Chisenupuri Snowcats

Overall Rating

Chisenupuri Snowcats

Chisenupuri Snowcats4.4/58
Chisenupuri Snowcats4.4 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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The onsen run at Chisenupuri Snowcats
The onsen run at Chisenupuri Snowcats
Chisenupuri Snowcats
Chisenupuri Snowcats
Magic carpet powder at Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
Magic carpet powder at Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
Gorgeous powder: Chisenupuri Snowcats
Gorgeous powder: Chisenupuri Snowcats
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
Gorgeous Hokkaido powder
Gorgeous Hokkaido powder
Snowcats have all forward facing seats
Snowcats have all forward facing seats
The warming hut is a bonus
The warming hut is a bonus
Short moderately pitched runs
Short moderately pitched runs
One side of the ski area terminates at the onsen
One side of the ski area terminates at the onsen
Chisenupuri terrain
Chisenupuri terrain
Classic Niseko powder
Classic Niseko powder
Impressive snow walls on the way to the warming hut
Impressive snow walls on the way to the warming hut
The warming hut is a bonus for the cat skiing outfit
The warming hut is a bonus for the cat skiing outfit
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Hokkaido Japan
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Hokkaido Japan
Chisenupuri Snowcats
Chisenupuri Snowcats
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Japan
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Japan
Chisenupuri Snowcat
Chisenupuri Snowcat
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
Chisenupuri Powder Cat Skiing
Chisenupuri Powder Cat Skiing

Chisenupuri Snowcats

Overall Rating

Chisenupuri Snowcats4.4/58
Chisenupuri Snowcats4.4 out of 5 based on 8 reviews

Chisenupuri Snowcats

Chisenupuri Snowcats operates at an abandoned ski resort not far from Niseko. Think of Chisenupuri Cat Skiing as going skiing or snowboarding at your own private ski resort. Unlike at nearby Niseko Ski Resort, freshies last much longer, and you won’t have the pressure of knowing that there are hundreds of other riders behind you charging down the hill to beat you to the fresh powder. Chisenupuri cat skiing makes a great adjunct to a Niseko ski holiday!

Where is Chisenupuri?

Nupuri in the Ainu language means “mountain” and the former ski resort sits on Mount Chise which is adjacent to Nitonupuri.

Chisenupuri (sometimes written as "Chisenupurri") is close to the town of Rankoshi, and is the next ski area over from Moiwa which is next door to Annupuri Niseko. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Hirafu (the main hub of Niseko) to Chisenupuri. Transport from your Niseko accommodation to Chisenupuri is included as part of the cat skiing package (NB the onsen is closed on Tuesdays).

Snowcat Skiing Terrain

The Chisenupuri snowcat skiing and snowboard terrain is on the former piste and off-piste of the former ski resort. The ski resort is below the treeline and has 281 metres of vertical drop. The 4 piste slopes are mostly low angle and the runs could be categorised as dark green to dark blue (with a maximum gradient of 30 degrees); perfect for powder hounds on their “Learner” plates. There are also plenty of trees of varying spaces for some tree skiing fun; ideal for advanced riders.

Depending on your ability level and speed and how much you want to explore, you can expect to score 7 to 15 runs during the day. It's really up to you how much you want to ski or ride.

Unlike typical cat skiing (such as Canada cat skiing) that’s conducted in the backcountry where there is significant avalanche risk, Chisenupuri is mellow and controlled enough such that you won’t need to stress about avalanches.

In the future, there is the potential for the snowcat terrain to expand to include the highly coveted alpine terrain above the ski resort.

Ability

The snowcat skiing is ideally suited to strong intermediate skiers and snowboarders, and those new to riding powder. As a minimum, you should be able to easily link turns on a steep intermediate run and have some experience in amongst the trees.

Riders should be reasonably fit because if you fall over in powder it can take a fair bit of energy to get back up. Upper advanced and expert riders may want to check out the Shimamaki Snowcat Skiing outfit.

