COULD this be the perfect Niseko ski? While we know Niseko has got the deep, it only has patches of the steep, so you’re unlikely to be skiing at warp speed for long. So, to rip in Niseko you want a fat ski with a bit of flex to make it a playful powder ski that will pop a bend when you need it. This is exactly what the SFB delivers. It floats on anything, yet still carves the groomers. One of only two skis that got a perfect 10 in Freeskier’s ‘09 test, and is one of the lightest skis out there. Available from Victoria Sports Kanda, Tokyo. Call 03 3295 2955. RRP ¥95,000 (US$1085 approx).