11. - 18.02.2019
Good Times Japan Tour
alk. 2490 €
11. - 18.02.2019
alk. 2490 €
This tour will be held in English. Join Elämysmatkat, Mint and Nitro Snowboards in Japan for a week-long tour, riding pow with some of the biggest legends in snowboarding – Eero Ettala, Heikki Sorsa, Antti Jussila and friends. We’re headed to Aizu, located in Southern Tohoku. This area is a powder magnet, and scores bucket loads of light dry snow, and most importantly, no crowds. The resorts in Aizu are a playground for snowboarders (and good times!); It’s home to some of the best freeride terrain in the region, has perfect groomers for laying high speed carves, progressive parks with loads of features and has a cat ski operation to access the backcountry. Combine this with luxury accommodation, great dining and drinking options and very little western influence and you’ve got one epic destination!
We’ve included everything so you can focus on just one thing, Good Times! Apart from getting to ride every day with the pro’s and our Mint Tours guides, we’ve included luxury accommodation, buffet breakfasts and buffet dinners, a photographer on hand to capture all the action, all lift tickets, bus transfers, day trips to nearby resorts, movie nights, demo sessions, access to the latest powder shapes from Nitro Snowboards and we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve to keep the stoke going, all week long.
After riding, you’ve got access to our Good Times bar where you can catch up with the other campers and guides. Each night we’ve included buffet dinners where you can load up on all the Japanese and Western food you can handle and wash it down with a few ice-cold Asahi’s. We’ll also have movie nights, tech sessions and plenty of time to catch up with the pro’s. Sound like a Good Time? Yeah, we know. Grab your buddies or come solo, just make sure you don’t miss out on this epic trip!
When we are on mountain, we typically keep our group size to a maximum of 6 people per guide for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder!
Urabandai Lake Resort
Throughout the tour you’ll stay at the luxury Urabandai Lake Resort. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single beds, have great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. You’ve got access to the onsen (hot spring) and all the hotel facilities including shops, bar with pool table and darts, and drying room. Also included are buffet breakfasts and dinners at the hotel. For any guests wanting some extra space, we have single share rooms available at an additional cost.
11 February, 2019 – Arrival
Welcome to Japan! Make your way to Koriyama Station on the bullet train. This trip takes 1.5 hours from Tokyo. On arrival at Koriyama Station make your way to our meeting point to meet the guides and other guests. We will load up your gear in our transport and then drive to our hotel – Urabandai Lake Resort. Upon arrival, our guides will check you in to your accommodation and then you have free time to get settled. At 6:00pm we will regroup and have a welcome and information session. You’ll get to meet the pro’s and our guides are on hand to run you through the plan for the week and answer any questions you may have. After our welcome session, we’ll head to dinner and get stuck in to an amazing Japanese buffet. Relax with the group and have a few drinks before turning in for the night.
12 February, 2019 – Warm-up Day
Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel and then gear up for a full day riding. Meet your guides in the lobby and we’ll make the short drive to Nekoma. We’ll aim to be on-mountain at 9:00am so we can get the first chair and fresh tracks.Nekoma is one of our favourite freeride resorts in the area with great tree riding. It also gets some serious snowfall thanks to its north facing aspect, so it’s the first place to head to on a powder day. Your guides will run a safety briefing before we get on snow and are on hand to show you around the resort areas. We’ll spend a full day on mountain, ride the trees and hunt out some powder stashes. We’ll finish riding at 3:00pm and then head back to the hotel.
After an awesome first day, enjoy some free time and explore the hotel. You can head to the onsen so you can rest the legs, get a massage or catch up with the other guests for some après drinks. In the evening, meet up with the group for a hearty buffet dinner at our hotel. After dinner, the pro riders will be hosting a movie night. Have a few drinks and watch these legends do what they do best.