Chisenupurri Snow

The snow quality can vary from pretty good to sublime, and whilst no one has bothered to measure the amount of snow fall per season, it’s likely to be in the vicinity of that of Niseko United (16-18 metres). In other words Chisenupuri is one of the snowiest resorts in the world and frequently gets big dumps. The snow is sometimes so deep that you’ll eat a bowl of powder for breakfast.

The top elevation of Chisenupuri ski resort at 831 metres is a little higher than Moiwa. The top elevation is significantly lower than Niseko (at 1,200 metres), but considering Niseko has a vertical drop of one thousand metres, all of Chisenupuri is higher than the lower parts of Niseko United. Using this logic you could probably make reasonable assumptions about the typical snow quality at Chisenupuri – awesome!

Chisenupuri Snowcats Terms & Conditions

Bookings

  • Chisenupuri Snowcats requires all fees at the time of booking for all trips
  • Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before the trip will result in a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation within 30 days of the trip for any reason, including injury, will result in a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Included in all ski packages is lunch.
  • A set menu lunch is included in the Chisenupuri programs.
  • We recommend you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance in case you need to cancel for injury or any other unforseen circumstances.

Payments

  • You will receive an invoice email with payment instructions via international bank transfer or PayPal credit card. You do not need a PayPal membership to use this credit card service.
  • Due to service fees, our preferred method for larger transactions is international bank transfer. All bank transfer details are available on your electronic invoice.
  • If you choose to complete a bank transfer, please ignore any service charge listed on your invoice and only transfer the amount owing on the balance line of your invoice.
  • All customers are required to read and sign a release of liability waiver and medicial information form before departing. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the tour without refund.
  • All participants under the age of 19 must also have a parent or legal guardian sign their release of liability. All minors must be at least 13 years of age and accompanied by a guardian or parent while on the tour.
  • HBC reserves the right to cancel any tour at any time, typically due to inclement weather or unsafe backcountry travel conditions.
  • We ask members to be honest about their skill levels. If you have booked and paid for a trip with HBC, but your skills are insufficient for the trip you have booked, we will try to accommodate you with another program if possible but we will not issue refunds.

Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Review 2018

The snow that we scored at Chisenpuri was potentially the best combination of quality and quantity for our whole 9 week ski trip in Japan. The powder was phenomenal, it was a magic carpet in places, and we had an absolute blast with Chisenupuri Snowcats. The sun came out a couple of times during the day, but in classic Niseko style the sunshine didn’t last long, and it was interspersed with some intense snow showers.

Think of Chisenupuri as snowcat accessed skiing and snowboarding at a small private ski resort, where there’s only a maximum of 24 guests per day. There are staff there to give you support if you need it and to watch your back, but otherwise you can do what you like at your private ski resort.

Our review covers different aspects of the cat skiing so you can decide if Chisenupuri Cat Skiing is likely to suit your needs. As a guide to the ratings, a 5/5 equates to absolutely phenomenal, 4/5 is excellent, whilst 3/5 is still a very good score. Don’t be discouraged by the ratings below. We’ve rated Chisenupuri Snowcats against our standard cat skiing criteria (which scores against the highly renowned Canada cat ski operations that have strict safety guidelines, big terrain, long runs, and plenty of expert terrain), and Chisenupuri Cat Skiing is a very unique product. If you go with expectations that it’s nothing like BC cat skiing and even not quite like Shimamaki Cat Skiing, then you’re likely to have a fabulous time.

