We're offering Core Camp Japan for 2020..!
Get ready to ski and snowboard Japan's legendary deep and light powder, Japanese cuisine and culture, hot springs, learning some Japanese and much more.This is a very special experience!
JA-POW CAMP INFORMATION
Only 12 spots are available in total (spots are first come first served).
February 5 to 15, 2020
- 10 nights' shared accommodation (2 per room) in our comfy ski lodge in Niseko
- 9 days of skiing / snowboarding with Core coaches Turner and Marcos
- 8 day lift pass valid at the four resorts of Niseko (including night skiing)
- A day trip to Rusutsu or Kiroro Ski Resort (includes lift and transportation)
- Return airport transfers (from CTS airport in Hokkaido)
- Daily breakfasts
- One or more day trips skiing/snowboarding to a backcountry hot spring (a great experience)
- The option to hike and ride Mount Yotei (weather permitting - see below)
- Core Camp edition powder face-mask
- Night skiing, evenings out, group dinners, karaoke, hot springs visits etc
- 24/7 support from Turner, Marcos (we'll be with you always)
- The best Core style Japan experience of your life!
$4375 CAD +gst
- To secure your spot, a $1500 CAD non-refundable deposit is required
- Final payment is due by September 30, 2019
You must be 18 years or older for this camp (we can potentially make exceptions)
Intermediate to advanced.
Please note - We offer two groups for this camp: An intermediate group (with some powder experience) and an upper intermediate/advanced group (with more powder experience). The two guided groups will be 6 people each. There may be slight differences in levels in each group. Thank you for understanding. We'll focus on splitting the groups well.
A typical powder run (with Turner) at Core Camp Japan!
Our accommodation starts in Niseko on February 5. Check out is February 15.
The bedrooms are two per room (there are two triple rooms). We're in a central location and close to everything. The lodge is clean and modern, has two lounges, laundry machines, WIFI etc. Good restaurants and bars surround the lodge, onsens (hot springs) and the chairlifts are a short walk.
Wherever you are flying in from, your final destination is New Chitose Airport (CTS) on February 5. Check in to our lodge is form 3pm. PLEASE ARRIVE at the airport by 8:30pm or earlier. Midday is best. The last bus to Niseko leaves the airport at 9:30pm. We will arrange your bus transfers and send you the full details. If you miss the last bus, you can take a taxi, but it's quite expensive for you.
We will depart Niseko on February 15. Check out is 11am. Please make sure your flight out of Chitose Airport is scheduled to depart from NOON or later since the first bus of the morning leaves our accommodation at 8am and arrives at Chitose at 11am. Otherwise you'll be paying a few hundred dollars for an early morning taxi.
For most countries, you simply need a valid passport to enter Japan. Please make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months on your arrival date.
What To Pack - How to Prepare
Bring all of your regular ski/snowboard gear (as you would for Whistler). Also, bring warm base layers and a face-mask since it's cold and powdery.
** Bring your transceiver, probe, shovel ** You'll need this everyday because of most of the runs we will be doing. If you don't have any of this gear, no problem - you can rent them in Niseko for approx $30/day including backpack.
The rental gear at the resort is very good and up to date. Snowboards/skis are about $50 per day.
Work on your cardiovascular and be ready to hike on some of the days.
WIFI in Japan
Free WIFI is available at our ski lodge and most of the on-mountain restaurants. You can also get "pocket WIFI" on your airport arrival. Some companies will deliver your pocke right to our lodge. Pocket WIFI gives you 24 hour access pretty much everywhere on and off the resort if you need to be connected 24/7). It's roughly $50 for 10 days.
The town of Niseko
Niseko is a small, snowy town located at the base of a huge volcano in the north island of Japan. There are 4 ski resorts on the volcano. This small town has a great vibe and is usually covered with tonnes of snow and big snow banks. The population is smaller than Whistler and there are plenty of great restaurants, cafes and bars all a short walk from our ski lodge. The town will keep us busy and entertained in the evenings. Even the local convenience stores (called ‘com-bini’) are full of surprisingly great food, fun snacks, interesting drinks and alcohol too. The local convenience store is about 150m from our lodge
The ski resort
The main ski resort close to our ski lodge is called Hirafu. It is connected to 3 other resorts which combined, makes plenty of options for fun skiing and snowboarding. The alpine is big, there are tonnes of tree runs as well. It has a good mix of everything. If you’d like to know more about it, just google it and check the images.
We spend most of our time skiing / snowboarding off-piste and in the trees. The terrain is really fun..!
Hiking Mt Yotei option
Across the valley from Niseko ski resort is the most beautiful, snowy volcano ever - Mt Yotei.
If the weather is right on one of the days (we need a sunny day) then hiking and riding the volcano is very doable and a great option! We can put you in touch with some local guiding companies.
My good friend, Teru (who has been living and guiding in Niseko for over 15 years) has climbed Yotei many times. Here is a NICE VIDEO of him snowboarding down Mt Yotei..!!
A visit to Tokyo
A trip to Japan isn't complete without a visit to Tokyo... You are all welcome to spend some time in Tokyo before or after the camp. We recommend staying in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. I (Turner) will also give you some ideas of some good places around Tokyo to visit like Electric City, Asakusa Temple etc (depending on your tastes).
Your deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
A cancellation inside 120 days of the camp start date is not entitled to a refund.
We do not offer refunds after a camp start date.
For these reasons we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Trip Interruption / Cancellation Insurance. This will cover the cost of your camp (or deposit) in case you need to unexpectedly cancel or if a medical emergency interrupts your camp. It's easy to purchase and very good peace of mind.
We recommend World Nomads or check with your local insurance agent. Thank you.
Flights, travel insurance (required), lunches, dinners
Take the step to join us - It's an awesome cultural experience on and off the snow!
- Turner Montgomery