Action Snow Sports are the official International Ski & Snowboard School at popular Madarao. We rate Madarao Tangram as one of the best medium size resort in Honshu, and since Peter Hillman opened Action Snow Sports there a couple of seasons back it has offered great English language programs across the range for kids to adults.
Pete is a Japan expert. Previously he ran clinic tours for many seasons which moved around the best resorts of both Hokkaido and Honshu.
These were highly successful and very popular. We have bumped into them at a few random places over the years, and were always struck by how happy the clients were.
Pete has also contributed insider knowledge for some Snow Action features over the years with his in depth experience of areas like Shiga Kogen.
But after years of touring around Japan’s top ski areas including Madarao, mountain management invited Action Snow Sports to open an English Ski School, so the love with Madarao instantly grew.
For more variety they have introduced their Multi Resort day trips, so they can take you round to access the numerous local options within an hour or so drive from Madarao.
Clinics – 3 or 6 Day options
It doesn’t get much better than improving your skiing and riding with like-minded crew and expert help amid some of Japan’s best snow.
These flexible Clinic Programs at Madarao include the opportunity to ski other nearby areas like Myoko, at no extra cost – lift passes and transport are included, with 3 day clinics from $AUD 1295 and 6 day ones $AUD 1895.
That is excellent value for 6 hours daily instruction & guiding from Action Snow Sports highly qualified instructors.
Madarao has been super pro-active over the past decade or so opening up their now famous powder courses and tree runs. More recently the neighbours at Tangram joined the party, with a whopping 13 tree courses now on offer between them. That is claimed as the most in Japan and gives you plenty to choose from.
If you are not quite up to that, and feel the need to develop stronger skills to ski/ride them with way more confidence, than grabbing an Action Snow Sports Clinic is the ideal way to improve.
START DATES – 3 Days $AUD 1295 / 6 Days $AUD 1895
06/01/2019 SKI CLINIC # 1
20/01/2019 SKI CLINIC # 2
03/02/2019 SKI CLINIC # 3
17/02/2019 SKI CLINIC # 4
Action Snow Sports Clinics are widely known for their excellence in training both recreational skiers and athletes, with a big focus on more skilful powder skiing.
Highly qualified coaches will give the instruction needed to help individuals develop better technique and stronger skills to enable them to ski the whole mountain and not to be restricted to just easy terrain.
A special emphasis is placed on the bio-mechanical understanding of the body movements and development, which will hugely benefit the fast track learning system and dramatically improve your skiing! The clinics cater for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers.
Clinics are limited to a maximum of 6 people, ensuring a personalised service. Video and technical analysis are provided (depending on weather conditions) to aid in the assessment and improvement of your skill development
Some of our destinations offer multiple resort options to explore, in which case we take full advantage of every opportunity for an adventure, wherever skier ability and snow conditions allow.
During clinics you are encouraged to take advantage of Japan’s unique culture – good times are guaranteed both on and off the slopes.
Plus included with every 5 day clinic, you receive Complimentary Welcome and Farewell dinners; or with every 3 day clinic you receive a Complimentary Welcome dinner.
At the end of your day the Drop Off Bar just down from the Kogan Hotel is the best aprés bar in Madarao for drinks, food, and great fun atmosphere.
Family ski & snowboard programs at Madarao Tangram
Action Snow Sports will take great care of your kids, from 4 years and up.
Check the range of programs below. Bookings can be made online here.
Tanuki Kids 4-6 Years
Tanuki Kids is a half and full-day group ski program for children 4-6 years, and offers your child a professional and memorable holiday skiing experience. Action Snow Sports’ specialist children’s instructors will ensure your child has tons of fun and improves their skiing, while safely exploring the mountain. Watch your child’s confidence and love for the snow grow in the Tanuki Kids program which has been developed for young skiers with safety and fun in mind.
Kamuska Kids 7-14 Years
Kamuska Kids is a half and full-day group ski program for children 7-14 years, and offers your child a professional and memorable holiday skiing experience. Our specialist children’s instructors will ensure your child has tons of fun and improves their skiing, while safely exploring the mountain.
Watch your child’s confidence and love for the snow grow in the Kamuska Kids program which has been developed for young skiers with safety and fun in mind.
Adult Group Lessons
Adult group lessons are offered in the morning and afternoon, and have a maximum of 6 students per instructor, which offers you the most opportunity to gain some valuable ski/ride experience and coaching from qualified instructors, in a relaxed and fun lesson environment. Students are grouped with others of similar ability and spend a 2.5 hour lesson working together to improve technique and explore the mountain.
Group lessons are a great way to access the knowledge of qualified ski instructors and meet new ski/board friends without breaking the bank. Group lessons can be taken as a refresher at the start of your holiday, or every morning to give focus for the day’s skiing to really fine tune your technique.
Private lessons have a maximum of 4 persons in the lesson (this may be dependant on the individuals skill levels). If you need to add more than 4 people to a private lesson, this will accrue a small additional charge.
To secure your lesson bookings, advance bookings will require a deposit. Once the booking has been confirmed by email, an invoice will be emailed to you with credit card payment details in English, which is as simple as ABC.
The balance is to be paid in cash at our desk prior to the time of lesson.
Our booking office and cafe is located directly under Shirakaba rental so it’s just a 2 minute walk down the stairs to find us. In addition to the ski school, our small cafe has great coffee, tasty snacky foods and is warm to get out of the cold for a quick break.
Lessons booked from Tangram are now all 2hr lessons including the afternoon lessons. All programs are available from both Madarao and Tangram.
NEW: Explore Program
“Explore” is a new guided 2.5 hr program doing just that, Exploring the mountain guided by your mountain savvy instructor who knows all the sweet spots that most don’t find.
Ski & Board Rental /Kastle Demo & Buy Option
Great K2 powder skis are available for rental from the Shirakaba Rental Store just upstairs from the Action Snow Sports office at Madarao.
Or get onto Action Snow Sport’s new Kastle demo & buy program for season 2018-2019.