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Otoe Powder Cat4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
Hokkaido Explorer Tour
 
Otoe Cat Skiing Hokkaido
Otoe Cat Skiing Hokkaido
NAC Cat Skiing Japan
NAC Cat Skiing Japan
Gorgeous Central Hokkaido Powder
Gorgeous Central Hokkaido Powder
Big snow falls!
Big snow falls!
NAC Cat Skiing Hokkaido
NAC Cat Skiing Hokkaido
Mt Otoe Cat Skiing Hokkaido
Mt Otoe Cat Skiing Hokkaido
Otoe Cat Boarding
Otoe Cat Boarding
It's deep when you step off the cat track!
It's deep when you step off the cat track!
Deep powder with NAC Cat Skiing
Deep powder with NAC Cat Skiing
Lunch at a restaurant at the base
Lunch at a restaurant at the base
Deep powder!
Deep powder!
Otoe Snowboarding
Otoe Snowboarding
Otoe Cat Skiing Japan
Otoe Cat Skiing Japan
NAC Cat Skiing Otoeyama
NAC Cat Skiing Otoeyama
Lots of face shots
Lots of face shots
Ideal for advanced riders
Ideal for advanced riders
An open in amongst the trees
An open in amongst the trees
Amazing Hokkaido Pow
Amazing Hokkaido Pow
NAC Otoe Cat Skiing Japan
NAC Otoe Cat Skiing Japan
NAC Cat Skiing Japan
NAC Cat Skiing Japan

NAC Cat Skiing

NAC Cat Skiing in the Otoe Powder Cat brings together the combination of two key elements for a powder hound: dry central Hokkaido powder and cat skiing. Central Hokkaido in Japan is up there as having some of the best, if not THE best powder in the world, whilst snowcat skiing is one of the finest ways to ride untracked powder.

NAC (Niseko Adventure Centre) used to be based at Niseko Japan, but now they’ve moved the cat skiing operation to Otoe near Kamui Ski Links (near Asahikawa and Furano) because they’ve realised that the powder is much better and powder hounds are looking for Central Hokkaido and Furano cat skiing.

If you want to master the technique of riding powder, one of the Hokkaido ski resorts seems like the ideal place to do it because they are snow factories. However learning to ski powder at some of the ski resorts is becoming more challenging because they get tracked out. Conversely with NAC cat skiing it’s fantastic– lots of fresh lines and no rush to ride it. With Otoe Cat Skiing, you only have to share all that powder with about a dozen people.
Otoe Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
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USD 378
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Amazing Central Hokkaido powder and only a max of 11 other guests to share all the powder with. The Otoe cat tour package includes a full day of guided cat skiing and transport to/from Furano (if required) More
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  • Guided cat skiing (6 runs - approx 2,500 vertical metres)
  • Transport to/from Furano (if required)
  • Sit down lunch
  • Use of avalanche beacon
  • Photo/video service
Add-ons
  • Photographs 2,000 yen each
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Where is NAC Cat Skiing Hokkaido Located?

The Otoe cat skiing occurs on Otoeyama (Mt Otoe) with the meeting point at Apple Land "MICHI NO EKI" OTOE. The meeting point is 31km southwest of the city of Asahikawa, 14km southwest of Kamui Ski Links, and 62km northwest of Furano.

If you don’t have your own wheels to get there and you're staying in Furano, NAC offer transfers from Furano (included in package).

Pick up service to & from Furano:
  • Kitanomine Gondola 7am
  • New Furano Prince Hotel 7:10am
  • Furano Natulux Hotel (downtown Furano) 7:15
  • Furano Hotel 7:20

Snowcat Skiing Terrain

The Otoe Powder Cat area is a former ski resort and consists of some old piste, other open areas below the treeline, some nicely spaced trees, and the odd steep pitch thrown in for good measure.

The vertical tally for the day is dependent on various factors including the weather (which can be rather brutal at times – all that snow doesn’t fall from blue skies!).

There are lots of deep days where you’ll want to have powder skis or a powder snowboard.

See our Otoe cat skiing review for more information.

Reviews

Deep Central Hokkaido Powder

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
18/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month:
    February
An old lift line at Otoe Amazing powder The aftermath of face shots Short nicely pitched zones A small bowl with gorgeous powder
The deep Central Hokkaido powder was incredibly impressive and the terrain had some fun little pitches; if only there’d been more powder riding it would have been phenomenal. OK we admit it – we’re very greedy powder hounds!

