If you intend to access the backcountry terrain in the Niseko or Hakuba region then you are going to need the right backcountry gear. Niseko and Hakuba offer some of the best backcounty skiing in the world, from wide open bowls to perfectly spaced trees, the area has been blessed with perfect deep powder terrain. The resorts have easy to access “side country” areas so when the inbound fresh is all used up, it’s easy to find endless fresh turns accessed by touring skis with skins or snow shoes for the boarders. We always recommend using a local guide, such as Evergreen in Hakuba, or Black Diamond Tours in Niseko, to ensure your safety and also that you get to ride the best areas.
We stock the latest and greatest in backcountry gear and accessories, from well known brands including; Marker, Salomon, Tyrolia, Black Diamond, BCA, Pieps, Dakine and G3.
Below is just a sample of backcountry gear we sell in our stores. Availability isn’t guaranteed so make sure you chat to our staff about what’s currently available.
We also stock a full range of backcountry gear to rent. View our backcountry rental gear!
Skis & Boards
Armada Magic J K2 Luv Boat (womens) Armada JJ K2 Fulluvit (womens) Armada TST K2 Remedy (womens) Armada Kufo DPS Wailer Pure3 Armada TST (womens) DPS Wailer Tour1 Armada ARW (womens) DPS Wailer Foundation Volkl 100Eight DPS Cassier Foundation Volkl Mantra DPS Yvette Pure3 (womens) Volkl V Werks Katana DPS Zeda Tour1 (womens) Volkl V Werks DPS Uschi Foundation (womens) Volkl One W (womens) Field Earth V7 Rossignol Super 7 Field Earth T5 Rossignol Soul 7 Field Earth T7 Rossignol Super 7 (womens) Field Earth CNY7 SPC Rossignol Soul 7 (womens) Field Earth CNY6 SPC K2 Pinnacle Black Crows Nocta K2 Pettitor Black Crows Anima K2 Marksman Black Crows Atris K2 Coomba Black Crows Corvus K2 Shreditor
Snowboards & Splitboards
Jones Storm Chaser Jones Ultracraft Jones Flagship Jones Mountain Twin Jones Hovercraft Jones Explorer Jones Twin Sister (womens) Jones Hovercraft (womens) Ideal Field Earth X2 Umlaut Artide Umlaut Artide Directional Umlaut Artide Twin Offshore Snurfs Up Offshore Cabin Fever SPLITBOARDS Jones Solution (womens) Jones Hovercraft
Deeluxe XVe Deeluxe Spark Summit XV Deeluxe Spark XV Deeluxe Lunar Hybrid Coiler Deeluxe Deelite Coiler Flow Talon Focus Flow Helios Focus Flow Tracer K2 Aspect K2 T1 K2 Ashen K2 Estate K2 Mink Boa Ride Jackson Ride Triad Ride Hera Ride Sage
Scarpa Freedom SL Head Challenger 130 Scarpa Maestrale Head Challenger 110 Scarpa T2 Eco Head Challenger 100W Scarpa T2 Eco W Head Raptor B3 RD Scarpa Gea Head Raptor 120 RS Dynafit TLT7 Expedition CR Head Raptor 90 RS W Dynafit TLT6 Mountain CR Head Vector Evo 80 Dynafit TLT6Mountain CR W K2 Pinnacle Pro Dynafit Winter Guide GTX K2 Pinnacle 100 Dynafit Neo CR W Nordica Speedmachine 120 Salomon MTN Lab Nordica Speedmachine 100 Salomon MTN Explore W Nordica Speedmachine 105W Fischer Travers Carbon Nordica Speedmachine 95W Tecnica ZeroG Guide Pro Nordica Speedmachine 85W Tecnica ZeroG Guide Nordica N-Move 120 Tecnica ZeroGGuide W Nordica N-Move 100 Tecnica Cochise 120 Dyn Nordica N-Move 95W Tecnica Cochise 100 Nordica N-Move 85W Tecnica Cochise 105W Dyn Nordica Dobermann GP130 Tecnica Cochise 95W MV Nordica Dobermann GP 110W Nordica GPX 85W
