Hachimantai Cat Skiing

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Hachimantai Cat Skiing

Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.4/51
Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Powder Odyssey - chase the powder in Northern Honshu

Hachimantai Cat Skiing

Overall Rating

Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.4/51
Hachimantai Cat Skiing4.4 out of 5 based on 1 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.

Fun, new CAT Operation.

Phill Grech15/05/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Strong Intermediate
  • Country
    Australia

Fun, new CAT Operation.

Phill Grech15/05/2019
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
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Price p/p Price per person for 2 days cat skiing & 2 nights at Club Man Lodge twin-share accommodation. Base currency in Japanese yen.
USD 1,196

2 DAYS CAT SKIING, 2 NIGHTS LODGING

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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 Club Man Lodge twin-share accommodation. Base currency in Japanese yen.
USD 1,196
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
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