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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing

Chisenupuri Cat Skiing4.5/58
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing4.5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
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USD 501

Single Day, Pick Up & Return Niseko

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Semi-Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p Price is per person per day
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*display price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 501
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.
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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing

Chisenupuri is a former ski resort that had to close down because it sat in the shadow of Niseko, its very high profile neighbour (and the lift needed some major maintenance). Now snowcat skiing at Chisenupuri offers all the amazing powder snow that Niseko is famous for, but minus the big Niseko crowds. You’ll only have to share the powder with a small group of people which equates to more fresh tracks. The lack of hordes plus the reasonably mellow terrain makes Chisenupuri Cat Skiing the perfect place for those just learning to ski or snowboard in powder. And because the cat skiing is semi guided, you can go at your own pace. If you're an advanced rider and want to explore the trees, hit some slightly steeper pitches, build a kicker or whatever, you have the freedom with The House of Powder to pretty much do whatever you like! But if you want the advice of the staff, they're on hand to show you where to go or provide ideas on terrain choice.

Cat Skiing at Chisenupuri really stinks! OK just joking! The skiing or snowboarding is great fun, but the odour from the onsen at the ski area base can be a little hideous at times. Thankfully you won’t notice the sulphur smell after 5 minutes because you’ll be too busy inhaling the powder! And at the end of the day when you get to soak in the YukiChichibu Onsen, you’ll think it’s pretty fabulous!

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.


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!

For detailed information you can check out our Chisenupuri Cat Skiing review

Daily Schedule

Pick up time in Niseko from your accommodation is approximately 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

You will then be driven to Chisenupuri (approx 30 mins drive).

After a short safety briefing in the lodge at Chisenupuri, the snow cat rotates constantly up and down the hill so you can ski as many laps as you can fit in during the day.

There is a lunch break around the middle of the day where you will be treated to a warm lunch in the lodge.

Drop off time back to your accommodation in Niseko is about 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.


You can choose your own lodging in Niseko and search for information, rates and availability on our Niseko accommodation page.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2019/20 Price ¥55,000

  • price is per person (mixed group tours)
  • private trip: ¥715,000 for up to 13 guests
  • base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
  • 1 day of cat skiing (max 13 guests per day)
  • Transport between Niseko & Chisenupuri
  • Lunch, snacks, tea, coffee
  • Use of avalanche beacon, shovel, probe & backpack
  • Onsen ticket
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Chisenupuri Snowcats Terms & Conditions


  • 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.


  • 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.