If you were only ever to use one ski for Niseko it should be the Armada ARV Alpine Skis. They are as tough as park boards, as stable as big-mountain sticks, and far cheaper than buying two pairs of skis. With a little added strength for stability at high speeds, the ARV tears it up anywhere on the mountain. The magical ride is brought to you courtesy of hefty dimensions, extra-thick, heat-treated edges, and super-tough base material. Get spinny in the backcountry, and know that the ARV’s full twintip tail has your back. Higher-density wood reinforcements along the core’s edges make it stiffer than last year’s model. Once you’re in the untouched chute of glory, the progressive tip shape will help the ARV float to the top, while the solid flex begs to accelerate. The graphics are even inspired by Japan, so they’ll be right at home here!
¥84,000 from Niseko 343 or Rhythm and Beats.