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THE ORIGINAL JAPAN SNOWBOARD CAMP HOSTED BY EERO ETTALA & HEIKKI SORSA

Japan Project is based at Kiroro. THE snowiest major resort on the planet. It’s Japow on steroids. And so you can spend your week deep in the whiteroom, you’ve got two snowboard guides on-hand who know a thing or two about hunting down the best lines, finding the best snow, and making sure you have a good time while doing it. In fact, you could call them professionals. Your hosts for the tour are snowboard legends and best mates – Eero Ettala and Heikki Sorsa.

Heikki and Eero will take you behind the scenes and show you what it’s like to film in Hokkaido’s snowiest region. They have been coming to Hokkaido to ride pow and shoot video parts for over a decade which makes them the perfect hosts for the week here in Kiroro. Plus the guys are always more than happy to provide you with some tips and feedback on the mountain, and share a beer and some laughs at the end of the day.

At Mint Tours we believe premium is the new normal, so we’ve included everything in the camp so you can focus on just one thing, riding pow. Along with Eero and Heikki, you’ll get to ride with Mint Tours guides while staying in luxury accommodation with breakfasts, dinners, Kiroro lift tickets and airport transfers included plus our media team is on-hand to capture all the action from the week.

Dates

14 February - 20 February, 2021

Duration

6 nights & 5 days on-mountain

Price

AUD TBC per person
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Tour Type

Suitable for intermediate and above snowboarders

Why Travel With Mint

In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.

Eero Ettala

The always humble Eero can boast a career that includes X-Games gold, 25 magazine covers, 2 x Snowboarder Magazine video part of the year along with too many podium results to list.

Heikki Sorsa

Heikki is one of the most influential snowboarders in history. From dropping some of the heaviest video parts to competing in X-Games and the Winter Olympics.

Kiroro

The 5 star luxury Hokkaido ski area of Kiroro receives 23 metres of snow in an average season making it the snowiest resort in Japan.

ESSENTIAL INFO

For detailed information including a tour itinerary, please get in touch.

ABOUT KIRORO

Located two hours from Sapporo Chitose Airport, the luxury resort of Kiroro scores an average of 23 metres of light, dry Hokkaido powder snow each season. Freshies are easily found (and still found late into the afternoon) making Kiroro perfect for intermediate to advanced snowboarders. A third of the slopes are rated as black runs which are spread across two mountain peaks so there are countless opportunities to pick your line.

LUXURY 5 STAR ACCOMMODATION

Throughout the tour you’ll stay on-mountain at The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. This is a 5 star, luxury hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to the region’s best powder. On-site are a hot spring, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre and shops. Dining options include a formal sushi restaurant, authentic steak house, Italian restaurant and European brasserie, using the freshest locally sourced ingredients.

DAILY GUIDING SESSIONS

Each day we hold guiding and freeride sessions which are led by our qualified coaches and guides. You’ll get to explore more of the mountain and cover more ground. You’ll enjoy the personalised attention as we limit our group size to a maximum of 6 riders per guide allowing greater manoeuvrability and ease of access to the best powder zones in Kiroro.

AFTER HOURS

After riding, join us in the bar where you can catch up with the pros along with other guests 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 the perfect snowboard camp? Then grab your buddies or come solo, just make sure you don’t miss out!

VIDEO PACKAGE

Throughout the tour we have our media team on hand to capture all the action. You’ll be able to download all your Japan shots daily, so you can keep all your followers up to date with the drool-worthy conditions that you’re currently scoring. We’ll make sure you go home with your iconic Japan powder edit, plus all the highlights from the week, on and off-mountain.

PRE TOUR SUPPORT

After you sign up for a tour, you will receive pre-trip emails with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. In addition to this, you have access to our customer care team who are just a phone-call away. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.

Meet your guides

Your snowboard & ski guides have an in-depth knowledge of the local area, terrain and conditions. You can be assured we will always find you the best snow conditions available. Our goal is to get everybody on tour enjoying themselves and pushing your riding in a relaxed and fun environment.

Meet your guides

Eero Ettala

It's not difficult to see how so much hype surrounds Eero who simply loves snowboarding and having a good time.

