Mini Mountaineers Group Ski

Learning for 3-6 year olds is made easy with a dedicated children’s ski area, an indoor children’s center and easy lift access to excellent terrain. Enchanted forests to explore, adventures to pursue and games to play create a fun learning environment, leaving your child with a real love of skiing.


Available for Mini Mountaineers.

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Specialist children’s instructors with each group.

Maximum 5 children per instructor.

Lunch provided in our dedicated 3-6 y/o Kids Center.

1 rest day available for 5 day+ programs.

Child dietary requirements can be catered for.

Book 5 days and get the 5th day free.

A Day in the Life

Our caring instructors meet the 3-6 year old children inside in our Kids Centre in the morning where they get to know each other and meet the other children.

Most of the day is spent skiing out on the slopes, however the day is also centered on having fun so the groups will make snowmen and play in the snow just outside our ski school centre, and have breaks inside with hot chocolate as the children need them.

We ensure our instructors make sure all children go to the toilet at each break and lunch breaks before they continue outside.

We have specilaised children’s instructors to make their experience as fantastic as it can be, which ensure most children have no problems having fun sliding around on skis in our beginner snow playground or exploring the adventure trails up the local chairlifts.

Ability Levels

1First TimeLearning balancing & snowplough stop.
2BeginnerLearning snowplough turns.
3IntermediateLearning Christie turns (plough to parallel)
4AdvancedLearning full parallel turns.
5ExpertDeveloping parallel on black terrain.
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Times & Prices

Full Day9:30am10:00am12:30pm1:30pm4:00pm
5¥39,600 (free)¥47,600 (free)¥49,900 (free)¥57,900 (free)Free
10¥79,200 (free)¥95,200 (free)¥95,900 (free)¥111,900 (free)Free

* Lift passes for Akakura Kanko & Akakura Onsen are free for children not yet in primary school.

Info For You

What time and where does Mini Mountaineers meet?

Mini Mountaineers meet at 9:30am at the Kids Center inside the Myoko Snowsports Champion Office, near the base of the Champion #1 chairlift in Akakura Resort.

What will the program include each day?

Your child’s instructor will check their ability and then match each day’s program to give them the the best possible experience, together with the other children in the group. If you have any special requests please let you child’s instructor know and they will be glad to accommodate. Supervised lunch is included each day from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in our Kids Center.

Will my child have the same instructor each day?

We try to offer as much consistency as possible by keeping the same instructor with the same group each day. It is possible occasional changes may occur due to our weekly roster change-over, or if your child progresses at rate different to the rest of the group.

Where does the Mini Mountaineers program run?

Mini Mountaineers is run throughout the combined Akakura Kanko & Akakura Onsen resort areas.

Does my child need a lift ticket and is one included in the cost of the lessons?

A valid Akakura Kanko/Onsen lift pass is required for all participants. Lift tickets are free for children not yet in primary school. You are welcome to collect your child’s free lift ticket from a lift ticket window prior to dropping them off with us.

How are groups organised?

Our team of instructors will welcome children inside our Kids Center and check their general skiing ability level. They will then join children into the most appropriate group to join from Level 1 (first time) to Level 5 (expert). Mini Mountaineers features a maximum of 5 children per instructor.

My children are slightly different levels, but can they be together in the same group?

For the best experience we recommend all children going into the appropriate level group, even if this means being apart from their friends or siblings, however if two children would like to stay together in the same group may do so. In this case they will be placed into a group of the ability level of the lower child. The stronger level child may find the group a little slow, but their instructor will give them more challenging things to try to continue having fun and improving.

Can my 6 year old child go in Alpine Explorers?

For the best learning experience 6 year old children should generally go in the 3-6 year old Mini Mountaineers program. If your child is close to 7 years old and is fairly tall for their age they may be able to join Alpine Explorers upon request. The reason for the age group separations is that older children have more muscle and cognitive development, and skiing speed is different to younger children.

Can my child have a rest-day during their program?

Program bookings of 5 days or more may include one rest day of your choosing if you would like. Please let your child’s instructor know the afternoon prior to your rest day so they know not to expect them the following morning.

My child has allergies/dietary requirements, can these be catered for at lunch?

Yes almost all dietary requirements can be catered for. Please advise your child’s instructor of the details at the morning 9:30am meeting time.

My child has an Epi-Pen, what should I do?

Please advise our reservations team when making your booking. Please also meet your child’s instructor at 9:30am at the Kids Center and provide any relevant information to them. Epi-Pens should be placed in a zipped-pocket on your child for the duration of the program.

Do you recommend group or private lessons?

Both group and private lessons can be great depending on your goals and budget.

Private lessons are the best for quickest skill improvement and for meeting personal goals, but are a higher price.

Group programs are a great way to meet other skiers of a similar ability level during the program, and are a lower price.

Do your instructors speak English?

Yes. All our instructors speak either native or fluent English and all lessons are run in English. We have a large number of instructors from around the world, as well as from Japan.

If you have a request for a private lesson in another language (French, German, Dutch, Swedish) please check with us for availability.

If you are interested in lesson programs run in Japanese please let our reservations team know and they can recommend another local Japanese snowsports school to you.

Should I book in advance?

We recommend booking well-prior to your arrival to ensure availability, particularly from early January to mid-February. Please contact our team at if you have any questions.

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