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Hokkaido Backcountry Club: Shiribetsu Heli Skiing near Rusutsu
Hokkaido Backcountry Club: Shiribetsu Heli Skiing near Rusutsu
It snows a lot at Shimamaki, the cat skiing location
It snows a lot at Shimamaki, the cat skiing location
The heli skiing is located near Niseko and Rusutsu
The heli skiing is located near Niseko and Rusutsu
Hokkaido Backcountry Club: Shiribetsu Heli Skiing
Hokkaido Backcountry Club: Shiribetsu Heli Skiing
Shiribetsu heli skiing terrain
Shiribetsu heli skiing terrain
The heli skiing terrain overlooks Mt Yotei
The heli skiing terrain overlooks Mt Yotei
HBC Heli Skiing
HBC Heli Skiing
The heli ski terrain includes sub alpine terrain
The heli ski terrain includes sub alpine terrain
Shimamaki Cat Skiing
Shimamaki Cat Skiing
The cat skiing lodge is located right on the coast
The cat skiing lodge is located right on the coast
Shimamaki Snowcat Skiing
Shimamaki Snowcat Skiing
It dumps a lot of snow at Shimamaki
It dumps a lot of snow at Shimamaki
Staying at the cat skiing lodge provides a great Japanese experience
Staying at the cat skiing lodge provides a great Japanese experience
The cat skiing tenure will continue to expand
The cat skiing tenure will continue to expand
Shimamaki Snowcat Skiing
Shimamaki Snowcat Skiing
Comprehensive safety briefings are included
Comprehensive safety briefings are included
HBC Heli Skiing
HBC Heli Skiing
Fantastic Hokkaido powder!
Fantastic Hokkaido powder!
Heli skiing terrain
Heli skiing terrain
The Hokkaido Backcountry Club is Japan's first modern, helicopter, snowcat, and snowmobile adventure company. The Hokkaido Backcountry Club is unique in that they offer helicopter, snowcat, snowmobile, and backcountry touring under the supervision of professionally-certified mountain guides (ACMG, IFMGA, AMGA). HBC is the only Hokkaido heli skiing club, and the only club in Japan to combine both helicopter and cat skiing for members.

With the combination of highly qualified and experienced guides, thorough safety protocols, and impressive terrain, Hokkaido Backcountry Club offers Canadian-style heli skiing and cat skiing - something very unique for Japan.

The Hokkaido Backcountry Club is a spin off company of the very reputable guiding company, Black Diamond Tours.


Niseko Heli Skiing After searching for suitable Niseko heli skiing terrain, HBC selected the main peak of  Shiribetsu-Dake (1,107 m / 3,632 ft) as a location for its new helicopter skiing program. Adjacent to the Rusutsu Ski Resort, Shiribetsu is a dormant volcano that offers runs varying in length from 550 to 850 vertical metres, and with some pitches between 40 and 50 degrees.

Niseko Heli Skiing can be fabulous because it offers the perfect combination of the best powder in the world and the ultimate lift, a helicopter! Unlike a couple of other Japan heli skiing outfits that offer very lame helicopter accessed skiing, Hokkaido Backcountry Club offers “real” heli skiing that includes qualified backcountry guides and some fabulously steep terrain and long runs.

Cat SkiingHokkaido Backcountry Club also offers Japan cat skiing at its finest from the tiny town of Shimamaki in southeast Hokkaido, which is about a 2 hour drive from Niseko. With a population of less than 2,000, Shimamaki is a sleepy, seaside fishing village that is vastly different from the bustling Niseko. The cat skiing area is flanked by the beautiful and impressive Kariba mountain range, shooting up 1,489 m / 4,885 ft to the main peak of Kariba-yama from the nearby Sea of Japan. The area is also home to world-class offshore salmon fishing along with traditional Japanese hot springs.

The cat skiing is an amazing opportunity to ride some of the deepest untracked powder away from the ski resort masses!

Hokkaido Backcountry Club Packages

Shimamaki Snowcat Adventures DETAILS
GUIDED CAT SKIING ADVENTURE (2 or 4 days)
Stay in a Traditional Japanese Inn Inc All Meals
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USD 1,305
Book by June 30 2016 and get 10% off advertised price
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
This is the best Japan cat skiing! Departing from Niseko, the trip offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing & boarding, staying in a traditional coastal Japanese inn. Ride deep untracked powder all day, feast on Japanese cuisine and soak in the hotel's onsen in the evening. More
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  • 2 or 4 days of cat skiing (max group of 12)
  • 2 or 4 nights accommodation with all meals
  • avo safety gear rental
  • max 1:6 guide to client ratio
  • transfers to/from Niseko (2 hours drive each way)
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Chisenupuri Cat Skiing DETAILS
CAT SKIING NEAR NISEKO (1 day)
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USD 298
Ability: Strong Intermediate
The cat skiing near Niseko is at the former ski resort of Chisenupuri and is ideal for those learning to ski or snowboard in powder. For any apprentice powder hound 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 guided cat skiing (max 2 groups of 13)
  • Transport between Niseko & Chisenupuri
  • Hot spring entry
  • Lunch
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: On-Piste
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Dec 26 - Mar 15, 2017
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CLUB MEMBERSHIPDue to Japanese regulations, you need to become a member of the Hokkaido Backcountry Club to get access to its services (above). Costs start from only JPY 2,000 to join. More information will be provided about joining the club if you enquire about a package.