JAPAN SNOWBOARD TOURS
- Snowboard coaching sessions with professional snowboarder Wang Lei
- Improve your freeriding with 5 days of coaching and guiding
- Learn about backcountry and snow safety
- Chase the big winter storms with our ‘Powder Hunter’ tour format
- You’re guaranteed to ride the best snow every day with our flexible itinerary
- Get your iconic Japan powder shot with our photographer on hand
Join our Aizu Progression Tour and you’ll get to experience snowboarding in Japan with Wang Lei, the pioneer of Chinese Snowboarding. We an area that is blessed with lots of snowfall, no crowds and very little western influence. Throughout the tour, our guides will show you why this region is one of our favourite places to ride in Japan. Our base for this tour is Urabandai Lake Resort and from here we can easily access many of the surrounding resorts. The terrain out here ranges from big mountain lines to undulating tree riding. We keep the itinerary flexible so we can find the best conditions and terrain on the day. Being off the beaten track you will also experience real Japanese cuisine and hospitality. See what Aizu is all about HERE
ABOUT WANG LEI
When Wang Lei got a taste of snowboarding, he immediately knew this was the sport he wanted to pursue, and he did so relentlessly for the past two decades. Turning Pro in 2002, he is now home with Nitro Snowboards and L1 Premium Goods. As the Chinese pioneer of Snowboarding Wang Lei embarks on his third decade on the forefront of winter sports, he shows no signs of slowing down his remarkable career. Wang Lei’s career includes competition highlights, various accolades as certified instructor, certified judge, membership in the POW Riders Alliance and presiding over the CSbA. Wang Lei’s goal is to always keep shredding with passion and sharing the fun!
Improve your riding with 5 days of coaching and guiding. This tour is aimed at intermediate snowboarders who want to improve their freeriding. While you are exploring the Aizu Resorts your qualified coach will give you tips and feedback along the way. Our coaching sessions are structured so that you’ll learn the skills to confidently ride off-piste, in the trees, in deep powder and variable conditions. At the end of the tour, you will gain the confidence to ride Japans’ powder stashes, even on the deepest days.
We keep the itinerary flexible so we can find the best conditions and terrain on the day. We’ll have our local guide Japanese leading the way who has a lifetime of experience riding in these areas as well as reading the conditions and terrain. Each day your guide will assess the conditions and decide which is the best place to ride based on weather and snowfall. We have over 12 resorts within easy reach from our base. Each day we’ll load up the van’s and drive to our chosen area. With our small groups and 4WD vehicles, you’re guaranteed to find the best snow and conditions every day!
We keep our group size to a maximum of 6 people per guide. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the group small means less time waiting, and more time riding powder!
SNOW & CONDITIONS
February is the best time of year to experience snowboarding in Aizu. What you can expect is light, dry, snow, perfect for riding powder. Temps will be cold, with temperatures ranging from -1 to -10 degrees celsius. Most days you can expect to ride powder that’s anywhere from boot to waist deep. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the cold temperatures and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll ride light dry snow days after a storm.
PHOTOGRAPHER ON HAND
Throughout the tour you’ve got our in-house professional photographer on hand, capturing all the action. At the end of the tour, you’ll get to download a photo package with all your shots from the trip. For our final night on tour we always run a photo session where you’ll get to see who scored the best turns, best drops and the biggest bails!
Throughout the tour you’ll stay at the Urabandai Lake Resort. The hotel has modern, western-style rooms, restaurants, bar, onsen and convenience store. Our comfortable rooms are equipped with 2 single beds, great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. Each day you’ve got buffet breakfast and dinners to enjoy in the restaurant and each night you’ve got access to the in-house bar which has icy cold beers on tap as well as a pool table, darts and golf to keep you entertained.