First Tracks on Hakuba's Happo-one
In this powder skills specific clinic we meet early in the morning, catch the first gondola and are rewarded with fresh tracks while the rest of the masses are just rising. With a professional instructor who knows the best powder stashes for the Hakuba Japan area, we will work on powder skiing techniques, tree skiing, and cover some safety concerns while skiing in powder.
Our "First Tracks" lesson is ideal for those with little powder experience who want to go on a backcountry tour with us or just enjoy Hakuba's world-class powder. Once you ride the untouched light powder runs you will know where the addiction comes from. A desire for fresh tracks and a minimum intermediate skill level are all that is needed to get that one of a kind feeling.
Skill is more important than age - please discuss with our reservations staff if you are unsure
You should be at least intermediate level on groomed runs before participating in our First Tracks.
Max people per instructor:
*ski and snowboard Happo Fist Tracks lessons must be booked separately
*please sign-in at least 15-30 minutes before the lesson starts
*for beginners lessons lift tickets may not be necessary or a "points pass" may be more suitable than a regular pass - please talk with the instructor prior to the lesson
Happo First Tracks Lesson Programs
Happo First Tracks
4 hours: 8:30-12:30
¥37,000 for 1 person, add ¥4,000 per extra person
Happo Jump Start
80 mins: 8:30-9:50
¥16,000 for 1 person, add ¥3,000 per extra person
Powder specific lessons are dependent on conditions. Please specify that you would like a powder specific lesson when booking.
All "First Tracks" and "Jump Start" lessons begin and end at Evergreen Outdoor Center's Ski School (Happo Base) on the slopes of Happo-one.
Qualified ski/snowboard instructor (English speaking), tax and (ideally) all the powder you can eat!
Lift pass (except beginner lessons), winter clothing, knit cap, gloves, goggles and smiles! You will also need to have your own ski/snowboard gear.
Evergreen does not offer rental service.
For rental equipment, we recommend:
››The Boarding Co.
- locally owned and operated, quality equipment, online reservation system, delivered directly to your hotel, personal service
- long history in Hakuba, reasonable prices, shops located in all major areas.
- Great new fully stocked store right next to Evergreen's Back Country Office.
Private Lessons Available December 8th 2014, 7 days per week until April 6th 2015 excluding New Year's Day.
Adult Group Ski plus All Group SB Available December 20th 2014, 7 days per week until March 22nd 2015 excluding New Year's Day.
Kid's Group Ski Available December 20th 2014, 7 days per week until March 29th 2015 excluding New Year's Day
What is my ski level?
Our instructors are native-level English-speaking professionals who are talented at conducting lessons that are safe, controlled, and emphasize proper techniques while having a great time. All Evergreen's instructors hold certification to international standards of ski and snowboard instructing and First Aid certification.
We classify into 4 ability levels - Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. Click below to see these levels and take a moment to think about your goals.
››Evergreen Ski Levels
Complimentary Shuttle Service
We are unable to offer a shuttle service for "First Tracks" and "Jump Start" lessons and ask you to make your own way to Evergreen International Ski School Kokusai Base for sign-in. Thank you for your understanding.
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