Cat Skiing at Shimamaki – Private

Rates (2 Day Private Trip): ¥3,125,000 + 10% tax

  • Includes 2 days of private cat skiing, 2 nights of accommodation, avalanche gear, all meals, and transfers from Niseko
  • Guest to guide ratio: max 6:1
  • Up to 12 guests
  • Advanced Skiers and Riders only.
  • Stay at either the Takada Ryokan or Yansa
  • Operated by the Hokkaido Backcountry Club

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

Are you looking for the trip of a lifetime for Private Cat Skiing in Japan? Do you have a group that you hand picked to travel with? Or maybe you do not want to worry about a mixed groups ability levels. Whatever the case we offer all of our cat skiing packages for private groups. The prices below represent our normal private packages but we are also happy to build a custom unique package for you as well. In the past these have included things like 2 days of cat skiing at Shimamaki, 2 days of ski touring in Central Hokkaido, followed by 2 days of Heli Skiing right outside of Niseko.


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.


This trip is a unique package, blending deep powder skiing with a rich cultural experience. For 2 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.

Sample Itinerary

*Trips depart 13:00 from Niseko

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

18:30 – Dinner and briefing at local restaurant

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 at accommodation

Day 2
8:00 – Departure to cat staging area

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

15:30 – Last run

17:00 – Depart to Niseko

20:00 – Last drop off at Niseko