Rising Sun Cat Skiing - New for 2016-17
Niseko cat skiing is a purr…fect way to score line after line of phenomenal powder.
The land of the rising sun is renowned for its amazing powder skiing and snowboarding. Niseko in particular is world famous for the huge amounts of superb quality snow that it receives, however the Niseko ski resort is very popular and it tracks out reasonably quickly. Those craving bottomless untracked powder runs have to venture further afield into the backcountry.
You can undertake backcountry trips with Rising Sun Guides
and earn your turns, or the much less taxing way to score freshies is to head out cat skiing with Rising Sun Guides. With a snowcat, you have access to great ski terrain, deep powder, and you only have to share it with a handful of others.
Unlike Weiss cat skiing
(another Niseko cat skiing operation) that has mellow terrain and is ideal for strong intermediate riders, the Rising Sun Cat Skiing has terrain for experienced powder hounds who like their runs steeper.
Where is Rising Sun Cat Skiing Located?
The Rising Sun cat skiing operates from a piece of powder paradise in the Shiribeshi mountains of Hokkaido Japan. The snowcat staging area is located about 30 minutes drive from Niseko Japan
, and transport between your Niseko accommodation and the staging area is included in the package.
On those rare fine days (because bountiful powder doesn’t fall from blue skies!), the terrain affords panoramic views around the surrounding mountains including Mt Shiribetsu, Mt Yotei and Mt Annupuri.
Niseko Cat Skiing Package
Cat skiing is available as either a group tour where you join others and pay per person (minimum 4 people to operate, maximum 10), or a chartered tour where you organise your own group.
The full day (8am to 4-5pm) includes cat skiing, guiding with qualified and experienced English speaking guides, door-to-door transport, and use of an avalanche safety kit. Lunch is provided but the real feast you’ll want is all those abundant mouthfuls of powder!
Rising Sun Guides has two snowcats that hold 5 guests each, and you’ll have a tail guide who also doubles as a photographer so that those face shots can be digitally captured.
A day of cat skiing needs to be pre-booked. You can make a booking enquiry here for Rising Sun Cat Skiing
Snowcat Skiing Terrain
Most Japan cat skiing
outfits operate on abandoned ski resorts that have small and low-angle terrain - it doesn’t feel like “real” cat skiing. Rising Sun Cat Skiing is different. The terrain isn’t an old ski resort – it’s in the true pristine backcountry without a defunct chair lift in sight.
The cat skiing terrain is below the treeline and has a range of lines including gentle north facing slopes with smatterings of trees, and steep south aspect slopes with tighter trees. The terrain also has pillows, mushrooms and other jumps. Run lengths are about 200 metres of vertical powder.
A typical day consists of about 8 runs, or more can be achieved with a strong group.
Rising Sun Cat Skiing is ideal for advanced skiers and boarders and above.
The minimum age is 13 years.
Why Go Niseko Cat Skiing with Rising Sun Guides?
The combination of being able to go cat skiing in Niseko is ideal. Firstly powder resets in the Niseko region are frequent and often big. You can enjoy all the positives of Niseko (nightlife, restaurants, the resort) but also get away from the crowds and enjoy the serenity and the steep and deep of the backcountry.
Rising Sun Guides
are very competent and organised operators. The owner established a highly respected Japan backcountry tour operation in 2005, and has now branched off to form a new company. Both he and his guides have a wealth of experience in the backcountry.