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Win a Free Cat Skiing Tour - Winner Announcement

CAT SKI Niseko
Congraulation to Lee Stewart, who is the lucky winner of our WIN A FREE CAT SKIING EXPERIENCE promotion. 

Thank you for joining the WIN A FREE CAT SKIING EXPERIENCE lucky draw contest. Participants who have booked their winter holiday with Vacation Niseko were pooled into one database. We randomly chose one (1) Grand Prize Winner from all of our entrants, with the winner entitled to a FREE Weiss Powder CAT tour this winter.

We would now like to announce the lucky winner for this great prize!

LEE STEWART will join a CAT ski tour with Hanazono Weiss Powder Cats. CAT skiing is guided backcountry skiing which started as an alternative to heli-skiing. Instead of using chairlifts, helicopters or hiking up mountains, CAT skiers reach the usually inaccessible ski areas by riding on a ski run grooming machine. These machines are one of the many types of CAT, specially equipped with a cabin for the guests.

CAT Skiing with Hanazono
Niseko Weiss Powder CAT

Niseko Hanazono Resort is the pioneer CAT ski tour operator in the area with its Niseko Weiss Powder CATS tour and CAT Assisted Backcountry Tour & Clinic. Mount Weisshorn was once a ski resort with lifts, but is now used exclusively for the CAT tour. They provides cat assisted ski and snowboard adventures on their own private mountain. A maximum of 12 guests per day guarantees line after line of fresh tracks without queueing for lifts or hiking the peak. You can maximize your time on the snow! 

Groups are joined by a guide to give advice on the best spots on the mountain and ensure safety throughout the day. A trained photographer will also take part in the tour and provide a link to the day's epic photos for you to keep as a memory. 

The tour usually starts at 8:30am and finishes around 3:30pm, with lunch included. Guests will complete an average of 6-7 runs in one tour. The steepest run is 30+ degrees and the average is 20 degrees. The maximum vertical decent is 450 meters. 

Niseko Weiss Powder CAT Ski
With only 12 people for a mountain, fresh tracks are guaranteed in all runs. 

New for Winter 2017, guests can also opt to join CAT Assisted Backcountry Tour & Clinic. A group of up to 4 guests will head to the top of the ski resort by CAT, before ascending the actual peak on foot. From here you will drop into more advanced terrain before skinning back to the top and doing it all again. In addition, this tour can be booked as a Backcountry Clinic for those looking to learn the basics of the backcountry in a safe environment with qualified guides. These tours use different terrains to the Weiss Powder Cat Tours. 

Powder snow Niseko
Enjoy the bottomless powder snow with Weiss Powder CAT Tour this winter! 

The CAT tours are scheduled for operation from 20th Dec to late March, depending on the weather conditions. Since there is only one tour (for each group) everyday which caters up to 12 & 4 guests respectively, it is strongly recommended that guests secure their seats in advance. Don't hesitate to contact Vacation Niseko's friendly reservation staff if you want to start your winter getaway!

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