Snow gear check list

Gear Checklist

Having the right gear on the hill is extremely important, which is why we’re put together a checklist covering the  gear you will need to keep you warm, dry and happy on the mountain!

Hard goods

  • Skis – We stock a large range of retail skis. Due to the epic snow conditions in Japan, the majority of our skis are powder specific. Therefore, we recommend trying before you buy, by renting for one day. We can then take the price of the rental off your new set of skis. Find more about our ski retail range, as well as our ski hire range.
  • Ski boots – investing in your own boots is highly recommended, even if you only ski once a year. Our qualified boot technicians can fit you with the perfect pair of boots and offer a guaranteed fit.
  • Snowboards – We have a massive range of boards to choose from. we recommend trying before you buy, by renting for one day. We can then take the price of the rental off your new board. Find more about our board retail range, as well as our snowboard hire range.
  • Snowboard boots – investing in your own boots is highly recommended, even if you only board once a year. Our qualified boot technicians can fit you with the perfect pair of boots.
  • Goggles – There’s no question that good goggles should be an essential on everybody’s checklist, especially in the snowy conditions of Japan. A low light, clear lens is the go. If you wear seeing glasses, then try an Over the Glasses goggle. Our range includes both Western and Asian fit goggles. Check out our goggle range.
  • Spare Goggle Lens – We also stock a large range of replacement lenses so you can swap your existing sunny day lens with a great Niseko specific low light lens. Check out our goggle range.
  • Apres Boots – Cover your feet in a pair of stylish snow boots to cut through the towns many snow banks. Find out more about our range of Apres Boots.
  • Snow Shoe GRIP FOOT – A MUST for walking around town! Underneath all of that snow is a lovely thick layer of ice! Fitting a pair will stop you from embarrassing and often painful falls. Read more about GRIP FOOT.
  • Helmet – A helmet isn’t just an accessory – it’s a necessary item in your snow wardrobe as it can save you from serious injury.
  • Body Armour – Bum Pads, Elbow Pads etc – Whether it is your first time on the slopes or trying new tricks in the park, protective wear is a great way to keep those precious bones intact. Find out about our range of body armour.

Soft goods

  • Insulated Jacket and pants – A warm jacket with a powder skirt, and insulated pants are a must in Japan! Check out our outerwear range.
  • Gloves – A quality pair of gloves is a must on the hill. Look for something with a liner glove, or down fill, as it can get mighty cold on the hill. Mittens are a favorite for children and ladies who really feel the cold.
  • Glove Liners – Add extra warmth with a merino or silk glove liner. You can also double these up as your walk around town gloves.
  • Beanies – Stay warm and fashionable with our great selection of beanies and hats.
  • Face Mask, Neck Warmer, Balaclava – It gets particularly cold and windy in Niseko, so a good face protector is a must. Check out our range of face masks and neck warmers.
  • Ski / Board Socks – Wool or bamboo is the way forward in snow socks. Regular socks in Japan simply wont cut it!
  • Thermal Underwear – Layering is the key to keeping warm. Avoid cotton based thermals as they capture moisture, wool or synthetic based thermals are optimum.
  • Mid-Layer Tops – After your thermals add a fleece or wool mid-layer for extra warmth. Layering helps trap body heat, keeping you warmer on the mountain.
  • Ski / Board Bag – Bringing home your precious new skis or board in a specifically designed bag will ease the airport struggle. Check out our range of bags.

Technology goods

  • Headphones – If you get a chance to ride solo, grab your ipod, slip on a pair of Skull Candy headphones and ride to your favorite tunes.
  • GoPro – Capture you and your mates riding some of the worlds finest snow conditions.

Remember, keeping dry and warm is the key to enjoying epic turns in Japan!

Feel free to talk to our knowledgeable staff about our huge range of retail gear. Retail products can only be purchased in store.