If you love to ski and you want your kids to be great skiers, then Junior Ski Camp is the best kids weekend ski camp I can recommend. Junior Ski Camp is located in the wonderful ski area of Shiga Kogen in Nagano. My three boys have been attending the kids weekend ski camp for the past seven years, and all three are double black diamond skiers. Sadly, I can no longer keep up with them.
Junior Ski Camp runs almost every weekend from the last week of November through May GW (golden week). They also run a few longer camp session for the holiday breaks over Christmas and in March. The focus of the camp is racing, with some free skiing. Many of the campers do participate in Japan racing competitions, but many others just go to have fun and learn great ski skills. Most of the participants in the kids weekend ski camp are Japanese speakers. However, there are staff and other campers with English ability for non-Japanese speakers to have a great time.
Kids weekend ski camp has two departure options either leave Tokyo Station on Friday night or leave at 7:00 a.m. Saturday and travel via Shinkansen to Nagano, and then on a van to Shiga Kogen. All campers return to Tokyo station at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night. Kids can attend one weekend, or they can sign-up for multiple weekends and leave their ski equipment up at the lodge for the winter. The camp also has a program where you can rent skis for the season, or buy and sell back to them once the kids outgrow the skis.
If you love to ski and can’t be without your kids for the weekend, you can also stay at the lodge, but you need to have your own room. When the kids were very young we would go with them and enjoy a weekend of skiing as a couple while the kids were in the camp program – double fun for mom, dad and kiddies. The Camp is managed by the Uchida family who has owned and run the lodge and camp for over 30 years. Many of the parents of present campers attended themselves as children. The campers stay in 4-8 person rooms and eat together in the dining hall. The youngest campers are five years and oldest junior high school age; many are sibling groups.
I highly recommend this camp and hope you will consider for your family. The Junior Ski Camp can handle email communication in English, so please contact them for any information you may need. Also, you can ask questions in the comment section below. Reservations are being accepted now for the season. Contact info below.
Kids Weekend Ski Camp (Shiga Kogen, Nagano) – Sign-up Now!
Camp name: Junior Ski Camp
Location: Ishinoyu Lodge, Shiga Kogen, Nagano
Website for camp: www.kid-p.com
Website for lodge: www.ishinoyu.com
Camp phone: 03-3341-0001
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Investment: 23,000 yen for Sat arrival & Sun return, 29,000 yen for Fri night arrival & Sun return (this covers ski instruction, transportation, lodging & food; skis equipment is not included) * these fees may change so please confirm with the Camp directly. 4-5 day camps range from 80,000-95,000 yen.
Kids Weekend Ski Camp
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