Pros
  • The Chisenupuri cat skiing is quasi guided so you’ve got the ultimate freedom to explore or shred as much or as fast as you like.
  • One of the great reasons you want to go to cat skiing in Niseko is for the snow quality and quantity.
  • Being based near Niseko is a bonus so that you can do a day or more of Chisenupuri cat skiing, and also enjoy everything else that Niseko has to offer.
  • Chisenupuri Snowcats is ideal for intermediate powder skiers and snowboarders because there are mellow slopes and you have the flexibility to go at your own pace, without the fear of holding up experts.
  • The warming hut at the base is a comfortable and cosy spot to have lunch, or to pop in to warm up or use the bathroom facilities (this may seem like an insignificant advantage, but for some it sure beats using the “powder room”).
  • YukiChichibu Onsen at the base of Chisenupuri is up there as one of the nicest onsens I’ve had in Japan considering the water quality and the gorgeous views of the mountains, although the smell on my skin did take a couple of days to dissipate!
Cons
  • It’s a small ski area so freshies won’t last for days.
  • Many of the lines with decent pitch require a traverse out. Chisenupuri is mostly a very mellow ski area and there are lots of spots where you may find yourself straight lining it when there’s fresh powder (get your boards waxed).
  • And as is common to most Japan cat skiing, there is very little in the way of expert or pro terrain.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • The best side of the terrain requires a 5-10 minute walk back to the snowcat pick-up, so you’ve got to partially earn your turns if want to do laps of the onsen run.
Powder Snow
This is the Niseko region where manna from heaven comes in the form of bountiful Hokkaido snow. Powder resets are frequent and often big, and the snow quality is excellent considering the cold Hokkaido temperatures. In the height of winter, the snow quality is well maintained, but due to a mostly southerly aspect the snow can turn to snot during the fringes of the white season. The elevation of the snowcat accessed terrain just below the treeline is a pro, in that it’s adequately high but not so elevated that the wind can turn the snow into a crusty mess.

Overall Terrain
The snowcat track runs up parallel to the old lift and there is an old piste that runs straight down the fall line. Skiers’ right of this is the in-bounds terrain of the old ski resort which includes 3 mellow piste and gentle tree skiing. Skiers’ left is the old “sidecountry” terrain that’s slightly pitchier and funnels down to the onsen and is subsequently called the “onsen run”. Depending on the fresh snow depth, the walk from the onsen back to the snowcat pick-up is 5-10 minutes. A little to the left of the lift line is “nudie run” which is a small no go zone, possibly because it has a few fumaroles, but more likely because it overlooks the ladies outdoor onsen baths!

At Chisenupuri Snowcats you can ride fall-line, but the more freshies you want, the bigger the traverse you’ll need to do so skiers may enjoy the terrain more than snowboarders, especially if the powder is deep.

Essentially the terrain doesn’t score high marks because of its size and the lack of variety with respect to pitch because it’s mostly very low angle terrain with the occasional short moderate pitch. The Chisenupuri ski area is pretty tiny and fresh tracks in the low hanging fruit zones only last half a day. Luckily powder resets are frequent, they don’t operate every day of the week, and occasionally they’ll cancel the day if there hasn’t been fresh snow.

The runs are pretty short, with a range of 275 to 290 vertical metres per run. Regarding a daily tally, it’s up to you regarding how much skiing or snowboarding you want, but if you didn’t muck about much, you could easily get in 3,360m vertical metres (11,000ft, 12 runs) and as much as 4,200m (approx. 14,000 ft, 15 runs).

Alpine Terrain
We’ve classified the old piste trails as “alpine” due to their openness. These are very mellow and ideal for intermediates who need plenty of space to practise powder turns. There are also various small open faces on the far left side that are plenty of fun for advanced riders.

Of course you’ve also got the liberty to spend part of your day skinning up into the alpine of Mt Chise (it takes about 70 minutes to skin to the summit) which has more pitch and is a popular Niseko backcountry route.

Tree Skiing
The tree skiing is fun and the tree spacing varies from mildly tight to loose as a goose. If there were steep trees, and much bigger terrain, Chisenupuri cat skiing would score more points here.


Strong Intermediate Terrain


The Chisenupuri cat skiing is very well suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders that are still getting acquainted with powder, and the small terrain size is unlikely to bother intermediates. The open piste as well as some of the mellow trees on the right side are ideal for those on “learner plates”.

And you won’t hold up the whole group up if you fall over and take a while to get back up, or you just want to take it slowly. If an intermediate felt a little tentative on the first run or two, they could seek the support of the staff.

