BURTON’S beauty, The Supermodel, looks as good as its namesake, and rides…well, let’s stop there, shall we? Almost specifically designed for Niseko’s deep and powdery natural mountain conditions, the Supermodel – a true powder monster – boasts a directional, tapered shape and a short 2.5cm stance setback to give you bountiful float in the fluffy stuff. A fatter nose and skinnier tail sits you right up out of the pow-pow, meaning minimal stress and burn on your back leg. The Powder Fly II wood core absorbs the chatter for a smooth and controlled ride, and includes Carbon I-Beam reinforcements to increase handling for a precision cruise down the mountain. A ridiculously fast, sintered WFO base will keep you hauling along when you break out of the steeps and rip across a wide-open bowl. Add a fresh waxing to the bottom and you’ll really know about it, and find that you are constantly left waiting for friends to catch up after you’ve left them in your powdery wake. New this year, Burton added an ICS ‘The Channel’ system to give you nearly limitless stance options, whether you prefer regular or EST bindings. The Supermodel: snowboarding has never been more attractive. RRP: ¥75,600 (US$860 approx).