Powdery snow, heavy snow dumps, an assortment of skiable terrain and ski resorts – these are only a few of the reasons why Japan is an incredible place for skiing. It does not matter whether you are a first timer or someone simply seeking the next great adventure, Japan is sure to hold many thrills for you.
If you love skiing, then make it your next destination and start planning that trip. Before you leave, however, begin by gathering this list of skiing gear and go on a ski vacation that you will never forget.
Big Powders Skis
Wider, fatter skis are a must. Take one that is at least 115 mm under foot. It is bigger than the usual, but it allows you to stay on top of the incredibly light snow dump. You can also bring your own gear, but rentals are readily available in good quality.
Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
Yes, it can get very cold in Japan’s snowy areas. With all the fresh snow that you have to deal with, you’d better be prepared for multiple face shots. Do not let it ruin your day and stay covered with a neck gaiter or balaclava. For more protection, it’s better to pick a balaclava.
Low Light Goggle Lenses
Pack quality ski goggles if you plan on hitting the slopes a lot. The most useful are low light lenses, given the average snow conditions in Japan. However, it’s mostly overcast. These lenses provide the best visibility, especially when there is thick snowfall and flat light. If you want to go night skiing, you might want to get a clear lens, too.
Safety first! For maximum protection, select a ski helmet with a multi-directional impact protection system. This way, your head is covered in case of any untoward incidences. Additionally, it’s a good idea to shop for one that keeps you warm. Look for a helmet that has a built-in liner and adjustable headband for a snug fit.
Nothing is worse than being wet on the slopes. A waterproof jacket is your simplest protection. It keeps you dry and comfortable in between hot laps and sitting on lifts.
Thermal Base Layer
Merino wool has always been the popular choice for skiing or doing any winter activity. It removes moisture and sweat off your skin to stop you from getting cold. Thermal base layers are available both in synthetic or wool fiber.
More insulation is offered by a warm mid layer. Again, Merino wool is the top choice but fleece also performs well. Avoid cotton as it absorbs water quickly.
Fine Wool Hoodie
Add a hoodie on top of your thermal base and mid layers, just under your jacket. In case you get too hot, just remove the hoodie.
Big Warm Gloves
Your limbs and exposed extremities are the first to get cold in low temperatures, and this includes your hands. Give them utmost protection by packing a pair of mitts that leave your hands warm. Remember to pack extras, too.
Thermal Leggings and Jeans
Stay warm with thermal leggings that you can wear under your thermal pants. They are really comfortable and you can dress them up any way you want.