snow Japan

Ski were Olympians do

Do you wonder where snow Olympians go train? Some of them might be at Club Med - just like you! Discover more below and ski or snowboard where Olympians do!

Club Med is happy to be an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA). The OWIA takes care of the training of athletes and the coaching in sports involved in the winter Olympics.

This partnership means Aussie snow Olympians can perform at their best by staying, training, and recovering in Club Med’s ski resorts worldwide. And also have fun in the process!

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Curious to know in which resorts our Aussie Olympians have been?

Here’s how it works: ski cross champions practice at Club Med Val Thorens Sensations in France, snowboard cross shredders also enjoy the French Alps slopes from Club Med Valmorel, and aerial ski stars rise in the air at Club Med Beidahu in China.

So here’s your chance chance to ski beside Australia’s elite winter athletes, and even pick up a tip or two!

Discover below Sami Kennedy-Sim’s experience on Club Med slopes with a series of four videos. The Australian freestyle skier made her second Olympic appearance at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.

Sami tells the story of her ski cross memories, failures and successes: from her best memory (first podium on world cup) to her aspirations to see more and more people to join the team and the Olympics.

Balancing olympian ski life and personal life is not always easy as Sami explains here. She shows how lucky she is to have been for 15 years on the road now and also 7 years of marriage. The ambition and drive to be at her best keeps her going in life.

The importance of having a team which is a kind of family on the road is a necessity to be successful together. Sami is happy to share these incredible experiences with her team.

Club Med brought all the support to the athletes for their training, eating and recovering needs. Sami highlighted the importance of the environment where you evolve in and all the necessity Club Med could offer such as excellent nutrition, gym, direct access to the hills - all in one spot.

Interested in knowing more about Club Med snow resorts? Discover more information about perfect ski holidays here.

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20 reasons to book an amazing snow holiday for 2020

It’s time to decide on your next holiday destination – so, which will it be: sun or snow? Although sipping cocktails pool-side and basking in the sun is always a great relaxing holiday, why not shake things up in 2020 and take your next holiday to new heights with an unforgettable snow escape?

From the soaring peaks of Mont Blanc in the French Alps to the perfect powder slopes of Hokkaido in Japan, there are so many reasons to make your next holiday one in the snow…and why you shouldn’t delay and book one NOW! So sit back and relax, we’ve listed 20 reasons why you should book a snow holiday for 2020 below…

1. Amazing snow conditions and resorts to experience

With over 20 on-snow resorts, you’ll be sure to experience the most incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions with kilometres and kilometres of fun.

Ski, snowboard or snowshoe in the 4th largest ski area worldwide from the brand new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama or slide nonstop on the 14-kilometre long slope from the mountain top at the new resort Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon to the Valley of Giffre.

Thinking of somewhere a bit closer? Japan is known for its incredible powder snow and conditions are almost always great. No excuse not to go and glide on that fresh powder!

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2. Finally experience a European white winter of your dreams

If you’ve yet to experience a white winter in Europe… here’s your chance with more than 15 Club Med snow resorts in Europe. Whether you want to try skiing for the first time, just enjoy the mountain feel or discover a new experience - all kinds of activities are available and promise an amazing snow holiday in the mountains.

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3. Slide through the fresh powder of Japan

For an authentic Japanese experience and endless powder snow, the Hokkaido region is one of the best choices for a snow holiday that’s not too far from home. Need more convincing? Tomamu has just been awarded as the number 1 resort in Japan by international travellers on TripAdvisor and Sahoro as the Number 1 hotel for families in Japan by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice.

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4. Try new destinations you’ve never thought about

Did you know that there are some ski resorts in China? If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, snow, and fun - Club Med Beidahu or Club Med Yabuli are waiting for you! Be a pioneer and discover skiing in China before everyone else. Taste a traditional Chinese fondue, a typical dish to share in a warm-hearted spirit, and hit uncrowded slopes in wonderland-like landscapes.

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5. Embark on a culinary journey

From cheesy tartiflette and fine wine in Europe or fresh sushi, Yakiniku BBQ and sake in Japan: your tastes buds will be tingling. More than just a ski holiday, embark on a culinary journey and discover local cuisine and specialties.

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6. You won’t believe how easy it is to organise

With Club Med, it’s all taken care of so you can just focus on relaxing, having fun and reconnecting with loved ones. Lift passes are ready, lessons are booked, and ski gear is even awaiting for you in your locker. It doesn’t get much better than this!

