Cool when are you going to Niseko? Ill be there in mid feb, 3rd year in a row. I cant get enough of the place.
After my first trip to Niseko where I went with a regular all mountain board, for my second trip I made sure I bought a proper powder board (In my case a Burton Malolo) and it was honestly the best money ive ever spent.
While a lot of people will tell you to get a powder board for Niseko, the reality is while you are a novice then getting out in the powder they have in Japan will only really end in you falling and not being able to move. Itll be lousy until you are fairly competent.
My powder board is fantastic in the deep stuff but it would be a BAD board to learn on because it is long, directional and not as easy to turn on groomed runs.
Staying there for 3 months will be plenty of time to get the hang of it tho so go for something with a slightly tapered shape and a reasonably neutral stance to learn with and then when you start getting good enough to hit the powder stashes off in the trees or out through the gated areas, set your stance an inch or 2 further back and go freaking nuts.
If I were in your position and only wanted to get 1 board, then I would get something like a Burton Supermodel. small taper, reasonably centred stance and can be dialed back for the powder days. If you have plenty of money to spend then get an all mountain board to learn on, and then once you get a taste for the deep stuff out through the gates then buy yourself a proper powder board. Niseko is the one place on earth where you are guaranteed to get good value out of a proper powder deck. They just aren't the best things for learning on.
In my opinion tho, going to Niseko and spending time in the park is a waste, you can do that anywhere. Only Niseko gets those amounts of power. That's just me tho, I know not everybody shares my views there.
And which bar are you working at? The snow conditions there are beyond belief, you're gonna love it.
Last edited by Reede; 10-07-2010 at 03:57 AM.