Arrivals & Departures Club Med unveils new snow resorts in Japan and France

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

How does skiing off a resort's rooftop directly into the snow sound?

Club Med has kicked off plans to open at least one new snow resort a year by launching early-bird offers for its new Japanese and French resorts.

Club Med Tomamu in the Hokkaido region of Japan and Club Med Samoens in the French Alps will both welcome guests from December 2017. 

In line with Club Med's other snow offerings, both of the ski-in, ski-out resorts will offer a ski shop on-site for equipment rental along with 22 different options for ski, snow boarding and cross-country skiing courses, and five hours of lessons per day in small groups – including an introduction-to-snow course for children from three years of age.

There will also be all-inclusive packages with accommodation, all-day gourmet dining, open bar, kids' clubs, activities, lessons, lift passes, evening entertainment and transfers.

Club Med Tomamu will open in the Shimukappu Village of the Hokkaido province in the country's north, easily accessible via a new bullet train link from Tokyo.

The resort’s 341 rooms provide options for couples and families, including triples and suites.

There are 29 runs spanning 21km suitable for beginners through to advanced levels. Besides the skiing and boarding, there is also snow trekking, snow biking, snowmobiling, snow rafting and more.

When they're not hitting the slopes, guests can seek out the ice slides, skating, an ice bar and dining at the local ice village, Japan’s largest indoor wave pool, and the Kirin-no Yu open-air bath.

The resort boasts the Itara restaurant with local and international cuisine, speciality Japanese yakiniku barbecue at an la carte restaurant, tea lessons, sake and whisky tasting and more.

The kids' clubs cater for ages two through to 17.

Located in the heart of the Grand Massif ski area in France, Club Med Samoens has 360-degree views of the surrounding Alps. The resorts is a one-hour-and-15-minute drive from Geneva airport.

At the resort, guests can dine in ski gondolas or swim among the mountains at the heated pool. They can even ski from the resort’s gently sloping rooftop directly onto the snow. 

Samoens has 265km of slopes suiting beginner to advanced levels.

The kids' club caters for children from four months to 17 years old with a kids-only snow garden. There's also a dedicated family friendly restaurant.

The 420 rooms include club, deluxe and suites.

Top picture: The vision for Club Med Samoens.

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