Myoko Snow Report 28 December 2015: Cold and Clear

Myoko Snow Report 28 December 2015

It’s a cold and clear morning in Myoko today. The mercury was sitting on -6 degrees outside the Red Warehouse Lodge at 7:00am this morning with little wind. We got some snow yesterday, somewhere around ½ metre in village. All the resorts had lifts open, and there was some fun, early-season powder about all day.

David Churchill from Myoko Snowsports was out on the slopes with his camera:

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Here are a few images from yesterday and this morning:

The trees are starting to fill in, but it’s still too soon to safely get off-piste. Be careful of branches and shrubs hidden under yesterday’s snow if you’re ducking of the side of runs in search of some fresh.

It should be clear and sunny all morning before the weather comes back in this afternoon, so get out there and enjoy a beautiful day on the mountain in Myoko.

Image: snow-forecast.com

With more snow due tonight and temperatures set to stay cold all this week, it looks like winter has finally arrived in Myoko. Have a great day!

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now:

24 Hr Snow Fall: 30cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: 30cm +

Current Snow Conditions: Fresh snow from last night. Groomers will be good.

Current temperature at base: -6° @  7am.

Current Weather: Clear

Current Visibility: Good

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

Current Snow Depth at Base: 

  • Akakan Open. Base 50cm.
  • Madarao Kogen Open .
  • Suginohara – Open.  Base 40cm.
  • Akakura Onsen Open. Base 30cm.
  • Ikenotaira Open. Base 30cm.
  • Seki Onsen Open. Base 100cm.
  • Tangram Open.
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Myoko Snow Report 27 December 2015: It’s Dumping!

Myoko Snow Report 27 December 2015

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

The moderate snowfall last night is expected to continue into the day and become lighter tonight. A clear start to the day tomorrow before another 20-40cm tomorrow night.


Myoko Snow Report 27 December 2015

Conditions updates from Red Warehouse:

We woke up to the dull thud of snow sliding off the Red Warehouse roof at 2:30am this morning and it’s been bucketing down since then. The temperature was sitting around zero at 4:30 am in the village but had dropped to -1 degree by dawn. By 7:00am snow-blowers and loaders were in full force and there was at least 20-30cm of snow on the ground. It’s still dumping now and showing no sign of letting up any time soon.

It’s good to see the snow starting to pile up properly and this should be enough for the resorts to open a good number of runs. Seki Onsen reported nearly a metre of snow on the ground this morning.

It’s a good day to be in Myoko. Get out there!

Here are a few images from Akakan’s opening day yesterday:

 

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now:

24 Hr Snow Fall: 30cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: 30cm +

Current Snow Conditions: Fresh powder

Current temperature at base: -4° @ 8AM.

Current Weather: Heavy snow

Current Visibility: Poor at times.

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 27 December 2015

Myoko Snow Report 26 December 2015

Myoko Snow Report 26 December 2015: It’s Snowing!

Myoko Snow Report 26 December 2015

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

A much needed 15cm of snow fell last night, however we will need a little more to open up the rest of the resort.

Here are a few pictures from this morning:

We’re expecting another 60cm over the next three days so hopefully we’ll have everything open soon.

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Image: snow-forecast.com

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now:

24 Hr Snow Fall: 15cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: 25cm

Current Snow Conditions: Fresh

Current temperature at base: -4° @ 7:18AM (zero at base)

Current Weather: Moderate snow

Current Visibility: Poor at times, patches of sun.

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 26 December 2015

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The Low That Might Just Ruin Christmas

Japan’s snow season has not got off to the best start this year, particularly on Honshu. Many resorts are still unable to open due to lack of snow and those that have are offering only limited skiing.

For the past week everyone’s been hoping the weather system moving over Japan from today into the weekend will finally get the season underway. But with forecast totals dropping daily there are more than a few people wondering if Santa is going to come through with the goods or not.

Here’s the current outlook:

Myoyo snow report

image: snow-forecast.com

Let’s have a look at what’s really going on:

All weather maps are taken from snow-forecast.com. Click through to their site for more details.

The chart below shows us the current situation. The pressure gradient between the big high over China and the low to the west of northern Honshu has set up a northerly airflow that is funneling cold air down across the Sea of Japan from Siberia. This looks like it should develop into the classic NW airstream that is responsible for Japan’s big, dry snowfalls. That’s what the models were picking up earlier this week and why such big snowfall figures were cast about for the next two days.

myoko snow report

This pattern will see the temperatures drop in Honshu over Christmas day as the cold air moves in. It was siting around zero in Akakura, Myoko at 6am this morning and there was some light rain around.

