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Japan Powder Camp Trip 1 – Feb 1st to Feb 9th

  • Powder Camps: Heli-Skiing and Japan
  • Hokkaido, Japan
  • 01/02/2020

From £3,350.00 pp

Please click here to book through Ski Safari

  • About the Course

    There will be 6 days skiing in total in Japan. The Powder Ski Camp will run on 5 full days in Niseko (as standard – extra days can of course be added). 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 +447747 809545 to discuss your level.

    For further details regarding Ski Course Coaching content, Group and skier levels, please read through the Academy website.

  • Provisional Itinerary

    Feb 1st or 7th– leave UK

    Feb 2nd or 8th– arrive Japan

    Night – free. We’ll arrive quite late and no doubt be tired so nothing planned for tonight!

    Feb 3rd or 9th –  7.30am: optional meet up with the coaches and the group at the Green Leaf Hotel during breakfast. If you want to say hello to the team feel free to pop over during breakfast for a catch up. The first day is a freeski day to get your legs back and get to know the resort a little – use it wisely 😀

    6.30pm – après drinks at the hotel (optional). Exact location and times will be specified in the pre-course info email. They may be in the hotel itself or in the Village.

    Feb 4th or 10th

    9am – 2pm – meet the coaches outside the Green Leaf Hotel for first day’s coaching

    6.30pm – après drinks (optional)

    Feb 5th or 11th

    9am – 2pm – meet the coaches for 2nd day’s coaching outside the Green Leaf Hotel.

    Feb 6th or 12th

    9am – 2pm – meet the coaches for 3rd day’s coaching outside the Green Leaf Hotel.

    6.30pm – après drinks (optional)

    7.30pm – Team night skiing for anyone that fancies it (optional)

    Feb 7th or 13th

    9am – 2pm – meet the coaches for 4th day’s coaching outside the Green Leaf Hotel.

    Feb 8th or 14th 

    9am – 2pm – meet the coaches for 5th day’s coaching outside the Green Leaf Hotel.

    6.30pm – après drinks (optional)

    Feb 9th or 15th – Head back home! (unless you’ve made other plans!)

    Video analysis will take place regularly at convenient times. Sometimes after skiing in the bar, sometimes up the mountain in the restaurant – the coaches will let you know exact details for this.

    Please note that all skiers attending the powder ski camp will need to be wearing an avalanche transceiver at all times whilst on the mountain. It will also be obligatory to be wearing a back pack with a shovel and probe and a helmet.

  • Teaching Content

    • Academy Powder Content

      Achieving correct flex pattern for powder

      One of the biggest areas of development of Powder technique is Ankle Flex development. Most skiers join us with a lack of ankle flex. Most skiers flex at the knee more than the ankle and this puts the skiers weight back. Once it’s back it makes it hard to steer and almost impossible to ski steeps and freeride terrain. Your thighs end up being used to help you stand up rather than being used to help you steer the skis.

       

      Skier Symmetry 

      Maintaining a consistent width of stance from turn to turn in powder and freeride terrain is one of the most challenging skills to acquire. If the width of the feet fluctuates too much in changeable terrain it severely affects performance as ski’s can split and create an unstable platform in an already unstable environment. We will give you the specific movements and biomechanical knowledge to prevent this from happening and ensure the skeleton is aligned correctly throughout the turn.

      Powder Leg Steering 

      Many skiers suffer from throwing the arms, shoulders and hips around when initiating a turn. This causes a skier to lose a powerful edge hold and throw the weight too much on the inside ski. Overall, a skier will feel vulnerable in powder when initiating.  We’ll unlock the correct way to initiate your steering action and switch on pure leg steering. This will give immense confidence on initiation of a powder turn and put you in control. A lot of the work for this can be done off of snow and at indoor snow domes so see us before you travel!

      Middle Body Strength

      Nearly all skiers that join the Academy courses are never using their middle body strength to its full potential. Many skiers break at the waist when skiing powder or varied terrain. The more dynamic skiing becomes the more you need to activate your core whilst skiing to keep the middle body strong and avoid it collapsing. On the course you’ll learn how to activate your core whilst skiing with simple exercises that are easy to integrate into your normal skiing technique.

