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All About Skis and Snowboards

What is the widest ski you stock?

If you are looking for one of the widest skis on the market, we stock the Hell Bent from K2 at an amazing 132mm underfoot. Let’s not forget the K2 Pontoons are a whopping 130mm underfoot. These skis will give a lot of extra float and are spectacular in the deep off-piste snow that Niseko is famous for. We also have a great choice in our mid-fats with the K2 Coomback at 102mm underfoot, the Line Prophet 98 at 98mm underfoot just to name a few.

Do I need wide skis to ski powder?

It depends. For most skiers we recommend that you just increase the waist width slightly to give you a little more float.

Skis For Women

With an increased women’s range incorporating K2, LINE, and the women’s range from Armada, we have every thing for first time skiers to powder skiers.

The K2 SuperSweet 74 at 139cm in length and 74mm underfoot is our smallest ski which is great for learning how to carve easy turns. At the other end of the scale is the K2 MissDirected at 169cm in length and 117mm underfoot suited to the high intermediate/expert skier.

Equipment Switching

Standard Equipment:

  • Max 2 exchanges / same equipment type (i.e: ski to ski)
  • 1x exchange between different types of equipment (i.e: ski to snowboard)

Any swaps after this will incur a JPY1,000 fee to cover the cost of waxing and tuning.

Deluxe Equipment:

No additional cost or limit for switching equipment.

Height, Weight, & DOB

This information is critical in order for us to accurately set up the release point of the ski binding according to the manufacturers’ recommendations.

Boot Sizes & How To Work It Out

Both ski and snowboard boot sizes are measured in centimetres (cms). Boot sizes range from 14.5cm up to 32.5cm. To estimate your size, place a ruler on the floor against a wall and stand with your back to the wall. Now stand on the ruler, with your heel against the wall, and measure how many cms long your foot is. Boot sizes are set on the half size, so if your foot measures 27cm your size is 27.5cm.


Snowboard Length

The smallest snowboard we carry is the Burton LTR Kids 90cm.

The longest snowboard in our fleet is the HEAD Intelligence 168 cm. We also have a selection of Powder specific boards like the Ride Slack Country in 161 cm, and the K2 Ultra Dream in 164cm. These powder boards are rockered to float effortlessly through the powder.

Pickup, Storage and Loss

Pick Up Time?

You can pickup your equipment free of charge anytime after 4pm the afternoon before your rental is due to begin.

Day Lockers

You can rent a day locker to store walking boots, bags, etc. for the day. Small lockers are JPY500 per day and large lockers are JPY1,000 per day.
Note: We require a JPY1,000 deposit for the key. The deposit is returned to you at the end of the day upon receipt of the key.

Overnight Storage

  • Available for Skis and Poles or Snowboards
  • Free of charge for equipment rented from NBS
  • 300JPY / set / night for guests
  • 500JPY / set / night for non-NBS equipment



You will need a ski jacket, ski pants, warm waterproof gloves, long socks (always above the boot), goggles, a warm beanie and/or helmet, and a neck warmer to be able to still breathe after getting some epic powder shots. Helmets, ski jackets and pants are available for rent at NBS. You need to bring your own goggles or purchase at the NBS retail store in Alpen Ridge.

Delivery/Pick Up

Unfortunately, we're unable to deliver to or pick up from your accommodation. All rental equipment must be returned to the store by 7pm on the final day of rental. If you want to make the most of the Niseko night skiing on your last day then you can return your equipment before 9am the following day without additional charge.

Lost/Damaged/Stolen Equipment

Lost, damaged, or stolen equipment must be paid for as per Niseko Base Snowsports' Lost and Damaged Equipment Policy.

Please refer to the Terms & Conditions.


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Kutchan cho, Abuta gun
Hokkaido, Japan 044-0080


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