Meet Our Team

Anthea Hung Hokkaido Ski Club director

Anthea Hung

Director | 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 violinist and pianist, and a lover of travelling and fine Japanese cuisines.

Miha Snowsports Instructor Hokkaido

Miha Grilj

Snowsports Manager | Ljubljana, Slovenia

Languages: English & Slovenian

Miha has long been involved in snowsports with 15 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 finds himself engaged in other sports including mountain biking, golf and sailing, and has a weakness for Japanese whiskies.

Max English Speaking Snowsports Instructor Niseko Hokkaido

Max Giutronich

Ski & Snowboard Instructor/ Freeride & Backcountry Guide | Sydney, Australia

Languages: English & Japanese

Max is an expert snowboarder who knows the Japanese mountains and backcountry like the back of his hand. Snowboarding from age 4 in Thredbo, Australia, Max has added New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden and America to his list. First visiting Japan in 2006, the coming season marks his 9th winter season instructing, and his 6th in Niseko. Max teaches all levels with specialisations in freestyle coaching and backcountry guiding. When Max is not on the mountain he is surfing on a beach or serving works of art as a cocktail artisan.

Uros Ski Instructor Hokkaido

Uroš Grilj

Ski & Telemark Skiing Instructor/ Freeride & Backcountry Guide | Ljubljana, Australia

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.

Atsushi Japanese English bilingual ski and backcountry skiing instructor

Atsushi Masuhara

Ski Instructor/ Freeride & Backcountry Guide | 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 histroy. 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.

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 Snowsports instructor Niseko Hokkaido

Slaven Badura

Ski Instructor & Advanced Coaching Programme | 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.