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Weiss Cat Skiing4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
 
Niseko Weiss Powder Cats
Niseko Weiss Powder Cats
A rare fine day at Niseko Weiss
A rare fine day at Niseko Weiss
A deep day with Weiss Cat Skiing
A deep day with Weiss Cat Skiing
A short pitchy slope
A short pitchy slope
The Powderhounds doing a Weiss cat skiing review
The Powderhounds doing a Weiss cat skiing review
Top Dog in deep at Niseko Weiss
Top Dog in deep at Niseko Weiss
Weiss Cat Skiing Niseko
Weiss Cat Skiing Niseko
Paradise for strong intermediate skiers
Paradise for strong intermediate skiers
Open piste at Niseko Weiss
Open piste at Niseko Weiss
The famous Niseko powder
The famous Niseko powder
Some easy mellow trees
Some easy mellow trees
Niseko Weiss Powder Cats
Niseko Weiss Powder Cats
Cat boarding Niseko
Cat boarding Niseko
Cat Skiing Niseko Weiss
Cat Skiing Niseko Weiss
Powder day with Weiss Cat Skiing
Powder day with Weiss Cat Skiing
Cat boarding Niseko
Cat boarding Niseko
Niseko Cat Skiing Weiss: rather mellow terrain
Niseko Cat Skiing Weiss: rather mellow terrain
It's all about the powder
It's all about the powder
Weiss Snowcat Skiing Niseko
Weiss Snowcat Skiing Niseko
Ideal for those new to powder skiing
Ideal for those new to powder skiing

Niseko Weiss Cat Skiing

Niseko cat skiing with Niseko Weiss Powder Cats is the perfect combination of two key elements for a powder hound – “Niseko” + “cat skiing”. Niseko 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. Weiss Cat Skiing can give you both.

If you want to master the technique of riding powder, Niseko seems like the ideal place to do it because it’s a snow factory with an average of about 16 metres of powder per season. However learning to ski powder at the Niseko ski resort can be somewhat challenging because it gets tracked out quickly and there’s a good chance there’ll be many other greedy powder hounds breathing down your neck to charge at the powder, foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs!

Conversely with Niseko Weiss Powder Cats it’s purrrr…fect – lots of fresh lines and no rush to ride it. Niseko Weiss (owned by Niseko Hanazono Resort) has a dedicated area at the former Weiss ski resort, so you only have to share all that powder with a dozen people.
Weiss Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
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USD 351
Ability: Intermediate to Strong Intermediate
Weiss cat skiing is at the former Weiss ski resort, with terrain that's reasonably mellow. Available as either a group tour where you join others, or a private tour with your own group of up to 12 people. The package includes a day of guided cat skiing, transport, and use of an avalanche beacon. More
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  • Cat skiing (approx 6-7 runs / 2,400 vertical metres)
  • Experienced guiding
  • Lunch at the Weiss hotel
  • Use of avalanche beacon
  • Photo/video service
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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry
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Where is Weiss Cat Skiing Located?

The cat skiing occurs at the former Weisshorn Ski Resort, which is situated next to Hanazono, one of the four ski areas of Niseko.

Weiss Cat Skiing provide transport between your Niseko accommodation and Hanazono for the morning briefing, and then onto the snowcat staging area.

Snowcat Skiing Terrain

The Weiss cat skiing terrain consists of mellow bowls above the tree line, whilst below the timberline there are old “piste” runs that are the equivalent of easy blue runs where you can rip it up, some nicely spaced trees, and the odd steep pitch thrown in for good measure. The average pitch of the runs is about 20 degrees, and the maximum about 30 degrees.

The terrain elevations range from 450 to about 950 metres, although the maximum of vertical covered each run is 450 metres. A day generally consists of an average of 6-7 runs and about 2,500 metres of vertical, although the vertical tally for the day is dependent on the ability of the group and the conditions.

As is somewhat common with Japan cat skiing, the terrain size is rather small relative to other cat skiing operations around the world. That being said, it’s not a problem because snowfalls to reset the freshies are very frequent.

Reviews

Weiss Powder Mania

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
15/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month:
    February
Top Dog in the powder The joys of storm skiing Lots of open terrain A former Weiss piste No shortage of fresh powder!
Where better to go cat skiing than at Niseko where there is some of the best powder in the world?! This was our 2nd time at Weiss, and once again it was absolutely puking with snow!! This was awesome, except that the snow was so deep that at times we were practising our powder 11s.

Pros
• Niseko gets insane amounts of snow that’s of superb quality, and generally it’s not long between snowfalls.
• The cat skiing is the perfect adjunct to a Niseko ski holiday and a chance to get fresh tracks away from the crowds at the resort. Hirafu in particular is a great town that has lots of buzz, great restaurants, an animated nightlife, good shopping, and plenty of activities on offer.
• Weiss Cat Skiing is absolutely perfect for intermediate and low-end advanced riders or those fairly new to the joys of powder. The terrain has lots of wide open runs where you can let it rip!
• There is a high staff to guest ratio, which along with improving safety considerations, could be handy if you think you’ll fall over in the powder.
• If you’re worried that you’ll fall over and look like a goose, don’t worry. It’s a slow enough day that you won’t be holding anyone up.
• It’s reasonably well priced relative to other Niseko cat skiing operations.
• There’s a photographer on hand to capture lots of memories of your awesome day out!

Cons
• As is common with Japan cat skiing, the terrain size is rather small relative to other cat skiing operations. That being said, it’s rarely a problem because snowfalls to reset the freshies are very frequent.
• Also common to Japan, a day of cat skiing doesn’t involve a lot of vertical, especially when compared to BC cat skiing. Whilst experts might be left craving more powder fun, those still learning to ride powder will be more than satiated by the amount of vertical (or more likely exhausted, fatigued, shattered….!).
• Experts will find the terrain rather tame, but they might have fun in the powder anyhow.

See our full Weiss cat skiing review for more information.

Great last day of week based at Niseko

Simon
07/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    January
The Weiss Cat skiing people, pick you up from your accommodation, take you to Hanazono to have the safety briefing etc and then it's a short drive to the Cat skiing area. We had seven runs, which were a mixture of on the old Mt Weiss pistes and through the trees. The guides were courteous, they had plenty of local knowledge and liked starting snowball fights. They catered all all levels and made everyone feel confident about their skiing - even those members of the group who had less deep powder experience. This is a great day trip and I thoroughly recommend it