What better way to get started in snowsports or improve your riding than with a lesson in some of the world's fluffiest, softest snow? There's no shortage of choice for ski schools in Niseko: with so much terrain and growing numbers of guests each Winter season, more and more instructors flock to Niseko to offer their services. But sometimes all of this choice can get a little overwhelming, so we've outlined 3 of our recommended ski schools that offer great technique and guidance to kids and adults alike. Vacation Niseko can add lessons with any of these ski schools to your holiday package, so read on to learn more about each one and contact us to get started on a reservation.
Niseko International Snowsports School (NISS)
Niseko International Snowsports School (NISS) is based out of the HANAZONO Resort, and is our preferred ski school partner. With decades of experience and a status as one of Niseko's only resort-run schools, their level of professionalism and quality of instructors is hard to beat. They offer a wide range of products to suit all skill levels, budgets and schedules, including access to their new kid's play area 'Galaxy of Kids'. English or Japanese instructors are available, and all NISS lessons come with priority lift access within the Hanazono resort, meaning more on-run time for you!
Winter 2021-22: Only Private Lessons Available
In the wake of COVID-19, and in the interest of customer safety, NISS will not be offering any group lessons at all this year and will only offer private lessons.
Kid's Private Lessons: ages 3 - 14
Kids learn best when they’re having fun. The child-specialist instructor will incorporate entertaining teaching aides and special techniques into this private lesson designed to accelerate a child’s ability without sacrificing fun or safety. Flexibility is key; choose between a morning, afternoon, or full-day lesson, with a choice of starting in Hanazono or Hirafu. Prices are per lesson, meaning you can enroll up to 6 people under the guidance of a single private instructor for no extra charge. (Note* Due to Covid-19 and lift riding policy, NISS cannot send children to ride the lifts with other patrons. Therefore the maximum capacity of a child's private lesson is 3 if the children are aged 9 and under with no adult in the lesson.)
Pricing - Private Lessons
|Niseko Kids Classic** (Includes Hanazono Edge Lunch Vouchers||6 hours with a flexible start time (8:30am - 10am)||¥60,000*|
|Private Lesson AM^||10:00am - 12:30pm||¥35,000*|
|Private Lesson PM||1:30pm - 4:00pm||¥30,000*|
- Customers of intermediate levels or above are advised to get the Niseko United All Mountain pass so that the group can explore the entire mountain.
- Lunch break time is included within the lesson duration for Niseko Classic
Kid's Group Lessons: ages 3 - 14
These products are not available for the 2021-22 Winter Season
Tic Tac Galaxy: Group lessons for ages 3 - 6 This full-day group program puts fun first. Ski lessons (no snowboarding available) take place in Hanazono, a spacious area with 3 magic carpets and minimal hill traffic. With a dedicated beginner’s area, Hanazono is a safe and convenient place for little ones to learn the basics. Children are taught and supervised by a qualified NISS instructor and are limited to 5 participants. Yuki Galaxy: Group lessons for ages 7 - 14 The sky’s the limit in this action-packed, full-day program, where kids will explore all Hanazono and Niseko have to offer, all the while being expertly supervised and mentored by a professional instructor. More advanced levels can make forays into the Niseko Village and Annupuri portions of the mountain as well. Yuki groups are separated into skiers and snowboarders, and are limited to 7 participants. The Yuki Freeride group lessons are available to riders who are at or over the advanced level, and are designed to develop specific riding skills such as terrain park, freeriding, backcountry skills and racing. Kamo's Camp: Morning group lesson + afternoon activities for ages 3 - 14 Hanazono is home to Kamonohashi and his crew, and they are ready to launch our NISS Kids into the ultimate Winter experience. Each day commences with a NISS Tic Tac Galaxy or Yuki Galaxy group lesson, utilizing all of Hanazono’s premium learning facilities and terrain. After lunch, let your imagination unleash as we explore the wondrous Hanazono in winter. Kamo’s dedicated team of winter warriors will guide the children through a variety of on and off snow activities such as the Galaxy of Kidz Centre, arts and crafts, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, scavenger hunts and more. Discover all things snow at Kamo’s Camp as we explore the winter wonderland of Hanazono! Pricing - Group Lessons
|Program||1 day||2 days||3 days||4 days||5 days|
|Tic Tac or Yuki Galaxy||¥18,000||¥34,000||¥48,000||¥62,000||¥74,000|
|Tic Tac or Yuki Extension Rate||N/A||N/A||¥14,000||¥14,000||¥14,000|
[The below points will not apply for Winter 21/22] ↓
*10% surcharge will be added to each private lesson between December 15th to January 4th inclusive and January 19th to February 1st inclusive.
^Private Lesson AM only available in Hanazono during the following dates: Dec15th - Jan 4th and Jan 19th - Feb 1st inclusive
Kid's Lessons with NISS: Notes
For multi-day discounts, lessons must be on consecutive days and must be booked within the same transaction. Lesson prices do not include ski lift passes or ski rental equipment. Early drop-off is available at no additional cost. Guests are free to drop their children off at the NISS Hirafu office from 08:30, where our concierge staff will ensure your children stay entertained until they are whisked away to their lesson. Lessons taking place in Hanazono include a free round-trip shuttle from NISS Hirafu [NISS Hirafu office will be closed for Winter 20/21, so please make your way to Hanazono for registration].
