Family Ski Holidays: Club Med Sahoro, Japan

Club Med Sahoro: ideal ski resort for families

I’m told that once you’ve had a Club Med holiday with your family, you keep coming back. the all-inclusive packages are becoming more and more popular, but that’s not the only reasons families choose Club Med over and over again, Club Med make it easy for you. Accommodation designed for families, with kids’ facilities and kids clubs suitable for kids of all ages and a range of food that will please even the fussiest of kids.

Hokkaido is Japan’s most northerly island and has been known as japan’s mecca of winter sports since hosting the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972. Its climate guarantees plentiful snow and great powder on the slopes situated between 400 and 1000 metres.

Why take a family ski holiday in Sahoro?

  • The all-inclusive packages on offer include accommodation, all food and beverages, ski lift tickets, ski lessons and kids club. The only thing you’ll need to pay extra for is ski-hire.
  • Champagne powder. Hokkaido is famous for it’s powder – the best in the world according to everyone here (including the many Canadians working here).
  • On-snow skiing. Walk out the door of your hotel, put your skis on and head down the slope to the first lift. Easy.
  • No queues. Club Med has this mountain all to itself – you’ll never have to stand in a lift queue and you’ll quite often feel like you’ve got the whole mountain to yourself.
  • Kids’ clubs for all ages – from 2 to 17 years inclusive (that’s inclusive of age AND your accommodation package) – with skiing from age 4 and snowboarding from age 8.
  • Experience the Japanese way of life with rooms decorated in a traditional style, including an elevated tea room that doubles as the kids’ bedroom in the evening and the new speciality restaurant, Mina Mina, where you can sample local cuisine with fresh ingredients from Hokkaido.

Things to do with the kids

  • Ski from your door. There’s a great range of beginner slopes within easy access of the resort so you never have to worry about your kids getting into trouble.
  • If you’re up for more challenging runs, take the gondola to the top of the mountain and choose from any number of black runs, while the kids ski down a green run that winds all the way down – or they can take a zig-zag route down the other side.
  • Grab a hot chocolate in the afternoon from the Wakka Bar after a (hard) day’s skiing and perhaps a pancake or two.
  • Go for a swim in the heated indoor pool or soak in the “Ofuro” Japanese hot tub or the outdoors Canadian hot tub.
  • Take a guided snow-shoe walk through the pine trees – you may even spot a deer or two.
  • Watch the live entertainment in the theatre every night – there’s an early show just for kids so mum and dad can finish dinner in peace.

Which age groups should visit

Club Med Baby Welcome is available for babies up to 23 months. A baby bath, cot, change table, high chair and bottle warmer will be provided in our room on arrival. NB – be sure to book this service in advance as availability is limited.

Mini Club Med caters for kids between 4 and 10 years old and is open from 8am to 5pm and again from 6pm to 8pm. The kids will be placed in to ski lessons according to their abilities and can either join you for lunch or lunch with new-found friends.

During school holidays Juniors’ Club Med provides activities for kids between 11 and 17 years old.

Tips and advice for Club Med Sahoro

Club Med make it easy for you to do as much or as little as you like together with your kids. Make sure you have some “Me Time” as well and book yourself in for a massage at the Pirka Day Spa.

Book a table at Mina Mina Restaurant in advance of your stay as it has limited capacity. It’s definitely worthwhile trying out this local steam boat variation – but pay attention to your waiter’s instructions as it’s a bit complicated!

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About the author

Deborah's first trip with her first child (at 4 months old) involved a 26 hour flight with no sleep, which is about when she realised travelling with kids wasn’t quite the same as without. Deborah has lived in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Edinburgh, London and now resides in Sydney’s northern beaches with her Brady Bunch-style family of seven – all seasoned travellers. Twitter // @deborahzoe42 Google Plus // +Deborah Dickson-Smith

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