Back country

New for Central Snowports in Hakuba for 2012/2013, we are stocking a range of Backcountry Equipment to help get you out there, whether it is side country or true backcountry.

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Our store at Happo, 100metres down from the main gondola, also known as the Blizzard Building, carries Salomon Rockers and Rockettes equipped with touring bindings that are user friendly and suitable for alpine downhill skiing and are compatible with all boots. All skis have matching skins cut and sized correctly.

We also supply collapsible touring poles from K2, a must have for skiers and boarders heading out back or off the side! Snowshoes for snowboarders, no boot packing in  this powder, strap them on the back and make your ascent easy.

All our Backcountry Packs are equipped with a beacon, probe and shovel – **please note** these alone do not make you safe whether it is backcountry or sidecountry.

Whilst our equipment is maintained to the highest order, the equipment alone does not make you safe! Hakuba is amazingly beautiful, however it is full of natural terrain traps and avalanche hazards.  We HIGHLY recommend you use a guide and do an avalanche course.  There are three reputable guide groups in Hakuba which we use and recommend:

Skiing With Steve Lee

Ski with three time Winter Olympian and World Cup Winner Steve Lee, Steve hosts in resort groups, side country and backcountry, check out his info at www.facebook.com/skiingwithstevelee, email contact skiingwithstevelee@gmail.com.

Evergreen-Hakuba.com

Headed by respected Guide Dave Enright, if you wwant to do a course or get out in the hardcore areas safely, get onto Dave, his Hakuba knowledge is second to none .

Mountainlife.jp

This operation is run by Damian Banwell who also has some great blogs on current conditions out back and the photography on his site is epic. Contact Damian for the true touring experience.

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Take advantage of one of the above operators and have a different day skiing ... backcountry sking is a Hakuba must do!

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