Hachimantai Cat Skiing

Overall Rating

Hachimantai Cat Skiing

Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.7/53
Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Powder Odyssey - chase the powder in Northern Honshu

Hachimantai Cat Skiing

Overall Rating

Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.7/53
Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

Hachimantai Cat Skiing Iwate

The Hachimantai CAT offers an awesome chance to score some of that famous Hachipow. Hachimantai Cat Skiing is ideal for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and riders, with plenty of wide open terrain where you can let the boards rip.

Located in Iwate Prefecture, where the snow is renowned for being abundant and dry, you can combine some snowcat skiing with a soak in a highly renowned Hachimantai onsen (hot spring), local cuisine and plenty of Japanese culture, far away from the hordes hanging out in Nagano and Niigata. Heading to Iwate for Hachimantai cat skiing can be the main event of your Tohoku sojourn, or you can combine it with ski resorts in the area such as Appi Kogen, Hachimantai Shimokura, and Amihari Onsen.

The Hachimantai snowcat has a luxurious cabin with leather seating (all forward facing seats) and nice big windows so you can take in the views, that’s of course if it’s not dumping with snow.

Where is Hachimantai Cat?

The Hachimantai Cat Skiing is located just northwest of the imposing snow magnet of Mt Iwate near the town of Hachimantai and Hachimantai Shimokura Ski Resort in the Iwate Prefecture, close to the border with Akita Prefecture. There are various other Iwate ski resorts nearby such as ShizukuishiAmihari Onsen and Appi Kogen so it’s easy to combine the Hachimantai snowcat skiing with another tour or DIY road trip.

The Iwate Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of Honshu (the main island of Japan).

For the Hachimantai Cat Tour, your guide will pick you up and drop you off at the Morioka train station. This is a shinkansen station (bullet train) and trains from Tokyo to Morioka take just over 2 hours. See Hyperdia for train timetables and fares or you can purchase a JR Rail Pass.

Hachimantai Cat Ski Terrain

The Hachimantai Cat Tour terrain is not particularly large at 962 hectares, and the vertical drop is 479 metres (967-1,446 m), yet it’s plenty of fun and it snows a lot in Tohoku so resets are frequent. Much of the snowcat accessed terrain consists of open bowls, alpine ridges and sub-alpine terrain with very widely spaced trees. And to keep it interesting, there are some playful features such as rollers and gullies.

Depending on the conditions, a 5-20 minute traverse or bootpack (ie hike) may be needed to get the best pow.

Slope angles are mostly 20-25 degrees, with a range from 15-35 degrees, so the Hachimantai cat skiing is ideal for strong intermediate to advanced riders.

Hachimantai cat skiing

21/03/2020

WILL Davies

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

WILL Davies

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Admin Rating
    3

Hachimantai cat skiing

21/03/2020
Stayed at the clubman and had the two days cat and ride tour. Jun is an absolute legend, great skier and excellent guide. Conditions weren't so great everywhere around us but had two epic days with Jun. Found powder on every run. The lodge is amazing. Him his dad run the lodge and prepare all the food. I would definitely go back and do it all again. Loved it🤙

Great experience in spite of challenging weather conditions.

Bill Cutting
29/02/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great experience in spite of challenging weather conditions.

Bill Cutting
29/02/2020
When we arrived in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture in early February, the weather was already starting to show signs of warming up. Our guides from Hachimantai Cat Ski Trips were ready for just about anything, and the first day (pictured) was bluebird, though the previous week's snow was beginning to suffer the signs of a couple of freeze-thaw cycles. Nonethless, our intrepid guides did their best to search for protected lines and keep the music and round-trips in the cat lively and fun. Unfortunately, they were powerless to protect us from the next two days of drizzling rain. So they acted quickly to change the itinerary from skiing to authentic Japanese B excursions including a crafts village, sake brewery, and a sightseeing train excursion along the west coast and the Sea of Japan. Would we have preferred legendary Japanese powder? Of course. Did HCT show us a great time? You betcha! Do we plan to give Japan skiing another change? Yes, but only if we go with the folks at Hachimantai Ski Tours.

Fun, new CAT Operation.

Phill Grech
15/05/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    Australia
  • Admin Rating
    3

Fun, new CAT Operation.

Phill Grech
15/05/2019
Friendly Japanese guys running it, they only spoke very basic English, which is to be expected. We had a guide from Japan Ski Tours who came along to translate everything for us.

Most of the terrain was fairly mellow with a few flat spots which were difficult for snowboarders. Overall it was a good day with 5-20cm of quite heavy windblown snow, the staff found new faces for each run and we never crossed our own tracks.

We got really lucky that we had a nice calm day as the whole region seems to cop a lot of wind/bad weather based on our 8 night stay.

Would probably do it again if we were back in the area.

NB We didn't stay at the lodge so that rating is n/a
Hachimantai Cat Ski Packages/Tours
select
Hachimantai Cat Ski Trips DETAILS
Price p/p Price per person for 2 days cat skiing & 2 nights at Mountain Hotel twin-share accommodation. Base currency in Japanese yen.
USD 1,410

2 DAYS CAT SKIING, 2 NIGHTS LODGING

10% discount on listed prices if you book before Aug 30
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p Price per person for 2 days cat skiing & 2 nights at Mountain Hotel twin-share accommodation. Base currency in Japanese yen.
USD 1,410
Score yourself some Hachipow with 2 days of Hachimantai cat skiing. Share the cat skiing slopes with only 7 others! Add a couple of days of Hachimantai cat skiing to your Iwate itinerary or make it your main reason to head to the region. More
View inclusions & Add-ons
Click here for rates, dates & availability
Fixed Date(s)
Days
Price
Availability
Fixed Date(s): Jan 18 - Jan 20, 2021
Days: 3
Price: USD 1,410
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 27 - Jan 29, 2021
Days: 3
Price: USD 1,410
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Feb 01 - Feb 03, 2021
Days: 3
Price: USD 1,410
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Feb 08 - Feb 10, 2021
Days: 3
Price: USD 1,410
Availability: Available
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
DETAILS
1Total Results: 1Total Pages: 1