Meet Our Team

Anthea Hung, Hokkaido Ski Club Director, Niseko, Japan

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 Grilj, Snowsports Manager, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Miha Grilj

Snowsports Manager | 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 finds himself engaged in other sports including mountain biking, golf and sailing, and has a weakness for Japanese whiskies.

Max Giutronich, English Speaking Snowsports Instructor, Niseko, Hokkaido Ski Club, Japan

Max Giutronich

Ski & Snowboard Instructor/ Freestyle Coach/ 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 12th winter season instructing, and his 8th in Niseko. Max teaches all levels with specialisations in freestyle coaching and backcountry guiding. His former students include current professional riders on the international snowboard circuit. When Max is not on the mountain he is surfing on a beach or serving works of art as a cocktail artisan.

Uros Grilj, Ski Instructor, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Japan

Uroš Grilj

Ski & Telemark Skiing Instructor/ Freeride & Backcountry Guide | 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.

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

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 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.

Adis Gobeljic Ski Instructor, 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 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.

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. 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.

Ethan, Ski Instructor, Hokkaido Ski Club, Niseko, Hokkaido

Ethan Elliot

Ski Instructor | England

Languages: English

With almost a decade's experience as an instructor for various outdoor sports, Ethan's passion for education is indisputable. Starting out as a canoe instructor in Scotland, then also coaching raft building and sailing, he added ski instructing to the skills bag that quickly became a well-established career. Ethan's love for teaching and travelling has taken him to travel and work in Italy, France, Australia and Japan. He returns to Niseko this season for his third winter. Ethan's enjoyment of meeting new people and patient approach to teaching gives guests the chance to explore the sport at their own pace whilst enjoying the local area, scenery and experiences.

Cherish, Ski and Snowboard Instructor, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

Cherish Peters

Ski & Snowboard Instructor | Vancouver, Canada

Languages: English

Winter in the mountains is Cherish's life. Taking up her first ski instructing position at age 15 in Vancouver, Canada, she knew immediately it was the career for her. From that moment, she started following the winter year round, taking her skiing and snowboarding globally to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and now Japan. Cherish brings joy and excitement to everything she does, sharing her passion for the snow and mountains with children, adults and families. When Cherish is not smiling in the snow, you will most likely find her smiling during her travels, while she is camping or trying to surf.

Riley Shephard

Ski Instructor | Michigan, USA

Languages: English

Riley has been skiing for as long as he has been walking. Born into a family of ski instructors, he has built his life and career in the snowsports industry. Riley has been teaching for almost 10 years, sharing his excitement of the mountains in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. With a background in mogul skiing, Riley is especially suited to teaching off-piste, powder, and freeriding. This does not however stop him from showing families around the mountains, a favourite of his. When he is not standing on a pair of skis, Riley spends his time travelling, sailing, or riding his bikes.

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 & 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.