Dive Deep Ski/Snowboard/Yoga Retreat
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Take the plunge with Janet & Kanami into Niseko’s world-famous deep powder snow, Japan’s natural hot springs, food culture, and elevate your yoga practice to new levels.
THIS IS A BUCKET LIST TRIP OF LIFETIME: a week of skiing/snowboarding, adventure, relaxation, and daily yoga in the winter wonderland of Niseko, Japan.
Your Teachers: Janet Corvino
Your teacher: Kanami Anderson
Skiing and snowboarding require a great deal of strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility. A daily yoga practice can help to increase your performance and confidence for when you hit the slopes.
Join Janet & Kanami every morning as they help strengthen & warm up your body before you head out on the mountain to enjoy Niseko’s playful snow. Feel first-hand the difference it makes in your on-mountain skills. In the evenings they will lead you through a practice specifically targeted to stretch out muscle groups that easily get sore and overused from the mountain. All yoga classes held at Niseko Powder Yoga.
Japan’s #1 Ski Resort
Did you know that Japan has over 500 ski resorts? From the northern island of Hokkaido (where Niseko is located) to the southern main island of Kyushu, Japan has an incredible collection of ski resorts, & Niseko is ranked at the very top. Thanks to bouts of winter storms off Siberia, Niseko is also rated one of the snowiest resorts in the world with 15 -18 meters of average annual snowfall (that’s over 50ft!!).
- Listed one of the world’s top 20 ski resorts by Forbes Travel
- Top 20 places to visit in the world by The New York Times
- Rumoured to have snowflakes that are “large enough to cast shadows.” 🙂
Hot Springs Culture
In order to truly get in touch with a unique aspect of Japanese life, one must tap into the “onsen” (Japanese hot spring bath) culture. Japan is a chain of active volcanic islands, and is home to over 3,000 natural hot springs! The onsen is such a precious way to delve into an ancient part of Japanese culture that is still very much alive today.
Onsen culture encourages aligning yourself with nature and the slow passing of time. Through this we give time to draw out the natural healing powers of our bodies.Soaking your tired muscles & body in a 40C+ hot spring bath after a long, cold day of skiing is by far one of the most amazing things about Niseko.
Before, after, and in-between your deep powder sessions on the mountain, dive into the Japanese culinary culture and allow your taste buds fall in love with the country who created the fifth basic taste!
Even CNN Travel boasts “Japan is a culinary wonderland thanks to an incomparable uniqueness, a national obsession with cuisine & an almost religious embrace of fresh productive perfection.”You’ll begin every day with a delicious, traditional Japanese breakfast buffet, have hot lunches (we highly recommend ramen & donburis!) on the ski hill, and experience four Izakaya (Japanese tapas-style food: an integral part of Japanese culture) family dinners out in the village.
7 Nights at Chalet Ivy
A brand new boutique hotel only footsteps away from the main lifts & right in the heart of Hirafu Village, the luxurious Chalet Ivy will be your winter Niseko home. Enjoy breathtaking views of either iconic Mt. Yotei every morning as you roll out of bed and open up your curtains.
You will have unlimited access to the hotel’s private onsen (hot springs) that you can walk to/from your room in your bathrobe and slippers. The waters are drawn up from a depth of 300 meters where it has the best quality and temperature for health benefits.
Chalet Ivy also has an exclusive Ski Concierge desk that can arrange equipment rental services, lift passes, and ski & snowboard lessons through their Winter Activity Counter.
Double Reg. price USD$2,000 per person
Single Reg price USD$2,900 per person
What’s included in the price
- Accommodation: (7 nights at the luxurious Chalet Ivy)
- Daily yoga classes
- Daily delicious breakfast buffets
- 4 Izakaya-style family dinners
- Unlimited use of hotel’s private hot springs
- Private transport to/from ski hill
- Valuable local knowledge from your instructors
- An adventure of a lifetime!
What is NOT included
- Transfers to Niseko*
- Ski Pass**
- Ski/board hire
- Ski/board guide/lessons***
* Direct buses from New Chitose International Airport to Niseko are easy to book and cost under $40USD. http://www.chaletivy.com/the-hotel/airport-transfers/
** Niseko United has some of the cheapest lift passes on the planet. An all mountain 5-Day pass costs under $300USD!
*** If you are interested in hiring a local mountain guide, our good friends at Japan Powder Connection have offered a group discount rate for Dive Deep Retreat students. Please enquire for details.