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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
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Ability: Strong Intermediate to 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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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
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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: On-Piste
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HBC Terms & Conditions

HBC requires all fees at the time of booking for all trips if booking within 60 days of the trip. If booking in advance of 60 days we will take a 25% deposit. We will require the full amount if you are getting an early bird discount.

Full payment for Shimamaki Snowcats is due by October 15th.

HBC does not offer refunds on snowcat tours for weather related problems (extreme avalanche condition, torrential rain etc)

If HBC is asked to find a replacement for the cancelling guest, payments will be refunded once the seat is filled with another guest less an administration fee of 25,000yen You may sell your seat to another guest, but in order for HBC not to charge you the 25,000yen administration fee, you must collect the money directly from the replacement guest. HBC will not be involved in the transaction.

For non-mechanized tours, 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.

Heli bookings cancelled on our part for reasons of weather or safety qualify for a backup lift assisted tour at Rusutsu for 35,000yen. The remainder will be refunded. If you decide not to join this program, you will be refunded 20% of the total.

Runs not skied in our helicopter program qualify for a refund of 13,000 yen per run for 6-run guests and 8,580yen/ min for private charter guests.

Additional heli runs will be billed at 16,000 yen per run for 6-run guests and 8,580yen/ min for private charter guests.

Heli guests not flying or delayed due to weather will be offered a backcountry / resort / or slackcountry tour with the prospect of flying if the weather changes. Guests can also re-book for the following days if there is availability.

Minimum group numbers apply for all tours. In the case of low numbers, we will attempt to reschedule.

Included in all ski packages is the use of backpack, avalanche transceiver, probe, and shovel, as well as avalanche and helicopter safety briefings.

A set menu lunch and apres ski appetizers are included in all heli 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 a release of liability waiver and medical 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.

All tour pricing listed on this website is based on a minimum group size of 3 people, unless otherwise stated. If your group is smaller or larger than 3, please ask about availability.

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.