Pros
- The snow quality was superb and delightfully deep too.
- The guides were very enthusiastic and patient, and kept the stoke going all day.
- Otoe Cat Skiing was good as an introductory tour for those reasonably new to cat skiing and/or powder riding and low-end advanced riders.
- The transport option from Furano is a huge pro so that you can combine everything Furano has to offer with cat skiing.

Cons
- The day of Otoe cat skiing didn’t involve a lot of vertical – only 1,700 metres (5,577ft). The vertical may have been fine for lower advanced riders, particularly if they fall over a bit and use a lot of energy in the powder, but upper advanced to expert skiers and snowboarders may feel that their powder appetite hasn’t been satisfied.
- And as is common to most Japan cat skiing, there was minimal expert and no extreme terrain.

NB Our ratings we’ve provided are relative to international snowcat skiing operations, including BC Canada where the terrain is significantly larger and extensive safety standards are in place.

You can see our full Otoe Cat Skiing review here.

Powder bliss

Ray Mayers
21/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
We were tempted by the discount offered by Mt Otoe cat skiing in a convertible cat. I.E. an open top cat and boy are we glad we were tempted. We were blessed with a huge dump the night before and traveling to Mt Otoe from Furano, it was the heaviest snow I had seen.

The guides were the best I had ever experienced and as they had scoped the mountain over the 3 years or so of operations, they knew every knook and cranny.

The snow was deep but light and it was joyous skiing down the great runs on offer.

We got in 8 runs as our group were all experienced skiers and riders. The extra runs just added to a magical day and even had some sunny periods. Don’t let the convertible cat put you off. It was very comfortable and not cold at all and being able to take in the views on the way up the mountains was an added bonus. If you are heading to Furano then you must do a day cat tour. It will change your life.

Great cat riding with enthusiastic team

paul lanyi
26/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
Sam the British guide Yoko and Tom
On a whim, on our 2nd to last day in Furano, we called NAC cat skiing and spoke with super enthusiastic Mio. We asked a bunch of questions and were informed that they had no guests the next day but if three of us signed up, we'd essentially have the cat to ourselves. We took a taxi to the Furano Prince and signed up in 5 minutes. Mio was as lively in person as on the phone.

The next am the 25 person bus pulled up at our pension exactly on time. Hans, the Austrian lead guide (and expert yodler) greeted us and got us on the road with Teppi (sp?) our intrepid driver and cat driver. Along the way to Nac Otoe, we learned that the resort was abandoned and that we would be skiing on old runs and in the trees. After the requisite 7-11 stop, Hans handed out beacons.

We arrived at the beautiful resort with a unique architected building at the base. Quick change into boots and off to the cat we went. Having done cat skiing in BC and Utah, I expected a pretty spartan cat and was pleased to find a comfortable cat with bucket seats. We also met our second guide (Sam, a lively Brit), a photographer, a local bartender along for the day, Mio and Yoko, the co-owner of NAC who turned out to be a 50+ year old ex Olympic Moguls competitor (and man could she turn them!)

The terrain looked spectacular. After our first 25 minute up ride, we did a quick shakedown and voila we got the goods. boot to knee high. Perfect snow. Hans scoped us all out and figured out instantly where we should ski.

The terrain he selected was perfect. We were all hooting and hollering. Not thigh deep as we had hoped for but very varied and beautiful.

Lunch was Bento box at a local Onsen. Yummy! Very filling and thankfully, not ramen. No other Westerners there, in fact, we learned the only Westerners to go there were 'Catters.

May I stress again, only three paying customers on the Cat. So we got freshies every run. We did not experience any super steep terrain, but were not really looking for it. I would imagine after a Japow dump the place would be amazing.

Onsen aferwards was a perfect capper (included in the price). Best onsen of the five I visited. Gorgeous view.

First class operation. Great guides. Hans is as professional and skilled as one could hope for.

What a unique experience -- defunct ski area, great riding, beautiful terrain, very safe, Onsen, Japanese food... Go. Just go.

Unreal powder at Otoe

Jason Kent
15/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
Our day was absolutely unreal, fresh snow all day and thigh-high powder. Great runs in mostly wooded areas with some wide open bowls. There were 11 people in our group (10 riders, 1 skiier) and three guides, one of whom took photographs. Most runs were spread out so untracked powder was easy to find. The guides were very friendly and easygoing and set good lines for us. Their regular snowcat was down and they had a replacement cat with an open air standing cabin, it was fine and they gave us a good discount because of it. No discount needed, the day was a bargain at twice the price. Easily one of my favorite snow days ever.