Advanced Terrain
Most of the terrain is well suited to low to mid level advanced riders. If your route finding isn’t well developed, you can’t go too wrong if you stay within the boundaries of the traverse tracks set by the staff. The main lines track out pretty quickly but if you’re a skier (or got poles and with a skier) you can push out laterally and traverse lower and get ongoing freshies.

Expert & Extreme Terrain
There isn’t much in the way of steep or challenging terrain, which is typical of most Japan cat ski outfits. With a 5-10 hike, you can access a little ridge cornice and cliff-ette on the right side, which would provide some hucking fun.

Guiding not rated
Due to the relative safety of the terrain, the cat skiing experience is only semi guided, which gives you the complete freedom to go as fast or slow as you like, or to explore a bit. The staff are sort of like ski patrol (but not the unpleasant type that blow their whistle and chase you if you’ve been naughty!) whereby they look after safety, keep an eye on you, and can give you tips on where to go.

The staff were incredibly enthusiastic and very affable, and helped to ensure everyone had an amazing day.

Cat
There were two snowcats, so any waiting time for a lift to the top was very minimal. The snowcats themselves were very good whilst the cabins on the back were functional without being OTT spiffy. It was easy to get into the snowcats because they built a platform and little bridge, and the black cat had two doors which was good for fast loading and unloading. Getting out was a little more difficult for those of us not super nimble (and with short legs), particularly the red cat which had no handles.

The snowcats had simple wooden bench seats (all facing forwards thankfully), Perspex windows (none that opened), nowhere for storage of items, and no heating.

Avalanche Mitigation Strategies
Information about management of avalanche safety such as forecasting or slope testing wasn’t conveyed to the guests, but this isn’t to say that the staff weren’t managing the safety aspects. This is probably largely due to the very low avalanche risk in the main zones due to the combination of low angle terrain and high levels of skier compaction.

A little surprisingly, there were a couple of fumaroles on the slope above the onsen that the staff didn’t seem to know about or weren’t too worried about.

Safety Briefing
A short briefing was provided which was somewhat similar to most other Japan cat skiing outfits. The staff provided an overview of beacon use to those without their own gear, but otherwise didn’t cover too much about avalanche risk, possibly due to the perceived low risk. They didn’t stress about the need to look out for each other considering the cat skiing was unguided, or cover risks about the geothermal activity, but they did outline the snowcat as a major hazard.

Frills
The warming hut at the base was a comfortable spot for the morning briefing and for lunch, and it was a bonus if you wanted to pop inside to warm up, grab a drink or snack, or use the bathroom facilities. Fare for pre cat skiing included very basic tea and coffee and biscuits. Lunch was also not a grand affair but at least it was a hot lunch which was nice on a cold day. For an après ski beer, you had to wander down to the onsen to use the vending machine.

Accommodation pick-up was another accompaniment, but the highlight of the frills was a soak in the onsen if you were willing to forego a little skiing at the end of the day (a small The House of Powder onsen towel was provided). In addition to the indoor baths, the gents had a couple of outdoor pools, and the ladies onsen had half a dozen gorgeous pools that looked up to the slopes and Mt Nito. The water quality was very high (supposedly it makes you gorgeous or something!) but the sulphur smell was very overpowering and despite 3 showers and a good scrub, it was hard to get the stench off. Nevertheless the smell was worth it, because the soak in the onsen was sensational.

Value for Money
It’s difficult to compare value for Chisenupuri Snowcats, because it’s a very unique product. Of the Niseko cat skiing operators, it costs the least but the terrain size is also the smallest.


Notes Regarding Review

The review is largely based on our experience, but also on discussions with staff, former guests, and information available on their website. Our review has some limitations as it’s not possible to ski every run and in all possible snow and weather conditions. Every guide is not the same and we acknowledge that everyone’s experience will be slightly different. The ratings are from our perspective only. The photos and video footage were not taken using professional riders, but rather aim to show an example of an “every day” experience.

