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Myoko Snow Report 25 February 2016

Myoko Snow Report 25 February 2016

Report by Ben Ey / Destination Myoko Kogen

Myoko Snow Report 25 February 2016: Current Conditions

Good to hear the snow blowers going again this morning! Yesterday’s snow continued overnight with another 15cm+ on the ground today. The wind looks like it’s dropped since yesterday and if the weather clears through the day as expected, it should be a great day up on the mountain.


Myoko Snow Report 25 February 2016

Free Ride Park in Madarao Kogen this morning

24 Hour Recap

A great day on the mountain yesterday by all reports as Myoko returned to it’s wintery self after a few warm days.

Weather Outlook

The snow should ease up over the next few days, but temperatures should stay cool. More snow on the way over the weekend before temperatures rise again through next week.

 


7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days:

Myoko Snow Report 25 February 2016
Image: snow-forecast.com

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now:

  • 24 Hr Snow Fall: 30cm
  • Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen base: 165cm
  • Current Snow Conditions: Fresh
  • Current temperature at base: -5 degrees
  • Current Weather: Moderate snow & light winds
  • Current Visibility: Average, improving later.

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

Current Snow Depth at Base:

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Madarao Ski Resort

Madarao Ski Resort – Places you should ride in Myoko

As Japan’s world-class tree skiing attracts growing numbers of international riders each year, the progressive approach by Madarao Ski Resort to fun inbounds terrain has set it apart from other Japanese resorts and made it a favourite with visitors and local freeriders.

We caught up with Aki Kitamura, Madarao Ski Resort’s Sales Manager and resident gun skier, to find out what’s been going on.

Madarao Ski Resort

Madarao Ski Resort – Places you should ride in Myoko

“Six years ago we started chopping down trees to create a tree-skiing course,” explains Aki. “But we didn’t do it to target overseas customers – we just like it! A lot of overseas customers have realised that about our resort, so now it’s a big sales point.”

As a backcountry guide with his own business, North Nagano Outdoor Sports, Aki knows Madarao’s terrain well, and his enthusiasm for what’s happening on his mountain is infectious.

After opening several gladed tree-skiing zones including ‘Ninja’ (a sidecountry-style freeride zone) and ‘Sawa’ (a large natural half-pipe) over the past few years, Madarao worked with neighbouring Tangram Resort (with whom they share a boundary and joint lift pass) to create even more terrain this year.

Madarao Mountain Resort Snow Season from wood house studio on Vimeo.

“We don’t have enough room at Madarao for another run,” says Aki. “Tangram changed their mind [about their ‘no tree skiing’ policy]… so we’ve put in a new tree course there this winter.”

For powderhounds on the hunt for freshies in the forest, areas like Crystal Bowl, PowderWave I & II, Usagi and Riverline offer easy, open tree-runs on slopes in the 20-35 degree range. For the more adventurous, Ninja and Sawa’s combination of natural and man-made terrain give riders an opportunity to mix deep powder turns with big air and features such as the notorious log-jam (a ride-off pine log ending in a 15ft+ drop).

Madarao Ski ResortClick to view full-size mountain map

The brand of fun at Madarao Ski Resort is not just for the younger free-ride crew though. While many resorts’ parks and technical side-country terrain are geared to experienced riders, there are options for riders of all levels. During our visit, local boarders launched huge drops off the log while families took camera-phone snaps of their kids playing on the small forest jumps just metres away. We watched ski-schoolers lapping groomers and 10-year-old kids learning to navigate through the trees. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.

Having spent a season as an on-mountain customer-service representative at Mt. Buller (an Australian ski resort with a longstanding relationship with Madarao Ski Resort), Aki understands the allure of Japan’s perfect powder, but also appreciates that many foreign visitors come to enjoy the snow with partners and kids.

“Of course it’s great for the powder lovers – for skiers and snowboarders – but it’s also good for families. It’s not a huge mountain. You can go up to the top and choose a beginner course or an advanced or intermediate course and meet at the bottom again.”

This broad focus was reflected in the 2015-6 Visit Madarao Ski Resort Campaign, which offered free tickets to children under 12 years-old visiting from outside Japan.

The focus is on definitely on fun, but it’s not a free-for-all. As with any resort, boundary ropes set up by patrol need to be respected.

“Of course if you’re skiing under the chairlift or somewhere outside of the boundaries patrol will take your pass,” Aki explains. “We do avalanche control on all our courses, so it’s very safe. And if you do have an accident patrol will be there quickly to pick you up.”

