Shimamaki Snowcats

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Experience two days of cat skiing at Shimamaki and get ready to ride untouched powder in the Karibayama mountain range! The Shimamaki cat skiing season runs for 10 weeks with a 12 guests max per trip.

This exclusive cat skiing experience means that trips book up early each season and the snow will be plentiful every run. The season starts as soon as they hit a 2-meter base at the 650m day base camp. By mid-February, as storms roll in almost daily from the Sea of Japan, lucky skiiers and riders are typically shredding on a 5-meter base.


  • Karibayama Mountain Range
Guide Ratio
  • 1 to 6 persons per guide
  • Advanced

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 two 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.Itinerary

Shimamaki Cat Skiing Itinerary

Trips depart at 13:00 on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday; January through 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
  • 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 restaurant
  • 20:00 – Last drop off at Niseko

Contact Stoked Niseko for further information.

Price & Inclusions

Group Tour 2 day 2 nights  ¥145,000 / person
Group Tour 4 day 4 nights  Please inquire
Private Tour Full day private cat  Please inquire


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

Terms & Conditions

  • Bookings are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from Stoked Niseko via email.
  • Payment for any tour or service is due at the time booking confirmation.
  • Requests for changes or cancellations should be sent via email to
  • Rates are based on 2017-18 season.
  • Cancellations within 7 days of the tour or service date will incur a 100% cancellation fee
  • Bookings are subject to the Stoked Niseko terms and conditions.
Shimamaki Snowcats
  • Beginner Terrain
  • Advanced Terrain
  • Guiding
  • Snowcat
  • Saftey Briefing
  • Lodging


Epic powder adventure!

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