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The Primer

The only program of its kind worldwide. The Primer literally takes you from zero to hero in an 11-week learn to ski course. Designed for those with NO experience who are keen to embark on a winter getaway of a lifetime.

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Learn to Ski Course Overview

The Primer Inclusions

The only gap year experience of its kind. The Ski Primer is developed especially for those who have not had any experience on the mountain.

Most courses have a level of ski experienced required, all we need you to be is fit and have a willingness to learn to shred some pow!

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 with group lessons learning the basics of skiing. You'll be training 6 hours/day with days off to rest and practice. At the halfway point we'll review your progress and determine if you are ready to move to the level 1 training and exam which are both included. Groups are at a maximum 8:1 ratio making it easier for you to get tailored support. There will be a week long learn to snowboard camp during the season so you can learn how to surf the snow!

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

You'll be new to the snow when you start but your skills will develop dramatically and this will open the door to working as an instructor in the future. We'll be inviting industry veterans to a few of our group dinners to give you insight and help answer any questions.  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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A one of its kind combination of training, culture, food and snow.

Built for beginners who have either never been on snow or had limited snow time looking for a winter of a lifetime in Japan. Spend 11 weeks learning to ski and snowboard with confidence working towards a potential transition to a level 1 ski training & exam and become a qualified ski instructor. Or not, just enjoy the holiday!

No experience is required for the learn to ski program, just a keen attitude to ride some sweet powder and experience the incredible culture Japan has to offer.

Our program covers snow sport, cultural and industry elements to provide a well-rounded experience. Over the 11 week course, you'll be immersed in Japanese life and culture. Coupled with an intro to freestyle and backcountry training, you'll walk away from this experience with all the confidence you need to enjoy future winter seasons.

World-class training

11 weeks of comprehensive training. Our expert instructors will guide you through every step of the way ensuring you are well prepared to approach the mountain.

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

Only program of its kind worldwide. Most comprehensive combination of training & cultural experiences for those new to the snow.

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!

I’ve never been to the snow, can I still head out?

This is great news as we've developed this program specifically for you. We’d just recommend coming in strong and relatively fit with some gym time and exercise under your belt so you are ready to hit the slopes with ease. We’ve designed a program to get you ready.

Can I travel there?

Most citizenships are allowed to travel for 90 days in Japan.  Confirm whether you need visa a 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 1? 

If you have progressed from the group lessons to where you are ready we would recommend going for it. You'll learn how to instruct which is the best way to improve. This training will allow you to self-coach and really open the mountain up in the future. We will review your progress and help you make the right decision.

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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