Meet our Team of Trainers

We're proud of our training team here at Niseko Academy. We've hand selected them as individuals, not only for their experience as Instructors and Trainers, and their talents on the snow, but because they are truly unique personalities, massively passionate about Japan, and with a wealth of life experience from around the world.

Brian Findlay - Niseko Academy Director

Brian (or B-ri as he's become known more recently) has been involved in Japanese Snowsports for more than 12 years now. He is a member of the Niseko Winter Guides Association and was the founder of the first foreign certification in Japan, establishing this Instructor Training Academy in 2005. Brian is ISIA qualified with the NZSIA and has done over 34 seasons around the world as an instructor, guide and ski patroller.

Brian speaks good Japanese from working as the only foreign instructor in several Japanese ski schools (or some would say thanks to his lovely Japanese wife). As a full-time resident in Niseko, Brian no longer follows the snow down under, but instead he spends his summers basking in the Hokkaido sun on local Niseko golf courses.