Tic Tac Galaxy
Please note ski poles are not required for Tic Tac ski lessons. The registration time for Tic Tac programs is 09:15am. Greeting and grading takes place at 10:00. Lunch is included for Tic Tac programs. Pick up time for all NISS Kids Group Programs is 15:30.
The Grand Hirafu lift pass is sufficient for skill levels 1-3, however, the Niseko United All Mountain pass is recommended for skill levels 4-5. Ski poles are not required for levels 1-3. The registration time for Yuki programs is 09:45am. Greeting and grading takes place at 10:00. Lunch is included for Yuki programs. Pick up time for all NISS Kids Group Programs is 15:30.
Greeting and grading takes place at 10:00. Lunch is included for Kamo's Camp. Pick up time for all NISS Kids Group Programs is 15:30.
The ultimate in skier or boarder improvement is a NISS personalized private lesson. Take your abilities to the next level - whether that’s simply learning to ski parallel or refining your technique in the terrain park. Enjoy the best terrain Niseko has to offer and learn more in less time. Flexibility is key; choose between a morning, afternoon or full-day lesson, with a choice of starting in Hanazono or Hirafu. Prices are per lesson, meaning you can enroll up to 6 people under the guidance of a single private instructor for no extra charge.
Pricing - Private Lessons
|Niseko Classic**||6 hours with a flexible start time (8:30am - 10am)||¥60,000*|
|Private Lesson AM^||10:00am - 12:30pm||¥35,000*|
|Private Lesson PM||1:30pm - 4:00pm||¥30,000*|
Group lessons are great fun and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people while learning to ski or snowboard. Groups are capped at 5 people to ensure sufficient 1-on-1 time with the instructor. Levels range from first-timer to advanced riders.
Pricing - Group Lessons
Group Lessons are not available for the 2021-22
|Program||Start/End Time||1 day||2 days||3 days||4 days||5 days|
|Half Day||10:00am ~ 12:30pm||¥16,000||¥30,000||¥42,000||¥54,000||¥64,000|
|Half Day Extension Rate (per additional day)||10:00am ~ 12:30pm||N/A||N/A||¥12,000||¥12,000||¥12,000|
|Full Day||10:00am ~ 3:30pm||¥18,000||¥34,000||¥48,000||¥62,000||¥74,000|
|Full Day Extension Rate (per additional day)||10:00am ~ 3:30pm||N/A||N/A||¥14,000||¥14,000||¥14,000|
[The below points will not apply for Winter 20/21] ↓
*10% surcharge will be added to each private lesson between December 15th to January 4th inclusive and January 19th to February 1st inclusive. ^Private Lesson AM only available in Hanazono during the following dates: Dec15th - Jan 4th and Jan 19th - Feb 1st inclusive
Adult Lessons with NISS: Notes
- Customers of intermediate level or above are advised to get the Niseko United All Mountain pass so that your group can explore the entire mountain.
- Guests doing multi-day lessons are allowed to switch between skiing and snowboarding at no extra cost - subject to availability. Please advise NISS staff if you will change disciplines.
- Lunch break time is included within the duration for the private Niseko Classic lesson
New to snow sports? Welcome to the excitement of winter activities! To help you achieve your goals and create wonderful memories of your holiday, NISS has partnered with Niseko Sports to provide you a hassle free and relaxed introduction to rentals and snowsports lessons. In one easy booking, your first timer lessons and rental equipment will be secured for your or the whole family! Collect your equipment from 3pm the day prior at any Niseko Sports store then, check in at the Hanazono Activities Desk by 9:45am the day of your lesson to meet your NISS instructor. Equipment rental includes skis or a snowboard, boots, jacket, pants, and a helmet.
|Tic Tac Beginner Package* (3 - 6 years)||10:00am - 3:30pm||¥20,000 per day / maximum 3 days|
|Yuki Beginner Package* (7 - 14 years)||10:00am - 3:30pm||¥20,000 per day / maximum 3 days|
|Adult Beginner Package* (15 years + )||10:00am - 3:30pm||¥20,000 per day / maximum 3 days|*Exclusion dates - 15th December to 4th January and 19th January to 1st February Beginner's Package: Notes Guests must start in Level 1 on first day of product. Progress to a maximum of level 3 by the third day. The Extension Rate is not applicable for the Beginner's Package.
As standard bearers in the snowsports industry for quality client care, an exceptional new private lesson product is available for NISS guests - Diamond Pro; a personalized on and off snow ski concierge. Your Diamond Pro is hand selected by a dedicated team to provide a truly unique touch during your holiday. As an expert instructor with a prestigious career spanning the peaks of the world, you will receive quality tuition to reach your on snow aspirations. A wealth of knowledge of Niseko allows your Diamond Pro to thoughtfully curate further elements of your stay; local cuisine recommendations, snowsports school drop-offs, and an opportunity to explore the surrounding area. An elegant service for all our valued guests, Hanazono Niseko is the leader in luxury snow experiences.
