Hodaigi/Minakami

Ski & Snowboard lessons

Hodaigi has light snow and mellow slopes which are ideal for beginners to advanced skiiers and snowboarders. This is one of the biggest scale of ski resorts in Minakami with quality snow. The resort offer amazing views and is also a great area for our School and Winter Outdoor Educational Trips! (Trips are on request, please contact us for details)

PRIVATE LESSONS

Canyons offer private lessons at Hodaigi Ski Resort and other resorts within the Minakami Area. We have native English speaking instructors. This is the most efficient way to learn and you have one instructor to look after your group. This means we can customize the lesson to your needs. 

 All bookings for Winter 2017-2018 season will commence October 1st 2017

 

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Private Lesson
Minimum Age: 4 years old
Capacity per instructor:1-3 people
Price per Instructor

Lesson Duration

2 hour Total Price 25000 JPY

4 hours (+1 hour break) 39000 JPY, Extention (per hour) 8000 JPY

Family Private
Minimum Age: 4 years old
Capacity per instructor: 4-6 people
Price per Instructor

Lesson Duration

2 hour Total Price 30000 JPY

4 hours Total Price 48000 JPY, Extention (per hour) 8000 JPY

FEE DETAILS

Included A professional English speaking instructor
Not Included Resort lift ticket and ski/snowboard rental
 

 

ACCESS DETAILS

How do I get to Hodaigi Ski Resort?

Hodaigi Ski Resort is located 28km north east of Minakami in the Gunma Prefecture and 190km from Tokyo. You can access the area in approximately two hours by car or using a combination of bullet train and bus. The address is 3839-1 Fujiwara, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun Gunma Japan

Where should I stay?

There are a number of accommodations located at the base of the ski resort and nearby that offer free shuttle buses. I would like to recommend the Canyons run Alpine Lodge as perfect base for your stay to enjoy the area if you are planning a school or educational trip, please contact us for details.

Do you have any more information on Hodaigi Ski Resort?

Yes of course, check out Hodaigi Ski Resort Website and drop us an email if you have any other questions that are not covered in these FAQ's. 

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LESSON AND BOOKING DETAILS

What is included in the price?

Included in the fee is a professional English speaking instructor that will teach you how to ski or snowboard and improve your skills.

What is not included?

You will need to arrange your own ski or snowboard equipment and lift tickets. It is important to wear waterproof clothing, a hat or helmet, gloves and goggles. All equipment can be rented at the resort when you arrive or from local rental shops (we can help with this). 

Do I have to book in advance?

Prebooking is recommended as the number of instructors are limited. The further in advance the better especially during busy holiday periods and weekends. It is possible that there will be spaces 'left on the day' but to secure your slot just drop us an email or fill out the booking form below so you don't miss out.

How can I book a lesson?

The easiest way to book a lesson is through our booking form below. If you need some more help, advice or have any questions about your booking please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be happy to assist you.

Can I extend my lesson on the day and learn more?

If we have available instructors then we are happy to extend lessons on the day. Extensions from a half-day to a full-day pay the price difference between the two. One hour extensions are charged per hour. 

What if I have to cancel?

Cancellations made by the customer are subject to the following fees: 
15 - 7 days before: 20%, 6 - 2 days before: 30%, Day before: 50%, On the day: 100%

This includes decreasing booked numbers and failure to show at the meeting time on the day. Not showing at the meeting point on the day will be considered as full cancellation

What happens if the weather is bad?

As long as the resort is open, we will run lessons. If the weather is so bad that the resort can’t open, we can either postpone pre-booked lessons to another date or refund any lessons booked on that day. If it looks like the weather might be bad enough to close the resort we will contact all of our customers with lessons booked on that day. Please check your the email account used to make your booking regularly in the days before the lesson. The weather is always difficult to predict, so the resort may close with little or no advance warning.

 How can I contact you? 

Reception hours are between 0900 AM and 1400 PM
Email is available between 0900 AM and 1700 PM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Webform submissions available 24 hours and we aim to get back to you within 48 hours

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OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 How long is the season for skiing and snowboarding at Hodaigi Ski Resort?

Hodaigi ski resort opens mid December 2017 and due to close early April 2018 depending on the snowfall.

What is the difference between skiing and snowboarding?

Skiers stand on two skis, one on each foot and use ski poles to help them balance. They slide down the hill facing forwards using either a snowplow or turns to stay in control. Snowboarders strap both feet onto one board and slide down the hill sideways. Snowboarders turn the board to stay in control.

Which one is easier?

If you’ve ever been surfing, been on a wakeboard, ripsticked or skateboarded before; snowboarding may be easier. If you’ve ice-skated or rollerbladed skiing may be easier.

Can we learn skiing and snowboarding in the same lesson?

Everyone in the lesson will need to choose either skiing or snowboarding; the instructor can only teach one at a time. If you have people that want to try skiing and snowboarding they will need to take seperate lessons.

Can people with different abilities join the same lesson?

We recommend you book lessons so that only those of the same ability level are in each lesson. With a private lesson, if you’re priority is to ski/snowboard together then you are more than welcome to join different ability levels together but please note, the lesson will be at the level of the slowest student. Those that are a higher level may not get much or anything from the lesson.

What ages do you teach?

We can teach children down to around 4 years old. As long as they can get boots and skis/snowboards to fit them they can start to learn. Please check with the rental shop first to see if they will have gear small to fit any young children (we can help with this).

We recommend young children try skiing first as it’s a bit easier to balance and they can get going without an instructor holding them up a little bit quicker than snowboarding. Young children definitely can learn snowboarding, but it will require many hours of patient one-on-one tuition, either from a parent or instructor. We strongly recommend one-on-one private lessons for children skiing under 5 and any kids snowboarding under 8.

There is no maximum age for learning to ski, our oldest customer so far was 82! Anyone who is still active and able bodied can give it a try but obviously may learn at a slower pace. Don't worry our instructors can make the lesson as slow and relaxed as you like.

Can we ski as a family?

Children and adults learn at different speeds, and in different ways. We do always recommend children and adults take separate lessons if possible if you want everyone to learn the most. If you’re goal is to spend time together as a family, we also run family private lessons where everyone can learn together. Please note that these lessons will always be more focused on the children.

Do I need a lift ticket?

We recommend that our customers purchase a full day lift ticket so that you can ride on the chair lift if you are able to in the lesson. For more information you can speak with the Hodaigi Reception on the day or please visit the Hodaigi website for prices and details.

What should I bring?

We recommend waterproof outerwear for skiing/snowboarding which can be rented at the resort or rental shops nearby. For underneath, you’ll want to bring some thermal underwear (long sleeve tops and long-leg pants). If you don’t have any of these, ladies can wear tights or leggings, for men the best thing you might have would be boardshorts or sports shorts. It’s better to wear lots of thin layers than one big thick one as it’s easier to control how hot/cold you are. 

What should I rent?

For skiing/snowboarding you’ll need to have your ski/snowboard equipment (skis or snowboard, boots and poles for skiing), waterproof clothing, gloves and some goggles (or sunglasses if the weather is nice). We also recommend helmets, especially for kids. You can rent all of these when you arrive or from local rentals shops (we can help with this).

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Please feel free to contact us with any other questions you may have and we will be happy to help at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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