For those wanting to step outside the resort, backcountry access is available through the top gate. There are also plenty of options to ski back into the resort for lift-accessed sidecountry fun.

Sitting on the border of Niigata and Nagano prefectures, Mt. Madarao is small by Honshu standards at 1382m but offers spectacular views on a clear day. The recently-opened Adventure Isle traverse offers sweeping panoramas of Mt. Myoko, Kurohime and Lake Nojiri from the ridgeline, as well as access to some of the resort’s best tree runs.

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort
Image: Madarao.jp

There’s a lot to see and do on the mountain, but you’ll easily be able to explore all it’s runs in a full day. Despite typical Japanese lift infrastructure geared to on-piste skiers accessing the lower slopes, you can still access most areas without too much traversing and upload reasonably efficiently, despite some oddities such as the lower magic carpet back to the cafeteria.

Though Madarao’s summit sits more than 1000m lower than nearby Mt. Myoko, it still receives plenty of snow. According to Aki, January snow base is typically around 2.5 metres. Last year it was 3 metres, though this year’s unusually low snowfall meant many tree areas were still filled with bamboo-grass and shrubs in early January.

“We get a lot of snow,” says Aki “It’s good quality snow, and the weather is not as cold as in Hokkaido where it can get down to -15 or -20 degrees. It’s -6 here today, very comfortable.”

“And the powder is good. By good I mean wet – not too light. For example, after you get a [really dry] 50 cm snowfall, you can still hit the bottom and feel the ice underneath. Our snow is a bit wet and if we get 15-20 cm, it’s easy to get flow through the snow without hitting the bottom.”

January’s cold weather and snow generally continue into mid-Feburary when sunny days are more common as Spring approaches. The ski season finishes in late March.

March is also the time for one of Madarao’s signature events – the Madarao Speed Challenge.

“You just come down the mountain straight and we check your speed,” explains Aki. “It’s easy, no need to turn! You just need heart!” Visitors are welcome to participate.

Like many Japanese resorts, Madarao offers night skiing on weekends. They also host New Year’s Eve nightskiing and fireworks, and a Dondoyaki Fire Festival in early January.

There are various food options on the mountain including a large cafeteria offering moderately-priced food from ramen to hotdogs and tap beer, a convenience store and several small eateries.

If Onsen is your thing, then head to the Madarao Hotel apres ski.

onsen
Image: Madarao.jp

Transport to and from the mountain can be a hassle. Shuttle buses run from Iiyama station and Akakura Onsen but they are not frequent. A taxi from Myoko will set you back around 6,000 yen each way but may be the best bet for a group travelling together. Some hotels in Myoko like Red Warehouse will offer shuttles but check when making your booking.

Unlike the more well-known resorts at Nozawa Onsen and Myoko, Madarao doesn’t have an old village at the resort base. With a scarcity of bars and nightlife, it’s not the place to party. But if you’ve come to ride, there are few distractions.

“In the day you can get out and enjoy the powder freeriding in the resort or backcountry, then at night you can talk about the day over a few beers and get some sleep for the morning. It’s a very comfortable place to stay and ski. Maybe in the future things will change, but for now we’re happy for it to stay this style.”

Madarao Ski Resort

Image: Madarao.jp

Madarao Ski Resort Overview

Pros

  • Tree-skiing. Madarao has it covered.
  • Good lift access between various areas.
  • Great views of Myoko, Kurohime, Lake Nojiri and surrounding mountains.
  • Varied terrain. From smooth groomers and moguls to sidecountry-style jumps and natural halfpipe, Madaroa offers riders a great choice of runs off most lifts.

Cons

  • No open alpine. If you’re after open bowls and steep faces, look elsewhere.
  • Snow dependent. With a large portion of it’s terrain devoted to tree-skiing, Madarao needs a decent base before the bamboo-grass and shrubs are covered and patrol can open off-piste areas.
  • Small terrain park compared to other Myoko resorts.
  • Transport to and from Madarao can be an issue.

Good to know

  • You can get espresso coffee from the booth in the cafeteria.
  • Keep an eye out for Snow Monkeys in the trees on the drive over from Myoko.
  • The famous ski-jump toilet is a great photo opportunity.

Tickets

Madarao only day tickets cost 4500 yen (2015-6). For an extra 500 yen you can ski Tangram too.

