The snow has been falling steadily today in Myoko. By dusk the cars had a few centimetres coating and the ground was pretty much covered throughout the village. But starting from scratch it’s always going to take a while before the ground cools and the white stuff starts to pile up properly.
For the operators of the Myoko ski resorts scheduled to open over the next few days, tonight may be a sleepless one. Ikenotaira has already pulled the pin on opening tomorrow while Akakan, Akakura Onsen and Seki Onsen are taking a wait-and-see approach. Madarao is betting pretty heavily on the next 12 hours and is scheduled to open at 7:00am tomorrow.
It’s snowing now and it’s possible we could still see a decent dump by the morning, but it looks like it’ll dry up through the day before turning the taps on again tomorrow night.
The pictures below were taken on dusk this evening:
These shots below were taken yesterday. There’s no denying winter has arrived.
Tomorrow morning will be interesting. For the resorts it could be a case of too-little, too-late or maybe just-enough just-in-time. Either way, there’s unlikely to be a heap of terrain open from whatever lifts get spinning over the weekend. But as season after season proves in Japan, it’s just a matter of time now.
Here’s the latest on the resorts’ opening plans:
SuginoHara is still scheduled to open Saturday December 19, snow dependent.
More info: www.princehotels.co.jp/ski/myoko
Ikenotaira Onsen has postponed its scheduled Friday December 18 opening, pending snowfall.More info: www.ikenotaira.net
Akakurakanko has postponed its scheduled December 18 opening date, awaiting sufficient snowfall.
More info: www.akr-ski.com
Akakura Onsen has postponed it’s scheduled opening on Friday December 18, pending snowfall.
More info: www.akakura-ski.com
Seki Onsen Ski Resort’s scheduled opening on Saturday December 19 will also be postponed pending more snow.
More info: www.sekionsen.com
Myoko Ski Park is scheduled to open Sunday December 20, but may still postpone.
More Info: www.myoko-skipark.jp/ski_park
Run Run is still scheduled to open December 19, but may postpone.
More info: www.qkamura.or.jp/ski/myoukou
Madarao Kogen should open Friday December 18.
However, depending on snow, it may only open temporarily for the weekend before closing again from Monday December 21.
More info: www.madarao.jp/ski
Tangram Ski Circus is scheduled to open Saturday December 19, to be confirmed tomorrow morning. More info: www.tangram.jp/ski