NISS Kid's Programs

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NISS Kids Programs

NISS is a creative Kids Snowsports School; we are dedicated to ensuring each child leaves Niseko with a passion for snow sports. Our inspired instructors are equipped with the tools needed to pass on their passion to the future of the snowsports industry.

NISS offers two age defined children's programs - Tic TacGalaxy for 3 - 6 year olds (skiing only) and Yuki Galaxy for 7 - 14 year olds (skiing and snowboarding). These are designed to provide a safe, structured learning environment that is fun and engaging at all times. 

The Hanazono facilities are specifically built to meet the requirements of each age group - only in Hanazono will you find bathrooms designed for 3 - 6 year olds!

We offer small boutique class sizes allowing the progression of each child to be carefully monitored from first timers to all mountain freeriders.

NISS Kids Passport


Tracks goals, activities and adventures of your child's time at NISS.

Lunch


Private Kids Zones at the Hanazono Base, catering for allergies and dietary requirements

Learning Areas


The best equipped and safest place in Niseko for children to learn and improve.

Magic Carpets


A total of three magic carpets – vital for your child's learning and comfort.

Fun & Exciting Trails


Strawberry Bells and Kamp Kitsune adventure trails, beginner terrain park and snow play areas.

Kamonohashi Ride


Transports NISS kids to the higher reaches of the beginner slopes, opening more fun places to learn.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE 

  • Ski Concierge

    NEW! Diamond Pro, Ski Concierge

    As standard bearers in the snowsports industry for quality client care, an exceptional new private lesson product is available for NISS guests - Diamond Pro; a personalised on and off snow ski concierge. Your Diamond Pro is hand selected by a dedicated team to provide a truly unique touch during your holiday. As an expert instructor with a prestigious career spanning the peaks of the world, you will receive quality tuition to reach your on snow aspirations. A wealth of knowledge of Niseko allows your Diamond Pro to thoughtfully curate further elements of your stay; local cuisine recommendations, snowsports school drop-offs, and an opportunity to explore the surrounding area. An elegant service for all our valued guests, Hanazono Niseko is the leader in luxury snow experiences.

    Program Duration Price
    Diamond Pro Full Day** 8:30am - 4:00pm ¥90,000
    Diamond Pro AM 9:00am - 12:00am ¥50,000
    Diamond Pro PM 1:00pm - 4:00pm ¥50,000

    *10% surcharge will be added to each private lesson between December 13th to January 2nd inclusive and February 7th to February 20th inclusive.
    ** A Lunch break is included within the lesson duration

    • Complimentary hot drink & pastry for each guest participating in HANAZONO
    • Flexible starting location of Hanazono or NISS Hirafu Office for Diamond Pro Full Day.
    • Prices are all per private lesson. Up to six people at no extra charge.
    • Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • Private Lessons are available everyday December 5, 2020 - April 4, 2021
    • Customers of intermediate levels and above are recommended to choose a Niseko United lift ticket, as your class can explore the whole Niseko United skiing area during your lesson.
  • Private Lessons

    NISS Private Lessons are tailored to each guests individual needs and aspirations. Great time and consideration is taken to carefully match guests with one of our instructors to assist with achieving these goals. Our Private Lesson products are carefully designed with our guests need in mind; importantly, flexibility in start time, location and lesson length, creating a fully individualized experience. 

    Whether guests wish to fast track their progress with intensive tuition or families who want to spend time together, NISS Private Lessons provide a premium service and outstanding opportunity to excel under the watchful and professional guidance of a NISS instructor.

