Ski Instruction

  • Akatsuki: Private Instruction

    Whether you are new to skiing and snowboarding or are a seasoned veteran looking to improve with advanced techniques, private lessons from the Ekimne instructors will take your abilities to the next level.

    You and up to five of your friends and family members can have personalized private snowboard and ski lessons together. Lessons are tailored to your individual and group skill levels and styles. The focus is on achieving your goals through learning skills and gaining confidence. Our internationally certified instructors factor in gear choice, weather, snow conditions and your knowledge of the mountain. Instructors also assist with gear rental and upgrading as you progress through your stay.

    You structure your private lesson to suit your family and friends - just let us know where you fit in on the level checker below and we take care of the rest.

    Guiding is also available for those who would prefer to focus on free skiing. You will be shown some of the best spots on the mountain, explore new terrain, and learn a few tips along the way.

    2013/2014 Private Lessons
    One Hour ¥10,000
    Two Hours ¥15,000
    Full-Day - 9am-3:30pm ¥40,000
    Half-Day - 9am-12pm or 12:45pm-3:45pm ¥20,000
    90 Minute Night Skiing Special (after 6.00pm) ¥10,000

    Lessons are for up to 6 people. You may book a lesson over the phone at (8190) 8016-4252 or you may book your private lesson online via our contact form on our website www.akatsuki-niseko.com.

    Please arrange a meeting point with us that suits you. This can be at the Hirafu base area (at the Gondola, quad lift, or family chairlift), or at your accommodation. Please be ready with your equipment at the beginning of the lesson.

    • A 50% cancellation fee will apply for “no shows” or cancellations within 24 hours of the lesson.
    • Lift tickets are not included in the lesson cost.

    Description: You have never tried skiing or snowboarding before. Welcome to one of the most exhilarating sports on earth! Bad habits die hard so start out right. Focus on technique and safety from Day 1.

    What to expect:
    - Learn about your equipment and the Niseko mountain environment.
    - Discover the joy and excitement of gliding on snow.
    - Learn to stop safely and confidently.
    - Learn to get up from a fall (luckily we have lots of soft powder snow here!).
    - Learn to make your first turns.
    - Make it lots of fun.

    Description: You have spent a few hours on the slopes-probably a day or two in the past - even if you did not progress to your liking. You can put on and take off your equipment and move around on flatter areas. You are comfortable gliding and stopping on the easiest learning terrain (for example: beside carpet lifts, family runs), and you can sometimes make simple direction changes while sliding.

    What to expect:
    - Improve your turns and stopping prowess.
    - Gain confidence, control, mountain awareness and freedom as you explore new skiing and riding techniques!

    Description: You are very comfortable gliding and making turns on beginner terrain. You feel almost ready for easy green (just above beginner) runs on the mountain. Skiers probably make "wedge turns," but you may make "parallel turns" too. Snowboarders can nearly link turns heel to toe (even if you a little biased toward one side or the other - we know how it is).

    What to expect:
    - We will assess your technique and get you to the next level as quickly as you adapt to the conditions and increasing slope grade.
    - Develop confidence with different sizes and types of turns, with rhythm, consistent speed and increasingly deeper snow.
    - When you're ready, ride a chairlift and then a gondola and ski or ride the majority of the Niseko mountain!

    Description: You ski or ride comfortably and confidently on Niseko United's green runs. You can ride double, triple and quad chairlifts and link smooth, gliding turns on all but the steepest green runs. Skiers may be parallel, but probably use a slight wedge when it gets steeper. Snowboarders can consistently link heel & toe turns (still plenty of falls though).

    What to expect:
    - Focus on refining your fundamentals until you are confident to move to ungroomed terrain, skiers becoming more consistently parallel.
    - Build confidence to glide at slightly higher speeds or steeper slopes
    - Explore all beginner and most easier intermediate runs (but still avoid the steeper sections).

    Description: You ski or ride comfortably and confidently on all easier intermediate runs. You can link turns (mostly parallel for skiers) of varying sizes and you can control your speed in most situations by adjusting your line, with little need for braking. You still fall from time to time but mostly due to snow conditions or perhaps tiredness.

    What to expect - depending on your needs and goals and the length of your stay:
    - Explore higher speeds (you choose the speed) and more vigorous movements for shorter, complete turns.
    - Develop higher edge angles and discover the control and sensation of carving turns.
    - Gain confidence on steeper, more challenging groomed intermediate runs.
    - Venture into the easiest Niseko ungroomed terrain (usually side-country and not quite backcountry).
    - Skiers learn to incorporate pole use for better timing and precision.

    Description: You are comfortable and confident on any groomed intermediate runs, and capable of skiing or riding the easiest ungroomed and perhaps moguled intermediate runs. You can link turns of varying size at moderate speed. If you are a skier, you are usually parallel, and you may use a pole swing or plant in most of your turns. Snowboarders are beginning to skid less frequently, with the tail of the board following the tip, for more control of line and intended direction.

    What to expect - depending on your needs and goals and the length of your stay:
    - Refine your balance, technique, and consistency.
    - Explore technical options for more versatility, from pure-carved turns to braking. Skiers learn to use both skis independently, with step turns, stem turns, and one- or two-footed movements. Snowboarders develop rhythm and a choice of technique to navigate flats, steeps and perhaps a few small jumps or tricks if you are up for it.
    - Explore tactical options for confidence in more challenging intermediate terrain and powder conditions.

    Description: You are comfortable and confident on all intermediate and some expert terrain, including moderate moguls and Niseko's famous ungroomed powder snow. You can modify your technique and tactics, linking dynamic carved turns with consistent rhythm on intermediate terrain. Skiers usually ski parallel, with effective pole use. Snowboarders can mix carved and skidded turns.

    What to expect - Depending on your needs, goals and length of stay:
    - Continue to refine balance and develop skills and versatility.
    - Learn to manage the changing forces of higher speed, short, medium, and long carved turns, and uneven terrain.
    - Explore tactics and technique options for enjoying the entire Niseko mountain, including moderate moguls, steeps, powder, racing, carving, powder, backcountry, or even the park if you are keen.

    Description: You ski or ride with confidence, with offensive tactics and techniques on most terrain, including powder. You can carve arc-to-arc turns on easier groomed runs, and you handle moderate mogul runs with consistent speed and rhythm. You are competent, if not always confident, in moderate ungroomed conditions, and you can handle all but the most extreme in-bounds terrain. You may lack the needed confidence or particular technical or tactical options for all terrain and conditions.

    What to expect - depending on your needs, goals and length of stay:
    - Perfect your fundamentals while expanding your limits with confidence at an ever-growing range of speeds, terrain, and conditions.
    - Refine your technique for efficiency and strength in powder snow at higher speeds and longer runs.
    - Identify your strengths and growth areas for continued learning and improvement.

    Description: You can ski or ride almost anywhere, almost any time, with confidence, efficiency, and offensive movements and tactics. You fear no terrain. The challenge is deep powder and steep backcountry terrain. We take you to the side and back country to hone your skills in the world's deepest snow.

    What to expect - depending on your needs and the length of your stay:
    - Explore all of the challenges of the Niseko mountain, from the steepest and deepest to the trees and mushrooms - then move onto Mt Youtei and ski/ride the crater or face of one of Japan's epic volcanoes.