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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing

25/01/2020

Brandon

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  • Rider Level
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  • Rider Age
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    January
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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing

25/01/2020
Worst Snowfall year in decades for japan so we didn’t have any fresh overnight but the snow we did have wasn’t trekked out at all. First tracks through most of it. Just a couple days old so it wasn’t the light fluffy stuff they’re famous for. Reminded me a bit of the heavy wet snow typical of Whistler. Snowcats were fast, spacious and reliable. Our guides English was pretty poor but once they showed you the left and right boundary you didn’t really need to know what he was saying. Terrain was not steep at all but had a plethora of pillows in powder fields, some awesome tree sections and overall very fun, long, lines. We did the true backcountry cat skiing with Rising Sun 2 days later in 18+ inches of fresh snow and to be honest we had more fun on the pillows and longer runs here at Chisenupuri. Logged 11,600 vertical feet on 11 runs here, compared to 5,600 feet on 9 runs on the Rising Sun day. Food was better here too, hot beef or pork on rice with soup and beer. On our way to lunch he took us down a different face that had deeeeep, light, fluffy JaPOW which was amazing. But we only rode it that one time.

Great Times

Jordan Gruskay
06/01/2020
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    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
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    United States
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Great Times

Jordan Gruskay
06/01/2020
Despite early season (still lots of bamboo) had a great time.
Brought a friend who was getting accustomed to powder skiing- perfect for him - not too steep.
Amazing pillows/features to launch off. Best lines seems to be to skiers left (open trees, fun kickers).
Nice CAT.
Amazing staff.
Delicious lunch.
Guides are great-there to facilitate but not get in your way.
Price increased from 2019 to 2020 season so value not as good as previous.

Amazing company

Korrie Armstrong
17/02/2019
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    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    United States
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Amazing company

Korrie Armstrong
17/02/2019
Kyle, Chase, Hiro and the rest of the crew are amazing! These guys will make sure you have an amazing day of skiing starting by picking you up at your lodge. Make sure you follow your ski patrollers to get the lay of the land. Then have all the fun you can (no shortage of things to huck off of) before skiing to the onsen. This is a great company and I highly suggest booking your trip with them.

Great Powder

Lee
11/02/2019
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  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    USA
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    February
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    2

Great Powder

Lee
11/02/2019
The snow here was incredible. However, we had a really cold day (floating around 0 F) with gale force winds which made the snow difficult to work through. Additionally, the slopes are pretty mild so if you're looking for the steeps, this isn't the place for it. However, good tree skiing lines aplenty.

First powder experience

Jonathan Svahn
26/01/2019
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    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
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    United States
  • Month:
    January
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    1

First powder experience

Jonathan Svahn
26/01/2019
Great snow. Fun for all levels. Good lunch. Not much guidance but they tell you that. Limited terrain but fresh tracks all day long. We did 11 runs.

AMAZING DAY!!!!

Brian
10/01/2019
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    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
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    3

AMAZING DAY!!!!

Brian
10/01/2019
We had an amazing day at Chise! The day began with sun shine and ended with 15cm of snow falling in the afternoon. The operation is solid--you get the entire mountain to youself and a dozen others! It's not steep terrain--low angle love is the way for this cat trip but unless is hasn't snowed in a few days, you're guaranteed freshies all day long. There is a lot of terrain to explore. The hot springs are amazing. The guides are awesome. All in all, super great operation and tons of fun.

Magic Carpet Powder

22/04/2018

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    5

Magic Carpet Powder

22/04/2018
The onsen run
Magic carpet powder
A functional snowcat cabin
Plenty of geothermal activity
The onsen was amazing
The Chisenupuri cat skiing was amazing because relative to resort skiing at Niseko, there was very little competition for the fresh powder. However we couldn’t help but compare the cat skiing experience to several years ago when we skied at Chisenupuri when the chair lift was still operational and there were only 3 of us “fighting” for fresh tracks (instead of 24 with cat skiing). Of course no ski resort can economically survive with just a handful of lift ticket sales (and a decaying lift due to sulphurous emissions), and thankfully it was purchased for a higher calling!