7. Beginner? Snow-worries…

Whether you’ve never set foot on snow or had only a couple of lessons, no worries at all – we’ve got you. From having small group lessons with English-speaking professional instructors to getting introduced to the mountain lifestyle - your first ski experience will be unforgettable. Check out our ultimate guide for the first time skier here for more information.

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8. Enjoy the mountain to the fullest

Even if you want to ski or snowboard, you can definitely have an amazing snow holiday by trying other activities such as snowshoeing in stunning landscapes or having a bit of fun with sledding or ice-skating. Plus, all of Club Med snow resorts have an array of unique adventures on offer as well as indoor activities.

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9. Ski where the Olympians do

As an official partner of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), Club Med regularly have winter Olympic athletes training in the resorts. Are you ready to ski alongside our country’s athletes? You might pick up a tip or two!

10. Make lifelong memories with loved ones

Booking a snow holiday is also the occasion for you to reconnect with your loved ones. Everything is already taken care of, so take a moment to relax by the crackling fire, a tea or hot cocoa in-hand, and enjoy every moment with your loved ones.

11.  Kids will have the time of their lives

Kids at Club Med are in their winter element! Little ones can learn to ski from 4 years old and make new friends from around the world in the included Kids Clubs, teens can enjoy the slopes during the day and hang out with new friends in the evenings, and adults can enjoy the different mountain elements knowing their children are very well looked after. Families can also share amazing moments together with the new family experience restaurant in our new resorts, where children are inviting their parents to dinner for a fully interactive experience.

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12. Revive and relax after the slopes

After a big day shredding the powder slopes of Japan, Italy or France, there’s nothing more satisfying than relaxing in the sauna, getting a well-deserved massage at the spa or swimming in the heated indoor or outdoor pool.

Each Club Med snow resort has unique spa partnerships with the best well-being brands such as Nuxe, Cinq Mondes or L’Occitane. Post-ski bliss!

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13. Snap the ultimate Instagram shot

Warning: your friends might be a little bit jealous seeing the blue-bird snow days! With incredible landscapes, trendy design and delicious food, there are so many nice shots you can take during your holiday.

Start first by choosing the subject for your photo, get creative and find a new angle, take advantage of the golden hour for a nice light and there you go - you have the perfect shot! Here is one of the great shots that you could take during your next snow holiday.

14. Indulge in luxury

Thinking of going the extra mile for your snow holiday? Discover the Exclusive Collection by Club Med - a series of luxurious resorts set within stunning destinations such as Valmorel Chalet-Apartments, Le Belvedere Exclusive Space in Les Arcs Panorama, Le Lodge Exclusive Space in Valmorel resort and Le Refuge Exclusive Space in Val d’Isere.

All these exclusive spaces offer luxurious accommodation, services such as bottomless champagne from the bar from 6pm, dedicated friendly hosts and more…

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15. Here’s your excuse to look stylish on the slopes

A snow holiday also means… ski and snowboard gear! And what better excuse to buy new gear for your upcoming holiday? Rental shops are available at the resort so don’t worry about bringing skis and snowboards, but why not buy that cute beanie or warm puffer jacket and feel super comfortable as well as super stylish?

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16. Wake up to snowy views every single day 

Get cosy in your room and admire snowy views every single day. Designed by the world’s best architects and designers, feel comfortable in your home away from home with lazy morning sleep-ins, afternoon naps after skiing all morning or getting ready for an evening at the resort. It’s your own private space in paradise.

17. It feels good to plan the next holiday

Maybe you just came back from holidays but it always feels good to look forward to the next holiday, right? Even if it’s for 2020, don’t worry - just the thought of planning your dream snow holiday will make you feel good.

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18. The earlier you book, the more you save!

Great news - planning your holiday early means you get the best deals, especially for snow holidays with Club Med. If you book at sales opening on 30 January 2019, you can benefit from up to 30% off your dream holiday – the best offer guaranteed of the year. Which means all that’s left to do is sit back and relax until your holiday!

19. Planning in advance means more time to relax

Once you book your snow holiday with Club Med, it’s all taken care of. You just have to choose from a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and amazing experiences once you get there. Enjoy the all-inclusive convenience from accommodation, gourmet meals, open bar, sports and activities: with us, it is all included in one package. Easy!

20. Go once and you’ll want to come back every year!

The fresh air of the mountains, the warm and fun vibes, the fresh powder… you’ll quickly understand how addictive a snow holiday is and we promise you - you’ll definitely want to come back again.

