Posted on Dec 25, 2016
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Posted on Dec 25, 2016
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Reading time: 2 min
3.5km

Distance

1.5 hours

Time

270m

Ascent

828m

Highest point

3/10

Difficulty

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Dec-Apr

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The Chisenupuri Ski Area is now leased by The House of Powder, where they operate a quality cat-skiing operation. They have maintained excellent relations with the local community and ski tourers, who have for many years used the ski area to access Mt. Chisenupuri, another 1 hour beyond the upper reaches of the ski field. As of winter 2017/2018, they have very kindly prodived access to the top of the ski area via a well-marked up-track on the far-western side (on the climber's far left) of the ski area. Hikers and non-paying guests are asked not to ski down the ski area slopes.

Last updated Oct 24, 2018

Route Map

Need to know details

Location

This route up The House of Powder’s Chisenupuri Ski area is about 30km west of Niseko Resort in Hirafu. The trailhead location is here.

General notes

From December 2016, Chisenupuri Ski Area has been re-opened for cat-skiing (see their Facebook page for information updates). Obey all signs posted.

Hut

None

Route markers

As of winter 2017/2018, The House of Powder has very kindly marked an easy-to-follow route up the far western side of the ski area. This route marking may not be actively maintained, so it is best to assume you’ll be navigating on your own.

Route Timing

Up | 1hrs
Down | .5hrs

Transport

Public transport:

There are no public transport options.

By car: 

There is a large parking area at the base of the Chisenupuri Ski Area, here.

Physical maps

Official Topo Map: Chisenupuri (チセヌプリ) – map no. NK-54-20-7-4

NOTE: The official 1/25000 topo map(s) above can be purchased for 350yen from Kinokuniya bookstore next to Sapporo Station or online (in Japanese).

Snow and route safety

While this route follows an old ski area, it is still the backcountry. The ski area is not actively patrolled.

  • Notify the police of your backcountry plans online using Compass – instructions here.

Weather forecast

Windy.com weather forecast for Chisenupuri Ski Area

Onsen nearby

There are plenty of onsen (hotspring) options close to this route. Yukichichibu Onsen is very close (here), and has excellent outdoor pools.

Extra Resources
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Route Trip Notes

UPDATE: These notes were written winter 2016; skiers should now stay off The House of Poweder’s Chisenupuri Ski Area slopes on the way down. 

The day started fairly early, picking Haidee’s brother Josh up from his staff accommodation at 7am in lower Hirafu.

Therefore, we arrived at the Chisenupuri ski area car park plenty early at 8am. Already there were a couple of other hikers there – both snowboarders. I asked one of them about the new cat skiing operation that was rumored to have started this year. They said they’d heard that we might get told off for using the ski area, but that there weren’t any signs up, so we may as well make the most of it while we can. So we got going.

This would be Haidee’s first time skiing up a hill using skins, so we decided to get to the top of the ski area, and then see from there whether we’d carry on to the top of Mt. Chisenupuri.

We were either on or next to the cat-tracks most of the way up. Until it got steep enough that zig-zagging our way up was a more pleasant way to climb. The top of the ski area was very windy, so we decided to call it quits, and ski back down.

Haidee’s ski setup, new for her this year, and her first ski touring setup, consists of last season’s Atomic Century 102 skis, Dynafit Radical ST 2.0 bindings, and Scarpa F1 Evo boots. Mercifully, the boots seem to be comfortable so far!

The way down was fairly average in terms of snow quality. The Niseko region had a day of rain two days prior to us being there, so there was a fairly tough crust under about 15cm of fresh snow. Add to that cat-tracks along the main ski run, and we had to pick our lines carefully. Furthermore, ideally you’d want to be here in at least late January – there was still bamboo sticking out in places.

There was still plenty of smiles to be had though!

We were down before 10am. Just in time to see a staff group heading up the hill in the cat. For the cool price of 30,000yen (around US$300), you too can have a day of being shuttled up the hill in warmth and style.

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