Meet Our Team

Miha Grilj, Snowsports Manager, Ski Coach and Ski Guide Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Miha Grilj

Co-Founder and CEO | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Languages: English & Slovenian

Miha has long been involved in snowsports with 20 years experience in the industry. Skiing since the age of 4, his remarkable talent in alpine and telemark skiing saw him rise to the position of Head Coach of the Slovenia Telemark Demo team. He has held this position for the past 5 years. He has skied across Europe and Japan, where he has also served in numerous snowsports management roles. Miha is both a professional ski and telemark instructor, and ISIA certified telemark trainer. He teaches all levels as well as guides tours into the backcountry. When he is not skiing, Miha is engaged in business mentoring, enjoying other sports including mountain biking, golf and sailing, and indulging in his weakness for Japanese whiskies and cuisines.

Anthea Hung, Hokkaido Ski Club Director, Niseko, Japan

Anthea Hung

Co-Founder and COO | Melbourne, Australia

Languages: English & Cantonese

Anthea has extensive experience in management, teaching and training, her career spanning over 15 years in snowsports, government, and music industries. Combining her commercial business background together with her passion for snowsports, she has travelled to and worked at ski resorts around the world, including Australia, Canada, France and Japan. Anthea is an accomplished and qualified ski and snowboard instructor. She specialises in teaching children, adolescents and beginner adults, bringing them life and love for the sport. Anthea is also a classically trained violin and piano teacher, a lover of travelling, and delighting in fine international cuisines.

Atsushi Masuhara, Japanese English bilingual ski instructor and backcountry guide, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Atsushi Masuhara

Ski Instructor/ Freeride & Backcountry Guide, Japanese Relations Manager | Niseko, Japan

Languages: English & Japanese

Atsushi is a Niseko local with a highly impressive history that few can share. Born in Niseko town, his professional ski career extends over 40 years. He is a former ski racer as well as winner of the Niseko technical ski championships on several occasions. Having grown up locally and now with his own family in Niseko, Atsushi offers a local perspective of the Niseko ski culture and history. He has seen the area undergo rapid change and development over the decades, and can recount stories that are unknown to most. For a truly authentic Niseko experience, there is no better person to ask for than Atsushi.

Uros Grilj, Ski and Telemark Ski Instructor, Ski Guide and Mountain Guide, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Uroš Grilj

Ski & Telemark Skiing Instructor/ Freeride & Backcountry Guide, Marketing Officer | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Languages: English, French & Slovenian

With over 10 years of guiding and mountaineering experience in the European Alps and Japanese mountains, Uroš possesses alpine knowledge and experiences that are shared by few. Skiing since the age of 3 before adding telemark skiing and mountain climbing to his bag of skills, he has combined his passion for the environment and outdoors into his year-round job as a professional mountain guide. Uros first visited Niseko back in 2015 and regularly tours, hikes and guides in the region including summiting Mount Yotei. Bringing a smile to all is his mantra, whether his students are beginners making first turns on a baby run or advanced skiers shredding powder between the trees. He is an avid rock climber and also currently part of the prestigious IFMGA mountain guide program.

Adir Sharon, Ski and Snowboard Instructor, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Adir Sharon

Ski & Snowboard Instructor/ Freestyle & Freeride Coach/ Backcountry Guide | Colorado, USA

Languages: English & Hebrew

Adir is a dual Israeli/American citizen but considers himself a citizen of Earth. Skateboarding from the age of 4 and then picking up snowboarding at 25, Adir's dedication to snowsports has led him to an impressive number of certifications including full cert AASI snowboard instructor and IFSA freeride coach. His unique unorthodox coaching philosophy has earned his athletes national titles, media exposure, and sponsorships, particularly during his tenure as team head coach and program director of a competitive freestyle/freeride team in Colorado. His former students include current professional riders on the international snowboard circuit. Adir has been teaching, training, and guiding in Japan since 2017. During the rest of the year, Adir travels the world chasing adventures and cultural experiences off the beaten paths on motorcycles, camper vans, bikes, or on foot. He does not expect to stop anytime soon.

