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Japan Ski Tour Tohoku Area

Shizukuishi Snowcat Tour
Shizukuishi Snowcat Tour
Shizukuishi Cat Skiing is on an old ski resort run
Shizukuishi Cat Skiing is on an old ski resort run
Cat skiing on the former piste at Shizukuishi
Cat skiing on the former piste at Shizukuishi
The lovely Shizukuishi snowcat
The lovely Shizukuishi snowcat

Shizukuishi Cat Skiing

Shizukuishi Cat Skiing is somewhat similar to various other Japan cat skiing outfits whereby it utilises old ski resort terrain, however unlike mainstream cat skiing, the “tour” only consists of one snowcat run unless you charter the snowcat for the day or are part of a Shizukuishi guided tour.

Where is Shizukuishi Cat Skiing?

The Shizukuishi Cat Skiing occurs adjacent to the Shizukuishi Ski Resort (to skiers’ left of the existing ski area), on a piste that used to be part of the ski area. The slope starts towards the top of Kotakakurayama (Mt Kotakakura) and terminates at one of the base areas of Shizukuishi Resort.

Shizukuishi Ski Resort is located in the Iwate Prefecture in Tohoku Japan, 11km north of the town of Shizukuishi and 28km northwest of the city of Morioka.

There are other ski resorts nearby such as Amihari Onsen and Iwate Kogen.

Powder Skiing Cat Tour

The Shizukuishi Powder Snow Tour typically only occurs on Saturdays at 7:30am, 9am and 10:30am, plus a few days around New Year’s. The cost is 3,000 yen (2017-18 season).

The exception to this is if you're on a Shizukuishi Cat Powder Adventure.

Sunrise Cat Tour

The Sunrise Cat Tour occurs from 5-7am on Sundays, plus a few days around the New Year period. The cost is 6,000 yen (2017-18 season).

Cat Skiing Terrain

The terrain consists of one cut trail (former piste) that forks into two runs close to the base. There is a groomed trail up one side of the run, with most of the slope being ungroomed.

The top elevation is 1,210 metres and the run provides 850 metres of vertical.

The average slope angle is 27 degrees so it’s ideal for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders.

See the Powderhounds' Shizukuishi Cat Skiing review for more information and the Japan cat skiing ratings to see how we compare Shizukuishi to other Honshu and Hokkaido cat skiing outfits.

For those on a Shizukuishi Cat Powder Adventure, the terrain includes tree skiing and not just the piste run.