5 Reasons NISS is Niseko's Premier Ski School

  • November 24, 2017

Niseko International Snowsports School

Niseko has become an internationally famous destination for skiing and snowboarding - and rightfully so!  It is one of the snowiest places on earth, and that attracts people from all demographics worldwide.  This includes beginner skiers and snowboarders due to the near perfect weather conditions and friendly resort ski runs.  If you’re looking to familiarize yourself with snowsports or hone in on more advanced techniques, Niseko is a great choice. Due to this there are plenty of ski schools in the Niseko area. However, Niseko International Snowsports School (NISS) boasts many advantages. Here are 5 important reasons how NISS offers a service that cannot be duplicated.

1.  Smallest Group Lessons in Niseko

Everyone knows that smaller groups mean more attention, more one-on-one time with instructors, and more improvements! NISS has always believed in this and offered small group lessons. However, in 2017, NISS decreased the size even more for a better instructor-to-student ratio. Kids Tic Tac Galaxy group programs (ages 3-6) were reduced to 5, and Yuki Galaxy group programs (ages 7-14) have been reduced to 7. Also, Adult group programs will max out at 5 guests per lesson.  And in 2022, we reduced the maximum to 3 to make it even more effective. All of these group lesson sizes are the lowest among every ski school in Niseko! (Group programs are not available for the 2021-22 season. Click here for the details.)

niss ski school kids are happy in hanazono's facilities

2.  Family Focused

NISS recognizes what it takes to make the best family ski vacation, and the services they provide are tailored to make it as easy as possible.  NISS has 2 convenient locations: one in Hirafu and one in Hanazono.  (Rusutsu is also possible with Ski Concierge Diamond Pro!)

The outdoor Hanazono Facilities including beginner-friendly magic carpets are positioned directly in front of Hanazono 308 and have been carefully designed to make learning and progression fun for kids for days on end. All Kids Programs include a nutritious lunch prepared by our own chef at Hanazono 308.

New in 2019 is the Hanazono Shield, a first-of-its-kind in Asia! Hanazono Shield by TREK TRACK is a GPS tracking system that provides comprehensive mountain coverage of the Niseko United Resorts in 3D mapping, with each child’s location accessible with pinpoint accuracy in real-time. In case of an emergency, The Hanazono Shield by TREK TRACK allows for immediate response time and assistance on the scene with all live information accessible by Ski Patrol and NISS.

Two children skiing with NISS in Hanazono Resort, Niseko with new Hanazono Shield GPS Tracking Technology.

3.  Tailored to International Guests

It’s no coincidence that “International” is part of the NISS name.  Instructors from all over the world vie to achieve a position at NISS, thus producing an incredible team not found anywhere else in Niseko. Although the common language among the instructors is English, guests can choose to have their lessons conducted in Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, and many more. Inquire with NISS directly to see what languages are available.

3 men laughing in the deep powder snow of Hanazono, Niseko.

4.  Customizable Private Lessons

NISS’s Private Lessons are the ultimate service to improve your skills on the mountain.  What makes them so special is the ability to completely customize them.  Private lessons can consist of up to 6 people with no extra charge.  This can be family, friends, adults, and children.  The starting time of the lesson is up to you, and the guest can also choose to begin at Hirafu or Hanazono.  If you choose to purchase a Niseko United All-Mountain pass your NISS instructor can lead you around all 4 resorts of Niseko United. That’s a lot of terrains to explore!  NISS instructors live the Niseko lifestyle every day, so they are quite knowledgeable when it comes to helping you plan your Niseko holiday in realms outside of ski school as well.

niss ski school is happy to teach you to ski in niseko

5.  Beginner’s Package *Cancelled from 2021 season

Another great option for adults and kids who are new to snowsports is the Beginner’s Package. (Cancelled for 2021-22 season.) The value of this package is unprecedented, as it includes everything a beginner skier or snowboarder needs to thrive on the slopes.  This program will save you over 25% compared to booking all of these necessities separately: Full Day Group Lesson, Mid-range rental equipment, jacket and pants, and a helmet. Hanazono has a dedicated first-timer and beginner area, which is the optimal learning environment.  Other ski school’s beginner areas are crowded and have advanced riders zooming past, while Hanazono’s is much safer and off to the side of the busier ski traffic.

No matter your ability level, age, or skiing style, NISS has a program to suit your needs.  These advantages mentioned above separate NISS from other options in the Niseko area, reaffirming NISS as the premier Snowsports School.  If you would like more detailed information any of the NISS programs, please click on the link below!