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The House Of Powder4.4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Hokkaido Ski & Snowboard Tour
 
The onsen run at Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
The onsen run at Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
The House of Powder Snowcat Skiing
The House of Powder Snowcat Skiing
Magic carpet powder at Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
Magic carpet powder at Chisenupuri Cat Skiing
Gorgeous powder: The House of Powder
Gorgeous powder: The House of Powder
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
Gorgeous Hokkaido powder
Gorgeous Hokkaido powder
Snowcats have all forward facing seats
Snowcats have all forward facing seats
The warming hut is a bonus
The warming hut is a bonus
Short moderately pitched runs
Short moderately pitched runs
One side of the ski area terminates at the onsen
One side of the ski area terminates at the onsen
Chisenupuri terrain
Chisenupuri terrain
Classic Niseko powder
Classic Niseko powder
Impressive snow walls on the way to the warming hut
Impressive snow walls on the way to the warming hut
The warming hut is a bonus for the cat skiing outfit
The warming hut is a bonus for the cat skiing outfit
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Hokkaido Japan
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Hokkaido Japan
The House of Powder
The House of Powder
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Japan
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing Japan
Chisenupuri Snowcat
Chisenupuri Snowcat
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
Chisenupuri Niseko Cat Skiing
The House of Powder Cat Skiing
The House of Powder Cat Skiing

The House Of Powder

The House of Powder (THoP) operates the unique Chisenupuri snowcat skiing experience near Niseko. As friends of the Hokkaido Backcountry Club (HBC), The House of Powder are also all about chasing Hokkaido powder and providing the great experience that you deserve.

Think of Chisenupuri Cat Skiing as going skiing or snowboarding at your own private ski resort. Unlike at nearby Niseko Ski Resort, freshies last much longer, and you won’t have the pressure of knowing that there are hundreds of other riders behind you charging down the hill to beat you to the fresh powder. Chisenupuri cat skiing makes a great adjunct to a Niseko ski holiday!
Chisenupuri Cat Skiing DETAILS
UNGUIDED CAT SKIING NEAR NISEKO
Single Day, Pick Up & Return Niseko
Price is per person per day
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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Price is per person per day
Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
*display price may vary slightly due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 315
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Unguided cat skiing near Niseko is at the former ski resort of Chisenupuri. You have the freedom to explore and it is ideal for apprentice powder hounds or advanced riders heading to Niseko. Chisenupuri cat skiing is a lust-do! Finish the cat ski day with a soak in an amazing onsen. More
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  • 1 day of cat skiing (2 snowcats, max 24 guests per day)
  • Transport between Niseko & Chisenupuri
  • Lunch, snacks, tea, coffee
  • Use of avalanche beacon
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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Semi-Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Sidecountry
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House Of Powder Terms & Conditions

Bookings

  • THoP requires all fees at the time of booking for all trips
  • Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before the trip will result in a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation within 30 days of the trip for any reason, including injury, will result in a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Included in all ski packages is lunch.
  • A set menu lunch is included in the Chisenupuri programs.
  • We recommend you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance in case you need to cancel for injury or any other unforseen circumstances.

Payments

  • You will receive an invoice email with payment instructions via international bank transfer or PayPal credit card. You do not need a PayPal membership to use this credit card service.
  • Due to service fees, our preferred method for larger transactions is international bank transfer. All bank transfer details are available on your electronic invoice.
  • If you choose to complete a bank transfer, please ignore any service charge listed on your invoice and only transfer the amount owing on the balance line of your invoice.
  • All customers are required to read and sign a release of liability waiver and medicial information form before departing. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of the tour without refund.
  • All participants under the age of 19 must also have a parent or legal guardian sign their release of liability. All minors must be at least 13 years of age and accompanied by a guardian or parent while on the tour.
  • HBC reserves the right to cancel any tour at any time, typically due to inclement weather or unsafe backcountry travel conditions.
  • We ask members to be honest about their skill levels. If you have booked and paid for a trip with HBC, but your skills are insufficient for the trip you have booked, we will try to accommodate you with another program if possible but we will not issue refunds.