    PRIVATE LESSON HIGHLIGHTS

    No additional costs


    Maximum 6 guests included in pricing - value for money for groups of similar ability

    Personal assistance


    Arrange you preferred start time and location, with priority lift access in Hanazono

    Tuition Flexibility


    Lessons available with multilingual instructors in ski, snowboard, adaptive telemark

    Program Duration Price
    Niseko Classic** 6 hours with a flexible start time (8:30am - 10am) ¥60,000*
    Niseko Morning 8:30am - 12:30pm ¥50,000*
    Private Lesson AM 10:00am - 12:30pm  ¥35,000*
    Private Lesson PM 1:30pm - 4:00pm ¥30,000*

    *10% surcharge will be added to each private lesson between December 13th to January 2nd inclusive and February 7th to February 20th inclusive.
    ** A Lunch break is included within the lesson duration

    • Complimentary hot drink & pastry for each guest participating in a Niseko Classic Private Lesson in HANAZONO
    • Flexible starting location of Hanazono or NISS Hirafu Office for Niseko Classic.
    • Prices are all per private lesson. Up to six people at no extra charge.
    • Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • Private Lessons are available everyday December 5, 2020 - April 4, 2021
    • Customers of intermediate levels and above are recommended to choose a Niseko United lift ticket, as your class can explore the whole Niseko United skiing area during your lesson.

  • Tic Tac Galaxy (3-6 years)

    The Tic Tac Galaxy caters for 3 - 6 year old skiers. Each day is a new and exciting adventure for our little learners and NISS provides the perfect atmosphere to capture their inquisitive minds. A small class size (maximum 5 children per instructor) allows for plenty of one-on-one attention with their instructor, ensuring all children feel welcome and have the opportunity to progress at their own pace.

    The program is structured and timed to provide care and support during the different learning stages in your child's development. Snacks and hot chocolate breaks are an enjoyable part of the ski experience, and a scheduled lunch break ensure all skiers are refreshed on the slopes. Allergies and dietary requirements are also catered for.

    Hanazono's child-friendly facilities enable our Tic Tacs to learn and have fun at the same time. With specially designed bathrooms for this age group, magic carpet access for their little legs, and adventure trails for the experienced explorers, our Tic Tacs feel right at home. 

    The Tic Tac Galaxy goes one step further in child-centered lessons! Daily activities of crafts, performances, race day presentations and story time ensure days are varied and exciting. There is always another adventure just around the corner!

    Duration 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days
    Tic Tac Galaxy ¥18,000 ¥34,000 ¥48,000 ¥62,000 ¥74,000 ¥86,000 ¥98,000
    Tic Tac Extension Rate N/A N/A ¥14,000 ¥14,000 ¥14,000 ¥14,000 ¥14,000
    Tic Tac Beginner Package* ¥20,000 ¥40,000 ¥60,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A

    * Exclusion dates - 13th December to 2nd January and 7th February to 20th February.
    The Extension Rate is not applicable for the Beginner's Package.

    • Group Lessons are available everyday December 5, 2020 - April 4, 2021
    • Multi-day lesson packages must be used on consecutive days.
    • Please ensure you inform NISS of any special needs or allergies of the child during the booking process.
    • Each child participating in Tic Tac Galaxy needs to be toilet trained.
    • For Tic Tac lessons, we require that 3 year old children especially can understand some English.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
    • The Extension Rate is valid only after the completion of more than 2 consecutive days lesson package.
    • After the last lesson of more than 2 days consecutive package, children can have a maximum 24 hour break before returning for additional lessons at the Extension Rate.
    • The minimum age for the Tic Tac Program is 3 years old and all children must be fully toilet trained to participate.
    • Poles are not required for Tic Tac Group Lessons.
    • Meet at Hirafu or HANAZONO
    • Lessons conducted at HANAZONO
    • Registration is from 9:15am in HANAZONO with classes leaving at 10.00am sharp
    • Pickup is 3:30pm at HANAZONO
  • Yuki Galaxy (7-14 years)

    The Yuki Galaxy is for our 7 - 14 year old skiers and snowboarders. Yuki children love to be challenged, therefore the program is designed to promote learning in an engaging and safe environment. Participants will have an action-packed day as they explore, ride and discover Mt. Niseko-Annupuri.

    A small class size (maximum 7 children per instructor) provides the opportunity for more personalized feedback for each child, while still maintaining a great group atmosphere with like-minded children. Under the care and guidance of our experienced instructors, there is plenty of opportunity for adventure whilst also obtaining the essential skills of skiing and snowboarding to progress.