We’ll probably see a bit of more rain lower down early today as the temperature falls but we should have some snow by tonight. Then things go a little pair-shaped as the small low-pressure cell in the top left of the frame above establishes itself over the Sea of Japan and disrupts the northerly flow tonight. This pushes warmer air from the west in over the southern Japanese Alps and is responsible for the temperature spike forecast through Saturday in Honshu. Hokkaido is doing better out of this.

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By Saturday night the low has moved out into the North Pacific and we’ll see a cold northerly airflow again as the isobars bunch up. This will bring temperatures right down across Japan and should give us the best snowfall from this system.

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The high takes control as of Monday morning in Honshu. Hokkaido should still be cold and snowy under an established NW airflow, but resorts further south such as Hakuba and Myoko will be hanging their hopes on whatever snow we can squeeze out of this system through Sunday. On the upside, we’ll see low temperatures and light winds into next week – great weather to get out and enjoy whatever snow is on the ground.

Myoko Snow Report

So what does this all mean?

First, we’ll still get snow. Christmas won’t be ruined, but it might be a bit damp to start with and we’re probably not going to see enough snow through today to allow resorts to open properly. Boxing day will be warmer than we’d like, and the best snow from this system is likely to come through from tomorrow night through Sunday. The resorts in Honshu are right on the edge of this NW airflow so things could still go better than expected. If low stalls out to the east of Japan and the high over China is weaker than expected we could see the strong NW winds and a lot more snow than expected through Saturday night and Sunday.

Let’s hope it’ll be a happy new year for Japan!

Myoko Snow Report 24 December 2015: Warm Today, Snow Tomorrow

Myoko Snow Report 24 December 2015

Report by David Churchill / Myoko Snowsports

It’s sunny out on the mountain now, but there’s a chance we may see a bit of rain today ahead of the snow expected to hit tomorrow. We generally multiply the snow-forecast.com numbers by three so at this stage we’re looking at around 70cm between Friday and Sunday, which will set us up nicely for the season.

Myoko Snow Report 24 December 2015
Image: snow-forecast.com

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now:

24 Hr Snow Fall: 0 cm

Current Snow Depth at Base:  15cm

Current Snow Conditions: Thin, wet cover.

Current temperature at base: 4° @ 7:00AM

Current Weather:  Cloudy with some patches of sun, light wind.

Current Visibility: Clear in the village and foggy up the top.


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Myoko Snow Report 24 December 2015

Moko Snow Report 23 December 2015

Myoko Snow Report 23 December 2015: The Night before the Night before Christmas.

Myoko Snow Report 23 December 2015

The Night before the Night before Christmas

Another overcast morning in Myoko today with the temperature hovering around 3 degrees in the village. We’re in a holding pattern here and with limited skiing options until next snowfall rolls in, everyone is counting down the days until Christmas.

Moko Snow Report 23 December 2015

The Akaura Shuttle Bus ferrying skiers up to the Yodel 2 & 3 lifts this morning.

Moko Snow Report 23 December 2015

Everyone is hanging their hopes on December 25-27. If it all goes to plan, the mountain will be up and running before New Year. Image: snow-forecast.com

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now

24 Hr Snow Fall: 0 cm

Current Snow Depth at Base:  15 cm

Current Snow Conditions: Thin, wet cover.

Current temperature at base: 3° @ 8:00AM

Current Weather:  Cloudy, light wind.

Current Visibility: Good


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Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016

Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016

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:

Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016 Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016

Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016 Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016

These shots below were taken yesterday. There’s no denying winter has arrived.

Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016 Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016

Myoko Ski Resort Opening Dates 2015-2016

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

Stay tuned to our daily snow reports for updates from Myoko and Nozawa.

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 23rd January 2014: Powder Powder Powder!

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 23rd January 2014

Powder Powder Powder!

Myoko Kogen Snow Report

It snowed all yesterday and is still snowing a little now however it looks to be the end of this storm for now and when the clouds finally break we are going to be left with some biblical style powder! Tomorrow is looking like a bluebird day and then the snow will return again on late Saturday and Sunday.

You will see some NHK TV crew walking around town today. There will be a special screened this Sunday on NHK BS-1 channel at 5pm looking at the growing foreign market in Myoko Kogen.

Myoko Snowsports instructor Leif earlier this week making the most of the fresh snow while on a hike, yeah boi! Photo: Matty Hull – www.themattimage.com

Don’t forget to book your Myoko accommodation soon (if you haven’t already). Hotels are filling up!

Over in Madarao Kogen they’ve had a fresh top up of 5-10cm. Visibility is fair lower down and more difficult higher up. Snow condition is goodMyoko Kogen Snow Report 23rd January 2014.

