Overall Rating

Shizukuishi Cat Skiing

Shizukuishi Cat Skiing3.5/51
Shizukuishi Cat Skiing3.5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
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Shizukuishi Cat Skiing - Reviews

Shizukuishi Cat Skiing - Reviews

It Would Be Fun With Fresh Powder

28/06/2018

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  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month:
    January
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It Would Be Fun With Fresh Powder

28/06/2018
Skiing on the former piste
The Shizukuishi Cat Skiing is inexpensive and worthwhile if there’s fresh snow and you can go on the first tour. With some nice powder, it would be fun to rip down the open slope and score 850 metres of powder pleasure.

You probably wouldn’t go to Shizukuishi specifically for the cat skiing but it makes sense if you’re already at Shizukuishi Resort or nearby Amihari Onsen or Iwate Kogen ski resort.

TERRAIN
The terrain is a bit joke worthy. It consists of one former piste run that branches into 2 small runs near the base. There is a strip of grooming that the snowcat runs up and down on, and it’s not just the usual kitty litter that snowcats leave behind, but a properly groomed trail as though they expect some people may ski on it!

And in typical Prince Resorts style whereby they ban tree skiing at all Prince ski resorts in Japan, you can’t go tree skiing whilst out cat skiing! There are some lovely trees just screaming to be skied, but no, you have to stay on the piste.

Considering the very small size of the terrain, there’s only enough terrain to provide freshies for about a dozen riders.

SNOW
The slope is mostly southeast facing and with such a solar aspect, the snow may go sour if the sun’s been out. This was the case when we visited, and it became apparent that grooming a run wasn’t such a bad idea. Of course, if the snow had been fresh, we would have had a ball.

SNOWCAT
The snowcat was incredibly impressive and very powerful. The snowcat cabin was rather flash, well insulated and nicely set up. They even had a portable step arrangement so that you could easily climb in and out of the snowcat.

GUIDING
Considering it’s pretty obvious where the run goes, guiding isn’t really all that important (except to make sure you’re not naughty and don’t duck off into the trees!). Our guide didn’t speak English (and our Japanese is rather poor) but he was great at gesturing and very friendly. There was no safety briefing or provision of avalanche beacons, but it probably wasn’t required.

See our Japan cat skiing ratings to see how Shizukuishi Cat Skiing compares to other operations.