Trade the Alps for Japan: How to snowboard like a Winter Olympian this winter

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She shot to global sporting fame in 2014 when she became the first Briton to win a medal in a snow-sports event at the Winter Olympics, now Jenny Jones is encouraging fellow snowboarders to join her in one of her favourite winter destinations, Japan.

Since claiming bronze in snowboard slopestyle in Sochi, Jenny, who was 34 at the time of her record-breaking podium, has retired from the competitive circuit and is now sharing her love for the sport with fans in the form of workshops for intermediate and advanced riders.

Here latest launch is a trip to Japan, a place Jenny confesses is one of her favourite places to snowboard. Taking place next January 20 – 28 the group of eight guests will stay at the new Skye Niseko hotel in the centre of the resort and spend the days shredding Japan’s world-famous powder snow with the Winter Olympian and trained professionals.

Joining Jenny on the trip will be a crack team of renowned coaches and trainers, including British snowboard coach Neil McNair, BASI Level 4 snowboard coach Rhys Jones and fellow Olympian and certified personal trainer Ben Kilner.

Jenny’s personal sports psychologist Louise Jones and mountain yogi Sian Leigh are also on the trip, to encourage guests to focus on the need for balance and recovery after a hard day on the hill.

Jenny and guest member

Jenny joins guests on the eight-night trip

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samuel mcmahon

Jenny has publicly expressed her passion for the practice of mindfulness and believes it to be the secret to unlocking a rider’s true snowboarding potential.

“Maybe you need to get past a mental block, overcome a particular fear or just want to hone some rad snowboard skills for your next trip. Whatever your snowboarding goals, we’ll help you reach them,” says Jenny.

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Niseko is Japan’s largest ski resort

Niseko is Japan’s largest ski resort on the island of Hokkaido, which is famed for the quantity and quality of snow that falls reliably each winter. “Hokkaido is the best place for getting freshies, or as they call it in Japan, Japow!” says Jenny.

In its snowiest years, resorts on the island can receive up to 17m of the white stuff. To put that in perspective, the annual average of perennial Brit favourite Val d’Isère is between four and six metres.

Japan also offers a cultural alternative to the traditional ski resorts in Alpine countries such as France, Austria and Switzerland, with many strange but true facts adding to the excitement of the exotic winter destination.

During the eight-night workshop guests will ride all the local resorts on Hokkaido, including Hanazono Grand Hirafu, Annapuri and Niseko. The trip includes training on the pistes and in powder as well as touring and hiking on splitboards. “Hokkaido has so much beautiful backcountry, the scenery is amazing,” says Jenny.

The eight-night trip costs £3,550 per person and is limited to eight places. The price includes b&b, lift passes, coaching and guiding, yoga sessions and transfers from Sopporo airport.

Jenny will be running two other trips this coming winter, a pre-season snowboarding and fitness workshop in Tignes from December 4 to 8 2018 and a snowboarding and mindset workshop in Sainte Foy from March 16 to 23 2019. 

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