Andy Knights

Andy Knights

Sales Manager / Japan & Switzerland Product Manager

Skier or snowboarder

Like totally snowboarder dude.

Ski/ boarding history

Snowboarding for 19 years. I was an instructor for four years in Canada and New Zealand, which included four seasons in Whistler, one season in Banff and one season in New Zealand.

Favourite Ski Safari

The Ultimate Japan Ski Safari – definitely the greatest offering Ski Safari have ever created. This Ski Safari has it all, blower blizzard powder in Niseko, incredible cuisine at every turn, stunning cultural experiences in Kyoto and Tokyo and bento box lunches enjoyed on blindingly fast bullet trains that get you from city to city.

Best mountain moment

Sitting at the very top is heli-skiing in Alaska, put simply a dream come true. Closely followed by Cat skiing with Big Red Cats, Red Mountain BC, Canada and Weiss Cat Ski in Niseko, Japan which is my banner picture above.

Last resorts visited

Niseko, Annupuri, Nozawa Onsen Ski Holidays, Hakuba, Nagano, and Tokyo twice.

Next trip

Sun Peaks, Whistler & Vancouver in December, Palisades Tahoe & Mammoth in April.

Interesting fact

I once donned a bear suit and cycled around Whistler’s Roundhouse restaurant at night, followed by paddling a canoe the next day on Green Lake, still dressed as the bear, to please a group of scientists who hoped to see a bear during their summer conference. I provided that experience, only with better hugs and high fives.

Top ski trip recommendation

Japan – if you have not yet been what are you waiting for?! If you want almost guaranteed powder, incredible food and culture, the best tree skiing of your entire life where you can ski like a hero on every run then please treat yourself to the ultimate Christmas present and get in touch with me, so that I can make your dreams come true.

Latest posts from Andy Knights

Rich, Andy Hemingway and Andy Evans in Hakuba
28th March 2024
Our goal last winter as ‘the’ Japan experts was to soak up as much of the country's skiing as possible. Following our powder fix in Niseko in December 2022, we headed to Nagano in March to see how the more traditional resorts of Nozawa Onsen and Hakuba compared.
Snowboarder on a Powder Day in Kiroro © Will Wissman
30th November 2023
With 466 resorts spread across 31 prefectures on two islands on the other side of the world, planning a ski trip to the land of the rising sun can be a daunting task. So let the UK's Japan ski specialists help with our guide to the best ski resorts in Japan.