UNKNOWN to all except those that are really clued-up, Vector Glide is boutique Japanese ski and snowboard manufacturer that only makes restricted numbers of outstanding gear. The Mastiff is their fattest ski and will float you through Niseko’s pow like nothing you’ve ever experienced. They are extra light and have a 110mm waist with flex for the powder landings. Groomers are not what these are built for but they will do a reasonable job on them if you need them to. Expect the occasional nod of approval while you’re in lift queues and walking to first lifts. Available from Toyru. 0136-21-4055. ¥126,000.