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Japan - Rent or Bring my skis!

post #1 of 9
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Good morning all. I'm a skier based in New York City. I have only skied here on the east coast, own a pair of Blizzard Brahmas, and would consider myself an intermediate skier (I can competently ski down any blue trail I have hit, and for most of the skis areas around here, the black diamonds as well. I can ski double blacks, depending on conditions, and not always super smoothly, ie Goat at Stowe is doable, but it's a very cautious process, picking out each turn on that icy rocky bitch). I enjoy soft moguls and trees as well.

My question is this. I am going to Japan, to ski at Rusutsu and Niseko in February, and I am trying to figure out if it's worth bringing my Brahmas (173cm 125-88-110), or just renting while I am out there.

I would love to hear some opinions.
post #2 of 9
What did you end up doing? Based in NY myself and am heading over to Hokkaido this Jan.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Keller View Post

Good morning all. I'm a skier based in New York City. I have only skied here on the east coast, own a pair of Blizzard Brahmas, and would consider myself an intermediate skier (I can competently ski down any blue trail I have hit, and for most of the skis areas around here, the black diamonds as well. I can ski double blacks, depending on conditions, and not always super smoothly, ie Goat at Stowe is doable, but it's a very cautious process, picking out each turn on that icy rocky bitch). I enjoy soft moguls and trees as well.

My question is this. I am going to Japan, to ski at Rusutsu and Niseko in February, and I am trying to figure out if it's worth bringing my Brahmas (173cm 125-88-110), or just renting while I am out there.

I would love to hear some opinions.

A friend's shop is a Vector Glide (very nice local brand) test/demo center... Daily fee is 4000 yen.

http://www.toyru.com/proshop/vgt.html

You could give Ross or one of his crew at NOASC a buzz about their fleet which looks to be pretty darn (oddly?) inexpensive

http://www.noasc.com/?Itemid=513


Why not find a pair of last season's 10-something's (like a Rossi Soul 7, Salomon Q105, Rocker 2 108, or similar) if the math comes close to pencilling out? Any of these could be used on an eastern powder day when you get back as well I'd think. Wider? Last season's Nordica Patron.
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

A friend's shop is a Vector Glide (very nice local brand) test/demo center... Daily fee is 4000 yen.

http://www.toyru.com/proshop/vgt.html

You could give Ross or one of his crew at NOASC a buzz about their fleet which looks to be pretty darn (oddly?) inexpensive

http://www.noasc.com/?Itemid=513


Why not find a pair of last season's 10-something's (like a Rossi Soul 7, Salomon Q105, Rocker 2 108, or similar) if the math comes close to pencilling out? Any of these could be used on an eastern powder day when you get back as well I'd think. Wider? Last season's Nordica Patron.


At this point it's too late for me, but I hope it helps the other guy who is asking. I like my brahmas, even in the deep stuff. I do not live close enough to a mountain to justify a second set of skis when I already have a pair that can handle the occasional pow. When I was I Japan I did try something 108 under foot, and didn't like it. Felt like boats on my feet.
post #5 of 9
Sounds like you don't need to rent then. Just take your Brahmas and use the saved money for beer and onsens.
post #6 of 9
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When I was I Japan I did try something 108 under foot, and didn't like it. Felt like boats on my feet.

When I was in Japan you certainly would have needed the 108's or more.   With intermediate pitch in that deep snow you can easily sink in and grind to a halt if you don't have enough surface area underfoot. I used my 110mm underfoot powder skis 10 out of 11 days in Japan in 2011. I hope that ratio is similar this coming January. :D 

post #7 of 9
I'll throw this one out there though Tony, I skied 12 seasons there and the fattest of fat was about 90 underfoot. Never skied shorter than 190 though.smile.gif Ski fast, charge hard, have fun!




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post #8 of 9
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I skied 12 seasons there and the fattest of fat was about 90 underfoot.

12 seasons ago 90mm WAS a fat ski.   The 90mm Volant Chubb was my powder ski from 1997-2008.  It makes sense in that era you also went long to get more surface area in Japan.

 

In the modern era when even a lot of 100mm+ skis are decent on the groomers, it makes little sense IMHO to be much narrower than that in Japan IMHO.

post #9 of 9
Tony, I'm vaguely aware of this. smile.gif
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