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The Best Skis For Japan


There was a time when skiing powder was hard work, restricting the fun factor of powder to the most technically elite skiers. Fortunately, the late, great Shane McConkey came up with a concept in 2006 that revolutionised ski design. A combination of fat skis, reverse side cut and reverse camber (Rocker), Shane’s design laid the platform for the modern powder ski, a ski that makes the deep, white stuff accessible for all – powder to the people.

Today’s powder skis are something special; the width, tapered shapes, and rocker allow big turns at speed. They are also light, nimble and responsive – just what you need when you’re chasing powder in the trees.

Snow Conditions in Japan

If you’re reading this article, you’ll most probably know that Japan is the land of powder, and we mean next-level fluffy goodness! The ski season in Japan kicks off in November and closes in May, perfect for seeing off those summer blues when you’re dreaming of the snow in Australia.

Average snowfall is resort-dependent however, no matter which resort you head to, you won’t be disappointed. Two of the most popular powder destinations are Niseko (~14m annual snowfall) and Kiroro (an insane average of 21 metres)! The best time to visit is typically early January to mid-February, with regulars fondly terming their favourite month “Japanuary”.

All that snow makes for an epic trip, but you’ll need the right equipment to enjoy it to the max. Our crew of ski fanatics have put together their top skis for the season to have you shredding at your best.


The Short Pants Paradox ski is crafted for smaller-framed shredders to take on the deepest of powder. It’s big on performance and classy in all conditions. Engineered with a 112mm waist, powerful flex, and long turn radius, it’s ideal for big mountain competition juniors and men & women looking for agile ski without the surface area and float of longer skis.

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2024 Short Pants Paradox Ski


With a poplar core, beech reinforcement, minimalist skin attachment points, and a carbon-reinforced edge, the Solis provides a lightweight, versatile, and technical option for even the most challenging of alpine conditions. While not as broad as some other powder alternatives, its agility will see you slicing through the fluffy stuff with ease.

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Solis Ski


The Revolt was designed in collaboration with elite athletes and combines the best parts of several previous iterations, including the Revolt 104 and Revolt 121, so you know you’re going to get peak performance. The team at Volkl were not messing around with this year's edition, and it shows on the snow with technical elegance and a playful edge.


From expansive turns in unexplored territories to nippy maneuvers through the trees, the Dynastar Free will give you a sweet ride every time. With an early rise tip and tail rocker, this ski handles easily on the slopes and in the air, catering to park and powder. The fibreglass torsion box technology wraps the wood section of the core in fibreglass for vertical reinforcement, and the Adaptativ Sidecut technology guarantees a slick ride no matter the snow conditions. There are subtle differences between the 2023 and 2024 models so give our team a shout if you want to know more.

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2024 Free 108 Ski


Armada aimed to create a 15m radius ski that excels on groomers and rides well in a heap of conditions, allowing you to carve effortlessly and have a blast along the way. They succeeded. The Stranger combines carving with freestyle and freeride attributes, but it’s something a little different. 

It’s simply constructed but has no edge in the tip to really let you play around - it’s a super fun ski for hard-pack and powder, which is why it’s made our Japan list.

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2024 Stranger Ski


Spin, butter, and rip all over the mountain with Lines' Sir Francis Bacon. Equipped with a versatile 108mm waist and 3D Convex Tech, it floats through powder without sacrificing performance on the hardpack. 

It’s the ideal ski for playful Japow missions and exploring the depths of the resort.

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2024 Bacon 108 Ski

If you need more specific advice or would like to chat through your decision with an expert, get in contact with our awesome team or pop by our store in Cooma. 

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