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now

24 Hr Snow Fall: 60-80cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: Around 2.9m base at Akakan and less at others

Current Snow Conditions: Heaps of powder on top of a very established base

Current temperature: -6° at 8:30am

Current Weather: Fog and cloudy but due to clear soon

Current Visibility: Quite thick fog and low light, take care out there.

Don’t forget to visit Shibata restaurant in Akakura and get a free plate of edamame when you visit.

Important update:

The shuttle bus from Akakura to Arai Road station has been cancelled for this season. It may begin operations again next season. Thanks for your patronage.

Upcoming events:

This Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th there will be a national ice carving competition at Matsumoto Castle. There will be food stalls, entertainment and a giant ice slide. Matsumoto is about 2 hours by public transport from Myoko.

Matsumoto Castle ice carving competition

Matsumoto Castle ice carving competition

Don’t forget! Got a great Myoko ski video that you’d like to share? Or would you like to show yourself off at The Daily Flake to the world by presenting a guest Myoko snow report? Upload your best efforts and then contact us with the details! Note: We are not a fan of 5 minutes of polecam face shots. Sorry, we prefer something a little more creative.

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 23rd January 2014

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Bluebird with plenty of fresh pockets to be found

Myoko Kogen Snow Report

The snow continued right through most of yesterday morning bringing half a metre of fresh to most resorts over a 24 hour period. It slowed down later in the afternoon and then it’s been very cold overnight.

Today there will be plenty of powder to be found on the side and amongst the trees. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, go out there and rip it up folks! This is what you have to look forward to.

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Akakura Onsen this morning with a beautiful moon over Kumado lifts and Mount Myoko. Photo by Akakura Onsen.

Don’t forget to book your Myoko accommodation soon (if you haven’t already). Hotels are filling up!

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Myoko San shot from the Akakura Onsen this morning. Photo by Matt Hull.


Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

The view from Hotel Sunlight Myoko in Ikenotaira Onsen this morning. Photo by Hotel Sunlight.

Current conditions in Myoko now

24 Hr Snow Fall: 20cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: Around 2.5m base at Akakan and less at others

Current Snow Conditions: Soft groomers with powder for the adventurous.

Current temperature: -12° at 7:30am

Current Weather: Bluebird sunshine

Current Visibility: Clear all the way to the top

Important update:

The shuttle bus from Akakura to Arai Road station has been cancelled for this season. It may begin operations again next season. Thanks for your patronage.

Upcoming events:

This Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th there will be a national ice carving competition at Matsumoto Castle. There will be food stalls, entertainment and a giant ice slide. Matsumoto is about 2 hours by public transport from Myoko.

Matsumoto Castle ice carving competition

Matsumoto Castle ice carving competition

Don’t forget! Got a great Myoko ski video that you’d like to share? Or would you like to show yourself off at The Daily Flake to the world by presenting a guest Myoko snow report? Upload your best efforts and then contact us with the details! Note: We are not a fan of 5 minutes of polecam face shots. Sorry, we prefer something a little more creative.

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 20th January 2014

Myoko Kogen Snow Report January 19th 2014

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 19th January 2014

Pukey Yuki!!

Myoko Kogen Snow Report

Well the forecast snow came a little later as predicted, which seems to be the norm this season, we had around 40cm over night but it is snowing HEAVILY right now, so expect much more throughout the day. (Later edit: It has continued through much of the day!).

Apologies for lack of a forecast yesterday there was fresh snow and sunshine at Seki Onsen (see pic below), so most available Myoko snow reporters were hitting the pow. Hell we’re only human!

Don’t forget to book your Myoko accommodation soon (if you haven’t already). Hotels are filling up!

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 17th January 2014


This is the view in the Akakura Onsen village this morning, although the snow ploughs have been through on the roads the locals still need a bit of digging to get their cars out. Photo – Matty Hull

Above: Jackson Comben smashes through the Seki Onsen powder while on a shoot with Matt Hull for Snow Action magazine, this is a B roll shot, you wait til you see the winners!

Thanks to everyone who got along to Suginohara last night for the Dondoyaki Festival. It was a great night. You can see more pics of the event here.

Suginohara Dontoyaki Festival

Suginohara Dontoyaki Festival – January 2014

Current conditions in Myoko now

24 Hr Snow Fall: 40cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: Around 2.5m base at Akakan and less at others

Current Snow Conditions: Powder on top of soft groomers.

Current temperature: -7° at 8:30am

Current Weather: Snowing heavily .

Current Visibility: Dark and flat light, take care out there, wear your low light lenses!

Upcoming Myoko events:

At 10am next Monday in the Saijo area there will be the first ‘exposing’ of the chilies used for kanzuri spice. This happens around a dozen times between the middle of January and end of March. There will be sweet sake and rice cakes available.

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 17th January 2014

 

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Myoko Kogen Snow Report 19th January 2014