Photo: Koichi Matsuda

Photo: Koichi Matsuda


Hokkaido is synonymous with the best powder on Earth.  Throughout winter, fierce Siberian storms push over the Sea of Japan each day, dumping godly amounts of pure white goodness on our waiting slopes.   It's no wonder the area accumulates an average of 15m per year.  This snow is light and fluffy, falling like chicken feathers from the sky.  And unlike Niseko, you can ski untracked lines all day long at Iwanai.

 Photo: Chris Burkard

Photo: Chris Burkard

 Photo: Chris Burkard

Photo: Chris Burkard


The best way to access a blissful day of untracked and unhinged powder is by snow cat.  Each run delivers 450-650m of vertical and you'll get 8-10 runs per day



The cost of a full-day cat seat is ¥65,000.  On a typical day, we will pick you up in Niseko, if needed.  Upon arrival to Iwanai Resort, a safety and agenda briefing is conducted and we'll get you set up with beacons.  By 9:00am, your Iwanai Experience has started and you're in the deep.  We serve hot coffee and almost-healthy home-made donuts on the cat.  By lunch, you'll be craving perhaps the best sushi you'll ever savor, brought to you by Iwanai's #1 sushi bar.  If you don't like sushi or have specific dietary requirements, feel free to order anything from our excellent Three Birds Diner.  As we ramp up the laps and the legs start to burn, we often get an amazing sunset over the Sea of Japan on our way down the last run, round 3:30pm.  For après ski, looking out over the ocean while sipping a frothy Sapporo or perhaps deep sniffing a Nikka Whiskey, makes for a good time in our renovated lounge.  Relax with friends and shoot a game of pool.  Depending on your mood, we'll depart the lodge around 5pm and you'll be back in Niseko for dinner.  Those wishing to stay at our adjacent ryokan-inn, please send us a line and we'll make reservations for you (at least one day advance notice required).

     Pick up Niseko                       7:00-7:30am

     Arrive Iwanai Resort               8:15am

     Day Briefing                            8:30am

     Start Tour                                9:00am

     Coffee & Donuts                    10:30am

     Lunch                                      12:30pm

     Finish Tour                              3:30pm

     Après ski till...                         4:30-5:30pm

     Arrive Niseko                          5:15-6:15pm














If you need equipment, we have a full-service shop with the newest, highest-quality gear including a full line of Fisher skis, boots, boards and accessories.  You can also rent or purchase clothing from top-of-the-line brands such as NorthFace, Goldwin and Helly Hansen. 


Accommodation Package

If you'd like to stay the evening, we have an authentic Japanese ryokan-style inn to accommodate your needs.  Your stay includes an incredible 15-course kaiseki dinner and hearty breakfast.  The Michelin-mentioned dining serves seafood from our local bay.  We're sure you've never seen a meal so freshly served, an experience to remember.  Breakfast features both Japanese and Western menus so  you can satisfy every craving.   The hotel features a full hot spring to help ease your ski-bent bones and you'll sleep in luxurious bedding, either Japanese-futon style or Western beds.   A stay at our ryokan will give you an experience that will cement your love of Japan.

Because of food preparation, we need at least a day's notice to reserve your reservation.  Unfortunately, we can't book right after you just had a killer day and want to do it again.  Better to assume  you'll want to spend at least two days skiing with us.  Drop us a line to secure your accommodation reservation package at 


Ready to book a seat for you and your friends on our snow cat? Click the button below to book your time on your own private mountain.

Interested but need more information?  Call or send us an email.  We love talking about our cat tours, skiing, Iwanai and anything else that's fun!

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