Myoko Now daily snow and weather - latest report

Myoko Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Myoko region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 9:17am on Sunday 5th April 2020
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Very light snow
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Light NE wind
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Foggy here and there
This report
Sunday 5th April 2020, 9:17am
Saturday 4th April 2020, 9:55am 0cm
Friday 3rd April 2020, 11:11am 0cm
Thursday 2nd April 2020, 11:14am 0cm
Wednesday 1st April 2020, 10:47am 0cm
Tuesday 31st March 2020, 10:06am 0cm
Monday 30th March 2020, 10:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 3cm
Last 14 reports (total): 77cm
Current month (April 2020) total: 3cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 896cm

Snow is falling in Myoko. A fittingly odd end to a really perplexing season.

I'm calling this the last day of the 2019-2020, super-low-snow then hit us with a pandemic season. Lotte Arai says it's staying open until May 6, Seki Onsen in unclear about current conditions and plans from now on (but nothing new there), but everyone else is closing today.

The worst snow in anyone's memory. This is how this year will be remembered. We all hope it's a fluke, but lots of locals also privately worry if this is the trend of things to come. Not to be negative, dear readers, but we do think about it. Probably should, too! We might have a crazy heavy year next season; they say that can be one of the results of climate change, too. We hope for more, of course!

Myoko is a place defined by the snow. It's still a great place in the non-snow times, but.... just seems sad without the huge snow walls and the daily struggle to clear out the massive falls just so we can get out of the driveway.

It wasn't terrible on the resorts. There was good snow on many days. There were a lot of "interesting" terrain features that normally would be buried under deeper snow, but can't complain about that.

The backcountry was pretty bad, with the brush, trees and vines never really covered over enough to allow for good turns. In fact, it was better mid-mountain (where there are more buna, or beech trees, than up high where it's more open. It was nice that we had almost no avalanche risk through the whole season. There simply wasn't enough snow most of the time, and very small cornices above so less risk of them coming down in spring. As long as we don't get complacent. Saying that, too, there are still WAY too many people heading offpiste with no gear whatsoever. It doesn't matter if the avalanche is 10 meters off the runs or a kilometer away: if you don't have the gear or don't know how to use it, you or your friends are in serious trouble. And it has happened.

Myoko really became an "international" resort this year, and I choose that word carefully. I know there are changes that lots of longtime visitors aren't happy about, and I think we'll see a few years of things being in flux as people see yen signs in their eyes, but not the difficulty of running a business here (either because of the heavy snow, or the lack of it this year - who knows how that will affect next year?).

But the mountain is still beautiful, and the local folks still surprise with their kindness and humor, even after close to 30 years here...

And, of course, now we're all hunkered down, masked up, staying two meters apart, not drinking nearly enough saké (and the corona virus hates alcohol, right? We have a duty to disinfect here).

So let's hope for a whole new season next year!

And hope you'll be back here, too, reading these daily rantings and reportings on the Myoko snow. See you somewhere around November 2020 (and I'll add any notes on the remaining resorts, if info does get out).


Akakura Kanko:
110cm, -2°
Sky Cable gondola and Hotel No. 3 lift. Last day today.

Akakura Onsen:
100cm, -1°
Ginrei area closed; Yodel 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 lifts; Kumado No. 4. Last day today.

Ikenotaira Onsen:

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:
180cm, -2°
Finally a change in the snowpack (although I doubt that number); no closing info....

Myoko Ski Park:
Apparently open, but no info. If it is, today's the last day.

Kyukamura RunRun:
Apparently closed

Tangram Ski Circus:

Madarao Kogen:

Lotte Arai Resort
257cm, 3.3°
Sanroku No. 1 and 2 closed
Says will remain open until May 6

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park

Myoko Now ski lift operation notes:

Coming to a close; see individual listings

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Myoko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Myoko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 5th April 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Myoko Now reports up until Sunday 5th April 2020
(View more analysis here)
Myoko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 5th April 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Myoko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
*as of Sunday 5th April 2020
5th April 3cm - 1cm
4th April 0cm 1cm 0cm
3rd April 0cm 28cm 0cm
2nd April 0cm 35cm 0cm
1st April 0cm 6cm 0cm
31st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
30th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 3cm 75cm 1cm
Previous 14 days total 77cm 98cm 1cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 5cm 81cm
December observed snowfall total 59cm 475cm 468cm
January observed snowfall total 248cm 648cm 524cm
February observed snowfall total 439cm 397cm 250cm
March observed snowfall total 136cm 97cm 33cm
April observed snowfall total 3cm 83cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 896cm 1705cm 1362cm
Myoko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 5th April 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Myoko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 11cm
2018/2019 season - 5cm
2017/2018 season - 81cm
2016/2017 season - 12cm
2015/2016 season - 0cm
2014/2015 season - 0cm
2013/2014 season - 20cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
Myoko Now reports before Sunday 5th April 2020
Myoko Now reports from the same period last season
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