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For those who are looking for a challenge, this course is designed for adventure lovers to learn, gain experience and widen their perspective on the snowsports industry.

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Training Course Overview

The Epic Inclusions

If you're passionate about skiing or snowboarding and want to take your skills to the next level, our Epic instructor course in Niseko is the perfect fit for you.

As a bonus, this course provides a pathway into working as a ski or snowboard instructor. You can take your certifications to the next season to work as an instructor and chase the snow or help your friends with their skills to better enjoy the mountain together.

Resort Manager and Local Team

Your local team is onsite and available through the whole season to help with everything. Starting with your airport pickup to ensuring you know where to be and when, providing assistance with anything that arises and guiding you through all of the local experiences.

The Tokyo Ryoko

Once you arrive in Japan you will embark on a 3-day / 2-night Tokyo Experience with a cultural awareness breakfast, sightseeing and plenty of seasonal preparation & support. We'll meet you at the airport and get your gear transferred to Niseko. Transportation, accommodation and group meals are included.

Training, Exams & Certifications

After settling into Niseko you will start on your level 1 module and then move onto the level 2 module. You'll be training 6 hours/day with days off to rest and practice. All training and exams are included. Groups are at a maximum 8:1 ratio making it easier for you to get tailored support. All mountain, freestyle, and backcountry training will finish off the season.

Accommodation & Season Pass

Accommodation for the full 11 weeks is included. You'll be staying in Kutchan which is a quick drive to the resort with dedicated transport. You'll be 5 minutes away from the restaurants, bars and grocery stores. Rooms are twin or triple share with others on the program. There is a full kitchen, dining room, lounges and gear storage. Your season pass provides you with access to all 4 resorts in Niseko.

Video & Photo

We'll be out there getting heaps of video and photos during your training and free skiing/riding. You'll have full access to everything and we'll put some shred and progression videos together so you can see and share your development over the season. We will provide video analysis to help fine tune your technique.

Meals & Outings

Food is such an integral part of the Niseko experience. We’ll be exploring the different restaurants and hot spots Niseko has to offer as part of our Japanese Culinary Experience. Meals are self-catered and there is a full kitchen and a number of supermarkets close by. We’ll also travel to Sapporo for the Snow Festival and some karaoke (when in Japan…you sing!)

Industry Exposure & Future Seasons

We'll be inviting industry veterans to a few of our group dinners to give you insight and help answer any questions. For finding work as an instructor we will help you prepare and put a plan together . We'll review your CV, help you create a introduction video for hiring managers, walk you through visa applications and leverage our international network for job placement.


We are so confident that your skills will improve so dramatically through our program that if you attend all of our training days and you feel that you aren’t where you want to be, we’ll provide you with an additional 5 days of training that you can use to continue working on any specific skill of your choice. But we’re pretty sure your Insta feed will be so full of shred that everyone will be in awe of your new mad skills.

Dates & Prices

Worth $2000

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Most comprehensive combination of training and industry exposure.

Our 11-week ski and snowboard program is not for the faint-hearted. With expert instruction, cultural immersion, and unforgettable experiences, this is a journey like no other. From shredding the slopes to exploring the backcountry, you'll take on every aspect of snowsports and emerge with the skills of a true pro.

At our ski/snowboard instructor training course in Niseko, you'll do more than just ski or snowboard – you'll also immerse yourself in Japanese life and culture. From exploring local hot springs to savoring authentic cuisine, you'll experience the richness and beauty of Japan while honing your skills on the slopes.

Get ready to shred like a pro and turn your friends green with envy! By the end of our program, you'll be popping sick tricks, shredding mad pow, and navigating the backcountry like a boss. And if all else fails, you can just post your epic Insta pics and let them speak for themselves!

World-class training

11 weeks of comprehensive training. Our expert instructors will guide you through every step of the way ensuring your are well prepared for your exams.

No hidden costs

When you sign up for our program, you can rest assured that there are no surprises – most everything is included in the course price, so you can focus on your training and enjoying the experience.

One of a kind

Our training course has a curriculum that is different to others. We focus on a well-rounded approach to training incorporating elements like cultural immersion, industry knowledge, and freestyle/backcountry training.

Discover the culture

Most programs stop once you finish your course. We'll keep going with a combination of cultural, food and social outings to round out this life experience.

Don't miss out on a winter season of a lifetime.

Let us take the pressure off you planning your next adventure. Our courses include accommodation, training, exams, season passes, cultural experiences and a group manager who will ensure you feel settled in Japan. No experience is necessary we have courses for all types of enthusiasts.


Choose your adventure.


