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Club Med Sahoro
Located in the middle of Hokkaido, adjacent to
the Sahoro ski fields, I wouldn’t recommend this
as a place for singles, but if you have young kids,
it’s the perfect stop for a family skiing holiday.
Like all Club Med resorts, it was goofy and
fun, but there was no pressure to join in and you
could choose to be involved in all or none of the
activities. Everything we did, including lessons
and food and drink (but not including ski hire –
about $1300 for all of us for the week), was part
of the package. It’s not a big mountain, with
the longest run at 3000m, but the snow quality
is the same as Niseko and there is still plenty of
variety for beginner to intermediate skiers. More
importantly, it is true ski in/ski out.
The rooms were not big and the bathrooms
(typically for Club Med) were tiny, but the
facilities overall were first rate. We found we
didn’t use the room for more than sleeping
anyway, and for six of the seven nights used
a Japanese bath house to wash and relax. The
Japanese communal baths are separate for
men and women, and are a wonderful way to
unwind. Young kids are welcome to join their
parents and to enjoy themselves.
The buffets at Club Med were one taste
sensation after another, offering a wide variety
of Japanese and international cuisine. Much of
it was prepared as we watched, including sushi
cut off whole tuna, succulent Hokkaido oysters
shucked to order, soba noodles cut and cooked
by specialist chefs, fine Hokkaido beef, stews,
curries, cheese platters and salads. Red and
white wine and sake was all complimentary,
plus there was a wine list available if we wanted
something better. The kids couldn’t get past the
The staff (Gracious Organisers, or GOs –
Club Med’s ‘ambassadors’) were from all over
the world, including a number of Australian
and Japanese, and all of them spoke English.
The Club Med recruitment process is pretty
thorough, so all the GOs were super-friendly
and wonderful with kids and adults alike.
The kids’ club was open from about 9.30am to
3.30pm, and the focus, not surprisingly, was on
teaching them how to ski. For kids under four
there was the Petit Club Med, which included
playing in the snow, but no skiing. Outside the
ski club, the kids had the run of the resort and
could make plenty of friends.
New skiers will just love it. Our four-year-
old daughter and six-year-old son started
on a ‘magic carpet’ – a kind of slow-moving
conveyer belt that took them up a 10m slope
with skis on – and stayed there until they
learned to snow-plow, turn and stop. Our son
graduated on day two and our daughter on day
four, and they were soon seen snaking down
ever bigger ski slopes. The classes often had
one or two instructors taking eight to 12 kids,
but that didn’t seem to slow anyone down
much. At the end of six days, they were both
skiing down the mountain, weaving through
the trees and begging for more.
“It’s not a big mountain, with the longest run at
3000m, but the snow quality is the same as Niseko.”
Ice-skating rink in front of Club Med.
Club Med ski school.
Powder skiing from the top of the mountain at Club Med Sahoro.
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