Pricing - Diamond Pro
|Diamond Pro Full Day**||8:30am - 4:00pm||¥90,000||6 *|
|Diamond Pro AM||9:00am - 12:00am||¥50,000||6 *|
|Diamond Pro PM||1:00pm - 4:00pm||¥50,000||6 *|
Diamond Pro: Notes
- English or Japanese speaking instructors available.
- Complimentary hot drink & pastry for each guest.
- Starting point for the first lesson is Hanazono or Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono.
- Lunch break time is included within the lesson duration for Diamond Pro
- Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
- Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
- Customers of intermediate levels and above are recommended to choose a Niseko United lift ticket, as you can explore the whole Niseko United skiing area during your lesson.
NISS COVID-19 lift riding policy:
NISS cannot send children to ride the lifts with other patrons. Therefore the maximum capacity of our private lessons is 3 if the children are aged 9 and under with no adult in lesson.
Hokkaido Ski Club
Hokkaido Ski Club is a great ski school that is customisable to every rider regardless of discipline, schedule or skill level. They offer private ski, snowboard and telemark lessons and tailor your experience to your needs. Their instructors have years of experience under their feet. Enjoyment and safety are a priority when it comes to learning new skills or refining old ones, so they will teach you the skills you need to boost your confidence and find your way down the mountain with style and ease.
Private lessons include an instructor for max 4 people and are charged per lesson. Family members of varying skill levels are able to split a private lesson for some quality on-snow family time. Lessons can be held across the entire Niseko United resort, but they must start at either Grand Hirafu, Hanazono or Annupuri resort. Pickup/dropoff and photography services are also available upon request for an extra fee (please inquire).
Private Lesson - Pricing
|Full Day||Flexible start from 8:30-10:00am, 6 hour lesson||¥60,000||4|
|Half Day AM||Start at 8:30 or 9am, 3 hour lesson||¥39,000||4|
|Half Day PM||Start at 1pm, 3 hour lesson||¥35,000||4|
|Night Lessons 2hr||Flexible start from 4:30pm, 2 hour lesson||¥25,000||4|
|Night Lessons 3hr||Flexible start from 4:30pm, 3 hour lesson||¥33,000||4|
|Premium||Flexible start from 8:30-10:00am, 7 hour lesson||¥65,000||4|
|A Day Away||Flexible start from 7:30-9:00am, 8 hour day* Includes travel time||¥75,000||4|
|Pick-up/ Drop-off Service||Between your accommodation and the slopes||¥5,000||4|
|Photography Service (Photo or Video)||8:30 - 9am or 1pm start, 3hr / 6hr||¥45,000 / ¥65,000||4-5|
|Photography Service (Photo and Video)||8:30 - 10am flexible start, 3hr / 6hr||¥60,000 / ¥90,000||4-5|
|Extra person in a private lesson||-||¥5,000||1|
*8 hours including travel time, breaks and lunch
*If you would like a varied duration for your private lesson, please contact us
*Night lessons programs are subject to resort operations night schedule. Please inquire when booking.
Niseko Black are a high-end snowsports school that offer exceptional on-mountain lessons combined with concierge service for riders who want not only a great instructor, but someone who can show them all Niseko has to offer.
Private Lessons offer the best opportunity to learn and progress safely and enjoyably. Your Personal instructor will tailor the day to your individual needs and goals to ensure you can enjoy the Niseko experience as much as possible. Private lessons are for maximum 4 people, and pickup/dropoff service is included with prior notice.
If you would like the ultimate ski trip experience, upgrade your lesson to On-Snow Concierge for an all-day guide with assistance with your rental fitting, a private lesson, transfers for the day, and advice on all the best restaurants, onsens, shopping, sightseeing and apres activities in Niseko.
Pricing - Private Lessons / On Snow Concierge
|Program||Duration||Regular Price||Peak Season*||Capacity|
|Full Day Lesson||7 hours (Incl 1-hour lunch break)||¥65,000||¥80,000||4|
|4 Hour Lesson||4 hours||¥50,000||¥60,000||4|
|Half Day AM or PM Lesson||3 hours||¥35,000||¥45,000||4|
|Freestyle Clinic Lesson||4 hours||¥50,000||¥60,000||4|
|Night Lesson||2 hours, starting 5pm||¥25,000||¥30,000||4|
|Full Day Out-of-Resort Upgrade**||-||+ ¥15,000||+ ¥15,000||-|
|Full Day On-Snow Concierge Upgrade||Your desired start time - 10pm||+ ¥30,000||+ ¥30,000||-|
* Peak season is between December 17th, 2021 and January 7th, 2022 and January 28th to February 6th 2022
** Instructor can take you to Kiroro or Rusutsu Resort.
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