6 most popular ski destinations in Japan (Part 2)

4. Niseko on Hokkaido island

Niseko, a ski resort located in Hokkaido, has seven ski zones that are connected to make one large slide. This is one of the most snowy places in Japan. Skiing is also suitable for young children and there are many family skiing services.  When you come here because of the snow, you will have a rare skiing opportunity in your life. Niseko’s Mount Annupuri owns some of the best off-piste ski resorts in the world. Please be warned that you will need to bring a special snowboard or snow shield. Among trees, mountains and forests, you will surely be subsided without the proper equipment.

Niseko has various sliding terrain for every level of the skier. Here, besides skiing, guests can also participate in other fun activities in bars, entertainment areas and cafes.

5. Honshu island Zao Onsen hot spring area

Zao Onsen ski area is located in Tohoku area, Yamagata prefecture. This is an integrated area of ​​hot springs and ski resorts. The highlight of this area is the sliding terrain. It has 15 different slopes with 12 courses suitable for beginners to those who have long and proficient skills. Especially, if you are a strong and adventurous person, sign up for the 881-meter vertical slopes.

A unique feature of Zao Onsen is the “monsters” snowmen, appearing right on the sliding path. This is also the most tourist attraction for Zao Onsen.

6. Appi Kogen

Appi Kogen ski area has an area of ​​282 ha with 21 slopes and 828 meters of vertical in Iwate province. To go to Appi Kogen, take the Tohoku Shinkansen express train, the high speed train from Tokyo to Morioka station takes 2 hours. Then take the bus to Appi Kogen for another 50 – 60 minutes. The ski terrain here has many obstacles that are suitable for professional skiers. Here they can cultivate many skills and challenge themselves. On the contrary, for those who are just starting to ski, there are a spacious playground and a family park suitable for beginners  to practice and learn skills.

6 most popular ski destinations in Japan (Part 1)

Arriving in Japan in the winter, don’t miss the skiing locations in Hokkaido for an enjoyable experience.

1. Fujiten in Narusawa

Fujiten Snow Resort is a small ski resort along the northern side of Mount Fuji in the lake area. Fujiten ski area is a large ski resort and offers good facilities, including views of Mount Fuji. Another ski area, Snow Town Yeti, is located south of the mountain.

Fujiten is suitable for everyone and especially Japanese tourists who want to experience skiing. The ski area consists of two 1,300 meters long snow slopes suitable for beginners, and a 500-meter snow slope for starters to learn skiing. The resort also has steeper, more elevated slopes and terrain with many hops, tracks … attracting professional skiers. This area has natural snow and artificial snow.

Fujiten also has a very large children’s area, where children can ski, jump on trampoline, learn to ski or just play in the snow. Tickets for children’s parks are 700 yen (150,000 VND) per person.

2. Shiga Kogen Resort

Shiga Kogen is a ski resort that integrates 21 ski resorts in one. It is located in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, about 20 km from Nagano. Shiga Kogen ski area has many different terrains for every level. There are about half of the terrain sliding with a slope suitable for beginners, about 40% of the terrain is suitable for skiers at a normal level. Besides skiing, you can also enjoy recreational activities in some bars and cafes.

3. Hakuba

Hakuba has a large ski area with 960 hectares and a variety of ski slopes. This is a famous ski town located in the northwest of Nagano Prefecture. Here are many tourists choose to participate in skiing because there are many suitable terrains to meet all guests and different styles of skiing. Besides, the price to participate in skiing and other recreational activities is very suitable for tourists’ money.

Basic techniques of skiing

Whether you’re a child or an adult you can learn to ski. You’ll be able to master safe ski manoeuvres with your practice. These are the basic techniques for skiing and snowboarding beginners to quickly turn your careful skiing endeavors into your first dynamic slide.

Technique 1. Slide and move

When you move try out how the skis touch your feet. A level ground is the best for skiing. You should use ski poles to move the skis forwards and backwards a little bit. Try a gentle hop, using both of your legs and change constantly from one leg to the other. Take small steps forwards to move with your skis. You should try to slide as long as possible on one ski. Remove one ski, and use a kick scooter to propel yourself forward.

Technique 2. Snowplough and schuss

You should find a gentle slope with a spacious run area for climbing the slope, using sidestep climb technique. Keep your skis parallel to your hips and stand sideways to the slope. Step sideways up the slope and put your weight on the upper edges of the skis to climb up. Start a slow, straight schuss, without utilizing sticks and keep your skis parallel when you reach the top. Then slow down by using the snowplough technique. Create a wide gap between the skis’ backs and put the tips of the skis together. And slow down shifting your weight on the inside edges of the skis.

Technique 3. Pole use and parallel turns

When you master slide and slow down cautiously on a gentle incline, you can try out your first arc manoeuvre in the position of your snowplough. Turn one knee in the skyward direction and shift your weight to the outside ski during the manoeuvre of snowplough. Through arc manoeuvre put the skis slowly into a parallel position. Use your hands to ensure that the edges get the appropriate amount of pressure. your hands. Hold your arms to press your inwards and downwards outer knee. Add the ski poles when this works well. Remember the rotation of the skis around the poles. Put the pole into the snow upon the inside of the turn before you start your turn. Turn the inner ski gently and place optimal pressure on the outer ski. In the turn use the pole to gently push yourself back.