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Old 01-03-2012, 01:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm planning a trip to Niseko. It's one of the places I always wanted to go and would like to make it happen this year

I have no experiences on big powder - apparently average snow depth in Niseko is 17-18m.

So just wondering what kind of board I need to get. I don't want it to be one off board just for this trip. My local mountain is icy and has average 2m snow base each winter.

I'm 5'10 and 175 pounds.

I'm currently looking at
Flow Solitude,
NeverSummer Heritage,
Ride Highlife UL, or
K2 Slayblade

Should I be looking at 160+ size? Please recommend me any other boards

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Old 01-03-2012, 01:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not far from Niseko. Small world! haha. I also own a slayblade and I gave up trying to make it work in the powder. the 100% flat thing is awesome but in the deep stuff you get a bunch of nose dive and wind up with a back leg like a purebred racehorse by the end of the day. I am heavier and taller than you, so maybe it will be a lil easier for you. I know you don't want a specific board for big pow, but I mean that's what niseko is. Dudes show up with skis that look like two alpine boards. If you wanna go off piste up there, it's gonna be hairy regardless. Get the board that has the least chance of requiring you to walk the whole way down! The Ride Highlife would be above the Slayblade on my list. The Solitude might too pow oriented if you wanna be able to use it on the icy conditions back home and such. Don't know about the Heritage.
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Old 01-03-2012, 01:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've never ridden that but directly from GNU website.

"Designed with new snow resort freestyle riding in mind. this banana rips the hardpack, park rails, cat tracks, ice, crud and everything that isn’t pow that you will come across on a typical resort “pow” day."

Niseko definitely is not a typical resort pow day.
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I've never ridden that but directly from GNU website.

"Designed with new snow resort freestyle riding in mind. this banana rips the hardpack, park rails, cat tracks, ice, crud and everything that isn’t pow that you will come across on a typical resort “pow” day."

Niseko definitely is not a typical resort pow day.
RIGHT. But it's a POW board. What they're saying is that the board is designed for powder riding but it's not a one-trick pony - follow? You said you didn't want a useless board when you returned.

It's not a surfy board and it will require more back leg than something like the notch or fish but it will also destroy the deep shit
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Ride Slackcountry? Much better option than the Highlife

Or the Lib Tech La Nina...

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Actually, that is probably the board to get right there. Good stuff.
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I rode Niseko last year using a 157 Banana Magic. Year before that I rode it using a TRS 159. I'm headed there late January and using a 160 Arbor Blacklist. Remember its pretty much the rider and not the board you should be concerned with.
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Just got back from a mid-Dec trip to Niseko where we got massive dumpage. It was unreal. At times it was mid-shin deep on the "groomers".

I rode my Gnu Carbon Credit 153 (I weigh 65.5kg w/o gear, 5'10" height) and wished for something with more float in the deep pow. Rear leg burn like mad. The magnetraction also caused some drag in the pow.

I'm now shopping for more pow-specific board for my next trip there in Feb.

While I was there I rode a friend's Nidecker Ultralight 158 and that board was mindblowing for the conditions. Fast, quick edge to edge, float in the pow... it was just magic.

Sorry I'm not familiar with the boards you listed, but I'm currently looking at the Nidecker Megalight & Ultralight, Yes Pick Your Line and Rossignol Experience.
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You will end up going back every year. Just buy a pow board now, don't invest all that money into the trip only to be let down by your board, the most critical item of them all. Last year I went with a neversummer sl and a sierra reverse crew. Both sucked in the pow. This year I am taking 2 dedicated pow sticks, taper+setback is the name of the game in hokkaido.
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