There will be 8 days skiing in total in Japan. The Powder Ski Camp will run on 5 full days in Furano with 3 free ski days. The Camp is designed to build and develop skill and confidence, to enable people to ski all terrains with a specific emphasis on Powder skiing. Skills are developed during the coaching by practicing specific exercises that benefit the main topic of skiing powder. Progressively, the new levels of skill are tested in powder to build confidence.

The powder ski camp caters for skiers from Level 3 to Level 6 on the Academy system. Some skiers may be between Level 2 and Level 3. If this is the case and you are unsure of your level, please contact us directly through the contact page of the Academy website or call directly on +41795304549 to discuss your level.

Please note the Japan course dates change from year to year as do some of the other information. The info below will give you a good idea on the course but certain things may change.

INFO ON THE JAPAN POWDER COURSE

Ski Safari are our official travel partner and for any travel or accommodation needs you may have please get in touch with them.

Day 1 – 9am: meet up with the coaches and the group at the New Furano Prince Hotel. Coaches will hand out lift passes (where applicable) for the first day’s skiing. First day is a freeski day to get your legs back and get to know the resort a little.

5pm – après drinks at the hotel (optional)

Day 2 –10am – 3pm – meet the coaches outside the New Furano Prince Hotel for first day’s coaching

5pm – après drinks (optional)

Day 3  – 10am – 3pm – meet the coaches for 2nd day’s coaching outside the New Furano Prince Hotel.

Afternoon/Evening – video analysis session (exact time tbc)

Day 4 –10am – 3pm – meet the coaches for 3rd day’s coaching outside the New Furano Prince Hotel.

5pm – après drinks (optional)

7pm – Team night skiing for anyone that fancies it (optional)

Day 5 –10am – 3pm – meet the coaches for 4th day’s coaching outside the New Furano Prince Hotel.

Afternoon/Evening – video analysis session (exact time tbc)

Day 6 – 10am – 3pm – meet the coaches for 5th day’s coaching outside the New Furano Prince Hotel.

5pm – après drinks (optional)

Day 7 – Freeski day 2

Day 8 – Freeski day 3

Day 9 – Return to the UK

GROUP + SKIER LEVELS

On the Sunday morning you will be placed into groups that are appropriate for your skiing level and experience.  Please take the time to have a look at our skier levels on the Academy website by clicking here.

FITNESS

The course is a powder course and the physicality of skiing powder all week is a lot. In addition to this to access some of the areas there will be small hikes in or out (2-20 minutes depending on areas). The fitter you are the better time you’ll have and the easier it will be to take in the technical side of the coaching that will go on. Please be sure to turn up to the course as fit and flexible as possible. If you want any advice on things to do please contact us via theteam@warrensmith-skiacadey.com Year after year course participants regret not having done enough work on their fitness and flexibility, please make a truly concerted effort to get in as good shape as possible to make the most of the powder out there!

SKI-PASS

The trip includes an 8 day lift pass for Furano mountain resort.

SKI RECOMMENDATIONS/HIRE

We highly recommend bringing your own skis with you if possible as we have had problems in the past with insufficient stock in some of the rental shops out there and not huge amount of selection.

Good skis for japan would be between 100mm-120mm underfoot (so, fat) and not crazily long; someone 6ft would probably look to ski something around 180cm long. Feel free to email us to check skis if you are unsure.

Poles: Same size as you normally ski with but powder baskets (bigger baskets) are great!

OTHER IMPORTANT KIT

Avalanche kit is mandatory – you need at minimum a transceiver and ideally a probe and shovel as well in case of avalanches. And of course a bag to put these in! Helmets are mandatory as well.

Other useful kit for japan:

  1. face mask of some sort – it get’s very cold and if the snow contacts your face and it’s cold this can be very dangerous. It can also be hard to breathe if your mouth isn’t covered due to the amount of snow!
  2. Spare goggles – again with the amount of snow, sometimes goggles fog up (especially if you fall!) so a spare pair is very useful.
  3. Glove liners and good gloves (again for cold and snow)
  4. Layers – so you can warm up/cool down relatively easily.
  5. General winter outer kit.

FLYING INFO – TRANSCIEVERS AND ABS/AVALANCHE AIRBAGS

Make sure you take the batteries out of your transceivers, the Japanese internal flights will definitely want you to do this and it’s much easier not searching through your bags in Tokyo!

If you choose to take an Airbag we highly recommend not taking the compressed air canister on the plane and instead buying a new one when in resort. Airlines are exceptionally difficult with regard to compressed air-canisters and we have had numerous problems in the past with taking them on board (even with all the correct documentation and advance warning!). It generally works out much easier to buy a new one in resort. These are not necessary for the course.

MONEY

Japan is still very much a cash based society and there aren’t cash machines readily available (and a lot of the one’s there are don’t accept European cards). It is advisable, if possible, to exchange as much money as you intend on spending in your home country so you have Japanese Yen readily available without having to source a cash machine that works!