THE MIKUNI EXPERIENCE

The Place

At Mikuni Cat we believe that we have discovered a better way to enjoy the mountains.

With good friends, amazing snow and untouched backcountry terrain; what could be better than a day spent with us?

Based in what was once Mikuni ski area, these days the ski lifts and resort structures are all gone.

This means that what we have left behind are nice clear open runs, as well as trees and some more challenging slopes for the more adventurous.

Experience

There are no lines, no J-pop and no stress. Just perfect virgin snow, miles from paved roads, with friendly people who love being in the mountains.

With only 10  guests per day, our emphasis is on quality: gentle, intermediate terrain and trees, the right number of runs for the conditions, and a whole lot of fun.

Skill levels

If you are looking to huck cliffs, or expose yourself to high avalanche danger and complex terrain, Mikuni is not the place for you.

While we do have some expert terrain, we pride ourselves on being accessible to a broad range of skill levels, from people heading outside of the resort for the first time, through to upper-intermediate backcountry enthusiasts.

Tour Information

INTRODUCING YOUR GUIDES

PRICING AND TOUR DETAILS

INTRODUCING YOUR GUIDES

PRICING AND TOUR DETAILS

Due to strong demand, we recommend that you book well in advance.
Mikuni Cat conducts one tour per day, up to 10 guests per tour. All tours are led by a lead guide and a tail guide. Tour pricing and details:
Price ¥35,000 per guest
Period From December 27, 2017 through Febuary 25, 2018.
Includes Cat rides, guides, lunch, snacks, avalanche gear set (Beacon / Shovel / Snow Probe / Backpack).
Participants Minimum 3 guests, up to 10 guests maximum
Skier age Minimum 16 years old, guests under 20 years old require parental consent.
Skier ability level Intermediate or better skier/boarder. The area is a former ski resort, slopes are intermediate level but completely ungroomed.
Start time 08:30am. We will pick you up from your hotel in the Naeba area. Please advise if you are staying at Naeba Prince Hotel. If you plan to drive up on the day, please park at Naeba Prince Hotel South-Gate parking and we will pick you up from there.
Vertical drop The old ski area base starts at 1120m, the highest in the area, and we have about 450m of vertical drop.
Number of runs Typically 5-8 runs per day, depending on skier ability, weather, and terrain conditions.
Lunch Lunch snacks are included.
Feel free to bring your favourite trail snacks and a bottle of water. We prefer that guests eat on the go so that energy levels do not drop during the tour. We find that the cat ride up gives us the time to grab a snack and a drink and get recharged before the next run. Rather than take the traditional 1-hour break in the middle of the day, this approach gives us more time on snow.
Cancellation policy The following cancellation fees apply to all Mikuni Cat tours:
Cancellation fees are calculated according to number of days prior to your registered tour:
Cancellation 1 day prior to start date, or on date of tour: 100% charge.
Cancellation 2 days prior to start date: 50% charge.
Cancellation 3-4 days prior to start date: 30% charge.

Forced Cancellation: If Mikuni Cat cancels a tour on the day due to safety or weather concerns, we will issue a you a rain check good for a future tour within 1 year.

PLANNING YOUR DAY

How is the tour schedule set up?
Here's a sample tour day schedule. Please note that while 8.30am pickup time is fixed, the rest of the schedule may change without notice due to weather conditions and/or other events, at the lead guide's discretion.
8:30am Pickup from Prince South-Gate Parking in Naeba then complete check-in.
If you need a pickup from anywhere in Naeba, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
9:00am Boarding the cat and on the move.
9:30am Snow safety exercise.
10:00am〜3:00pm Runs and fun.
4:00pm Everybody off the mountain and into a local establishment for a celebratory beverage.

What safety equipment is provided?

We provide a backpack with a complete set of avalanche safety gear as shown below.:
Beacon DTS Avalanche Beacon.
Snow probe Bionassay Ski Tour 240 by Quechua.
Shovel Avalanche Access Shovel by ARVA.
Backpack Alpinism 22 by Simond.
Other Gear If you have an avalanche airbag or other avalanche safety gear please feel free to bring it along and let you guide know upon check in what you have brought.
You are more than welcome to use your own beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack, however, there is no discount in price for this.

What gear do you recommend?

As weather changes suddenly on the mountain, we recommend that all guests bring additional layers of clothing. For specific gear, these are our up-to-date recommendations:
Helmet Snow safety helmet, well fitting and warm. Most tours will go through the trees so helmets are HIGHLY recommended
Skis Off-piste or all-mountain skis, 90mm underfoot or wider.
Ski poles Ski poles with powder (large) baskets if possible.
Snowboard All-mountain or powder board (preferably not alpine or freestyle).
Ski wear Waterproof shells and many layers so you can adjust to changing temperatures from weather and effort.
Facemask Recommended. A lot of our best powder is when it's actually snowing and windy, so a facemask can really help to keep your face warm.
Goggles To keep the powder out of your eyes and help you enjoy the view! A low light lens along with a sunny lens is recommended.
Renting Gear There are no rental shops in Naeba Town or Prince Hotel that rent appropriate skis or boards. If you need to rent anything, please arrange this the day before the tour. On the morning of your tour, there will not be time before departure to arrange rental gear.
Rental skis are available at Kagura Powder Station in the Kagura Ski Area parking lot or the Moment store in Yuzawa. For snowboards Xraeb sports in Yuzawa (please note they do not rent specific powder boards, only all mountain boards).

Exclusive access to great terrain and deep powder in MIKUNI.

How to Get to Naeba

By Car

You can drive to the Tsukiyono Exit on the Kanetsu Expressway and follow the signs to Naeba.

Putting the Naeba Prince Hotel into your car’s navigation will get you right into town.

Please park at Prince Hotel’s South-Gate parking. On weekends/holidays there may be a ¥1000 charge.

By Train

We operate out of Naeba Town, so getting here is a breeze. Just take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo Yuzawa Station (70-100 minutes from Tokyo) then the bus to Naeba (about 30 minutes).

Address

Sundance Resort, 469, Mikuni,

Yuzawa-Machi Minamiuonuma-Gun,

Niigata, 949-6212