Getting there

  • Madarao Ski Resort is about half an hour drive from Myoko and 20 minutes from Iiyama.
  • A taxi will set you back about 6000 yen from Myoko.
  • Buses run from Iiyama station and cost 500 yen each way.

For more information head to Madarao’s website or Myokokogen’s resort page.

 

Myoko Snow Report 18 January 2016: Warm and Very Windy

Myoko Snow Report 18 January 2016

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

Current Conditions
It’s very windy, snowing lightly and relatively warm this morning as the winds are coming from the south at 50-70km/h wind speed. Several resorts have announced wind hold on a number of lifts. This was the scene at Madarao this morning

Myoko Snow Report 18 January 2016

24 Hour Recap
We had a calm day yesterday before the winds picked up in the evening and we had some light snowfall.

Today’s Picks
Watch out for wind hold on the higher lifts this morning.

Weather Outlook
Warm and strong southerly winds this morning before they turn around to the west this afternoon and become much lighter and colder. Moderate snow from tonight until Thursday and we’re expecting 50-100cm. Light snow Thursday and Friday.


7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days:
Myoko Snow Report 18 January 2016


Image: snow-forecast.com

24 Hr Snow Fall: 5cm

Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen base: 130cm.

Current Snow Conditions: Fresh

Current temperature at base: -2 degrees @  7:00am (Akakura)

Current Weather: Windy and overcast

Current Visibility: Moderate

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

Current Snow Depth at Base (11am): 

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Myoko Snow Report 11 January 2016

Myoko Snow Report 11 January 2016: Good Start to the Week in Myoko

Myoko Snow Report 11 January 2016

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

Cold and snowing this morning.


Current Conditions
Moderate snow, poor visibility and the temperature is sitting around -3 degrees.

24 Hour Recap
We had a sunny morning yesterday with clear skies the night before so it was pretty icy first thing. It was partly cloudy through the day so it softened up nicely before more snow moved in last night. It’s been snowing pretty consistently all night and we’ve scored another 15-20cm so far.

Madarao snow report

Madarao this morning (courtesy of Madarao Facebook)

Today’s Picks
Head to the groomers this morning for a bit of fresh powder on top of hard packed snow. Any un-groomed runs will still be a little too icy and moguly this morning and we really need a bit more fresh snow to fill them in.

Weather Outlook
Moderate snow should persist throughout the day into tomorrow morning and we’re expecting another 15-20cm from this. Partly cloudy Wednesday morning before another 20-30cm on Wednesday night into Friday. Temperatures will remain very cold (-6 to -2 degrees) and winds will be light though this period.


7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days:
Myoko Snow Report 11 January 2016

Image: snow-forecast.com

24 Hr Snow Fall: 15cm

Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen base: 120cm.

Current Snow Conditions: A bit of fresh from late yesterday, groomers should be really good this morning.

Current temperature at base: -3 degrees @  8am (Akakura)

Current Weather: Moderate snow, continuing through the day.

Current Visibility: Poor, low cloud and fog. Take the low-light lenses today.

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

snow in Akakura Onsen

Last nights snow in Akakura Onsen, courtesy of 木下新聞店

Current Snow Depth at Base: 

 

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Myoko Snow Report 10 January 2016

Myoko Snow Report 10 January 2016

Myoko Snow Report 10 January 2016

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

Sunshine this morning and fresh snow before more snow tonight.

Current Conditions
A few clouds hanging around this morning but it’s mostly sunny with the temperature at -4 degrees.

24 Hour Recap
We had a snowy day yesterday with some ankle to knee deep powder around the mountain.

Today’s Picks
A cruise down Elegant for beginners, Panorama on the Onsen side for intermediate and advanced riders should head to Champion B for a steep groomed run.

Weather Outlook

A clear morning before another 30-40cm tonight and tomorrow. We’re then looking at more snow Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but totals are difficult to estimate at this stage. Winds will be light and the temperature will stay very cold over the next five days.

From tonight, the next week is looking really good for Myoko. We are finally returning to a normal winter airflow that should deliver low temperatures and high snowfall. Wednesday may see a little glitch in the system with the chance of some warmer air moving in from the west-south-west. But even if that plays out, things should sort themselves out on Thursday with next weekend looking like it’ll deliver on the snow front.

Unlike the systems since Christmas that have barely reached Myoko or been offset by warm westerly air, the pattern in the next week looks much more likely to maintain low temperatures and deliver the kind of snow we’d expect from mid January.


