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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 1:57pm on Monday 9th May 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 1:57pm on Monday 9th May 2011
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The end of the season is here! Seki Onsen is having a special photo event on the 10th and 11th with some big domestic skiers (not sure if the lifts will be running or not), but probably not something many of us will be interested in.

It was an interesting season, to say the least. Outstanding powder through January, a mild February (again; I wonder if what used to be the big snow month is now going to be the mid-season rain and snow-goes break), and then excellent conditions well into April.

But then there was March 11, and confusion. Some of the local resorts seemed to be ready to shut down as soon as possible; our thanks to the Akakura resorts, Seki and others who stayed open all the way through without claiming a lack of electricity, extreme empathy, sheer exhaustion or whatever.

Myoko basically was unaffected by the Tohoku earthquake or the much stronger local one on the 12th, except that tourism has been pummeled and is not improving (but that's true everywhere, it seems). We're physically not that far away from Fukushima, but a jetstream away—radiation levels here have absolutely stayed within normal levels. In short, there's no reason not to be here.

I hope many people will in fact come and visit next season; it's likely that there will be great travel deals! It's one of the easiest ways to support the rebuilding of Japan, in fact; people need work, and there's nothing less important about someone who works in a hotel or helps run a lift. If they have money, they'll support shops and restaurants and car dealers and so on, and things will get better.

Hope to see you on the hill!

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All resorts closed

Archive report: Posted at 1:57pm on Monday 9th May 2011
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Myoko Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas now closed. We will be back with reports in autumn for the run up to the next winter season. See you then!

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