Monday, February 25, 2019 6:01:48 PM Asia/Singapore
Niseko Snowboard Brand that FOR OUTDOORS is passionate about and recommendations for Ski Resorts and Ski Schools.
FOD loves many snowboard brands but Gentemstick is FOD’s top pick for snowboarding in Niseko’s powder conditions. Gentemstick is Niseko’s home grown snowboard brand and has its showroom and cafe located just outside of the Grand Hirafu Ski Resort in 63-25, Kabayama, Kutchan.
Gentemstick boards are handcrafted and as such of premium quality and price. They are designed especially to “surf the snow”. It is this concept that inspired Gentemstick’s founder, Taro Tamai to develop the beautiful range of snowboards that connect mountain and waves and interestingly, because of this connection, some of Gentemstick boards are named after sea creatures, for example, Baby Mantaray, Rocket Fish and Stingray.
Before you buy Gentemstick boards, you can take oneof their boards for a maximum of a few days to demo them before you decide which one to invest in. The friendly and patient Gentemstick team will be able to explain the unique features of each board when you are there in order to help you find something that suits your riding style if you prefer to ride only in powder or groomers or both. FOD rides the Micro Mantaray, Drifter and Snowripper and we highly recommend you to demo one of their beautiful snowboards the next time you visit Niseko. Don’t forget to visit the cafe and try out the rooibos chai latte when you are there!
There are four main ski resorts in Niseko that are connected - Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and Annupuri that can beaccessed via Niseko United’s all mountain lift pass. FOD’s favorite, though, are the Moiwa and Rusutsu Ski Resorts. You will need a car or arrange for transfer to get to these two ski resorts though and each of them requires a different lift pass. For these reasons, they are less crowded and when you are there, don’t miss snowboarding down their fabulous tree runs which Niseko is renowned for.
If you are looking for a ski/snowboard school in Niseko, FOD recommends Niseko Black Snowsports. You will be treated like a VIP if you take lessons from them as they will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to any Niseko ski resort of your choice and drop you back at your accommodation after a great day on the slopes.
Niseko Black Snowsports’ skiing and snowboarding instructors are of top notch quality. They are well-trained and experienced. Regardless of what level you are at or if you just need a guide to take you to do some backcountry riding or cat-skiing, you will be able to find an instructor or guide that suits you and help you improve on your skiing or riding skills.