Shopping for ski equipment or fashion in Niseko is an improving situation directly related to the surge in visitors. Unlike most resorts in Japan larger sizes are easier to come by. For the moment a decent range of ski and snowboard gear can be found mainly in Hirafu with several others scattered throughout the village. Each shop comes with a set of advantages and disadvantages depending on the traveller’s needs and wishes. We will try to sort out the choices and match them with the type of traveller most likely to benefit from each option in the following Niseko Ski Shop Guide .[/td_text_with_title]
THE VALE SNOWSPORTS
The Vale Snowsports offers the all-in-one convenience of NISS Snowsports School, Niseko Sports Equipment Hire and Niseko Sports Retail under the one roof, visit the new Vale Snowsports Store this winter and head out on the slopes in style. A full range of ski & snowboard accessories including beanies, goggles, gloves, helmets and wax. BRANDS include SORREL, ROXY, OAKLEY, K2, BURTON, KUUS, GIRO, NORTHFACE, QUIKSILVER, DAKIN, NIKITA, SPYDER and SMITH
One of the most respected and trusted brands in ski & outdoor retail and rental in Australia & Japan. This is one of the best ski stores in Niseko with a wide selection of medium to high-end ski equipment and fashion wear.
193 Aza Yamada Kutchan-Cho
TEL: (0136) 21 4050
NISEKO BASE SNOWSPORTS
NBS have the gear for first time or seasoned skiers. The team at NBS are experienced skiers & snowboarders who know what makes for fun, safe and memorable snow holidays. NBS Retail shop carries a wide variety of high quality goods including gloves, goggles, helmets, fashion wear, masks, backpacks, snow toys and the usual accessories to keep your equipment in top shape. Featured Brands include DAKINE, GIRO, SMITH OPTICS and GIRO.
Rhythm Snowsports is located near the main Hirafu intersection) is a large shop with a great range of gear and equipment. They have lots of snowboard outerwear, ski and snowboard hardwear, and they specialize in ski boot fitting. Rhythm also has a superior range of equipment and competitive prices. Customers can ride the powder with confidence and extreme happiness. All staff in Japan are skiers and snowboarders themselves.
TEL: +81 136 23 0164
Beats is the second of 3 stores owned by Australian Rhythm Snowsports. Located on the corner of the main Hirafu intersection it sells an array of colorful ski clothing including a range of must-have brands like Armada, Attiba, Kjus, Dakine, Oakley, Arc’teryx, SOS and Spyder. Specialty staff members will help you choose the right gear so not only will you be warm and dry on the mountain, you’ll also look good too.
TEL: +81 136 22 4199
Inski is also conveniently located in Hirafu Niseko near Seicomart. The retail component of the shop mainly focuses on ski equipment and quality ski clothing, with brands such as Spyder, Kjus and SOS. Inski also sells lots of après boots and ski and snowboard accessories.
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Kutchan has two ski/snowboard shops that have a large range and are slightly cheaper than the Niseko ski shops. It might be difficult to find a staff member who speaks fluent English, so if you don’t speak Japanese you’ll need to know exactly what you want as you may not be able to ask intricate questions about the latest in boot or ski technology.