Just 15-minutes outside of Niseko Village (12km) in the onsen town of Rankoshi lies the historic ski area of Chisenupuri. "Chise" first began in 1977 when the town of Rankoshi built a modest lift, day lodge and small hotel near YukiChichibu Onsen. Surrounded by outstanding nature, natural hot springs and blessed with abundant powder snow, Chise quickly became a local favorite. Unfortunately, a shrinking customer base and an aged lift caused Rankoshi town to close its doors and remove the hotel in 2012.
In 2016, we began unguided cat skiing and will continue to run cats until we figure out a sustainable solution to rebuild the lift. For the 2021/2022 ski season, the Chisenupuri ski area and historic warming hut will be available for cat skiing day trips. Our snowcats allow small groups of skiers and boarders to be shuttled to the top of the old ski runs giving you access to your own unique Japanese powder experience for the day.