There are lots of ski and snowboard rental shops in Hakuba providing you the option of advance, intermediate and or novice level skis and snowboards. Rental equipment is well priced, typically less expensive than what is available in other counties.

Haven Lodge can help all guests with ski hire as we work closely with Rhythm Hakuba ski and snowboard rentals Well regarded, they provide a pickup and drop off service to Haven Lodge.
Rhythm ski and snowboard rental can arrange fittings for large groups. 
Large Foot Caution-- for those with big feet, do not stress, sizes rise to size 13. Let us know and we will ask them to source boots for you if your feet are larger than that.

Rhythm we will automatically collect equipment at the conclusion of a guests rental period if it has not already been returned to the store. Their drivers will begin automatically collecting equipment at the conclusion of the guests agreed rental period. Should a guest wish to extend they will need to contact the store via phone prior to this time. All guests will be notified of this verbally when being fitted for their rentals, given a handy tips card (useful tips regarding their stay in Hakuba that also states this return policy), and via signage in our drying room. 
With the increase of customer visitation to Hakuba, RHYTHM have increased their guest shuttle service from 2 to 3 x 9 person vans, allowing for the most efficient response times for both guest pick ups and equipment returns. For guest pick ups please  contact the store on 0261 723 288, 30 mins prior to desired pick up time.
To assist the online portal, they have updated with the question 'how did you hear about us', as a mandatory field. This will allow them to report on all responses, please select 'accommodation' from the drop down (and complete the accommodation field).
Over summer they have been busy renovating the store to increase their floor space, which will enhance the guest experience and improve the shop flow, allowing guests to be served, fitted, and return to their holiday as seamlessly and quickly as possible. The team will be setting up from early November so please feel free to stop by if you get a chance!

We highly recommend booking with Rhythm to ensure a smooth rental experience. We recommend pre-booking to firstly, ensure equipment is available for you, and additionally, to allow you a faster in store experience, allowing you to get back to your holiday as quickly as possible.

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Step 2: Enter the coupon HAVEN5  to receive 5% off your booking

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Lessons and Guiding Solutions

There are a number of ski schools that particularly cater for Western/English speaking skiers and borders. Lessons remain in English, with native level English speakers. We recommend and work closely with  Hakuba Snow Sports. Dan the owner is very experienced and runs a large number of well-qualified ski teachers and offers a large range of group and private lessons and is very easy to get to lessons from the Lodge 

Childminding is also readily available at the Imori ski slopes where the lesson a held.

Purchasing ski gear in Japan

There are some fantastic bargains to be had in Japan!! All the most recent gear, commonly not yet offered in the Southern Hemisphere, at unbelievably inexpensive rates.

If you were pleased with last seasons devices, you will discover some fantastic offers. As the ski season advances, the offers get much better.​
The best offers are later on in the season, late February and March.
Hakuba has a great variety of shops offering everything you would want/need. Prices are good, though not as good as Tokyo.