NAC Cat Skiing
NAC Cat Skiing
NAC Cat Skiing Japan in the Otoe Powder Cat brings together the combination of two key elements for a powder hound: dry central Hokkaido powder and cat skiing. Central Hokkaido is up there as having some of the best, if not THE best powder in the world, whilst snowcat skiing
is one of the finest ways to ride untracked powder.
NAC (Niseko Adventure Centre) used to be based at Niseko Japan
, but now they’ve moved the cat skiing operation to Otoe near Kamui Ski Links
) because they’ve realised that the powder is much better!
If you want to master the technique of riding powder, one of the Hokkaido ski resorts seems like the ideal place to do it because they are snow factories. However learning to ski powder at some of the ski resorts is becoming more challenging because they get tracked out.
Conversely with NAC cat skiing it’s fantastic– lots of fresh lines and no rush to ride it. NAC has a “private cat resort” at Otoe, so you only have to share all that powder with about a dozen people.
Where is NAC Cat Skiing Hokkaido Located?
The cat skiing occurs on Otoeyama (Mt Otoe) with the meeting point at Apple Land "MICHI NO EKI" OTOE. The meeting point is 31km southwest of the city of Asahikawa
, 14km southwest of Kamui Ski Links
, and 62km northwest of Furano
If you don’t have your own wheels to get there and you're staying in Furano
, NAC offer transfers from Furano (included in package).
Cat Skiing Japan Package
The cat tour package includes a full day (8:30am-4pm) of cat skiing, guiding, and use of an avalanche beacon. An amazing lunch is taken in a local restaurant, after which you can go back outside to feast on some more powder.
All the face shots can be captured by the staff who are on hand to take photos and video, but feel free to BYO camera as well. There is no additional charge for this great service.
Cat skiing is available as either a group tour where you join others and pay per person, or a private tour where you pay for the snowcat and have your own group of up to 12 people.
Snowcat Skiing Terrain
The cat skiing terrain consists of long treeless slopes, whilst below the timberline there are some nicely spaced trees, and the odd steep pitch thrown in for good measure.
The NAC cat skiing is well suited to strong and athletic intermediate riders and up. Riders should feel comfortable on any run at one of the Hokkaido ski resorts including trees and gullies. If you want a tip or two regarding how to feel more comfortable in the powder, the guides are fully certified instructors.
A day generally consists of a minimum of 6 runs and about 2,500 metres of vertical, although the vertical tally for the day is dependent on various factors including the weather (which can be rather brutal at times – all that snow doesn’t fall from blue skies!).
There are lots of deep days where you’ll want to have powder skis or a powder snowboard.
More Reasons to Visit the NAC Private Cat Resort
A day or more of NAC cat skiing is the perfect addition to a trip to the Asahikawa or Furano area. If staying in Asahikawa, you can enjoy all that this city has to offer and its energetic vibe and also revel in the deep fresh powder.
NAC Cat Skiing Japan is great for all riders of intermediate ability and up, but it’s particularly well suited to up and coming powder hounds and first time cat skiers, or those looking for a relaxed day of powder skiing.