Meet your guides

Heikki Sorsa

Heikki has multiple video parts from Japan and is no stranger to ripping turns in the pow and showing crew a damn good time.

Additional Details

Tour Inclusions

Your tour includes:

  • 5 Star Accommodation
    For 6 nights you will stay in 5 star luxury at the Marriot, Tribute Portfolio Hotel. All guests will stay in a twin share Superior Deluxe Room. Our deluxe rooms feature 2 comfortable single beds with high quality linen and duvets, plenty of room for your equipment, ensuite bathroom, free WIFI and USB outlets, and thoughtful touches like bathroom toiletries, robes, slippers and bottled water.
  • Daily Guiding Sessions
    Each day we hold guiding and freeride sessions which are led by our qualified coaches and guides. You’ll get to explore more of the mountain and cover more ground. You’ll enjoy the personalised attention as we limit our group size to a maximum of 6 riders per guide.
  • Media Team on Hand
    Throughout the tour we have our media team on hand to capture all the action.
  • Video Package
    You’ll be able to download all your Japan shots daily, so you can keep all your followers up to date with the drool-worthy conditions that you’re currently scoring. We’ll make sure you go home with your iconic Japan powder edit, plus all the highlights from the week, on and off-mountain.
  • Breakfasts
    For breakfast, join us at Kiroro’s talk-of-the-town breakfast buffet which serves eggs cooked to order, home-baked bread, French croissants and much more, all prepared with local produce.
  • Dinners
    For dinner, join us at Hokkaido’s renowned buffet on the second floor of our hotel. You will be treated to the freshest local seafood, delicious meats and vegetable dishes, hearty curry, Japanese soups and noodles just to name a few. For those with a sweet tooth, the  irresistible dessert buffet isn’t one to be missed.
  • 5 Day Kiroro Lift Ticket
    You’ll receive your 5 day Kiroro lift ticket when you arrive at the hotel.
  • Easy Airport Transfers
    Once you arrive at New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, simply jump on the bus and in no time you’ll be transported to our 5-star hotel in Kiroro. Our door-to-door transfers make the trip a breeze. On departure day, we’ll drop you back at New Chitose Airport.
Rates and Dates

We’ve scheduled the 2021 Japan Project based on historical snowfall data to ensure we have the best chance of scoring deep powder.

Sunday 14 February to Saturday 20 February, 2021

Price  $AUD TBC

FAQ

Why travel with Mint?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.

What happens on arrival and departure day?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.

What if i’m travelling solo?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. If you’d prefer your own room please request a single room at time of booking.

Do you ever cancel a tour?
No! Once you’ve signed up for this tour, you’re going! We won’t ever cancel this trip due to low numbers, so you can go ahead and book your flights early and rest easy knowing you’re going.

How many people are on tour?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. When we are on mountain, we have a maximum of 6 people per guide. 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!

Is this the right tour for me?
We ensure that everyone who joins these trips are a good fit for the difficulty level. This helps ensure that you’re booked on the right tour, as are the other people joining you.

What happens if I need to cancel?
Got cold feet? Couldn’t find a good flight or get the time off work? Cancel up to 7 days after your initial booking and get 100% of your deposit back, no questions asked.

Who are the guides?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season, so our returning guests will see many familiar faces.

Can you book flights?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.

Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.

What happens once i’ve booked?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through further information

Enquiries

If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:

1) Enquiry Form: Use the form below to send your enquiry and one of our tour specialists will be in touch asap!

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2) Over the phone: Call us on (03) 8563 9437 (within Australia) or +61 (03) 8563 9437 (international) between 9:30 am and 5:00pm AEST Monday to Friday and speak to one of our tour specialists.

Book a spot

You can book your spot one of two ways:

1) Online: Click on the ‘Book Now’ button at the top of this page. Once we receive your booking form, we’ll provide you with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.

2) Over the phone: Call us on (03) 8563 9437 (within Australia) or +61 (03) 8563 9437 (international) between 9:30 am and 5pm AEST Monday to Friday, and follow the prompts to speak to one of our tour specialists.

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