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Dates of Operation: December 5, 2020 – April 11, 2021

NISS Programs suited for kids

NISS is a creative 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.

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

HANAZONO OFFERS KIDS ONLY PRIVATE LESSONS!

Rare in the area, HANAZONO can take your kids to learn by themselves with our instructors!
This season, though there are no usual group lessons available in Hanazono, we have dedicated our private lessons to be custom made for kids only, family including kids, adults only, or friends.
In this page, we introduce you our two types of private lessons and price variation.

We offer Private Lessons for small groups with a maximum of either 3 children or 6 persons depending on the ages in the group. These small groups sizes allow our instructors to carefully monitor the progression of each guest, from first timers to all mountain freeriders.

Our expert instructors have skills to adjust each lesson depending on the level and the member of each private group, lessons are programmed to suit for kids only, family, or friends.

Learning Areas


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

Kamonohashi Ride


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

Magic Carpets


A total of three magic carpets – vital for learning with comfort.

Fun & Exciting Trails


Strawberry Bells and Kamp Kitsune adventure trails, beginner terrain park and snow play areas, great for group of kids.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

  • 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

    Small Groups


    Maximum capacity up to 6 guests depending on the ages in a group

    Priority Lift Access


    Priority lift access in Hanazono will provide more time to enjoy the mountain

    Tuition Flexibility


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

    Pricing

    Program Duration Price Capacity
    Niseko Classic ** 6 hours with a flexible start time (8:30am - 10am) ¥60,000 6 *
    Niseko Kid's Classic (include Lunch Coupon) ** 6 hours with a flexible start time (8:30am - 10am) ¥60,000 6 *
    Private Lesson AM 10:00am - 12:30pm  ¥35,000 6 *
    Private Lesson PM 1:30pm - 4:00pm ¥30,000 6 *
    Important remarks

    * Due to Covid-19 and lift riding policy:
    - We cannot send children to ride the lifts with other patrons
    - Therefore the maximum capacity of our private lessons is 3 if the children are aged 9 and under with no adult in lesson

    ** Lunch break time is included within the lesson duration for Niseko Classic and Niseko Kid's Classic

    Niseko Kid's Classic is for guests of 3 - 14 years of age.

    Other information
    • English or Japanese speaking instructors
    • Starting point for the first lesson is Hanazono or Park Hyatt.
    • Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • 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.

  • Ski Concierge

    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 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 Capacity
    Diamond Pro Full Day** 8:30am - 4:00pm ¥90,000 6 *
    Diamond Pro AM 9:00am - 12:00am ¥50,000 6 *
    Diamond Pro PM 1:00pm - 4:00pm ¥50,000 6 *
    Important remarks

    * Due to Covid-19 and lift riding policy:
    - We cannot send children to ride the lifts with other patrons
    - Therefore the maximum capacity of our private lessons is 3 if the children are aged 9 and under with no adult in lesson

    ** Lunch break time is included within the lesson duration for Diamond Pro.

    Other information
    • English or Japanese speaking instructors.
    • Complimentary hot drink & pastry for each guest participating in HANAZONO.
    • Starting point for the first lesson is Hanazono or Park Hyatt.
    • Lift tickets and rental equipment are not included in the lesson price.
    • Reservations are essential, especially during peak season periods.
    • 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.


  

  

PREVENTION MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19

This season’s winter activities at Hanazono Niseko Resort will operate while holdup the following guidelines to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees.
Please read it carefully before booking.

Please bring and wear a mask when entering the resort center Hanazono 308, and keep it on while moving to the activity location.

ACT AGAINST COVID-19

*In order to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19, NISS Group Programs will be suspended during the 20-21 season.

Please check HERE to see our usual programs.

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

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 is made to spark the curious minds of children. Various climbing walls (up to 5 metres) are self belayed, promoting proud independence.

Hanazono Shield by Trek Track

Children holding Hanazono Shield dedevice

The Hanazono Shield by TREK TRACK, is 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
8:00am - 5:10pm (approx. every 30 min.)


*HANAZONO shuttle bus services may decrease the number of regular departures or suspend operation due to weather conditions.

SHUTTLE BUSES TO HANAZONO

Hanazono offers a free shuttle service covering the entire Upper Hirafu village. Available from 8:00am - 5:10pm, guests can board at a convenient bus stop closest to their accommodation. View a detailed map here.

GUEST REVIEWS

Tihana, Hong Kong

Amazing ski instructors. Kids absolutely enjoyed skiing and learned a lot in just a few days.

Fiona, Australia

My 3 boys and I had a group private snowboarding lesson. Our instructor, Billy, was fantastic. He was prompt, really friendly, great with the kids, and very patient!

John, Australia

I have been using NISS kids for my son for several years and he has turned into a phenomenal skier. More than that, he has developed a deep love of the mountains and the sport itself. I credit both of these things to Andy and the team at NISS especially as I am not a huge skier myself. He will carry this with him for the rest of his life and that is a wonderful thing. Thank you.

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

What more we usually have

These programs are NOT available this season

Here we place the description of the classes so you can see what what will be on offer again in the future to consider your next trip!

In normal times, NISS offers two age defined children's programs - Tic Tac Galaxy 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. 

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

  • Tic Tac Galaxy (3-6 years) - NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 SEASON

    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!

    • 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) - NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 SEASON

    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!

    • 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) - NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 SEASON
    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! 

    • 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) - NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 SEASON
    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!

    • 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) - NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 SEASON

    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.
    • 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) - NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 SEASON

    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.

    • 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
    • Early Bird Discounts not available.