Q. It is ok to have a 3 yr-old and a 10 yr-old in the same class?
A. In reality, very young children have different needs and can only go at a slow pace, and we feel this is unfair to the older child, so we would recommend separate lessons.
Q. Can I request a certain instructor that my kids had last year?
A. Yes, whenever possible we will try to accommodate these requests as we believe that learning to ski is about getting to know the instructor and feel comfortable with them.
Q. Is it ok if I start my lesson at 9:30, rather than 9:00?
A. In order to serve the needs of our guests, we try to keep the start times to 9:00, 11:00 and 1:30, but please contact us and inquire if you have any special requests.
Q. Is it ok to mix skiers and snowboarders in a first-time class?
A. Because it is important at the first-time level that the student gets focused attention, we do not teach skiers and snowboarder together. For mountain guiding, however, it is quite common to take out skiers and snowboarders out into the powder together. World peace!
Q. Do you teach in Japanese language?
A. No, all of our instructors are native-speakers of English, so at this time it is something we do not do. There is an excellent school that teaches in Japanese at the base of Annupuri in the Nook. It is called Niseko Annupuri Ski School.
Q. How long will it take to become a good skier?
Everyone progresses at a different pace. If a good skier is someone who can ski black runs competently (short parallel turns for example) you are probably looking at 3 - 10 weeks from complete beginner, depending on natural ability, confidence, determination and amount/quality of instruction.