The Getaway

Short Course

A 4-week ski/snowboard level 1 instructor course in Niseko, Japan. Get an internationally recognised ski qualification and perfect your technique while experiencing the culture of Japan.
  • Level 1 instructor training & exam
  • Accommodation, transport & pass
  • Option to extend to 11-weeks
  • Open the door to instructing

The Epic

Full Course

An 11-week ski/snowboard level 1 & 2 instructor course in Niseko, Japan. Freestyle, all mountain and backcountry training. For those who are looking for a challenge & epic season experience.
  • Level 1 & 2 instructor training & exam
  • Accommodation, transport & pass
  • Advanced all mountain training
  • Take your skiing to the next level

The Primer

Learn to Ski

An 11-week learn to ski course in Niseko, Japan designed for beginners, with little or no experience. Our personalised development plan will help you get started and open up the mountain.
  • Group lessons to start
  • Level 1 instructor training & exam
  • Accommodation, transport & pass
  • Personalised development plan

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Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions. If you want some more advice about planning your winter season in Japan, shoot us a message in the chat box below or get started by finding out which course suits you best!

How do I know if I qualify to join The Japan Epic? 

If you are at a strong intermediate level you qualify for The Epic. You need to be comfortably carving turns on a red/blue run and starting to try out black runs. If you feel like you aren't quite there yet then check out The Primer as we can help get your skills up and qualify for your level 1 instructor certification.

Can I travel there?

Most citizenships are allowed to travel for 90 days in Japan.  Confirm whether you need a visa here. Please contact us to discuss the details.

Why Japan? Do I need to speak any Japanese? 

We chose the ultimate destination that covers all bases. Best snow in the world. Incredible terrain. Cultural experience opportunities. Amazing food. Niseko has everything plus so much more versus other destinations which creates a unique experience in comparison to the standard season. 

All elements of our programs are in English and most locals speak English but it sure is rewarding to order some sushi or ramen without causing an international incident.

What if I don't get better or develop my skills?

We’ve partnered up with one of the best ski schools in Niseko to provide world class training. With our Performance Guarantee, we’ll get you the extra help if you need it. Sometimes it just takes another lesson or two to nail it down. (If you attend all of your group lessons this will be on us)

Do I need to worry about going for my level 2? 

If you are thinking about working a season or two afterwards we'd highly recommend getting it as it is considered the international level. Level 2 is a good step up and will substantially increase your ability on the snow if this is a one season experience.

Still not sure on which program to choose?

Everyone's situation and goals are different and we are here to help you figure out which program is the best fit for you. Hit us up here.

The Epic - Full Course - 90 Days

We've created options to fit everyone's situation. If you already are at an intermediate level or higher The Getaway and The Epic are for you. Both of these programs will take your skiing or riding to the next level and open up doors for future seasons. If you have little or no experience, worry not, as we've created The Primer just for you. You'll be shredding in no time!

Goal: Gap year, career break, career kickstart

All of our options will help you dramatically increase your skill sets, gain international certifications and open up the mountain. If you are planning for one season you'll gain transferrable skills and set yourself up if more snow is in your future. For those looking for a jumpstart into the industry, you'll set yourself up with everything you need to start your career.

Goal: I just want to shred...but I'm not sure how, yet

The best way to improve is to learn to instruct. By breaking down the skills you'll learn how to self-coach with conscious competence. We'll take you from...

The Getaway

45 Day Short Course

- Perfect for a quick skills hit/bump
- Open the door to instructing down the line
- Accommodation
- Breakfast and dinner
- Level 1 training and exam
- Freestyle and backcountry training
- Avalanche certification

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The Epic

90 Day Full Course

- Ideal to get the most our of your season
- Go from good to great
- Set yourself up for a future season
- Accommodation
- Breakfast and dinner
- Level 1 training and exam
- Freestyle and backcountry training
- Avalanche certification
- Level 2 training and exam

The Primer

90 Day Learn to Ski or Ride

- Best way to go from zero to hero
- Personalised development plan
- Ideal for little or no experience
- Accommodation
- Breakfast and dinner
- Level 1 training and exam
- Freestyle and backcountry training
- Avalanche certification

For a personalised assessment and consultation to help you find the right program: <contact us here>

Which program should I choose? 

If you are fitting this in with travel and have limited time, The Getaway would be perfect. Looking to advance your skills or set up to work a future season, The Epic is for you. Never been on the snow or been out just once or twice? The Primer was made to get you going in no time.

What's included? 

Training, exams, meals, accommodation, transportation, social events and season pass are covered. You'll need to bring your own gear and setup flights and insurance. For full details, click here

Do I need to worry about level 2? 

If you are thinking about working a season or two afterwards we'd highly recommend getting it as it is considered the international level. Level 2 is a good step up and will substantially increase your ability on the snow if this is a one season experience.

What's the accommodation and meals like?

You'll be staying in xxxxx which is just 10 minutes from the slopes with dedicated transportation from the accommodation. Food will be a mix of Western and Asian influence and most preferences will be available.

Still not sure on which program to choose? 

Everyone's situation and goals are different and we are here to help you figure out which program is the best fit for you. Hit us up here

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