7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days:
Myoko Snow Report 10 January 2016

Image: snow-forecast.com

24 Hr Snow Fall: 20cm

Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen base: 70cm.

Current Snow Conditions: A bit of fresh from late yesterday, groomers should be really good this morning.

Current temperature at base: -0.5 degrees @  7am (Akakura)

Current Weather: Clear morning, may warm up through the day ahead of new snow tonight.

Current Visibility: Excellent.

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

Current Snow Depth at Base: 

 

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Myoko Snow Report 9 January 2016

Myoko Snow Report 9 January 2016: Mo’ Snow.

Myoko Snow Report 9 January 2016
Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

Another 10-15cm of snow overnight in Myoko

Current Conditions:
Light snow, moderate visibility and the temperature was -4 degrees in the village this morning. The snow started in the early hours of the morning with 10-15cm on the ground by 7am. It’s still falling heavily so we can expect a bit more by lunchtime when things start to clear up. Unfortunately, it’s warming up outside and the snow is a little heavy in the village. It should be good up high this morning, so get out there and enjoy some fresh powder!

24 Hour Recap
We had a bit of sun in the morning yesterday before the clouds rolled in. It began snowing very late last night and it continued through the night.

Today’s Picks
Get up high and get amongst it. Head to Hotel A or Champion A for steep ungroomed runs and fresh powder this morning.

Photos
A couple of shots from this morning:

Weather Outlook
The light snow this morning is expected to continue and it should clear up by this evening. A clear morning tomorrow before another 30-40cm on Sunday night into Monday.


7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days:
Myoko Snow Report 9 January 2016

Image: snow-forecast.com

24 Hr Snow Fall: 20cm

Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen base: 70cm.

Current Snow Conditions: A bit of fresh from late yesterday, groomers should be really good this morning.

Current temperature at base: -0.5 degrees @  7am (Akakura)

Current Weather: Clear morning, may warm up through the day ahead of new snow tonight.

Current Visibility: Excellent.

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

Current Snow Depth at Base: 

 

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Myoko Snow Report 8 January 2016

Myoko Snow Report 8 January 2016: Clear Skies and Fresh Snow

Myoko Snow Report 8 January 2016

Current Conditions
Clear morning with very light wind. Cool overnight and with a bit of ice around on the roads this morning. It snowed into yesterday evening so there should be fresh up on the mountain. Temperature was -0.5 outside Red Warehouse in Akakura this morning. The small low pressure cell that was forecast to give us a temperature spike today looks like it may not develop as strongly as expected so fingers crossed it stays cold today ahead of more snow tonight and later in the weekend. It’ll be a great morning out on the hill. Get out there.

24 Hour Recap
It started snowing before dawn in Myoko yesterday and it continued dumping all day. In all we probably got around 20-25cm. From all reports it was a fun day at Akakan and Madarao. Shiga Kogen also got some much-needed snow, and you’d assume the same for Nozawa. The snow cleared up in Myoko late evening but there’s more on the way tonight.

Today’s Picks
It should be a great morning on the mountain. Groomers will be good with some fresh snow. Still probably too early to hit the trees, but the snow should be in good condition. Get up there and have fun!

Photos
A couple of shots from this morning:

Weather Outlook
We’re back in a northerly airflow and we’ve got some snow on the ground. These are good things. Even better is that the temperature looks like it’ll stay reasonably low through today ahead of good snowfall tonight. Things should stay cold right through into next week. With another good dump expected Sunday night through Monday, next week is looking really good.


7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days:
Myoko Snow Report 8 January 2016
Image: snow-forecast.com

24 Hr Snow Fall: 20cm

Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen base: 70cm.

Current Snow Conditions: A bit of fresh from late yesterday, groomers should be really good this morning.

Current temperature at base: -0.5 degrees @  7am (Akakura)

Current Weather: Clear morning, may warm up through the day ahead of new snow tonight.

Current Visibility: Excellent.

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

Current Snow Depth at Base: 

 

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Myoko Snow Report 6 January 2016

Myoko Snow Report 6 January 2016: Waiting for Tomorrow.

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.

Current Conditions
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.

Today’s Picks
Head to the groomers this morning for some fresh tracks. The terrain park should soften up this afternoon for a bit of fun.

