Fancy a spot of backcountry riding in Niseko and Hakuba – some of the snowiest terrain in the world? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Our range includes touring skis, splitboards, bindings, skins, and accessories such as avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes.
We have carefully selected a range of touring skis from well the known brand Armada. All Touring Skis come with Skins and either Marker Duke, Marker Baron, Marker F12, Marker F10 or Salomon Guardian bindings. If you have your own ski boots, you can use them for backcountry riding. You can also hire ski boots through us, or even purchase a brand new shiny pair!
Backcountry Gear at Rhythm Summit
We have a full range of touring equipment for rent available from our Rhythm Summit store in Niseko, including touring skis, splitboards, snowboards, and accessories such as AVI packs, transceivers, probes, shovels, poles, skins and snowshoes. You will be able to pre-book your backcountry gear online very soon but in the meantime please feel free to contact us for more information.
We also stock a full range of backcountry gear for sale. View our backcountry retail gear!
Backcountry Gear at Rhythm Hakuba
For backcountry rental gear in Hakuba, you can book this equipment through Evergreen Snow Sport, located in our Rhythm Hakuba store.
About Backcountry Riding
While carrying backcountry equipment is one of the most basic requirements for safe backcountry travel, it is useless without knowledge of how to use it. Even more importantly it is critical that you have the experience and skill to travel safely in avalanche terrain on your own before venturing into the backcountry. Rhythm Snowsports accepts no responsibility for decisions you may make or situations / incidents that may occur in the backcountry while traveling with our rental gear. If you are unfamiliar with this equipment or uncomfortable accepting these risks on your own, please contact one of the local guides such as Evergreen in Hakuba, or Black Diamond Tours in Niseko.
Before heading out into the Niseko Side or Backcountry, make sure you are familiar with the local Niseko Rules and make sure to keep up to date with current Avalanche conditions.
The Niseko Rules are the area’s official regulations created for the safety and freedom of every skier and snowboarder riding inside or outside the ski resort boundaries. The rules were established by the Niseko Annupuri Avalanche Prevention Committee, the Niseko Mountain Resort Safety Committee, the Niseko Free Passport Committee and the Hokkaido Shiribeshi Alpine Accident Prevention Committee.
In addition to efforts by locals to encourage skiers and boarders not to duck ropes, the rules also allow backcountry access via a system of gates, but prohibit access on days of heightened avalanche danger.
The Niseko Backcountry is a very special place, but it is an unpatrolled and wild area of massive snowfalls, and there is certainly a heightened danger compared to front of the mountain. Skilled, experienced local guides are available so a guided tour is strongly recommended for anyone unfamiliar with the local terrain and conditions.
For more information on Hakuba’s resort rules, visit the Hakuba Local Rules page.