Niseko Weiss Powder Cats



Weiss Powder Cat Tour Cat Assisted Backcountry Tour & Clinic

Dates of Operation December 20, 2017 – Late March, 2018
Niseko Weiss Cat Skiing

Resort Operated

NISEKO WEISS POWDER CATS is operated by Niseko Hanazono Resort.
Hanazono have all the experience and expertise of the ski resort behind your cat ski tour.

Niseko Weiss Cat Skiing

First Tracks

Mt. Weisshorn, once a ski resort but currently not used by anyone but us. This means the entire mountain is available for private use for parties up to 12 people. That makes it difficult NOT to have first tracks.

Niseko Weiss Cat Skiing


The machine we use has a specially-made cabin that can fit up to 12 guests, keeping them warm during the ride up. We also have snacks and water prepared to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst.

Niseko Weiss Cat Skiing

Book Early

Only one tour a day.
Up to 12 guests maximum per tour. A very limited number of guests can take part in the NISEKO WEISS POWDER CATS.
We strongly recommend guests to secure their seat in advance.




Niseko Weiss Powder Cats Tours

If you are looking for fresh tracks and the mountain just for you and your friends, Niseko Weiss Powder Cats is your answer! It provides cat assisted ski and snowboard adventures on our own private mountain. A maximum of 12 guests per day guarantees line after line of fresh tracks without queueing for lifts or hiking the peak. You can maximize your time on the snow! 

Groups are joined by a guide to give advice on the best spots on the mountain and ensure your safety throughout the day. A trained photographer will also take part in the tour and provide a link to the day's epic photos for you to keep as a memory. 

Weiss Powder Cat Tours
   Pricing Notes
Private Tour 1 Group (1-12 guests) ¥390,000 per group
  • Includes safety equipment, lunch and transport to Weiss from your accommodation in Niseko.
  • Duration: 7 Hours
  • Starting Time: 8:30am
Group Tour

¥39,000 per person          ( 4-12 guests)



The schedule of tour day would be as follows:

7:30am - 8:00am Pick-up at your accommodation in Niseko area
8:30am - 8:45am Arrive at HANAZONO 308
  Safety briefing etc.
8:45am - 9:00am Depart HANAZONO 308 to Weiss CAT Base
9:00am - 12noon AM Session (3-5 runs)
12noon - 1:00pm Lunch at WEISS HOTEL
1:00pm - 3:00pm PM Session (2-3 runs)
3:00pm - 3:15pm Depart Weiss CAT Base to HANAZONO 308
3:30pm- End of Tour, Drop-off at your accommodation in Niseko area


Weiss Cat Assisted Backcountry Tour & Clinic

A group of up to 4 guests will head to the top of the ski resort by Cat, before ascending the actual peak on foot. From here you will drop into more advanced terrain before skinning back to the top and doing it all again. In addition, this tour can be booked as a Backcountry Clinic for those looking to learn the basics of the backcountry in a safe environment with qualified guides. These tours use different terrains to the Weiss Powder Cat Tours. 

   Pricing Notes
Private Tour
  • ¥60,000 per group
  • Max. 4 guests per group
  • Duration:        6 hours
  • Guides will pick up the guests at their accommodation in Niseko area
  • Guests must organize following items.

    • Touring ski and skin or split board, skin and folding pole
    • Snacks and water (500ml)
    • Spare goggles or sunglasses 
    • Backpack, probe, shovel and beacon provide free of charge


Group Tour
  • ¥26,000 per person
  • Max. 4 guests per group
  • Min. 2 guests to operate the tour



7:30 am Briefing start at 308
8:00am  Arrive Weiss CAT Base
8:20am  Arrive Weiss top. Tour begins!
1:30pm Finish the tour at Weiss, back to 308

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I bring with me?

We recommend you bring the following items;

  • Facemask & neck warmer - We recommend that you wear or carry a facemask and neck warmer
  • Gloves - Please choose warm and well fitting gloves
  • Ski poles - Poles with powder baskets are recommended
  • Skiwear -  We recommend guests bring an extra pair of inner-layers as the temperature may change suddenly
  • Helmet - Helmets save lives. Helmets prevent injury when falling or crashing, and even protect from wayward tree branches. We strongly recommend all guests wear helmets.
  • Goggles & sunglasses - There will be no hike-up on our CAT tour so a pair of sunglasses is not necessary. It's recommended you bring along a spare set of goggles.
  • Sports Camera - You are more than welcome to bring these along with you. Share your powder day with friends and family!

All safety equipment is provided. Bags and/or backpacks with snacks, drinks, cameras etc can be kept in the snow CAT during the tour.


Are powder skis or snowboards a must?

NISEKO WEISS POWDER CATS is a tour that rides Niseko’s world famous powder all day long. We strongly recommend the usage of powder skis/snowboards.

Talk to our friendly staff at Niseko Sports Equipment Hire at Hanazono 308, Hirafu or The Vale Snowsports for advice and more information on powder skis/snowboards.


How are the runs like?

You would be able to run an average of 6-7 runs in one tour. The steepest run would be 30 degrees and an average would be 20 degrees. The maximum vertical decent would be 450 meters.

Though the amount and quality of snow here is magnificent, the altitude is not high so there are no worries of thin air. The CAT base, where the tour would begin, is located 450 meters above sea level and the peak drop-off is 930 meters above sea level.


When is the best time for powder in Niseko?

Niseko’s winter season runs from late November to Early May; the peak powder period is typically from mid January until the end of February, although this varies every season. In March, it starts to get a little difficult to find fresh powder in the Niseko ski areas as there are so many guests sharing the same ski area. However at Mt. Weisshorn, the whole mountain is used by exclusively by our guests allowing access to fresh snow even in early to mid March.


Hanazono Powder Guides or Niseko Weiss Powder Cats?

If you are a powder-hound that just can’t get enough powder, you should request HANAZONO Powder Guide’s “POWDER 3 DAYZ” program, no question. For groups of friends or family travelling together that are at similar skiing/snowboarding levels, perhaps a “HPG Private Tour” would be more relaxing as you all know each other’s personality and skiing/snowboarding abilities.

What makes NISEKO WEISS POWDER CATS unique is the you don’t need to rush or hurry or worry to get fresh tracks. The entire mountain is shared with only 12 guests (plus our guides!).

See Hanazono Powder Guides


Booking Information

Booking in Advance Recommended:

Telephone: +81 (0) 136 21 6688 - Hours: 8:30am to 8:00pm


Weiss Manager (Special Enquiries Only):
Call Joe Sugano: 080 1863 5431 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm