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Niseko: to pack or to rent?

post #1 of 11
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I'm heading to Niseko from late Dec-early Jan to ski. The initial plan was to bring my boots and skis, but now I'm wondering if I should just bring my boots and rent skis when I get there?

 

If I travel with my skis (Prophet 100s), I will be checking them in on my Continental Airlines flight. I'll pack them carefully, so I'm more worried they'll get lost during one of my multiple layovers than I am that they'll get damaged.

 

On the other hand, if I rent, there's going to be a major language/cultural barrier and I really don't know if I want to hassle with that.

 

Any of you well-traveled people have input on which is the better option?

 

 

post #2 of 11

If you are going to rent, then contact the resort and make reservations  for ski model and length that you want.

post #3 of 11

There are numerous good rental/demo shops in Niseko. PM me for a phone #

post #4 of 11

I was advised by Extremely Canadian to bring one's own skis to Japan.  Available rentals tend to be in smaller sizes more popular with the locals.   Perhaps Niseko is becoming popular enough with the Aussies that a wider range of rentals/demos is being provided.  But the risk of not having suitable rental gear if there is any question is not one I'm willing to take on an exotic trip like that after a difficult experience in Las Lenas.  I have done fine with ski demos in France and New Zealand.

post #5 of 11

Agree with jiminTokyo Niseko has ample rental options - see http://www.skihirejapan.com/ or search INSKI/PRO-SKI/ NISEKO 343 ...they'll all be able to help you. Language -shouldn't be an issue as all rental shops are either run by or employ native English speakers. Niseko is getting less n less Japanese every year

post #6 of 11


Tony and Wakefield,

Niseko has a great selection of demo rental skis,so no need to take your own, unless you have a dedicated powder ski. Sizing now days is not an issue.Rythym at Hirafu village has a good assortment including JJs ,Pontoons etc.As noted by JTokyo there is a range of other shops as well.

I note in another thread that you are going with Black Diamond, they may be able to sort out the ski rental for you. In your NZ club field report  I recall you used Black Diamonds services on that occassion also. That was a great report so hopefully you will do one on your Niseko trip ?

Tony I will be in Niseko at the same time as you so , so  we may get the chance to do a few turns and maybe enjoy a Japanese beer or two.
 

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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post

I was advised by Extremely Canadian to bring one's own skis to Japan.  Available rentals tend to be in smaller sizes more popular with the locals.   Perhaps Niseko is becoming popular enough with the Aussies that a wider range of rentals/demos is being provided.  But the risk of not having suitable rental gear if there is any question is not one I'm willing to take on an exotic trip like that after a difficult experience in Las Lenas.  I have done fine with ski demos in France and New Zealand.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the input.

 

Unfortunately, my trip was canceled due to weather conditions on the east coast. I was supposed to ski in Japan with my brother from Dec 30-Jan 7. The earliest Continental could rebook: December 5.  

 

I will be taking a day trip to Hunter Mountain in NY tomorrow. Somehow, I don't think it will be quite the same.

 

In any event, I can use the money I saved to fund a trip to Utah or Colorado, hopefully.

post #8 of 11

Need some urgent advice :o

 

I'm flying to Japan in two days and will be skiing in Niseko.  We are staying at Hilton Niseko Village and as this is a family holiday to Japan (not meant specifically for skiing), I will only be able to ski for 2.5 days while there.  The rest of the time, we'll be travelling around Japan and sightseeing.

 

I'm a relatively good all mountain skiier and absolutely in love with my Volkl Kenja 163cm.  The question is, should I bring my skis or should I just bring my boots and rent skis...

 

The rental price seems a bit steep in Niseko, especailly since I won't be skiing consecutive days and will therefore need to rent on a daily basis.  I travel a lot and as such would not have to pay extra luggage fee at all if I bring my own skis on the flight.  I also have a hardcase (sportstube) for my skis, so not so much to worry about in terms of broken equipment during transit.  What would be a bit annoying though is that we'll also be travelling around Japan by train and I don't exactly want to be dragging a pair of skis - though if it's worthwhile, I wouldn't mind.

 

Question -

- Is it worth bringing my Kenja?  is it even suitable for Niseko?

- What are my rental options there?  Closest to the Hilton seems to be the rental shop at the gondola station, but I couldn't find a website for this shop and am guessing that I probably can't pre-book.

- How's the selection of female all mountain skis there?

 

Thank you all so much in advance!  :)

post #9 of 11
Bring your own boots, rent the skis there. From everything I hear about Niseko, your skis are not ideal for their kind of skiing. You will end up lugging them around and then still renting a dedicated powder skis. Leave your Kenjas at home.
post #10 of 11

I was on my powder skis 10 out of 11 ski days in Japan in 2011.  I lugged them on the trains and it was a workout, though worth it for me.  With a low proportion of ski vs. sightseeing days I would rent.  This is what I've done in New Zealand a couple of times.

post #11 of 11

Sorry I missed this. Hope you found your way to one of the better shops.

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