Archive | Gear

Making ski boots fit like a glove

HIRAFU has an exciting new addition to its retail offering with the recent relocation of Boot Solutions – Niseko’s only specialist custom bootfitting store. Owned and operated by Podiatrist and Master Bootfitter Ned Buckley, the new Nozomi Views store opened in December 2014 and offers custom ski and snowboard boot fitting and winter footwear. But [...]

Rhythm Snowboard Store sale

40% off selected snowboard boots and bindings at Rhythm Snowboard store – while stocks last.

Endeavor – Forum – Raiden – Flux – Technine – SP – Celcius – Rome

Come check it out!!

Rhythm Snowsports

Located next to Abucha Bakery at the traffic lights.


Niseko’s revolutionary snowboard makers, Gentemstick, recently displayed their lineup of über-boards at the ISPO in Munich, regarded as the world’s largest winter sports exhibition.

The Gentemstick booth and the eccentric style of the boards created quite a stir in the show. Founder Taro Tamai attended the exhibition and noted that in particular Scandinavian visitors showed great interest in the boards and the snow-surfing philosophy that they are based on.

Snowboarding legend Jeremy Jones was also spotted taking a keen interest in the Gentemstick booth. Tamai-san is confident this could be the start of a growing international interest in not only the boards, but also snow-surfing which he hopes will change the way snowboards are ridden.

Ski/snowboard new model test-ride events @ Grand Hirafu, 19, 25, 26 Feb

There will be an opportunity to try out new ski and snowboard models in Grand Hirafu this February.

①K2 ski new model test ride
Date and time: 19 February, 9:00~15:30
Location: In front of Hotel Niseko Alpen
Fee: Free (Participant’s ID required for the test-ride. Please fill out a questionnaire after the ride.)

②”Snow Summit” snowboard new model rest ride
Date and time: 25 and 26 February, 10:00~15:00
Place: Near Hirafu Gondola Base
Fee: Free (Participant’s ID required for the test-ride. No binding rental available.)

Participating brands:
Signal Snowboards, Dragon, Volcom, Capita, Union Binding Company, 011Artistic, Field Earth Design, K2 Snowboarding, Ride Snowboards


Please call Grand Hirafu at 0136-22-0109 for more information.

NAC backcountry gear trial event, 26 February

NAC will hold a backcountry gear trial event on 26 February.

Staff from the NAC Outdoor Shop will demonstrate gear at the Beacon Park rescue training facility in Grand Hirafu. You will also be able to test out new snow shoes.

Note: There will be no English assistance during the event.

Date and time: 26 February ①9:00~12:00 ②12:30~15:30
What to wear: Ski or snowboard wear
What to bring: Skis or snowboard
Fee: 1,000yen (excl. lift pass fees)
Number of participants: Limited to 5 for each session

Please call NAC at 0136-23-2093 for more information.

Hiroyuki Yamada Gentemstick slide show @ Gentem Cafe, 23 Jan

Photographer and filmmaker Hiroyuki Yamada will present a slideshow and answer questions tonight, 23 January at Gentem CafeYamada’s website

The event will include around 20-30 slides and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Gentemstick Photo book.

Date and time: 23 January, 21:00~22:30
Place: Gentem Cafe (63-25, Aza Kabayama, Kutchan) 
Tel: 0136-23-3154

※Gentem Cafe will be open for their usual service during the event.