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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.

PROGRAMS ABILITY GUIDE

NISS - Kids Passport

NISS Kids Passport


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

NISS - Lunch at 308

Lunch


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

NISS - Hanazono Learning Areas

Learning Areas


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

NISS - Hanazono Magic Carpets

Magic Carpets


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

NISS - Hanazono Trails

Fun & Exciting Trails


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

NISS - Kamonohashi Ride

Kamonohashi Ride


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

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE 

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  • Tic Tac Galaxy (3 - 6 years) Book Now

    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
    Kamo's Camp ¥20,000 ¥40,000 ¥60,000 ¥80,000 ¥100,000 ¥120,000 ¥140,000
    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 - 15th December to 4th January and 19th January to 1st February.

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

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    NEW! Kamo's Camp

    • 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’s Camp as we explore the winter wonderland of Hanazono!

     

    • Group Lessons are available everyday December 7, 2019 - April 7, 2020
    • 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) Book Now

    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
    Kamo's Camp ¥20,000 ¥40,000 ¥60,000 ¥80,000 ¥100,000 ¥120,000 ¥140,000
    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
    Yuki Freeride Program ¥18,000 ¥36,000 ¥54,000 ¥72,000 ¥90,000 ¥108,000 ¥126,000

    *  Exclusion dates - 15th December to 4th January and 19th January to 1st February. 

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

    BOOK NOW

    NEW! Kamo's Camp

    • 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’s Camp as we explore the winter wonderland of Hanazono!

     

    • Group Lessons are available everyday December 7, 2019 - April 7, 2020
    • 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
  • Yuki Freeride Program (7 - 14 years) Book Now 

    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
     

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    • Group Lessons are available everyday December 7, 2019 - April 7, 2020
    • 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 Book Now

    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 - 15th December to 4th January and 19th January to 1st 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.

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    • Product includes full-day group lesson provided by NISS, mid-range rental equipment, jacket and pants, 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 15th to Jan 4th and Jan 19th to Feb 1st
    • Early Bird Discounts not available.

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

 

The HANAZONO Shield
by Trek TrackChildren 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 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.

GUEST REVIEWS

Natalie Chan, Singapore

I Enrolled my little one for Ski lessons under the Tic Tac Programme for 5 days. The Programme was very well organized and structured. My little one loved it. I love the daycare approach which lets me check in my child in the morning and collect him in the afternoon - it enabled me to go around snowboarding through lunch. The lessons were also very good - my little one could ski unassisted by day 2 and by day 5 he was doing turns - one great touch was the additional “Niseko parents” Programme that enabled my husband and I to take a short refresher lesson at the start. It was for a most reasonable price, the classes were very small and India was very good. Special mention to Sarah for tic tac Programme. She really bonded with the kids. We loved it so much we extended his Programme by one more day and left him in Hanazono while I went to Rutsusu to ski. Thanks a lot guys! You guys were also clean, modern and huge. We will be back! Looking forward to the expanded mountain runs!

Shirley Sun, China

Have been taking lessons with NISS for 2 years, including X’mas and CNY holiday. Very good coaches here, Trevor, Jerome, Sara, they all have very good skills and are patient. The kids love them!

Kelly , Hong Kong

Patrick Poelsma was our kids’ ski instructor for the past 3 years in Niseko. He is simply the best! So caring, gentle and loving! We love him soooo much! Hanazono and NISS you should be treasure such great staff!! We all love him a lot!

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

Get in Touch

We're friendly and available to chat. Reach out to us anytime and we'll happily answer your questions.


  • 328-36 Aza-Iwaobetsu, Kutchan-cho
    Abuta-Gun, Hokkaido 044-0082 Japan

  • Activity Bookings - +81 (0)136 21 66 88
    Resort Information - +81 (0)136 23 01 03

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