Adis Gobeljic, Ski Instructor and Alpine Race Coach, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Adis Gobeljic

Ski Instructor and Alpine Race Coach | Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Languages: English & Bosnian

Growing up in the Olympic mountains of his hometown Sarajevo, Adis is a devoted instructor and race coach of alpine skiing. His professional career extends over 15 years, with much of his experience specialised in competition training and coaching for children, including at FIS level. Adis holds a degree in sports science and loves extremes sports, though skiing remains his ultimate passion. Once the winter season is over, Adis enjoys motor sports and works as an adventure guide doing kayaking, mountain biking, and jetski diving on the coast of the adriatic sea in Croatia.

Aleksandr, Ski and Snowboard Instructor, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Hokkaido

Aleksandr Ponomarenko

Ski & Snowboard Instructor/ Moguls Ski Coach | Ukraine

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Extreme sports and living an active lifestyle are Aleksandr’s passions. Born and raised in Ukraine, he dedicated his earlier years to swimming, taekwondo and skiing. However, it was skiing that always remained Aleks’s number one interest and after completing an Engineering degree in rocket engine construction, he chose to pursue a life career in skiing. Since then, he has taken his skiing globally including Ukraine, Russia, Finland and Japan. As a qualified ski and snowboard instructor, Aleks loves to explore the technical concepts of both disciplines with his guests, and no matter their age and ability, bringing out their best self on the snow. When he is off the snow, Aleks can be found enjoying his love for cars, design, and teaching English in China.

Boris Duzic, Ski and Snowboard Instructor, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Boris Duzic

Ski & Snowboard Instructor | Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Languages: English and Italian

Boris has spent over 30 years of his life in the mountains. With both the Slovenian and Italian alps right on his doorstep, he was skiing and snowboarding as soon as he could walk. Boris holds an indisputable passion for the snowsports and has made it his mission to share his passion with others. A dedicated ski and snowboard instructor to people of all ages and abilities, from young children to the elderly, Boris’s extensive experience has been drawn from teaching winter seasons in Slovenia, Italy and Japan. Bringing out the best in his guests, both in skills and smiles, is his mantra. When Boris is not sharing his experiences with his students on a mountain, he is sharing them on a dance floor and in the vineyards as both a breakdance instructor and sommelier.

Cveto Ski & Backcountry skiing instructor Japan

Cveto Podlogar

Freeride, Backcountry & Mountain Guide-in-Residence | Saitama, Japan

Languages: English, Japanese & Slovenian

Cveto brings to Hokkaido Ski Club qualifications and experience that are extremely rare to find. He has worked as a professional mountain guide since 1999 and is accredited by both UIAGM International Federation of Mountain Guides and JFMGA – the Japanese Mountain Guide Association, which he is the first non-Japanese national to have been accredited. Cveto has now lived in Japan for 26 years, arriving after travelling by bicycle across China and Tibet. Originally from Bled, Slovenia, he was a member of the Slovenian national cross country for 9 years and seven-time winner of the national cross-country competition. If you want to find Cveto, then look outdoors somewhere on a mountaintop.

Slaven Badura, Ski instructor and Alpine Race Coach, Niseko Hokkaido

Slaven Badura

Ski Instructor & Alpine Race Roach | Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Languages: English & Russian

Slaven is a highly-skilled instructor with credentials that include former FIS World Cup alpine racer. He has skied professionally for over 20 years, of which 10 years were spent in competitive racing. Slaven has raced in two world championship events and has been named Bosnian national champion on 13 occasions in various disciplines. His knowledge and love for the snow have also extended into his work. He is involved in ski resort planning and development, business operations of ski lifts, and designed snowmaking systems. In his spare time, Slaven is the chief mechanic of Mad Pad Drift team in Kazakhstan and loves car racing.

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