X'mas Shiga Kogen Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2015 December 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

Come spend a snowy white and merry X'mas weekend with us! Hohohoho!

This Trip Features;

  • Ski/snowboarding at (by far) the largest ski resort in Japan
  • Two (2) full days in the mountains
  • Well located hotel (almost ski-in/ski-out) near Yakebitaiyama; the best ski area in Shiga Kogen
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lessons from Certified Instructors
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and ski/snowboarding first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • Intermediate and advanced lessons available (3,000yen/hour)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Dec 18) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Ski/snowboarding in Santa costume
  • X'mas costume party on Saturday night
  • Chance to see the snow monkeys enjoying the hot spring on Sunday (Optional)

Shiga Kogen sits high up in the mountainous regions of Nagano. Because of it's location and elevation, there is more snow at this resort at this time of the year than any other ski resorts in the Nagano/Niigata area.

Looking forward to spending a white and merry X'mas on the slopes with you!

Trip Itinerary

Santa on the slopes

Friday (Dec 18)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:45pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Shiga Kogen around 0:30am
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Stay overnight

Saturday (Dec 19)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • X'mas costume party

Sunday (Dec 20)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding or visit the snow monkeys (8:30am-3pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:45pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Fun in the snow

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • One (1) day lift pass (all mountain)
  • Two (2) nights accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of snow loving folks and make new friends

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Sunday lift pass (4,000yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (2,500yen for 2 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (2,500yen for 2 days)
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (2,500yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (500yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (500yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (1,000yen for 2 days)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Snow monkeys tour (3,000yen) *Includes transportation, entry and guide

Discounts;

  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Dec 18-20 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Nov 19
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen) *Group leader required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined a TG outdoor trip more than 5 times
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Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 persons per room.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms).
  • The hotel (almost ski-in ski-out) is located near Yakebitaiyama; the best ski area in Shiga Kogen.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • There will be a 3,000yen fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 28.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Dec 19) from 9:30am until 12:30pm.
  • Lift pass will not be provided if you avail the beginners discount.
  • You don't need a lift pass to join our free ski/snowboarding lessons. However, if you're a fast learner and would want to ride the chairlifts, you can buy a "ride ticket" which costs around 300-350yen per ride. On average, beginners only take the chairlifts 4-5 times the entire weekend. Some beginners, not at all!
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal.
  • Soap, shampoo and rinse are provided in the bath (ofuro).
  • Towels available for rent at the lodge for 200yen.
  • You can send your gear by delivery service (takkyubin) to the hotel. Address will be provided upon request.
  • You must check out of your room before 10am on Sunday (Dec 20), and put your belongings in the luggage room before going ski/snowboarding.
  • Restaurants and shops in the ski resorts don't accept credit cards so please bring enough cash.
  • Participants will receive a 1,000yen discount courtesy of the Nagano Prefectural Government to attract more tourists in the area.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Skis/poles/boots
  • Snowboard/boots
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves
  • Ski goggles
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Cellphone
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus
  • Camera
  • Cash

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