Save-the-date! Inter-Chamber Ski and Snowboard Networking Retreat

Together with (as of now) six other chambers of commerce in Japan, BLCCJ will take part in a special treat for all our winter sport, snow resort and onsen loving members.

On the weekend of Jan. 25 & 26, 2020, we will get together with about hundred members of other chambers to enjoy a fun day with a ski / snowboard race in the morning and a great networking and award party in the evening.

Venue will be the greatly modernized wintersport resort Ishiuchi-Maruyama, Niigata, conveniently located close to the Echigo-Yuzawa shinkansen station.


The race in the morning is a fun and easy giant slalom course, ready for children of any age, snow boarders and those who haven’t skied or snowboarded for quite some time.

The lead organizer, the Austrian Business Council (ABC), has organized this event for the last four years, the fun and family friendly aspect is the focus for this event. In past years they had roughly half Japanese, half foreign participants – many groups with families and friends.
Local dignitaries, e.g. the mayors of the adjacent two towns, will be invited for the networking event. The event itself is casual, no formal or business attire required.

Also, no worries if you, your partner, friends etc. are not so much into skiing or snow boarding. The area boasts one of the most active onsen scenes around Niigata – there are even tours to experience e.g. five different onsen a day!


Accommodation should be arranged by participants themselves, fitting their needs as families, groups of friends or single participants.

Note: the evening networking party will take place in NASPA New Otani. There will also be a morning and evening shuttle bus from the hotel to the ski area and back.

For early birds who decide before Aug. 28th, ABC can reserve rooms for JPY 25,000 per night incl. breakfast. Write ABC an email if you have decided to participate already. From Sept. 1st, the rooms at NASPA are open for anyone to book and weekends usually sell out quickly.


For any question, please don’t hesitate to contact Arnold Ackerer at the Austrian Business Council (ABC):


5th Inter-Chamber Ski Race – Save the date!

Ishiuchi-Maruyama, Niigata
Admission:   JPY 2,500 race / JPY 5,500 award ceremony
Open to:    Everyone
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