Weiss Powder Cats
THE ENTIRE MOUNTAIN, ALL DAY LONG
Ever dreamt of having an entire mountain to yourself? Never having to worry about the lift queue or other skiers/snowboarders, being able to reach the summit without having to lift a finger... Turn your dream into reality with NISEKO WEISS POWDER CATS. A full day tour of up to 12 guests that includes lunch, safety gear and pick-up/drop-off to Hirafu accommodations.
|Dates of Operation||December 20, 2017 – Late March, 2018|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Private Tours||1 Group (1-12 guests) ¥390,000 per group|| |
|Group Tours||1 Group (4-12 guests) ¥39,000 per person|
The schedule of tour day would be as follows:
|7:30am - 8:00am||Pick-up at Hirafu accommodation|
|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 Hirafu accommodation|
Guests and guide will go up to Weiss top by cat then ski/ride down and skin up backside of Mt. Weiss where NWPC will not use for the tour. For backcountry beginners, we can offer BC clinic in this field, which includes backcountry safety knowledge, skin up training, route finding, and avalanche awareness.
|Private Tours|| || |
|Group Tours|| |
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!).
Advanced Bookings Required
Phone : +81 (0) 136 21 6688
E-mail : NWPC@harmonyresorts.com
Phone bookings are accepted 1 day prior by 4pm.