    Lunch is an important part of the program, allowing our children time to refuel and get to know their group of friends! Level 1 - 3 stop by the Hanazono Base for a 308 restaurant prepared lunch and Healthy Lunch for Active Kids Salad Bar, then try their luck with Ping Pong, Uno or Jenga Battles. Level 4 - 5 visit King Bell Restaurant on-mountain with a selection of meal options, before continuing their exploration of the mountain.

    To evolve with the ever growing needs of our participants, the Yuki Galaxy offers a Beginner Package and Advanced Freeride Program to cater for all ability levels - the challenge of learning new skills never stops!

    Duration 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days
    Yuki Galaxy ¥18,000 ¥34,000 ¥48,000 ¥62,000 ¥74,000 ¥86,000 ¥98,000
    Yuki Extension Rate N/A N/A ¥14,000 ¥14,000 ¥14,000 ¥14,000 ¥14,000
    Yuki Beginner Package* ¥20,000 ¥40,000 ¥60,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A

    *  Exclusion dates - 13th December to 2nd January and 7th February to 20th February.
    The Extension Rate is not applicable for the Beginner's Package.

    • Group Lessons are available everyday December 5, 2020 - April 4, 2021
    • Multi-day lesson packages must be used on consecutive days.
    • Yuki children can switch between ski and snowboard lessons at no extra cost during a multi-day lesson package. Parents must advise NISS staff if their children will change disciplines. Changes are subject to availability.
    • Please ensure you inform NISS of any special needs or allergies of the child during the booking process.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
    • An All Mountain Lift Pass is recommended for Levels 4 and 5. A Grand Hirafu Lift Pass is suitable for Levels 1-3.
    • The Extension Rate is valid only after the completion of more than 2 consecutive days lesson package.
    • After the last lesson of 2 days consecutive package, children can have a maximum 24 hour break before returning for additional lessons at the Extension Rate.
    • The minimum age for the Yuki Program is 7 years old. Children in the program must be at least 7 years old on the first day of their lessons.
    • Poles are not required for Levels 1-3.
    • Meet at Hirafu or HANAZONO
    • Registration is from 9:45am in HANAZONO with classes leaving at 10.00am sharp
    • Pickup is 3:30pm at HANAZONO
  • Ride & Climb (3 - 14 years)
    Full Day Lesson & Galaxy of Kidz (4 - 5pm)

    The ultimate adventure bundle for your child! A full day of skiing in the Tic Tac Galaxy or Yuki Galaxy group program, followed by an afternoon session in the Galaxy of Kidz Indoor Kids Adventure Area (4pm - 5pm).
    This is a great program for children who want to experience benefits of a full day lesson with a little more adventure! 

    Program 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
    Ride & Climb ¥20,000 ¥38,000 ¥54,000 ¥70,000 ¥84,000
    • Please ensure you inform NISS of any special needs or allergies of the child during the booking process.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • Age requirement for entering: 3 years of age to 14 years of age. For using climbing walls: 5 years of age to 14 years of age. 
    • Weight limit for climbing walls: 60kg.
  • Kamo Camp (3 - 14 years)
    Morning Galaxy Group Lesson and Afternoon Activities

    Hanazono is home to Kamonohashi and his crew, and they are ready to launch our NISS Kids into the ultimate Winter experience. Each day commences with a NISS Tic Tac Galaxy or Yuki Galaxy group lesson, utilizing all of Hanazono’s premium learning facilities and terrain. After lunch, let your imagination unleash as we explore the wondrous Hanazono in winter. Kamo’s dedicated team of winter warriors will guide the children through a variety of on and off snow activities such as the Galaxy of Kidz Centre, arts and crafts, sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, scavenger hunts and more. Discover all things snow at Kamo Camp as we explore the winter wonderland of Hanazono!

    Program 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
    Kamo Camp ¥20,000 ¥40,000 ¥68,000 ¥70,000 ¥100,000
    • Please ensure you inform NISS of any special needs or allergies of the child during the booking process.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
  • Yuki Freeride Program (7 - 14 years)

    The Yuki Program offers an engaging opportunity in snowsports, and the children continue to return year after year. To continue to care for riders who have reached a high level of experience, the Yuki Freeride Program was born - A specialised program for our advanced Yuki Riders, looking to further develop their mountain skills.

    The Program is specifically designed for children who are a Level 5 ski or snowboard standard, and are ready to focus of specific areas of progression. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in:

    • Terrain Park Progression - Just as the Hanazono Park grows throughout the season, NISS instructors are able to assist to build a child's park portfolio. Learning key park skills under the experienced eyes of our instructors ensure children learn correct progression, to further advance their tricks!
    • Freeriding - A chance to put the famous 'Japow' to the test, we love nothing more than exploring the trees and off piste to develop our freeride skills.
    • Race and Gate Training - Significant discipline and precision is required by racers to maintain control in course, and is a fun challenge to have against your instructor!
    • Beacon and Probe Practice - As the backcountry becomes more popular among the snow sport community, teaching snow safety and rescue becomes vital to our children's education. NISS will support your children's love of snow sports and the understanding to enjoy the mountain safely.
    • Snowshoeing - Some of the best terrain needs hiking to be reached, what better time to practice using snowshoes than with a NISS instructor.
    Program 1 day 2 days 3 days 4 days 5 days
    Yuki Freeride ¥18,000 ¥36,000 ¥54,000 ¥72,000 ¥90,000
    • Group Lessons are available everyday December 5, 2020 - April 4, 2021
    • Multi-day lesson packages must be used on consecutive days.
    • Yuki children can switch between ski and snowboard lessons at no extra cost during a multi-day lesson package. Parents must advise NISS staff if their children will change disciplines. Changes are subject to availability.
    • Please ensure you inform NISS of any special needs or allergies of the child during the booking process.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
  • Beginner Package (3 - 14 years)

    New to snow sports? Welcome to the excitement of winter activities! To help you achieve your goals and create wonderful memories of your holiday, NISS has partnered with Niseko Sports to provide you a hassle free and relaxed introduction to rentals and snowsports lessons.

    In one easy booking, your first timer lessons and rental equipment will be secured for you or the whole family! Collect your equipment from 3pm the day prior at any Niseko Sports store, then check in at the Hanazono Activities Desk by 9:45am the day of your lesson to meet your NISS instructor.

    Program Duration Price
    Tic Tac Beginner Package* (3 - 6 years) 10:00am - 3:30pm ¥20,000 per day / maximum 3 days 
    Yuki Beginner Package* (7 - 14 years) 10:00am - 3:30pm ¥20,000 per day / maximum 3 days
    Adult Beginner Package* (15 years + ) 10:00am - 3:30pm ¥20,000 per day / maximum 3 days

    *Exclusion dates - 13th December to 2nd January and 7th February to 20th February.
    Guests must start in Level 1 on first day of product. Progress to a maximum of level 3 by the third day

    The Extension Rate is not applicable for the Beginner's Package.

    • Product includes full-day group lesson provided by NISS, mid-range rental equipment, and a helmet.
    • Product can be booked for a maximum of 3 days. Further lessons and rentals are required to be arranged separately via NISS and Niseko Sports
    • Please consult your instructor daily regarding lift pass requirements
    • Exclusion Dates : Dec 13th to Jan 2nd and Feb 7th to Feb 20th
    • Early Bird Discounts not available.

Advanced Bookings Highly Recommended

Simply book online clicking the BOOK NOW button, call us or visit our activity desks for bookings!
Find the contact details and hours HERE.

Introducing: Galaxy of Kidz

The new kids' activity center at Hanazono - a world for children to have the ultimate freedom to play and investigate in a safe and challenging environment. The next level of exploration, the Galaxy of Kidz encompasses diverse areas to spark the curious minds of all children. 10 climbing walls (up to 5 metres) are self belayed, promoting proud independence. A floating adventure trail connected by a cloud climb and net playground launches explorers into the atmosphere. Even our little astronauts can join in the excitement with a toddler's net ball pit! Children participating in the Tic Tac Galaxy and Yuki Galaxy Group Programs will also have access to the Galaxy of Kidz during their lessons with NISS.

