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Arranging for ski lessons

I talked about how hard it was to book ski lessons despite making my intentions known very early. We eventually sorted that out but I thought I would like to record the ski lessons’ booking schedule and costs.

1. 22nd Dec: Private lesson for 4 of us, Tomamu resort, English instructor, 9-11am, 42K yen

2. 23rd Dec: Private lesson for 4 of us, Tomamu resort, Japanese instructor with basic English, 12-2pm, 40K yen

3. 25th Dec: Class lesson for Z & X, Rusutsu Shin Crayon Ski school, 945-1515 including lunch, 16K yen per child

*We were on waiting list for the 1030am English class.

4. 26th Dec: Class lesson for Z & X, Rusutsu Shin Crayon Ski school, 945-1515 including lunch, 16K yen per child

*We were on waiting list for the 1030am English class.

Booking ski lessons

Booking a ski trip during peak season not only meant we had to pay through the nose for ski lessons, it was also very difficult to secure ski classes. It was no thanks to the rigid nature of their customer service. In person, Japanese service was great. Over email, the customer service became non-existent.

I started hounding the hotel over ski lessons’ booking since Jun 2015. However, they kept saying the schedule was not out. After repeated reminders, they finally replied to say that the website was opened for booking. However, it was only available in Japanese. To rub salt to the wound, the system was buggy.

I ended up without a private lesson…

I had to call them directly at this point (and incurring international call charges!!!), kicked up a fuss over email and eventually had a favourable response from them.

Lesson learnt: Just pick up the phone and call.

Though on the other hand, I had perfect support via email from another resort. 

Shopping for a ski holiday

It started way back in June when there was massive clearance discount on everything to do with snow & ski. After checking out our options locally (boutiques: Winter Time, Lemmi, The North Face & scanning more floors), I turned to online.

I checked out many websites from USA, Korea & even Taobao. I was not able to find the cheap buys sussed out by a mommy blogger on Taobao. Hence, I decided to buy from the below websites. I already had an inkling of what I wanted to buy before going to these websites.

For X, I wanted to get this jacket in 3T. It was US$130 but I got it at US$85. It was a 2-layered jacket so I figured I would get more mileage out of this as opposed to buying 1 thick ski jacket. I also did not want to get a pure hard shell jacket in case it was too loose to work with our own fleece jackets. I wished I could have gotten the Boundary Triclimate Boys’ Jacket though as that came with a polyester lining inner jacket. We decided against an one piece suit for ease of bringing X to the toilet. After adding in international freight, I probably paid S$130 for this.

Presenting The North Face Toddler Boys’ Vortex Triclimate Jacket (from http://www.moosejaw.com/) – real weight 0.65kg, volumetric weight 1.15kg (9*13*3inch)


For Z, I bought this The North Face Dubs Triclimate jacket in S (7-8yo). This was US$170 and could be purchased at US$130, US$75 or S$244 (after 25% discount locally). However, the Dr Jays website only offered smaller sizes so I had to pay US$130 for this before shipping. After working out the math, I reckoned I paid S$190 for this which only rendered me S$50 savings.

Specs of the jacket:

  • Fabric Rating: Waterproof / Breathable
  • Shell Jacket Material: 100% polyester HyVent fabric
  • Inner Jacket Material: 100% polyester taffeta
  • Inner Jacket Lining: 100% polyester
  • Inner Jacket Insulation: 160g Heatseeker

Other accessories or apparels were purchased from http://mountainwarehouse.com/https://www.decathlon.sg

From Mountain Warehouse, we bought the kids’ snow boots (heavily marked down from US$100 to US$29,99, and US$60 to US$14.99), beanies at US$1.99 each, ski socks at US$4.99 for 2 pairs (marked down from US$22.99), kids’ salopettes at US$22.99 (marked down from US$75), kids’ micro fleeced top at US$7.99, kids’ turtle necks at US$2.99 and more.

From Decathlon SG, we bought my Quecha snow boots at $59.90 (very affordable French brand), Mr H’s ski pants at $39.90, thermal trousers for the kids at $8.90 each and for the adults at $12.90 each. They were out of sizes for my ski pants, so I guessed I would wait and see.

From Amazon, we got Mr H’s shoes at US$60.57 with free shipping.   

From Dick’s Sporting Goods (which we had to buy via Vpost Shop4u as they did not accept payment from Non-USA billing addresses, not even paypal), we bought Mr H’s jacket. This would have cost S$546 SRP, or at best 20% discount or US$280. It was either buying via Borderlinx’s US$209.97, top up 5% for concierge charge and pay for international freight or Vpost’s offer of SGD338. We picked the latter as Borderlinx was experiencing some system error.

Featuring The North Face Men’s Alpen-Blitz Triclimate Jacket in Asphalt Grey/Fiery Red, 2015 Model


Spects of the jacket:

  • HyVent® 2L shell
  • Heatseeker™ insulated zip in jacket
  • Classic fit
  • Waterproof, breathable fully seam sealed
  • Adjustable, removable hood
  • Reverse-coil chest pocket
  • Underarm vents
  • Handwarmer zip pockets
  • Wrist-accessory pocket with goggles cloth
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Internal goggles pocket
  • Two-snap, snap-down powder skirt with gripper elastic
  • Adjustable hem system
  • Zip-in liner jacket
  • Zip hand pockets in liner
  • Fabric: Shell –  160 g/m² HyVent® 2L—100% nylon Taslan® / Liner – 65 g/m² 53% recycled polyester, 47% polyester / insulation: 100 g Heatseeker™A
  • Style C428
  • Weight:2 lbs 15 oz (1330 g) / Length from Center Back:shell: 31”, liner: 27.5”

From Gear Gut, we bought my jacket via Vpost Shop4u too. Similar to the earlier website, they did not accept payment from a non USA billing address. It worked for me too because the jacket was retailing at US$280 and this website was offering it in a sold out colour at US$140. Other websites were selling at US$196 at best after 30% markdown. It seemed a little too good to be true, so I was very happy to pass on the risk to a 3rd party. Together with the Vpost discount codes I received earlier, I paid S$214 for this jacket. It was a total steal from the local pricing of $546 SRP (or $420 after discount).

In the end, I had to buy my jacket from BobWards at US$195.97 because Gear Gut’s inventory system had a glitch and misrepresented the stock availability. It was still discounted but not as much discount as I had expected. Sobs!

Featuring The North Face Women’s Kira 2.0 Triclimate Jacket in Rocket Red, 2014 Model


Spects of the jacket:

  • 3-in-1 alpine ski jacket pairs a waterproof exterior shell with a zip-in liner jacket that features ample 100 g Heatseeker™ insulation
  • [Liner Jacket] Zip-in liner jacket
  • [Outer Jacket] Waterproof, breathable, fully seam sealed
  • Adjustable, removable hood
  • Reverse-coil chest pocket
  • Underarm vents
  • Hand zip pockets
  • Wrist-accessory pocket with goggle cloth
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Internal goggle pocket
  • Two-snap, snap-down powder skirt with gripper elastic
  • Adjustable hem
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Fabric: shell: 110 g/m² HyVent® 2L—100% polyester plain weave / liner: 58 g/m² 100% nylon / insulation: 100 g Heatseeker™
  • Style: CU74
  • Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz (1020 g) / Length from center back: shell 27”, liner 25”

What’s left as to buy: my ski pants (to buy or borrow), Balacavas, the kids’ ski gloves and the kids’ ski socks