Skateboarding gives people in the Niseko area a way to ride sideways during the green season. Shops like Boom Sports in Kutchan (www.boom-snow.com), and Rhythm in Hirafu (www.skihirejapan.com) stock a selection of skate gear for skating all kinds of surfaces. Cruisy skate set ups with a longer board and larger softer wheels that let you pump around on roads and sidewalks are available. Freestyle skateboards with smaller wheels are also available to let you shred on one of the area mini ramps. Or just pick any combination of board and wheels to lay out big turns on the asphalt, and slide and grind some mini ramp coping all with one setup!