Tell me about Nozawa Onsen

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Nozawa Onsen is a resort located in the Shimotakai District in northeast Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan... a mouthful, we know!
But what that means is that Nozawa is located in the area that lays claim to being the original 'Snow Country' of Japan. The resort ranks among the top in the country in terms of size, history and snow quality. Plus the abundance of quality powder allows you to enjoy skiing well into early May.

There is a huge variety of terrain here, including a fantastic Snow Park,
with skiing and boarding for all skill levels. Offering a sizeable 1085 metres of vertical descent, 21 lifts and over 297 acres of skiable terrain, this is one of Japan's most expansive ski areas. 

A season at Nozawa Onsen ski resort will give you the real deal, authentic Japanese season. You will work for Nozawa Snow Holidays ski school and live in a quaint traditional village, steaming onsens (hot pools) everywhere, beautiful architecture, amazing local food, sake and culture, ski-in-ski-out accommodation. This is the perfect resort if you are looking for a genuine Japanese experience. You’ll never forget a season here or the bucketloads of powder…

 

Facts about Nozawa Onsen

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SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

The area around and within Nozawa Onsen experiences 12m to 14m of snowfall each season.

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Live to tell the story of the "Japanese powder experience"

Skiers far and wide refer to Nozawa as the true, authentic "Japanese powder experience". It has tonnes of fine, dry and deep snow, with an average snow depth of 3.5m.

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There are plenty of Onsens to relax in, and enjoy

An onsen is a traditional Japanese bathhouse, drawing naturally hot water from underground springs. With 14 Onsens located with Nozawa Onsen, there are plenty of hot springs to choose from and rest those ski legs (If you've heard about the monkey onsens, then yes this is in the area as well!).

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Nozawa has an awesome terrrain park!

Uenotaira Snow Park is around 2km long, including kickers, boxes, rails, and a half pipe

Becoming a ski or snowboard instructor at Nozawa

We offer two ways to become an instructor at Nozawa Onsen: A Ski Instructor Internship and a Snowboard Instructor Internship. You don't have to worry too much about these now, our team can help you choose the right one based on your season goals and skills - but check out some of the inclusions and benefits! 

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SKI 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

 

STARTING AT

$8975

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SNOWBOARD 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

 

STARTING AT

$9975

Living & working at Nozawa Onsen

 

Throughout the season you will be expected to work hard when it’s busy but also be prepared for times when work is quieter, during slower times of the season. Nozawa is a beautiful village that combines a cultural experience of Japan with some of the best snow in the country. You’ll need to study up on onsen etiquette as there are over 20 hot baths which are free to use in the Village. Nothing like soaking in hot water while it’s snowing! Nozawa is a once in a lifetime experience!

One event not to be missed is the Dosoujin Fire Festival. This festival started in 1863 and is held on January 15th every year. Dousoujin is considered one three most famous fire festivals in Japan. The numbers 25 and 42 are considered unlucky ages in Japan, so the villagers of ages 25 and 42 make an 18m beechwood shrine. The main focus of the festival is a lively battle, where the 25 year-olds attempt to burn the shrine and the 42 year-olds protect it. As with most festivals in Japan, a fair amount of sake is drunk during these proceedings. It's insane!

 

What about accommodation?


Interns will stay at a local ski lodge. Costs are minimal as they are subsidised by the Nozawa Snow Holidays snow school, and are approximately 30,000 Yen (About $275 USD) per month and are all-inclusive with internet and breakfast.

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Certification overview

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Our Ski and Snowboard Instructor Course in Nozawa Onsen, Japan allows you to obtain a globally recognised qualification with the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance) or SBINZ (Snowboard Instruction New Zealand). The NZSIA and the SBINZ are well-established, educational bodies that are internationally renowned for producing professional, knowledgeable instructors, with the capabilities to teach and ride at very high standards. They are both internationally recognised as a well-established, professional provider and has a reputation for high-quality and knowledge. This means that NZSIA and SBINZ instructors are able to competently perform and teach on snow in many cultures and conditions. This qualification can truly take you anywhere.

 

Program manager


EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Nozawa. We, therefore, have a program manager on the ground, who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. The program manager will be a familiar face, there 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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