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October 31, 2017

Where to ride in Myoko

Myoko comprises of 4 main ski resorts interconnected and available on the multi resort ski pass. There are endless ways to enjoy skiing here, from long, scenic, tree-lined slopes to challenging bump runs—and especially deep powder. Myoko is a Yuki-lovers dream!

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Myoko Akakura

Myoko Akakura is the main ski area, made up of two resorts; Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko. It is a huge resort with many lifts and runs so that it never seemed that crowded and lines are usually short or even non-existent... The combined Akakura Ski Resort is considered by many to be the resort of Myoko Kogen because it sits above the main village (Akakura Onsen) where most people stay, it is the largest of the Myoko ski areas, and it has the most well developed ski resort facilities and services. You can purchase a lift ticket for one or the other resort or you can purchase the Akakura Kanko/Onsen combined pass.

 

Akakura Kanko

Akakura Kanko also provides gated access to side-country and backcountry terrain. The tunnel run that pops out near the Tsubame Highland Lodge requires a lot of traversing, but it is a bit of fun. Akakura also has a kids’ park and a couple of small terrain parks.

 

Myoko Suginohara

Myoko Suginohara has super long groomers, some nice tree skiing and fun side country. Often called “Sugi” for short, Suginohara Ski Resort has the longest run in Japan at 8.5km. The little village at the base of the Suginohara Ski Resort is called Suginosawa Onsen and it’s retained its Japanese flavour. English isn’t widely spoken, although this is changing with the ever increasing popularity of Myoko Kogen. The Sugi terrain park and skier cross course are decent and are making the resort increasingly popular with freestylers. If you are willing to earn your turns, Suginohara has some enjoyable off-piste skiing and riding in the trees. It’s not steep but the variety of tree spacing keeps it fun. Suginohara has some amazing lift-accessed side-country that includes cliff drops, steep trees, and open mellow trees. It’s rather avalanche prone so only head in there with the appropriate avalanche safety gear, a buddy or three, and backcountry know-how.

 

Seki Onsen

A smaller area, although it makes up for size with interesting topography and massive snowfall. It is famous for steep tree skiing and is an off-piste haven for powder hounds. The resort has a liberal off-piste policy so you won’t have a ski patroller chasing you. Seki has a mixture of small open areas, tight trees and open glades and is an ideal spot to visit for a powder day or two from Akakura Onsen.

 

Ikenotaria Onsen

Ikenotaira Onsen offers family-friendly slopes and is ideal for beginners to intermediates. Wannabe powder hounds will love Ikenotaria because the slopes are mellow, there’s plenty of powder, and there is little competition for the freshies because most riders are there for the terrain parks and pipe. A major forte of Myoko Ikenotaira is the terrain parks they have on offer. They change every season and generally include big jumps, boxes, rails, and a half pipe!

 

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