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Convinced yet? Book your snow holiday here with Club Med!

Looking to be part of a like-minded snow community? Join the Club Med snow squad here and receive snow holidays tips, insider knowledge as well as prizes, exclusive deals and more.

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Top Snow Resorts to get you Pumped for the Games...No Matter your Ability

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An opportunity to gather nationalities, live the spirit of sport and follow incredible extreme sports achieved by high-level athletes...who doesn't love the Winter Games?! This year, the 2018 Winter Games kicked off on 9th February and will run up until 25th February, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, serving up a healthy dose of adrenaline to the athletes, and motivation for viewers to dust off the old skis or learn the skill of snow sports. Whether you're a just starting out or consider yourself a 'pro', Club Med has pulled together a list of the best ski resorts to get you snow-loving like an athlete.

Learning to ski - beginner skiers

Just starting out and still a little shaky? With fluffy powder snow, runs for all ability and world-class instructors, Japan is for you!

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido, the trendiest new ski resort where you can experience the incredible mountains of the Hokkaido region, offers access to over 145 hectares of snow to explore. Perfect for all abilities and ages with ski lessons liked to the Kids Club, there's truly something for everyone on and off the slopes. Ski made easy thanks to free ski lift pass, small group lesson included for all levels with English-speaking and professional ski instructors, plus an indoor wave pool just 2 minutes from the resort - Club Med Tomamu is a winter wonderland!

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Club Med Sahoro

Don't forget the sensational Club Med Sahoro, awarded as one of the best travel destinations in Asia, Hokkaido promises a fun-filled family experience! This is the perfect setting for family snow holidays and to discover a little-known area of this fascinating country. Enjoy hassle-free skiing on powder snow without the crowds in a peaceful setting, perfect for beginners! Free ski lift pass for Sahoro domain is also included with ski lesson, ski from 4 years old and snow from 8 years old.

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Intermediate skiers

Club Med Grand Massif

Club Med Grand Massif located in the French Alps, is one of Club Med's new ski resorts opened in December 2017. This resort is the perfect destination to soak up the 360 view of the valley designed to blend in with the mountain top. You can also ski between two domains, among pine trees on the Massif side or with open views of Mont Blanc on the Flaine side. What could be better than skiing with a view? Slide non stop on the 14 kilometre long slope taking you from the mountain top to the Valley of Giffre. Combine there, amazing skiing experience and amazing views!

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Advanced skiers

Club Med Arcs Extreme (for adults-only)

Arcs Extreme located in the French Alps, is the only Club Med snow resort dedicated only to adults. For the very best in winter sports and festive fun, Club Med Arcs Extrême is the place to be! A ski-in-ski-out resort with more than 200kms of slopes available and at 2000 metres altitude, it's the ideal resort for those looking for the ultimate thrill!

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Club Med Val Thorens Sensations

Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, located in the ski station voted best in the world, offers ski-in-ski-out access to the 3 Vallees domain. Perfect for expert skier with the largest and possibly best ski areas on earth! Moreover, the resort stands at an altitude of 2,300 metres which guarantees snow until April.

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Ready to hit the slopes? Learn more about Club Med's 20+ snow resorts here!

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Interview: Jean-Philippe Nuel, Designer of Club Med Tomamu

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Jean-Philippe Nuel is the designer and architect behind the new Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido snow resort in Japan. Passionate about creativity, and with a particular desire to work on projects of all scales, from architecture to design, Jean-Philippe Nuel sees each project as a human adventure, rich in encounters and exchange. Very quickly, before turning 30, he had designed a hotel in Paris, its architecture and interior decoration, which would orientate his work towards this sector of activity.

#1. What was the overall concept that you had in mind when designing Club Med Tomamu?

I tried to create a unique signature for this project: the decor is directly inspired by the Japanese culture and especially the Hokkaïdo island, where mountains are the natural environment of the site. Plus, of course, [I tried to bring to life] the Club Med spirit, as it is a brand with a very strong DNA.

#2. Part of what you bring to your design is a sense of place. Can you tell us a bit about what inspired you most about Tomamu’s natural and cultural surroundings, and how this translated into your design?

I love Japanese culture and I already had the chance to work in projects in Tokyo and Osaka - one has even been awarded by the Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designer. This culture blends both refinement and simplicity, and it inspires me a lot. Mother Nature also inspired me. It is always present both in the traditional and modern Japan.

#3. What is your favourite part of the resort in Tomamu, and why?