Reviews

Magic Carpet Powder

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
22/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month:
    February
The onsen run Magic carpet powder A functional snowcat cabin Plenty of geothermal activity The onsen was amazing
The Chisenupuri cat skiing was amazing because relative to resort skiing at Niseko, there was very little competition for the fresh powder. However we couldn’t help but compare the cat skiing experience to several years ago when we skied at Chisenupuri when the chair lift was still operational and there were only 3 of us “fighting” for fresh tracks (instead of 24 with cat skiing). Of course no ski resort can economically survive with just a handful of lift ticket sales (and a decaying lift due to sulphurous emissions), and thankfully it was purchased for a higher calling!

The snow that we scored at Chisenpuri was potentially the best combination of quality and quantity for our whole 9 week ski trip in Japan. The powder was phenomenal. It wasn’t particularly deep yet it was a magic carpet in places! We had an absolute blast with The House of Powder.

Pros
- The Chisenupuri cat skiing is quasi guided so you’ve got the ultimate freedom to explore or shred as much or as fast as you like.
- One of the great reasons you want to go to cat skiing in Niseko is for the snow quality and quantity.
- Being based near Niseko is a bonus so that you can do a day or more of Chisenupuri cat skiing, and also enjoy everything else that Niseko has to offer.
- The House of Powder is ideal for intermediate powder skiers and snowboarders because there are mellow slopes and you have the flexibility to go at your own pace, without the fear of holding up experts.
- The warming hut at the base is a comfortable and cosy spot to have lunch, or to pop in to warm up or use the bathroom facilities (this may seem like an insignificant advantage, but for some it sure beats using the “powder room”).
- YukiChichibu Onsen at the base of Chisenupuri is up there as one of the nicest onsens I’ve had in Japan considering the water quality and the gorgeous views of the mountains, although the smell on my skin did take a couple of days to dissipate!

Cons
- It’s a small ski area so freshies won’t last for days.
- Many of the lines with decent pitch require a traverse out.
- Chisenupuri is mostly a very mellow ski area and there are lots of spots where you may find yourself straight lining it when there’s fresh powder (get your boards waxed).
- And as is common to most Japan cat skiing, there is very little in the way of expert or pro terrain.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
- The best side of the terrain requires a 5-10 minute walk back to the snowcat pick-up, so you’ve got to partially earn your turns if want to do laps of the onsen run.

See our full Chisenupuri Cat Skiing review for more information.

Epic Day at Chis!

Ian Struck
21/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
We went to The House Of Powder on the last day of our trip. I was hesitant to go after reading the PH review but I'm so glad we did!

There were 5 of us; 4 snowboarders, all strong intermediate with plenty of days spent off piste and riding powder, and my wife, an intermediate skier, new to off-piste skiing. 20cm of new snow overnight.

Okay, so you're not going to get the massive runs you get heli skiing in New Zealand and anyone who has skied at Chisenupuri when it was a ski resort knows it is not the most challenging terrain, but it is man is it fun!

We spent the first couple of runs riding under the old chair lifts and, once our guides Gavin and Charlie were happy with everyones competence we hit the trees. There were loads of pillows and natural features for us to jump off and we even found an old kicker that was covered in powder and put that to good use too. The trees to skiers right of the main cat track are spaced nicely and the pitch is pretty mellow so it made for some great high speed party runs with the crew. Closer to lunch we moved to the trees on a steeper section above the thermal pools which feed the onsen at the base. This area had more natural features to play with and was a heap off fun. My wife even skied backward off a pillow by accident which was gold! The stoke was high all day.

Later in the afternoon the sun started to warm the snow up so we headed to more densely treed areas. We got good snow all day. I think all up we scored 12 runs which is pretty decent. It's not a huge area they're using but with only 12 people on the mountain each day we were finding fresh lines right up to the end.

A few other points; The cats are almost new and its a comfy ride for 12. It was a fine sunny day when we were there So Clayton fired up a 2nd cat with an open box on the back and we did a few laps back up the hill on that which was sick. The guides were pretty laid back but very safety conscious, I think they nailed the balance perfectly. Lunch at the restaurant at the base was good japanese food.

I'm pretty certain we'll be back!!