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Cat Skiing Japan

 Poster: A snowHead
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(If you are interested have a look at www.alpinehike.com)

As some on here my know I've spent the last 2 winters guiding in a Cat skiing operation near Neaba, Niigata Japan.

When I say guiding, I mean I turned up expecting to work along side other guides in an existing operation.

BUT when I arrived I was presented with this (instructions not included)



Which in the first season, I taught myself to drive an maintain the beast, surveyed the ski area that hadn't turned a lift in a decade and ended up with this



I think we had 10 days worth of customers the first season. Starting from Scratch I think the boss was happy.

In the autumn I returned gave the cat an overhaul, built a new cabin, better seats, heating etc.

Season 2



The cat skiing area is an abandoned side area of Naeba, about 2 hours out of Tokyo.

We are 4km up an old access road, that keeps us very very quiet (less than 10 ski rando per year). While not as light as Hokkido we do get a lot of snow - last year was officially low tide, we got 12m in 2 months!

Typical skiing



and snowboarding



I've thrown together a new website (should be at www.mikuni-cat.com url and server screw ups at them moment) at www.alpinehike.com

Anyway if anyone's interested it's ¥35,000 (€275/£240) per person , minimum 3 people
Group rate/Private cat is ¥140,00 (€1100/£995) max 10 people

Avie gear and guiding is included, bring your own bento box for lunch Wink

If there are any omissions or suggestions for the website please let me know, I'm not much of a keyboard warrior tks.

Forum mods , if this is too much spam, please let me know and I'll tone it down


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@Idris,
If it's spam it's some of the better tasting spam I've had, wish I could afford it. Haven't been to Japan for 20 years.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Looks a great operation. Would love to one day...
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Wow Idris, what an adventure! The best week's skiing of my >30 seasons was in BC with a similar home-grown single-cat operation (which is sadly no more). I skied at Echigo Yuzawa in 1989, and have great memories of that trip too (and how easy it was to do from Tokyo). Good luck, I'd love to make it out there sooner or later, in the meantime anyone tempted by this would have an amazing experience I'm sure! snowHead Toofy Grin snowHead
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Top of the Notch
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@Idris, An Excellent adventure snowHead

I'd pay to watch a movie of your adventures (starring Tom Hanks or Matt Damon as your good self).

This forum needs more of this kind of spam! But as a quid pro quo, more pics, vids, blogs n updates plz snowHead
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
@Idris, Big thing now is aerial drone footage. Might be an idea to post a vid of your operational area (with some free funky music in the background).

Have you stopped making your lovely wooden skis then?
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
AL9000 wrote:
@Idris, Big thing now is aerial drone footage. Might be an idea to post a vid of your operational area (with some free funky music in the background).

Have you stopped making your lovely wooden skis then?


Had to stop making skis (temporarily) due to lack of affordable workshop space, will get back to it in the future.

I have a Mavic Air, which I ordered last January but only got as I left japan in March. Drone videos will be up late December
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AL9000 wrote:
@Idris, An Excellent adventure snowHead

I'd pay to watch a movie of your adventures (starring Tom Hanks or Matt Damon as your good self).

This forum needs more of this kind of spam! But as a quid pro quo, more pics, vids, blogs n updates plz snowHead


Here are two video snippets from last year, sorry for wide angle distortion (hence looks too flat to ski )

[video]http://youtube.com/v/2vSga47zLRQ[/video]

[video]http://youtube.com/v/PSS9lKl8xro[/video]
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http://youtube.com/v/2vSga47zLRQ




http://youtube.com/v/PSS9lKl8xro
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Tks Mike,

Here is a little more spam Wink

Kiyoko floating in the trees



My ride



I'm off to Japan in a week.

I will then begin regaling you tails of mud, oil changes and the general detritus of actually setting a cat op Wink
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Might be heading down your way with Ian. Will be in touch.
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
I'm very jealous! really must amend our Japan itinerary now! if you could put up with a million technical questions about your toy and roughly 7 million "can i have a go's" Toofy Grin
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Aftermaths wrote:
I'm very jealous! really must amend our Japan itinerary now! if you could put up with a million technical questions about your toy and roughly 7 million "can i have a go's" Toofy Grin


Happy to answer the tech questions. And if you come skiing with us, Yes you can have a go.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@Idris, hope this year go well , as I am out in Tokyo in jan 2020 and would definitely be up for a day with you guys
keep the jan pow stoke flowing snowHead
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Dabber wrote:
@Idris, hope this year go well , as I am out in Tokyo in jan 2020 and would definitely be up for a day with you guys
keep the jan pow stoke flowing snowHead


Hope to see ya there...only 13 months away
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Finally got back to the Cat

It had been sleeping since March



A few hours work later

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