      Pole plant & full body approach

      The upper body is equally as important as the lower body when skiing in freeride terrain. We will introduce an arm carriage position and an effective pole plant that can be used to assist with both rhythm and timing and also strength and confidence to move the body laterally towards the new turn.

      Confidence and motivation

      Technique is important but having the confidence in yourself to apply the right movements at the right time in a challenging environment can be the difference between a good run and a bad one. The Academy will motivate and inspire each individual to make sure that everyone is peaked and ready to take on each run with a new found confidence in their abilities.

      VIDEO ANALYSIS

      Video analysis will play a big part on the heli ski week.  Each person will receive an individual analysis on the mountain during the skiing day.  This will help gain instant results and changes.  After skiing at the lodge, a full video analysis and biomechanics session will take place on two of the evenings.  You’ll get a chance to have your skiing checked in super slow-mo and really see your powder turns in all their glory on the big screen.  All video footage will be made available to each individual after the trip.

      ACADEMY  POWDER ABIITY ASSESSMENT/HELI-SKI ASSESSMENT

      You can email or call an Academy team member directly to discuss the trip in more detail with regards to your technical, physical or emotional level and the specifics of the week that you might have further questions on.  Please email theteam@warrensmith-skiacademy.com or call +41 79 530 4549.

  • Available Group Levels

    • Level 3-6 (Advanced Intermediate-Athlete) Powder

      Due to the nature of the course we only admit skiers at or above level 3 onto the course.  The technical skills required to train and develop safely in powder are higher and hence the reason you have to be level 3 (advanced intermediate) before booking onto course. To easily identify the levels of skiers, and roughly assess which level you currently are, please click here.

      Lots of the course will hone and develop the skills necessary to ski powder so don’t feel like you need lots of experience skiing it but the willingness to embrace the snow and trust the drills and skills is essential!

      As the course is focussed specifically on powder skiing please ensure you are as fit as you can be (cardio and muscular). Skiing powder all day and hiking in and out of areas is more strenuous than piste skiing and you’ll gain lots more from the course if the physicality of it isn’t a burden.

  • Travel Information

    The accommodation package and/or Travel package must be booked and organised by official Warren Smith Ski Academy trip partner, Ski Safari. Ski Safari will be acting solely to assist and make your holiday easier so please get in touch with them to book your trip! The trip is set out as described above as the standard option but if you wish to add extra days in Tokyo or other ski resorts or use airmiles to book your flights or anything else along these lines this is of course possible – please just email Ski Safari with what you’d like. They can cater for whatever your needs/desires may be!

    Please contact Andrea directly at Andrea@skisafari.com or +44 (0) 1273 224 067 for anything relating to the trip, travel and accommodation.

  • Accomodation Information

    Accommodation must be booked and organised by official Warren Smith Ski Academy trip partner, Ski Safari. Ski Safari will be acting solely to assist and make your holiday easier and have sourced excellent rates at the Green Leaf Hotel so please get in touch with them to book your trip! They can cater for whatever your needs/desires may be.

    Please contact Andrea directly at Andrea@skisafari.com or +44 (0) 1273 224 067 for anything relating to the trip, travel and accommodation.

  • Pricing Information

    Trip fee includes:

    Return flights from London Heathrow to Sapporo Chitose

    Return group transfer to Niseko

    7 nights accommodation (shared twin-room, single occupancy options available too) at the Green Leaf Hotel in Niseko Village.

    6 day All Mountain Lift Pass

    5 day Warren Smith Powder camp coaching on the mountain, video analysis sessions off the mountain and off-piste awareness and safety training and how to use avalanche equipment.

    The above is the standard Ski Safari package. They can take care of all the arrangements for your holiday before you leave – flight upgrades, single occupancy rooms, private transfers, extra nights, city stays, special occasions, cat-skiing – just give them a call!

    Insurance

    Under no circumstances should you travel without comprehensive ski insurance cover. Please be sure to have insurance that covers you whilst in Japan and specifically for skiing off-piste without a guide.

    Notes:

    • Lunches and dinners are not included in the price and are paid independently.
    • Please note that all skiers attending the powder ski camp will need to be wearing an avalanche transceiver at all times whilst on the mountain. It will also be obligatory to be wearing a back pack with a shovel and probe and also a helmet.

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