On February 17th – 19th, 2017, TELL will organize its first Mountain Challenge in Shiga Kogen, Nagano.

The event – a Team and individual competition – will benefit TELL, a mental health services non-profit with 40+ year history serving the international community here in Japan. TELL provide a 24/7 telephone Lifeline, counseling and outreach for English-speaking foreign and Japanese employees and their families.

The event is a team and individual challenge, the aim to ski down the greatest vertical distance in a single day, using the Ski Tracks smartphone application to record their results.

Nobody likes to ride alone, so this year everyone can compete as a team (if you wish), of up to 4 people, AND you will also be tracked individually to compete in the singles competition. Yes you can win twice, sweet!

The challenge will commence from the front of the Highland Hotel on Saturday, February 18th, 9am at the sound of the airhorn.




Prizes will be awarded to individual men and women, and in a number of team categories, as well as for the best fancy dress individuals and teams, and in several other categories. Competitors will also have a chance to win great prizes in a charity raffles.

Top Prizes: 

1 day rental Tesla Model S (Kindly donated  by Tesla)

Canyoning or whitewater rafting trip for 2 people (Kindly donated by Canyons)

4 Burton rucksacks (Kindly donated by Burton)

1 day backcountry tour near Niseko (Kindly donated by Super Natural Niseko)

2 night stay at The Schneider Hotel in Nozawa Onsen w/ welcome drink at Base Camp Bar & Coffee at The Craft Room (Kindly donated by Outdoor Japan)

More prizes TBA soon…




Who can take part?

Any competent skier or boarder with a valid lift pass can join. Not suitable for complete beginners, but most people with some experience should be able to participate.



Transportation & Accommodation

Weekend long half-board accommodation and transportation (to and from Tokyo) packages are be provided by Tokyo Snow Club.


The Plan

2017 Feb 17 (Friday)


19:30 – 00:00 approx – Meet in Shinjuku. All aboard the TSC Bus!


Watch movies, chat with old and new friends, and get excited!


Stop to stretch and grab snacks along the way.


Arrive in Shiga Kogen.


Check-in to the hotel, late night hot spring and get some sleep.



2017 Feb 18 (Saturday)


7:00 – 8:00 – Breakfast at the hotel.


8:00 – 17:00 – Skiing/Snowboarding all day! Take part in the TELL Mountain Challenge!


17:00 – 18:00 – Relax at the hotel. Hit the Onsen.


18:00 – 19:30 – Dinner at the hotel.


19:30 – late – Apres ski party! Event after party featuring prize giving & award giveaways, DJs and more!



2017 Feb 19 (Sunday)


7:00 – 8:00 – Breakfast at the hotel.


8:00 – 16:00 – Skiiing/Boarding all day or a free trip to see the snow monkeys!


16:00 – 21:00 – Bus back to Tokyo.