Overall Rating

Mikuni Cat Skiing

Mikuni Cat Skiing4/51
Mikuni Cat Skiing4 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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Mikuni Cat Skiing - Reviews

Mikuni Cat Skiing - Reviews

Ideal For First Time Cat Skiers

POWDERHOUNDS.COM19/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month:
    January

Ideal For First Time Cat Skiers

POWDERHOUNDS.COM19/01/2018
Your chariot to powder Nice open run Plenty of room to manouvre Ideal for strong intermediate and advanced riders Mikuni Cat Skiing
Mikuni is ideal for first time cat skiers or boarders, but cat skiing is pretty addictive so be careful!

Pros
- The proximity to Naeba (and other Yuzawa ski resorts) is a huge advantage so that you can combine your cat skiing experience with resort skiing.
- The travel time to Naeba from Tokyo is rather speedy.
- The terrain is ideally pitched at strong intermediate riders, and as it tends to attract those mastering powder, there is not the pressure to keep up with fast riders. It’s a nicely relaxed pace and environment.
- Avalanche risk is relatively low compared to other cat skiing outfits around the world, and the guides further reduce the risks via standard backcountry mitigation strategies.
Cons
- Like some other Japan cat skiing, the terrain size is rather small with only about 6 piste and some tree skiing between these, so frequent resets are required to ensure fresh tracks. The Naeba area receives a respectable amount of snow, but it’s not up there as one of Japan’s or even the region’s snowiest resorts.
- The slopes have a very sunny aspect and the terrain isn’t particularly high, so the snow can go a little sour if the sun comes out and the temps rise a bit.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
- A day of cat skiing probably won’t include a lot of vertical so expert riders may not get their fill of powder, but the amount of skiing & snowboarding is probably more than enough to satisfy (and exhaust) an intermediate rider.
- There is nothing fancy about the snowcat and they don’t include any unnecessary trimmings, but it’s a well priced Japan cat skiing operation.