You may be wondering, what is Niseko like for beginners? If you’re a first time skier or snowboarder, we think Niseko is actually the perfect place to learn and progress. There are plenty of gentle slopes and, thanks to the powder snow, any crash landings will be nice and soft. You can also rent or buy the best equipment, apparel and accessories to make sure your first days on the slopes are a great success…
Renting the Best Beginner Gear is Quick and Easy.
For your first-time skiing, it’s important you’re using gear that is perfectly suited to your size, weight and ability level. We recommend renting so you don’t break the budget before you’ve even tested out the slopes! Beginners will need a shorter ski that reaches around chin height and offers a softer, more forgiving construction that will assist with balance and control. At Rhythm, we have plenty of equipment to suit beginners in both our Standard and Premium ranges. Renting from our Premium range means you will be kitted out in the latest equipment and have the option to change skis if you progress quickly. We also make renting super easy by providing an easy in-store check in system and Service Centers at some of Niseko’s best hotels.
You Can Book a Lesson so you Progress Quickly.
For both adults and children, having a ski lesson is by far the best way to learn and progress. By learning the basics, you will be preparing yourself for a lifetime of enjoying the sport. Niseko is home to many world class ski schools staffed by highly experience instructors. Feel free to ask your rental technician which ski school will be the most suitable as we’re happy to make recommendations!
Buy the Essentials at the Best Price.
We understand that you may not want to spend a fortune the first time you try skiing! However, it’s important that you stay warm, comfortable and safe on the mountains. At Rhythm for safety and hygiene reasons we do not rent softgoods, however we do offer our Starter Pack, which includes one pair of Kuma goggles and a pair of gloves from OYUKI. These items have been specifically chosen because they suit Japan’s unique weather conditions and are suitable for men, women and children. Ask our expert staff in store for more information!
Visit in Spring for Sunny Days and Discounts.
Spring is the perfect time for first timers! Think longer, sunnier days, warmer temperatures, quieter lift lines and still plenty of snow. Plus, Rhythm offers a great Kids Rent Free in Spring deal. Simply book one adult’s rental package and one child will be fitted up at no extra charge.
There is Loads of Terrain in Niseko for Beginners to Explore and Enjoy.
While Hokkaido has a reputation for being the powder capital of the world, it’s not all steep slopes and off-piste riding, which is why we love Niseko for beginners. There are plenty of groomed, easy runs across the different resort areas, along with ski carpets and all the infrastructure required to make learning to turn a breeze.
Tired From Skiing? Try Eating and Drinking!
Trying any sport for the first time can be exhausting! So make sure you schedule plenty of breaks along the way. You can always drop into Rhythm and Beans, located in our Base, Main St. and Hakuba stores for an Allpress coffee, hot chocolate, toasted sandwich or some snacks. Or why not treat yourself to a beer or a cocktail…you’ve definitely earned it! Niseko is home to some of the best dining options of any resort in the world, so don’t stress if you’re not finding your feet on the slopes, you’ll still find plenty of things to love about a snow holiday in Japan.
Learn to Ski and Then Explore Japan.
Once you’ve mastered the basics and enjoyed the beginner slopes of Niseko, you may want to explore your options next time you visit in Japan. Rhythm is also open in Hakuba where you can enjoy great snow, accommodation and dining options along with cultural experiences like snow monkeys and tours to temples and major cities. Plus, we will be opening doors in Furano in time for the 2020/20 ski season, the perfect place to experience everything central Hokkaido has to offer!