A Morning with Niseko Snowmobile Adventures

Scott from Niseko Snowmobile Adventures (NSA) gave us a call the other day to see if we wanted to head into the back country for some petrol fuelled fun on his snowmobiles. There was no way we could refuse an offer like that and this is how it went down…

The Sled

The snowmobiles are Polaris 600cc two stroke machines that put out 100bhp at the track, which is more than enough poke to get you moving quickly.

The great thing about these snowmobiles is they have a long track that’s designed for deep snow, which will be a big help when you get out into the Niseko back country.

Heated handle grips, 4 January 2011

Our favourite feature, the heated handle grips, 4 January 2011

Briefing

Before being let loose Scott gave us a full run down on how to handle the 240kg beast and his explanation on how to handle them was the best I have heard to date. Using a snowboarding analogy finally made the penny drop!

Going out into the snow covered wilderness comes with risk, so all safety aspects are covered off by Scott who has avalanche management and wilderness first aid qualifications.

After that we had a blind test to check we knew where all the controls were and then we were off.

Going over the controls, 4 January 2011

Going over the controls, 4 January 2011

Explaining riding techniques, 4 January 2011

Explaining riding techniques, 4 January 2011

The Ride

The fact you can ride fast going up, down or on the flat gives snowmobiling that little something extra when it comes to having fun in the snow. But the big difference with an NSA tour is you get to see some stunning scenery (take a look at the panorama on the NSA location page) and you will see what I mean.

Traversing into the hills, 4 January 2012

Traversing into the hills, 4 January 2012

Leaning into it, 4 January 2012

Leaning into it, 4 January 2012

Scott sorting out a stuck sled, 4 January 2011

Scott sorting out a stuck sled, 4 January 2011

Don’t forget your camera

If you don’t want to lay the sled sideways or grab some air you can ask Scott who will be more than happy so you can get some action shots.

NSA pow turn up close, 4 January 2012

NSA pow turn up close, 4 January 2012

Scott opening up the throttle, 4 January 2012

Scott opening up the throttle, 4 January 2012

Want to ride the sledges too?

If you fancy getting on a NSA snowmobile tour for the first time or already know what it’s all about get in contact with Scott to book a half day out in the snow for ¥30,000 and you won’t be disappointed.

If you have a video camera you can strap on your head to the sledge you can shoot a bit of video…

Final thought

Get the A-frame stance down and your body will thank you for it after a half day in the saddle.

Glen Claydon Photography getting the shots.

  1. Great, do you know if they still are active? I’d love to go on a tour this season. Have tried to reach them by mail but no answer.

    Thanks!

    Rickard
    Sweden

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