The snow that we scored at Chisenpuri was potentially the best combination of quality and quantity for our whole 9 week ski trip in Japan. The powder was phenomenal. It wasn’t particularly deep yet it was a magic carpet in places! We had an absolute blast with The House of Powder.

Pros
- The Chisenupuri cat skiing is quasi guided so you’ve got the ultimate freedom to explore or shred as much or as fast as you like.
- One of the great reasons you want to go to cat skiing in Niseko is for the snow quality and quantity.
- Being based near Niseko is a bonus so that you can do a day or more of Chisenupuri cat skiing, and also enjoy everything else that Niseko has to offer.
- The House of Powder is ideal for intermediate powder skiers and snowboarders because there are mellow slopes and you have the flexibility to go at your own pace, without the fear of holding up experts.
- The warming hut at the base is a comfortable and cosy spot to have lunch, or to pop in to warm up or use the bathroom facilities (this may seem like an insignificant advantage, but for some it sure beats using the “powder room”).
- YukiChichibu Onsen at the base of Chisenupuri is up there as one of the nicest onsens I’ve had in Japan considering the water quality and the gorgeous views of the mountains, although the smell on my skin did take a couple of days to dissipate!

Cons
- It’s a small ski area so freshies won’t last for days.
- Many of the lines with decent pitch require a traverse out.
- Chisenupuri is mostly a very mellow ski area and there are lots of spots where you may find yourself straight lining it when there’s fresh powder (get your boards waxed).
- And as is common to most Japan cat skiing, there is very little in the way of expert or pro terrain.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
- The best side of the terrain requires a 5-10 minute walk back to the snowcat pick-up, so you’ve got to partially earn your turns if want to do laps of the onsen run.

See our full Chisenupuri Cat Skiing review for more information.

Epic Day at Chis!

Ian Struck
21/01/2017
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  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
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  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Epic Day at Chis!

Ian Struck
21/01/2017
We went to The House Of Powder on the last day of our trip. I was hesitant to go after reading the PH review but I'm so glad we did!

There were 5 of us; 4 snowboarders, all strong intermediate with plenty of days spent off piste and riding powder, and my wife, an intermediate skier, new to off-piste skiing. 20cm of new snow overnight.

Okay, so you're not going to get the massive runs you get heli skiing in New Zealand and anyone who has skied at Chisenupuri when it was a ski resort knows it is not the most challenging terrain, but it is man is it fun!

We spent the first couple of runs riding under the old chair lifts and, once our guides Gavin and Charlie were happy with everyones competence we hit the trees. There were loads of pillows and natural features for us to jump off and we even found an old kicker that was covered in powder and put that to good use too. The trees to skiers right of the main cat track are spaced nicely and the pitch is pretty mellow so it made for some great high speed party runs with the crew. Closer to lunch we moved to the trees on a steeper section above the thermal pools which feed the onsen at the base. This area had more natural features to play with and was a heap off fun. My wife even skied backward off a pillow by accident which was gold! The stoke was high all day.

Later in the afternoon the sun started to warm the snow up so we headed to more densely treed areas. We got good snow all day. I think all up we scored 12 runs which is pretty decent. It's not a huge area they're using but with only 12 people on the mountain each day we were finding fresh lines right up to the end.

A few other points; The cats are almost new and its a comfy ride for 12. It was a fine sunny day when we were there So Clayton fired up a 2nd cat with an open box on the back and we did a few laps back up the hill on that which was sick. The guides were pretty laid back but very safety conscious, I think they nailed the balance perfectly. Lunch at the restaurant at the base was good japanese food.

I'm pretty certain we'll be back!!
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UNGUIDED CAT SKIING NEAR NISEKO
Single Day, Pick Up & Return Niseko

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Semi-Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
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Unguided cat skiing near Niseko is at the former ski resort of Chisenupuri. You have the freedom to explore and it is ideal for apprentice powder hounds or advanced riders heading to Niseko. Chisenupuri cat skiing is a lust-do! Finish the cat ski day with a soak in an amazing onsen. More
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