I really like the [Resort] center with its bar. This place is home to the peppy and lively spirit that expresses the Club Med’s identity. My design tries to bring this peppy and very friendly atmosphere to life through architecture.

#4. What experience are you hoping people will have when they stay at Club Med Tomamu?

I do hope that guests will live a unique experience focused on nature, sports and also with a human touch.

#5. You also designed the cozy Club Med Peisey-Vallandry in the French Alps. What are the main differences and similarities you experienced when designing the modern resort of Tomamu, compared to designing the chalet-style resort of Peisey-Vallandry?

For each project, I do think that focusing on the specificities of the site is essential. By site, I mean the country, the region, but also the architecture of the premises. For Peisey-Vallandry, we were in the French Alps, and more precisely in the Tarentaise Valley, and in the Alps, each valley has its own architectural tradition. I have made some research not to copy or reproduce this particular architectural style, but to find the spirit of the place through its materials and their implementation.

#6. What’s your favourite part of a resort to create and why?

I really care of the arrival area, because it immediately plunges the guests in the atmosphere of the resort. We could compare this to the very first cuts of a movie, that carry us to another reality. And for a resort, thanks to the experience the guest will live during his stay, they will continue to write the story of its own movie.

#7. And finally, which is your favourite Club Med resort to stay at?

I really like the Club Med Gregolimano in Greece (that I have refurbished). The site is so outstanding, especially when you arrive there by boat: there is all the magic in the holidays spent in the Mediterranean countries.

Discover our Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido resort here

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Exquisite Design at Club Med Tomamu Hokkaido

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Perfect ski conditions meet world-class design at the brand new Club Med Tomamu. Get ready to ride a different wave at Hokkaido’s newest and most exciting ski resort opening this December.

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Zip down ice slides, go ice skating, or enjoy a drink in the ice bar at the neighbouring ice village.

Nestled among a perfectly scenic winter wonderland in Hokkaido, Japan, the brand new Tomamu ski resort has been designed with en vogue style and traditional Japanese culture in mind.

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Surrounding nature influences the interior décor including this magnificent cherry blossom tree.

Jean Phillippe Nuel is the man behind the designs of some of the world’s most glamourous resorts in Dubai, India and France, and now he employs his design expertise to bring the magnificent Club Med Tomamu resort to life. The award-winning French designer provides a twist to traditional Japanese style with a modern, contemporary take on the interiors of the resort.

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Nuel employs a modern take on traditional architecture in his designs.

Inspired by Hokkaido’s four distinct seasons, Nuel captures the wonders of the beautiful surrounding nature indoors, like cherry blossoms in spring to décor lighting setting the mood for some winter magic. The four seasons are brought to life with vivid colours, shapes and textures resulting in a unique clash of Japan’s natural wonder and Nuel’s contemporary architectural flair.

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A different season sets the tone for the design of each room.

Clean, modern décor and spacious interiors are a theme throughout the rooms, offering scenic views of Tomamu and the surrounding wilderness. Every detail of design has been thoroughly thought through, ensuring a memorable snow getaway in a resort that oozes warmth and Japanese sophistication.

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Traditional Japan meets contemporary design throughout the whole resort.

Be one of the first to experience the brand new chic resort opening this December and discover Club Med Tomamu here.

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Skiing In Hokkaido With An Olympian

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Whether you are a beginner or a snow expert, the perfect powder snow of Japan makes for an enchanting location for snow holidays. In Japan, experienced ski and snowboard instructors help perfect ski technique and find the best slopes...and none is quite as experienced as Robel Teklemarian. Would you jump at the chance to ski under the guidance of an Olympic champion? Well, you can make your dream a reality at Club Med Hokkaido Sahoro in Japan.

A snow resort where dreams come true

Robel Teklemariam trained to fulfil his Winter Olympic dream in 2006 while working as a Club Med ski instructor. It was the ideal environment for Robel to perfect his talents. Today, as the Hokkaido Ski School Director, Robel is passing on his expertise to Club Med guests.

“I want to ignite the same passion in my students that I felt when I first learned to ski," says Robel. "It’s important to build up their confidence so they can conquer the nerves and become great skiers.”

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A paradise for ski enthusiasts

This Olympian feels like he lives in a skier’s paradise.

Hokkaido has incredible snow and Sahoro provides the very best Rossignol mountain equipment, updated every year. Best of all, the mountain is never crowded – sometimes it feels like I’m in my very own private ski resort!”

Discover more ski options at Club Med here.