Photos
A few shots from around the mountain yesterday morning:

Weather Outlook
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:Myoko Snow Report 6 January 2016

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: 

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 5 January 2016

Myoko Snow Report 5 January 2016: Warm and Cloudy Morning

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

A few clouds around for the next two days ahead of snow Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Current Conditions:
It’s a bit foggy in the Akakura village this morning and sunny up the top. We haven’t had fresh snow for a few days now so it’s pretty hard packed.

24 Hour Recap:
More sunshine and soft snow yesterday with warm temperatures.

Today’s Picks
Head to the groomers this morning for some fresh tracks and leave the trees for the weekend. The terrain park is up and running and has features for all ability levels.

Weather Outlook:
More warm weather and mild winds today and tomorrow before the cold northerly airflow hits us on Thursday. This system will remain in place until at least Monday and will deliver significant snowfall. At this stage we’re looking at one metre or more over this period.

7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Mid-mountain forecast for the next few days – Thursday onward is looking the goods:

24 Hr Snow Fall: 0cm

Current Snow Depth at Akakura Onsen Base: 70cm.

Current Snow Conditions: Packed, softening through the day.

Current temperature at base: 0 degrees @  9am.

Current Weather: Foggy and cloudy with patches of sun.

Current Visibility: Poor, fog clearing.

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

Current Snow Depth at Base: 

Lift Operation:

Akakura Onsen Ski Resort
Lifts operating: All Yodel lifts, Kumado 1,2,4,5, Ginrei 1,2,3,5.
Night Skiing until 10pm every day!

Akakurakanko Ski Resort
Lifts operating: All lifts running

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort
Lifts Operating: Quad lift, Birch hooded pair, Larch pair, Alpine first pair, Alpenblick second pair, middle pair.
Terrain Park is open with rail lines and a small kicker.

Myoko SuginoHara Ski Resort
Lifts Operating: Gondola 8:00 to 15:45, Romance 1 – 8:00 to 16:30, 2 – 9:00 to 15:45, 3 – 9:30 to 15:15
Terrain Park 16 items (planned).
Parking Fees apply December 30 (Wednesday) to January 3 until (day). Passenger car and microbus 300 yen, large bus 2,000 yen

Seki Onsen Ski Resort
Lifts operating: All lifts are open.

Myoko Ski Park
Open from 9:00am.

Tangram Ski
Lifts operating: Quad lift closed today.
Night skiing 16:30 to 20:30

Madarao Kogen Ski Resort
Lifts operating: First lift, second quad lift, third lift, fifth lift, super quad lift, 11 lift, 12 lift, second 15 lift.
Kids Park & Freeride Park are open (4m rail, 6m box)
Tree orchid course closed for snow shortage

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Myoko Snow Report 2 January 2016: Warm Weekend Ahead

Myoko Snow Report 2 January 2016

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

It’s a partly cloudy day today with sunny weather expected for Sunday and Monday. The next snow will arrive on Tuesday and we’re expecting around 10-20cm.

Weather Outlook:

It was mild and overcast in Myoko but things are going to warm up through the day. We had an amazing sunrise over Madarao this morning but, as the proverb goes, red-sky-in-the-morning might be a warning for skiers and boarders in Myoko: we are looking at some warm weather over the next few days.

The north-westerly airflow that has been piling up snow in Myoko since Christmas has now broken down. The weekend should see higher temperatures and fine conditions as a high sitting to the south-west of Japan draws air in from the south-east.

Images: snow-forecast.com

The temperature was sitting at -0.5 outside the Red Warehouse in Akakura at 7:00am this morning, but was pushing into positive territory by 8:30am and forecast to rise throughout today. Freezing levels are forecast to hover up around the top lifts until Tuesday evening and with the sun out we’ll likely to have freeze-thaw conditions on the lower mountain at least.

Myoko Snow Report 2 December 2015

Image: snow-forecast.com

On a positive note, there’s plenty of snow around and the weather’s going to be great with light winds and plenty of sun. So get up on the mountain and enjoy good groomed conditions and amazing views of the Japanese Alps!

Here’s a video from Dawn Skiing at Akakan on New Year’s Day yesterday:

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now:

24 Hr Snow Fall: 0cm

Current Snow Depth at Akakan Base: 90cm.

Current Snow Conditions: Packed.

Current temperature at base: -2° @  7:30am (Akakura Onsen Resort).

Current Weather: Mostly sunny.

Current Visibility: Excellent.

Don’t forget to keep up with the snow progress via our Myoko webcams.

Current Snow Depth at Base: 

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