3,000 JPY / per child for 1 hour of play

Hanazono Shield by Trek Track

Children holding Hanazono Shield dedevice

NISS introduces The Hanazono Shield by TREK TRACK for the 2018/19 Winter. The latest in GPS Location and Tracking Technology, this system is the first of its kind in the Snowsports Industry in Asia. The ultimate protection and safety available for your family, The Hanazono Shield by TREK TRACK will be a prominent feature of NISS children’s lessons.

Hanazono Shield by Trek Track devices

TREK TRACK technology provides comprehensive mountain coverage of the Niseko United Resorts in 3D mapping, with each child’s location accessible in pinpoint accuracy through real-time tracking. 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.

A NISS staff checking the GPS tracking 3D map

Safety is of utmost priority for your children while in our care. The Hanazono Shield by TREK TRACK gives you, the parents, peace of mind as your child experiences learning and adventure in the mountains within a safe and controlled environment.

FINDING US

Niseko International Snowsports School - Finding Us

FREE HANAZONO SHUTTLE

HIRAFU HANAZONO
7:50am - 5:00pm (approx. every 20 min.)


NISS KID'S EXPRESS

 193-6 Yamada, Kutchan-cho, 044-0081

HIRAFU HANAZONO
 8:30am - 9:15am

HANAZONO  HIRAFU
3:45pm - 4:00pm

SHUTTLE BUSES TO HANAZONO

Hanazono offers a free shuttle service throughout the Hirafu Village. Available from 7:50am - 5:00pm, guests can board at a convenient bus stop closest to their accommodation. View a detailed map here.

NISS HIRAFU BASE

The NISS Hirafu Base is located opposite the Vale Hotel, within metres of the Family Chair Lift. Meet here for lessons starting in Hirafu and also for the NISS Kid's Express Shuttle Service - a private Kid's Only Service for children registered in the Tic Tac or Yuki Program.

ABILITY GUIDE

Niseko International Snowsports School - Level 1

Level 1

For Snowboarders

  • Never Snowboarded/can not stop
  • Terrain: Flat land and magic carpet

For Skiers

  • Never skied/can not stop
  • Terrain: Flat land and magic carpet
Niseko International Snowsports School - Level 2

For Snowboarders

  • I can: Control direction/speed with falling leaf
  • Learning to link heel side and toe side turns
  • Terrain: HANAZONO bowl

For Skiers

Level 2

  • I can: Snowplough glide
  • Learning to snowplough turn
  • Terrain: HANAZONO bowl
Niseko International Snowsports School - Level 2
Niseko International Snowsports School - Level 3

Level 3

For Snowboarders

  • I can: make linked basic turns comfortably on all green terrain
  • Learning to change turn shape & rhythm and riding switch
  • Terrain: Green runs, easy reds

For Skiers

  • I can: Snowplough turn
  • Learning to ski parallel
  • Terrain: Green runs, easy reds
Niseko International Snowsports School - Level 4

For Snowboarders

  • I can : Make refined turns on all red terrain
  • Learning carving turns, riding switch and getting a feel for the terrain park
  • Terrain: Red runs, easy blacks

For Skiers

Level 4

  • I can ski : Parallel on all green most reds
  • Learning to ski parallel on all runs, short turns, easy bumps, intro to powder
  • Terrain: Red runs, easy blacks
Niseko International Snowsports School - Level 4
Niseko International Snowsports School - Level 5

Level 5

For Snowboarders

  • I can: Snowboard all over the mountain
  • Strenghtening off piste, powder and terrain park skills
  • Terrain: Whole mountain

For Skiers

  • I can ski : Parallel on all over the mountain
  • Learning to make dynamic short and long turns,fall line bumps and off piste powder
  • Terrain: Whole mountain