Hokkaido Cat Ski Tour
6 Nights I 5 Days guiding
January 16, 2020 to January 22, 2020
$3900 Per Person
Hokkaido is synonymous with the best powder on Earth. Throughout winter, fierce Siberian storms push over the Sea of Japan dumping pure white goodness on the coastal resorts. Spend 7 days with us exploring the coastal area. You’ll get to to ride untracked powder at Kiroro plus we charter a cat for a full day cat skiing in the Iwanai backcountry. Iwanai offers perfectly spaced old-growth birch trees, long (600m) vertical bowls, open powder runs and endless backcountry terrain with oceanfront snowscapes.
6 nights & 4 days riding Kiroro
We base this tour at Kiroro. For those unfamiliar with Kiroro, it sits about an hour from Niseko not far from the port city of Otaru on the north island of Hokkaido. Snow here is bountiful, abundant, plentiful, there really aren’t enough words to describe the amount. But trust us. It’s dry, blower smoke that will have you begging for mercy and asking to do it all over again.
Kiroro has the advantage over other resorts as they have designated side country and tree riding areas within the resort boundary that are patrolled, along with a wide open section that is left ungroomed just for you to ride pow. These areas are perfect to get your lift accessed powder fill. Kiroro also has lots of terrain beyond the resort boundary where you can find fresh tracks all day long. The key thing is that you really need to know what you’re doing so our guide is on-hand throughout the week to show you where to find the best lines and then bring you back safely.
A full day Cat Skiing at Iwanai
The highlight of this tour is without a doubt spending an entire day cat skiing, riding untracked powder with oceanfront views. For our cat ski day, we head to Iwanai, which sits on a coastal corner on the Sea of Japan, and rises to 1086m above the bay. Iwanai is the Hidden Hokkaido. You’ll get to ride perfectly spaced old-growth birch trees, long (600m) vertical bowls with fast pitches, open powder runs on retired courses and endless backcountry terrain. Your every turn faces the ocean. This is Hokkaido you’ve been waiting to ride. Each run delivers 450-650m of vertical and you’ll get up to 9 runs for the day in our private cat. Here’s Halldor Helgason, Kevin Backstrom and Tor Lundstrom taking over Mount Iwanai last Winter.
When we are on mountain, we keep our group size to a maximum of 6 people per guide for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder.
Snow & Conditions
Hokkaido scores some of it’s biggest storms during January. What you can expect on this tour is cold temperatures and deep powder. Most days you can expect to ride powder that’s anywhere from boot to waist deep. Even if we don’t get fresh snow overnight, the cold temperatures and our local knowledge will ensure you’ll be able to ride light dry snow days after a storm.
Luxury 5 Star Accommodation
Throughout the tour you’ll stay on-mountain at The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel. This is a 5 star, luxury hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to the region’s best powder. On-site are a hot spring, indoor and outdoor pool, fitness centre and shops. Dining options include a formal sushi restaurant, authentic steak house, elegant Italian restaurant and European brasserie, using the freshest locally sourced ingredients. You’ll stay in a Superior twin share room that is equipped with 2 single beds that will have you feeling zen in no time. Each room has a great heating, private ensuite bathroom, TV, and free WiFi. Every morning you’ve got a hot buffet breakfast to enjoy in the restaurant.
Demo Powder Boards
Throughout the tour you’ve got unlimited access to our fleet of powder boards from Nitro Snowboards. You’ll get to ride the latest powder shapes from the Nitro Snowboards range.
- 6 nights twin share accommodation with ensuite, The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Return airport transfers, New Chitose Airport to Kiroro accommodation
- A cat ski day at Iwanai, includes professional guiding services, avalanche safety equipment, snacks & lunch
- Private transfers to / from Iwanai for cat ski day
- 4 days of professional guiding at Kiroro
- 4 day lift ticket for Kiroro
- Access to our fleet of powder boards from Nitro Snowboards
- Mint Tours guides on hand throughout the tour
- Safety briefings
Enquiries, More Information & Bookings
Contact us for a full itinerary and tour options.
We have limited spots available for this tour.