The first Shades of Winter Women Freeride Ski and Snowboard Camp was an amazing success!
Together with a local mountain guide from Niseko Photography and our Shades of Winter freeski athletes Caja Schoepf and former Freeride World Tour snowboard winner Aline Bock, you will get to ski one week of the driest powder in the world, get an insight into Japanese culture, have many delicious culinary experiences and relax in a typical Japanese onsen made from sulfur-containing natural hot springs.
Together with Caja and Aline, you will live in a very luxurious chalet, furnished in a modern style. The accommodation is very spacious and the living room is perfect for a chat and glass of wine in the evenings. There is a private onsen bath in the house, where you can recover your powder-tired legs. Breakfast will be provided, and delicious lunches and dinners will be available at local Japanese restaurants. We can decide as a group what we feel like eating on the day and if the group wants to we can even try our hands at a self-made sushi night.
You’ll get a private shuttle to and from the ski resorts and personal coaching in small groups (max. 6) by Caja and Aline. Depending on your mood, skills and the weather a backcountry tour day is scheduled for a nearby dormant volcano. For the rest of the five days we will ski fresh powder snow far away from the crowds and have one day off to rest our bodies and get to know the Japanese culture a bit better!
Every day, you’ll discover a new fresh line in untouched powder, a little pillow with soft landings and explore the beautiful Japanese forests. All this awaits you with us in and around the village of Niseko, on the island of Hokkaido. You will experience unforgettable days with friends in nature and the Japanese culture. Freeride pure Japan!
To gain some knowledge about Japanese backcountry skiing, Caja and Aline will also inform you about the basics of avalanche awareness, risk management and general behavior in the backcountry. The two professionals are available 24/7 for questions, tips and tricks and of course a lot of fun.
About the Athletes
As a former freestyle snowboarder Aline quickly discovered her strengths in the combination of freestyle and freeride elements. With her creative choice of lines and strong performance, she became Freeride World Tour World silver medalist in the first year of her participation and won the title in the following winter as Freeride World Champion of 2010.
Caja began her career with freestyle competitions at the 2010 World Championships in Salt Lake City. She belongs to the world’s best freestylers, which has resulted in her repeated invitation to the Nine Queens Competition in Austria. She has always gone after her passion, organizing numerous Film and Photo Trips. Skiing is her priority. Currently she can be seen in the new Shades of Winter movie Pure.
Sign up now – limited spots!
Organising backcountry trips in Japan can be tricky, so we have done the hard work for you and are offering this amazing experience for a low 1650,00 €. As it should remain exclusive and highly individual, groups will be small, with a maximum number of 12 people in total. You should be an experienced off-piste skier or snowboarder and be able to ski or ride safely with parallel turns (if skiing) in all snow conditions and difficult terrain. You should be able to ski or snowboard on black runs, and do long and short turns at a reasonably fast pace. You should also be motivated and of a reasonable fitness level as we may do a 30-minute hike with skis on the backpack or even a longer ski tour (up to 3 hours) at a slow pace.