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Skiing Myoko Japan Over Christmas Break

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Hello, I'm new to the forum but wanted to share the awesome skiing we had at Myoko Japan these last couple weeks. We were in the area for most of Christmas break, and skied at Seki Onsen, Akakura Kankou, and Suginohara. All three of these resorts were great, but we had the most fun at Seki Onsen as we were able to ski two mornings with 80cm of new snow each. All of the resorts in the area had great bases (2-3m). We also skied some backcountry around lake Nojiri. All in all it was the best powder skiing I have ever done and I made a short video of the clips we took on our GoPros. Hope you enjoy! 

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Great video,  Im missing Japan.

 

Liked your intro,  and snow was awesome

 

Richo

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Wow...nice video - sweet powder - can you bring it to mainland US?

 

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Thanks for sharing, Enjoyed it

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Thanks for the vid! Again, many memories! Next time you're up and you have touring gear, head for the top of Myoko-san. It's absolutely amazing. Funny thing, I remember Suginohara area as being pretty boring other than some little drops into the trees skiers left off the very top lift on the mountain, but I did have a magical day with a friend and his 6th grade daughter doing ripping non-stops on the gondola bell to bell. 

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markojp, the tour to the top of Myoko was actually something that we were hoping to do but there was just too much new snow! It sounds ridiculous to say there was too much snow, but the day before we were planning to do the tour, my brother did a face plant in about 1.5m of new snow at seki onsen and got partially buried with his face under and I had to dig him out. So we were a little bit hesitant to go deep into the backcountry, but it is definitely something that I hope to do in the future.

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markojp, the tour to the top of Myoko was actually something that we were hoping to do but there was just too much new snow! It sounds ridiculous to say there was too much snow, but the day before we were planning to do the tour, my brother did a face plant in about 1.5m of new snow at seki onsen and got partially buried with his face under and I had to dig him out. So we were a little bit hesitant to go deep into the backcountry, but it is definitely something that I hope to do in the future.



Absolutely! And trying to skin through 1.5m of new snow (aside from the avy issues) is really difficult. Save it for next trip! We'll be waiting  for the picts! smile.gif

A few years ago at our local hill in Japan, I was skiing with a regular partner doing some lift served runs before hiking out. I happened to stop mid way down a particular pitch that'd we always just top to bottom. My partner was following, launched head first into a 2m drift about 5-6m from where I very fortunately standing. With only his feet sticking out, he was both immersed and completely stuck. No doubt if he'd have been on his own, he'd have suffocated. 

 

 

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I am going to be back there in early May, do you know if there are any spring touring opportunities in the area?
Wow sounds pretty scary! This trip was the first time that I had ever skied snow so deep that it was scary! That day at seki onsen it took us an hour to make it down the first run as every time you fell you were partially buried! I had to convince my brother to turn his beacon on at the start of the day but as soon as we started skiing he realized that it was a good idea..

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Absolutely. Another option is to go to Tateyama for spring touring and turns. It's maybe my favorite place in the world for hut touring. Great lines, etc... I can only imagine what'd be like in mid February if it could be accessed without doing a multi-day trek. There's also nice stuff above Hakuba as well. Chose your mountain and go. Fuji too.

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Sweet sounds amazing! Thanks for all the advice! 

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