We have a range of snowboards from Never Summer available for hire directly from Madarao Mountain Lodge. For guests of Madarao Mountain Lodge we do at the cheap, cheap price of 3000 yen per day for the first day, and 2000 per day after that. These are premium high performance powder boards with quality bindings from Flux bindings.
Never Summer has a reputation of quality and durability in powder boards and have been designing and building snowboards since 1983. Each board has been carefully handcrafted in their Denver, Colorado factory to precision tolerance. Never Summer were awarded the first patent of hybrid camber technology, which means the boards are great for the powder and the park. They only allow "the world’s best snowboard shops" to sell their products, but we are fortunate to be able to sell them and rent them here through the local Japanese supplier.
So come and test ride some of the best boards on the planet in some of the best powder on the planet!
Never Summer boards that are available at the Lodge include the Maverick, Insta-gator, Big Gun and Swift.
Check out what SnowMagazine.com says about the Insta/gator, which is our shorter, all-mountain, free-ride board:
"Although we did not have the best powder conditions to test this in, what we did have we concluded that despite it's size, it does have great float. Cruising around in the deep would be effortless.
This is because the Insta Gator is a directional, fusion profile of camber and rocker. The rocker is quite prominent in the middle and at the tip and tail, giving the board that beautiful lift, then the shallow camber underfoot for control. The board is also well set-back for the bindings.
Out on the groomers this board handles itself well at speed. It is very forgiving and not catchy at all, but it is quite a lively ride and not damp enough for riding uneven terrain all day.
Being directional, it is not a board that you would ride switch with, but it is one of the most playful free-ride boards we have ridden. Especially if you want some mellow time messing around with butters and presses.
Carving is good if powered more from the back foot. Being short, it felt quite nimble and had good turn initiation.
Being Never Summer, this board has been built to last as if it had been made from steel forged in Mordor.
Not a heavy metal playing mountain slayer, the Never Summer Insta Gator brings back the fun to free-ride boards."
HARVEST is ski company located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They state that they are "committed to producing quality, handcrafted skis using only premium materials in a manner that is aware of and respects the environment around us. In the tradition of small batch brewing, farm to table cuisine and supporting small business, HARVEST is about growing the culture of skiing from tree to ski".
At Madarao Mountain Lodge from the 2019/20 season we will have a selection of Harvest's Homegrown all-mountain powder skis. Described as the "the ski that started it all", the Homegrown has a shape that will carve the front-side but also be good in deep powder in the back country. The design features include an early rise and tapered tip and tail for increased float and turn release, a camber underfoot that provides edge hold on firmer snow and a medium flex for a playful but solid feel.
Harvest skis are built using sandwich sidewall construction providing unmatched power to the edge and uncompromised durability.
Harvest Homegrown's are a natural fit for Madarao as they are super performers in the trees.
Check out this review:
"Harvest's description of the Home Grown is pretty much spot-on. The Home Grown is an agile, super-fun all-mountain ski for the 105mm waist category with a sporty, quick feel for its dimensions. The Home Grown has a very respectable carving ability once you roll it up on edge and engage the camber underfoot, and feels much shorter than its measured length due to the early rise tip and tail. Ride quality is nicely quiet and damp without any hint of heaviness or buzz underfoot across hard surfaces or ridged-filled hard groomer terrain. The Home Growns have a surprising pop if you load them up and release them (especially in 3D snow), so stay on top of them. Harvest has created a ski with a remarkably easy-to-ride, "auto-familiar" feel to them so you can ride them bell-to-bell without much effort, yet have a rowdy, fun-filled outing as the snow progresses from freshies to cut-up junk and packed-out surfaces during the day. The early rise tip and tail provide a fairly short effective edge length, and with the tapered tip and tail anchoring a short radius, the Home Growns can be a little darty at high speeds in 3D snow, but relax and back off the turn intensity, and the darty feel goes away at higher speeds. These skis shine in the tight woods and cut crud pretty darn well without deflection. Build quality and appearance are excellent. We found the Home Growns were a ski to always put in the ski pod when conditions where inconsistent or anything other than hardpack. Harvest's Home Grown is a great example of what craft ski builders can give their customers in 2018, and they should have a ton of happy skiers on their hands. Add a three-year warranty to the reasonable price, and you have a crowd pleaser."