Tell me about Evergreen Hakuba

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Ski-in, ski-out staff accommodation and huge annual snowfall!

Hakuba is famous in Japan and the world for great skiing and boasts some of the best resorts and snowfall in the country. For more than 70 years Hakuba has been providing skiers, snowboarders and outdoor enthusiasts the ideal conditions for enjoying an epic winter experience.

Over 200 different trails, amazing powder and some of the longest vertical skiing in Japan, Hakuba has earned its reputation as an absolute must for the bucket list for skiers and boarders of all levels. The season here can start as early as November, but the best conditions can generally be found from December to late February, with March perfect for spring skiing and some of the resorts staying open until the first week of May.

Hakuba resort facts

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Home of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics

Hakuba was put on the map globally with the 1998 Winter Olympics. Hakuba is famous in Japan and the world for great skiing and boasts some of the best resorts and snowfall in the country.

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Meet the locals!

Hakuba is often full of skiers and snowboarders, as you know... But did you realise that wild Kamushka and snow monkeys also enjoy the slopes of Hakuba?

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Established in 2000, Evergreen International Ski School continue to go from strength to strength

Evergreen has professional ski school for ski and snowboard lessons, but specialise in back country - avalanche skills training, deep powder backcountry tours, and general gnarly-ness. If you're looking to charge the back country, this is the spot.

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Japanese culture is ingrained in Hakuba itself

The local farmers work the lifts in winter, there are traditional Japanese villages, shrines, local onsens and great Japanese food on offer. If you want to experience Japanese culture at it's finest, then Hakuba is a great option.  

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SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Hakuba has earned its reputation as an absolute must for the bucket list for skiers and boarders of all levels. It has some of the best snow conditions in Japan.

Becoming a ski instructor with Evergreen

We offer two ways to become an instructor with Evergreen in Hakuba: A ski instructor internship or a dual instructor internship - check out some of the inclusions and benefits! 

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SKI INSTRUCTOR INTERNSHIP PLUS

INTERNSHIP INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation during training
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Full season lift pass 
  • Level 1 training
  • Level 1 exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 30+ resort partners around the globe 
  • Program managers at each location
  • Training webinars 
  • Special deals on flights and insurance

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  • First aid certificate
  • Advanced technical and theory training
  • Level 2 instructor training
  • On-snow analysis 
  • Avalanche safety course
  • Park and/or freeride training (resort dependent)

STARTING AT

$12975

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DUAL INSTRUCTOR INTERNSHIP

INTERNSHIP INCLUSIONS: 

  • Accommodation during training
  • Guaranteed job offer
  • Full season lift pass 
  • Level 1 training
  • Level 1 exam costs
  • Association membership
  • Mountain transfers
  • Future job opportunities with our network of 30+ resort partners around the globe 
  • Program managers at each location
  • Training webinars 
  • Special deals on flights and insurance

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  • Ski training level 1 
  • Ski level 1 exam 
  • First aid certificate
  • Advanced technical and theory training
  • Level 2 instructor training
  • On-snow analysis 
  • Avalanche safety course
  • Park and/or freeride training (resort dependent)

STARTING AT

$12975

Living & working at Evergreen


Evergreen Ski School is based on the slopes of Happo-one in Hakuba, arguably one of Japan’s biggest and best ski resorts. Evergreen has professional ski school for ski and snowboard lessons, but specialise in back country - avalanche skills training, deep powder backcountry tours, and general gnarly-ness. If you're looking to charge the backcountry, this is the spot.

As an instructor at Evergreen Snowsports School you will be expected to work hard when it is busy, and play hard when it is not!

Located about 4 hours from Tokyo by train, Hakuba has over 200 trails and an average snowfall of about 14 metres per season! Hakuba played host to the Nagano Winter Olympics back in 1998 and this was when Hakuba, the heart of the Japanese Alps, was put on the map. There are 11 resorts in this area for you to explore – including epic Cortina which gets almost double the powder of other resorts in the area and has amazing off-piste free skiing and boarding. If you are a hard-core powder hound who’s priority is the fresh stuff, keen to learn more about snow quality in the backcountry, understanding avalanches and learning from the best (as well as a few parties on the side), this is the location and ski school for you.

 

What about accommodation?

Interns will stay in the Kouksai Lodge staff accommodation right by the Ski School and the bottom of the lifts. This is a great set up; affordable good quality accommodation very handy to everything. Common areas are shared, lounge, dry room, laundry and lobby. Internet wifi is provided, accommodation is ski in/ski out, and within walking distance to central Hakuba. 

 

Certification overview

Our ski instructor course with Evergreen Hakuba allows you to obtain globally recognised APSI certifications (Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors). The Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors Inc. (APSI) is a not-for-profit association representing roughly 1000 members. Alpine, snowboard, nordic, telemark and adaptive instructors, coaches, examiners and other snowsport industry professionals make up their membership. In 1976 the APSI received government and international recognition as the Australian industry leaders for providing training and assessment to snowsport instructors.

Snowboard internships at Evergreen Hakuba allow you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with CASI (Canadian Association Snowboard Alliance).

 

 

Program manager

A Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible in Hakuba. This means that we have a program manager on the ground, who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not are they familiar with Hakuba itself, they will also be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.

 

Disclaimer: The above information should be used as a guide and is subject to change.

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