13 & 14 February, 2019 – Alts Bandai
Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel and then gear up for riding. Meet your guides in the lobby at 8:00am. Today we head to Alts Bandai. This resort has one of the biggest rideable areas in Southern Tohoku. This resort is modern but definitely not westernised. The lack of westerners means that on weekdays the resorts are virtually empty, and when it snows, there is opportunity for freshies all day long. ‘Alts’ also has one of the most progressive terrain parks in Asia, and was home to the Nippon Burton Open for many years so management understands snowboarding and still maintains one of the best terrain parks in Japan. Each day we will ride to the conditions. If it’s nuking snow (which it’s likely to be!) you’ll want to head into the tree’s for bottomless pow laps. If you’re not ready for the trees, there is wide-open, un-groomed areas to explore. If you’d prefer to stick to the piste, then that’s okay too, Alts has some of the longest, perfectly pitched, groomers that are perfect for carving. They also have an innovative park setup with plenty of jumps, banks, rails and boxes to suit every level of rider. Each day we will mix it up between park sessions, freeriding, riding powder in the trees or getting as low as possible doing team carving laps. Each day you will ride in a no-pressure, fun environment with a great crew. There’s something for everyone on this trip and we want to focus on bringing the Good Times. After riding, you’ve got free time to relax. In the evening, you’ve got a great buffet dinner included at the hotel, then meet the crew to catch up on the day.
15 February, 2019 – Grandeco
Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel and then gear up for a day trip. Meet your guides in the hotel lobby, and get ready for a day trip to one of the nearby resorts, Grandeco. What you can expect here is powder and loads of it. At first glance this resort looks small, but what we’re most interested in here is just off the main runs. There is great fall line tree riding to be had with easy access back to the chairlift. Enjoy the pow laps with the pro’s and guides. Our photographer is on hand to capture all the face shots. After a long day riding pow we’ll head back to the hotel, and then hit the onsen to rest the legs. Join is for dinner and a few hard-earned Asahi’s and some great local food. For anyone wanting to kick on, join us in the Good Times bar to catch up on all the action from the day.
16 February, 2019 – Nekoma / Optional Cat Ski Day
Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel and then gear up for riding.
If you have pre-booked the optional Cat Ski Day, you will be picked up after breakfast and you will make the drive to the staging area. On arrival at the area, our guides will brief us about our resort and location, provide us with safety info about the area and safe operation of the snowcat’s so we’re ready for the day. For anyone wanting to get a few warm up runs, in-resort, there will be plenty of opportunity to do so. We’ll make our approach to the cat ski zone with snowmobile & snowcat. We’ll then divide into smaller groups and spend the morning riding powder with our guides. Your guides are on-hand to provide advice and instruction. After each descent, we’ll load back into the cat and ride back up to the drop off zone. When it’s lunch time, it’s time to get out of the elements and escape the cold. We’ll make our descent from the cat ski zone, back through the resort and in to the mountain cafe at the resort base. Tuck into some hearty and delicious local foods. In the afternoon we’ll head out for another guided session in-resort and explore plenty more lines.
For anyone opting to ride at Nekoma, meet your guides in the lobby and we’ll make the short 15 minute drive to the resort. We’ll aim to be on mountain by 9:00am. Be sure to follow your guides as they know the best places to ride and find deep powder stashes. You’ll spend a full day on-mountain.
After riding, head back to the hotel. We’ll finish the day in the outdoor onsen and then have an amazing traditional Japanese dinner with local delicacies, washed down with a few more ice-cold Asahi’s and a local sampler of sake’s.
17 February, 2019 – Alts Bandai or Nekoma Resort
Enjoy the breakfast buffet at the hotel and then gear up for another day trip. Meet your guides in the hotel lobby, and get ready to head back into the trees at either Alts Bandai or Nekoma Resorts. In the morning we’ll head out for some hot laps on the hill or explore deeper into the trees. We’ll break for lunch on the mountain and then head to the park. Today the pro’s are going to run a demo session. If you want to learn to lap the park like the pro’s, then join the crew for an afternoon of jumps, hits, hand plants and epic bails, of course all the action will be captured by our photographer so you can relive it later. In the evening enjoy a buffet dinner and then it’s time to head to the Good Times Bar. Join your guides and photographer for a photo session to re-cap on the week that was. You’ll get to see the weeks biggest pow turns and best sprays on the big screen. It’s the perfect ender to a week riding pow and park in Aizu.
18 February, 2019 – Depart
All good things must come to come to an end, and after an epic week riding deep, Japanese powder we will transfer you back to Koriy