There are many products in life you can skimp on. Snowshoes are not one of them. So if you must bypass the designer label jeans to save your pennies for a pair of MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes. Mountain Systems Research are the leaders of the pack in snow shoeing and the Lightning Ascent is their best shoe. Thanks to serrated edges along the bottom of the frames, the MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes provide 360-degree traction on hardcore, steep terrain. They are nice and narrow so you can walk with a normal gait. Not to mention they float pretty well in the deep stuff that Niseko will no doubt offer up. The aerospace-grade aluminum frame is super light for all-day hikes, and the ergonomic heel lifter minimizes calf fatigue so you can climb longer and farther. True-Hinge steel crampons provide stability, rocker design prevents heel drag and the reinforced decks add durability. ¥43,475 from NAC.