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Mikuni Cat Skiing

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Price p/p Price is per person per day
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 256

5 - 8 runs

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p Price is per person per day
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
USD 256
Mikuni Cat Skiing is located next to Naeba Ski Resort and offers emerging powder hounds a day of powder runs without the pressure of trying to keep up with experts. Transport from your Naeba accom included.
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Mikuni Cat Skiing


Mikuni Cat Skiing near Naeba Ski Resort Japan is a new snowcat operation that offers emerging powder hounds a great opportunity to lap pristine powder runs. Naeba is a good sized ski resort that’s quick to access from Tokyo so understandably it’s very popular, but if you want to get away from it all (including the J-pop music!) and ski or snowboard some fresh tracks, Mikuni Cat Skiing is the place to escape to.

Once upon a time, Mikuni was a ski resort, but the lift structures have all been removed and the only tell tale sign that it was a ski resort, is the presence of the cut piste. So whilst the guides treat the terrain like the backcountry and none of the runs are groomed, the piste makes Mikuni Cat Skiing ideal for powder and backcountry newbies, whilst some of the tree skiing will provide some challenge for advanced riders. If you’re an expect looking to launch off cliffs, ride gnarly steep lines, expose yourself to high avalanche danger, or ski maximum vertical, Mikuni is not the spot for you. However if you want a relaxing environment to enhance your powder skiing or a chilled day of riding, Mikuni snowcat skiing is for you.

Where Is Mikuni?

Mikuni cat skiing is located about 5 minutes drive from the Naeba Ski Resort, which is 23km from the town of Yuzawa in the Niigata Prefecture, which can easily be accessed by bullet train from Tokyo in only 70-90 minutes. In addition to ease of access, another advantage of the area is that there are many ski resorts to choose from including Kagura, Gala Yuzawa, Kandatsu Kogen & Hakkaisan.

At 8:30am you will be picked up from your Naeba accommodation. Or if you are self-driving you can meet at the Prince Hotel south gate parking, and you’ll be picked up from there.

Mikuni Cat Skiing Packages

The day cat skiing packages include the guided cat skiing with 2 guides and a maximum of only 10 guests per day. The lead guide is an experienced and qualified mountaineer, whilst the tail guide has a ski instructor background (and he might give you a few tips about improving your powder technique if you ask).

Avalanche safety gear is provided including an avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and backpack. Powder skis are not provided but can be rented from the Powder Station at Kagura Ski Resort. For snowboards Xraeb sports in Yuzawa rent all-mountain boards (but not powder boards). Advice regarding other equipment and clothing can be provided upon placing a booking enquiry.

Lunch and snacks are provided, which can be eaten in the snowcat so as not to cut into powder time.

Transport is provided between your Naeba accommodation and the snowcat staging area.

Snowcat Skiing Terrain & Ability Required

The minimum ability level required is that of a strong intermediate skier or snowboarder. Mikuni is a former ski resort and there are about half a dozen open runs that are rated as intermediate (although they are not groomed) with an average pitch of 28 degrees. For advanced riders there are tree runs that vary with respect to the tree spacing, and are about 20-30 degrees in pitch.

Terrain elevations range from 1,120 metres to 1,547m. Run lengths average about 260m of vertical, with a maximum of 400m. Depending on the conditions and the speed of the group, a typical day consists of 5-8 runs per day.

Accommodation Options

Mikuni Cat Skiing doesn't offer accommodation packages however there are some options close-by in Naeba. See options and book online here.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons


  • Guided cat skiing (max 1:5 guide to guest ratio)
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and backpack provided
  • Transport between Naeba accom & staging area
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  • Ski and snowboard equipment rentals
  • BYO lunch

Mikuni Cat Skiing Terms & Conditions

Participants: Minimum 3 guests, up to 10 guests maximum
Skier age: Minimum 16 years old, guests under 20 years old require parental consent.

Cancellation policy: The following cancellation fees apply to all Mikuni Cat tours. Cancellation fees are calculated according to number of days prior to your registered tour:
Cancellation 1 day prior to start date, or on date of tour: 100% charge.
Cancellation 2 days prior to start date: 50% charge.
Cancellation 3-4 days prior to start date: 30% charge.

Forced Cancellation: If Mikuni Cat cancels a tour on the day due to safety or weather concerns, they will issue a you a rain check good for a future tour within 1 year.