your current ability. The lesson descriptions are guides only and on the day of your lesson, your instructors will take a good look at your level and re-grade you if required. It is better to start lower and be upgraded than vice versa.

Level 1: You have never ever skied before.
Learn about the equipment and safety, moving around on your skis, how to slide, balance and stop. Use a basic wedge (snow plough, pizza, arrow) as base for control. You will learn how to change direction.

Level 2: You have skied before and can stop and change direction on beginner or very gentle slopes.
Learn how to turn and effectively control your speed using turns and the slope they are on. Learn how to increase your speed without loss of control and confidence. Start to decrease your dependence on the wedge (snow plough, pizza, arrow) for control.

Level 3: You can turn using a wedge (snow plough, pizza, arrow) and can navigate your way on all beginners slopes with total confidence. You are ready for intermediate slopes.
Learn to develop your turn technique with the goal to eliminate the wedge (snow plough, pizza, arrow), bring the skis into a parallel or natural position where using the slope for speed control is the emphasis.

Level 4: You are skiing on intermediate slopes, you ski with your skis almost parallel using turns and the mountain to control your speed. Steeper slopes still faze you; you find it hard to stay in control on the more difficult runs.

Refine the parallel turn and progress to steeper terrain. Improve your steering skills so you can make shorter or smaller radius turns which will enable you to tackle more varied terrain.

Level 5: You can ski on all intermediate slopes and ski them with style and confidence. Speed control on groomed runs is not an issue. You want to tackle the steepest groomed runs and venture off piste (off the groomed runs).

Develop your short turn, learn to go fast with confidence, look at the tactics involved with skiing off piste and on the black (most difficult) slopes.
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Level 6: You are a very competent skier; you can ski on almost any slope with confidence. You want to learn situational skiing, how to ski powder, moguls (bumps), very steep slopes. Speed is your friend.
Develop your fine balancing skills so you can ski anywhere on the mountain. A large emphasis on tactical skiing, using the terrain and mountain to your advantage, discussing the different challenges associated with differing terrain. You will soon be skiing and thinking like an expert.

Snowboard Lesson Levels and Descriptions

Note: When you are choosing your lesson level, please be realistic. Don’t grade yourself on what you want to be, think about your current ability. The lesson descriptions are guides only and on the day of your lesson, your instructors will take a good look at your level and re-grade you if required. It is better to start lower and be upgraded than vice versa.

Level 1: You have never ever snowboarded before.
Learn about equipment and safety, moving around on the board, how to slide, balance and stop. Learn to control your speed by side slipping and how to traverse. Get an introduction to turning.

Level 2: You have snowboarded before and are able to side slip (sliding down the hill with the board oriented across the slope) and are able to traverse on a gentle slope (go in a straight line across the slope). You have probably tried turning but cannot do it both ways successfully.
Learn how to turn and how to control your speed on easy slopes.

Level 3: You can turn in both directions on gentle slopes and are looking to progress to intermediate slopes.
Develop your turning technique, refine your side slipping skills and stance. You will move to new slopes with new challenges.

Level 4: You are snowboarding on intermediate slopes; you can control your speed with your turns and are ready to go faster.
Improve your board’s performance on the snow, learn edge control skills so you can handle different snow conditions and terrain.

Level 5: You can snowboard on all intermediate slopes with confidence and speed control on these runs is not an issue. You want to tackle the steepest groomed runs and want to venture off piste(off the groomed runs).
Improve your short turn, learn to go fast with confidence, look at the tactics involved with snowboarding off piste and on the black (most difficult) slopes.
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Level 6: You are a very competent snowboarder; you can board on almost any slope with confidence. You want to learn situational boarding, how to ride powder, moguls (bumps), very steep slopes. Speed is your friend.
Develop your fine balancing skills so you can board anywhere on the mountain. A large emphasis on tactical riding, using the terrain and mountain to your advantage, discussing the different challenges associated with differing terrain. You will soon be snowboarding and thinking like an expert.

Backcountry Guides

For a little adventure here in Hakuba we recommend Evergreen Outdoor Center. Their experienced guides can take you to some of the best backcountry in the world. In the warmer months they offer a great range of activities for all ages.

When you book your stay, ask us for more information.