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Thrive recently lead three International Thrive Snowboard Camps; two at Lake Songhua Resort in Jilin, China and one at Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan. Thrive's International Snowboard Camps are targeted to recreational snowboarders that want to improve their skills, find that connection to great experiences on the mountain and make their days better while playing in the outdoors. Thrive Coaches Chris Lange and Doug Fagel lead groups in the camps with our fellow partner Clubs and Schools in Northeast Asia.
Thrive International Camps in China: X-Club & JiXian Extreme Sports
January 8-10 & 11-13, 2018
The Thrive Camps are targeted to adult participants that are interested in snowboarding and travel. The snowboarding background of the participants ranged from those who have been snowboarding for years to those who just surpassed the novice threshold looking to start exploring the entire mountain. Our groups at these China Camps are supported by Alvin (Shen Yuan) the head of X-Club/JiXian Extreme Sports and his amazing team of people. With the help of our Thrive Team Rider, Qi, as well as some other talented translators we guide our groups – who all speak Mandarin as their first language – and offer them personalized coaching. During these camps the majority of the riders are from the Northeast China, Jilin Province, but we also had participants attending from all over mainland China. This was Thrive's second year hosting camps in Jilin and we look forward to annual camps in the heart of winter for many years to come.
Thrive International Camps in Japan: Noyuki Academy
January 16-17, 2018
For our first Thrive Camp ever in Japan we have focused on a specific topic that is fueling much of the riding excitement around Japan and around the globe, the desire to push snowboarding beyond the resorts. Thrive's Intro to Backcountry course is designed to fill that void between resort riders skills and avalanche awareness and rescue training. We have found that the gap of knowledge and skills is huge from backcountry travel and decision making offered in Avalanche Training Courses and what a rider needs to know and be able to do when making the transition into the backcountry. Thrive's Intro to Backcountry helps fill that void. Offering a course targeted to Riding Skills, Equipment Knowledge, Planning and Group Management to accompany Avalanche Safety Knowledge is the best way to develop riders for long term safety and success while exploring beyond the resort.
Why do snowboarders join Thrive Snowboard Camp? They are not only looking for mountain guides but professional educators that can deliver high end coaching to take their riding to the new heights.