Myoko Snow Report 6 January 2016
Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports
A few cm of snow last night have topped up the pistes nicely, however it may be best to wait a few days before tackling the trees or any ungroomed runs.
A few clouds around this morning with excellent visibility and plenty of sun. Light winds. Looks like another fine day on the mountain in Akaura today. We had a few centimeters of snow overnight but nowhere near enough to make up for what we’ve lost from the warm weather over the past two days. Ikenotaira closed a quad lift yesterday due to lack of snow and guests returning from Suginohara and Akakan reported lots of dirt showing through on upper runs. We need some more snow and everyone is hoping big system moving in tomorrow will bring temperatures back into a typical January range and deliver enough snow to get the season back on track properly.
24 Hour Recap
We’ve had hard packed snow conditions for a few days now. Groomed runs have been great, however any ungroomed runs were fairly icy and bumpy yesterday. Warm in the morning yesterday but temperatures dropped through the day with a few centimeters of wet snow falling from lunchtime onward.
Head to the groomers this morning for some fresh tracks. The terrain park should soften up this afternoon for a bit of fun.
A few shots from around the mountain yesterday morning:
Everyone’s hoping to tomorrow will see a return to winter proper on Honshu. We can expect decent falls through Thursday but, as with the last few systems, resorts at the southern end of the Japanese Alps (ie. Myoko & Hakuba) may not receive the full brunt of this northerly airstream across. There’s a temperature spike forecast for Friday before things get cold and snowy through the weekend into next week. This system is looking good, but the synoptic situation could see snowfall figures go either way and we may see the models change a bit before the weekend.
7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.
Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days. We can expect good snowfall fromThursday through the weekend:
24 Hr Snow Fall: 2cm
Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen Base: 60cm.
Current Snow Conditions: Packed, softening through the day.
Current temperature at base: -7 degrees @ 7am.
Current Weather: Cold and cloudy, warming up with patches of sun later.
Current Visibility: Good, cloud clearing.
Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.
Current Snow Depth at Base:
- Akakan – Open. Base 85cm. Sugar snow.
- Madarao Kogen – Open. Base 70cm.
- Suginohara – Open. Base 85cm.
- Akakura Onsen – Open. Base 60cm.
- Ikenotaira – Open. Base 40cm. Limited Lifts.
- Seki Onsen – Open. Base 110cm.
- Tangram – Open. Base 70cm.
Current Ski Resort Lift Status
Akakura Onsen is reporting a 60 cm base with the entire resort open.
Night skiing is also on until 10pm daily.
Akakan reports a 85 cm base with all lift all the lifts are running.
Ikenotaira reports 40 cm on the ground. The birch pair, Larch pair, Alpine first pair, Alpenblick second pair and middle pair lifts are running. Some terrain park features are also open.
Myoko SuginoHara reports a 50 cm base with the Gondola running 8:30-15:45, first Romance lift 8:30-16:30, second high speed lift open 9:00-14:00 and Third high speed 9:30-14:00. Please note snow cover is thin in some areas.
Seki Onsen is open.
Tangram is open but has suspended its second Pearifuto lift service.
Madarao Kogen has first lift, second quad lift, third and fifth lifts, plus the super quad lift, 11 and 12 lifts,and second 15 lift open. Their Freeride Park is also open. Tree orchid course closed due to lack of snow.
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Myoko Snow Report 6 January 2016