4 Day Cat Skiing at Shimamaki

4 day 4 night tour - ¥ 275,000 per Person average 2,800 - 5,000 m average 9,000 – 15,000 vertical feet

Experience cat skiing at our Shimamaki location and get ready to ride untouched powder in the Karibayama mountain range!

Our season runs for 10 weeks with a 12 guest max per trip. This exclusive experience means we book up early each season and the snow will be plentiful every run. Our season starts as soon as we hit a 2 meter base at our 650 meter base camp. By mid February, as storms roll in almost daily from the Sea of Japan we are typically skiing on a 5 meter base.

By joining us on a 4 day trip not only are you going to at least double your overall vertical laps but our guides will also be able to cater more towards your specific skiing and snowboarding style. The more days you spend with your guide the more they can understand your ability levels allowing them take you into more challenging terrain as well as giving you more opportunities for bluebird days to ski open alpine terrain.

Terrain

The Shimamaki cat skiing zone reaches up to 1,520 meters  at the top of Mt. Kariba and runs descend an average of 450 vertical meters. The terrain is a mix of open alpine bowls and perfectly spaced trees. Slopes range from 15-35 degrees (a typical resort black run is 32º). On average guests ski and ride 4,000 vertical meters of powdery snow; the max record stands at 13 runs (6,500 meters). As with any cat ski terrain the amount of runs/day depends on weather, avalanche conditions, and the groups ability level.

Lodging

This trip is a unique package, blending deep powder skiing with a rich cultural experience. For 4 nights you will be staying in the sleepy, coastal village of Shimamaki, a two hour drive Southwest of Niseko. The area is famous for big mountains, trophy salmon fishing, and an abundance of seafood. At the end of each day you can relax at your accommodations in the rustic, yet charming Motta Onsen or Chihasegawa Onsen hot spring lodges. At these traditional Japanese lodges guests will have full access to the Onsen pools, indulge in fresh local seafood dishes, and enjoy Japanese beer and sake. Accommodations are based on three guests to one traditional ryokan room, complete with bamboo mats and futon cushions. Private lodging options are available at additional cost.

*Shimamaki is also known for its incredible steelhead salmon fishing during the winter months if you’re interested in an early morning fishing tour, please inquire beforehand.

Sample Itinerary

*Trips depart 13:00: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; January – March

Night 1
13:00 – Pickup from your desired location in Niseko and transport to Shimamaki

18:30 – Dinner and briefing

Day 1 

8:00 – Departure to cat staging area

8:45 – Avalanche Briefing

9:15 – Start shredding (lunch and snacks served on board)

15:30 – Last run

18:30 – Dinner

Day 2 and 3
8:00 – Departure to cat staging area

8:45 – Start shredding (lunch and snacks served on board)

15:30 – Last run

18.30 – Dinner

Day 4
8:00 – Departure to cat staging area

8:45 – Start shredding (lunch and snacks served on board)

15:30 – Last run

17:00 – Snacks and drinks at local restuarant

20:00 – Last drop off at Niseko

Price Includes

  • 4 days guided cat skiing
  • 3 nights lodging accommodations
  • Mandatory avalanche gear
  • Roundtrip van transportation: Niseko to Shimamaki
  • Breakfast, mountain lunches, and Japanese-style dinners served at your accommodation.