Tubbs Flex Alp 22 (womens) Tubbs Flex Alp 24 (mens) Tubbs Flex Alp XL 28 Tubbs Flex Trk 22 (womens) Tubbs Flex Trk 24 (mens) Tubbs RDG 22 (womens) Tubbs RDG 24 (mens) Tubbs Mountaineer (womens) Tubbs Mountaineer (mens)
BCA Stash 20L Black BCA Stash 20L Orange BCA Stash 30L Black BCA Stash 30L Blue Dakine Heli Pro 2 Dakine Heli Pro DLX 24L Evoc FR Guide 30L Evoc FR Pro 20L Evoc FR Day 16L Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32L Black Diamond Nitro 26L Black Diamond Nitro 22L Black Diamond Magnum 16L
SKI BINDINGS SPLITBOARD BINDINGS Marker Kingpin 13 Spark R And D Arc Marker Tour F12 Spark R And D Surge Marker Tour F10 Spark R And D Arc (womens) Marker Duke EPF16 SNOWBOARD BINDINGS Marker Duke EPF 13 Flux XF Limited Marker Baron EPF 13 Flux John Jackson Dynafit Beast 16 Flux TT Dynafit Beast 14 Flux GX Dynafit TLT Radical ST 2.0 Flux GS Tyrolia Attack 13 Union T Rice Tyrolia Attack 16 Union Contact Pro Tyrolia Ambition 12 Union Force Tyrolia Adrenaline 13 Union Contact Tyrolia Adrenaline 16 Union Milan Union Juliet Now IPO Hi Cup (black) Now IPO Hi Cup (army green)
Probes, Shovels & Ski Poles
PROBES SHOVELS BCA Stealth 240cm BCA Bomber Shovel B1 BCA Stealth 270cm BCA Bomber Shovel B2 BCA Stealth 300cm BCA A2 w/ 29cm Saw BCA Stealth 260cm Carbon Pieps Excavator C720 Pieps 260cm Pieps Excavator C660 Pieps 300cm Black Diamond Evac 9 Black Diamond Quickdraw Carbon 240 Black Diamond Transfer 3 Black Diamond Quickdraw Tour 320 Black Diamond Lynx Black Diamond Quickdraw Tour 280 SKI POLES Black Diamond Quickdraw Tour 240 Black Diamond Telescopic Ski Pole Compactor Black Diamond Telescopic Ski Pole Traverse Black Diamond Telescopic Ski Pole Expedition 3
BCA Tracker DTS Beacon BCA Snow Study Kit BCA Tracker 2 Beacon BCA 35cm Snow Saw BCA Tracker 3 Beacon BCA Thermometer BCA DTS Rescue Beacon Package BCA 2M Ruler Pieps DSP Micro Beacon BCA Field Book Pieps DSP Pro Beacon G3 Ski Straps Pieps DSP Sport Beacon G3 Alpinist Skins BCA Slope Meter Spark R And D Crossword Splitboard Skins BCA 10x Magnifier Black Diamond Glidelight Mohair Skins BCA Alu Crystal Card Black Diamond Spot Headlamp Black Diamond Ikon Headlamp
Feel free to talk to our knowledgeable staff about our backcountry range. Retail products can only be purchased in store.
Find out more about backcountry riding
Backcountry check list
It’s always possible for even the most knowledgeable and cautious backcountry skiers to get caught in an avalanche. For this reason, all backcountry skiers should always carry avalanche safety gear. This includes:
- avalanche beacon/transceiver
- avalanche shovel
- backcountry skiing partner who also has rescue gear and training. Skiing alone in the backcountry is never a good idea
- A phone or two way radio
- First aid kit
Please note that while carrying this 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 gear you have purchased from us. 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.