Ski & Snowboard Accommodation
Powder To The People Since 1972
"Less groomed, More backcountry"
Myoko might be one of the more recently "discovered" frontiers for deep powder ski tours in Japan and the world right now but experienced, chair lifted slack-country and back-country powder hounds have made this classic, club style ski lodge their convenient Myoko ski tour base since it was built by Japan's daily sports newspaper "Nikkan Sports" in 1972.
We can recommend great local Myoko backcountry ski & snowboard tour guides in Myoko upon your arrival at Myoko Ski Lodge. We are also happy to share our secret powder stash knowledge with properly equipped, experienced, safety conscious guests. In return, we hope you will contribute to our growing, collective knowledge base by sharing with us and your fellow guests your own hidden lines you discover over apres drinks by the fireplace at the end of each day. After all, having purchased the lodge in the 2015/16 season, we are still in the pioneering discovery phase which promotes a great camaraderie and fun atmosphere around the lodge.
Snow Japan records compiled since 2012/13 indicate that on average, 88cm of fresh powder dumps on the Myoko backcountry each week from December through February. This means we often don't run out of un-tracked lines between dumps. 2018/19 Season recorded over 17m.
Much of the best Myoko backcountry skiing is relatively, easily accessible via Akakura Kanko resort lifts which run from the base of Akakura Onsen Village. And as the best part of the Myoko backcountry ski area is right above Myoko Ski Lodge, you will enjoy the convenience of being able to ski down to the lodge for a lunch break.
Around mid January the Myoko backcountry snowpack is usually well established and a growing proportion of powder enthusiasts begin to arrive, forming an eclectic group of guests from around the world bonded by a common desire, to carve their name into as much legendary Myoko powder snow as possible.
Your adrenaline will kick up a level when you get involved in powder seeking missions with your fellow guests (facilitated by the Australian lodge staff) both in our backyard as well as to nearby ski resorts (pre-tested and first time recon's). If you're willing to help dig out the mini-vans in the mornings, we'll aim to help you fulfil your powder addiction needs.
That said, it is important to understand that as we don't charge guests to ski with us in the Myoko backcountry, you are responsible for your own safety, insurance and any costs associated with potential injury. The danger of avalanche is very real and we do not condone skiing in areas prohibited by resort management. We do believe however, that if you are going to tour the steeper, deeper backcountry, you need to bring the appropriate safety gear, including beacon, probe and shovel or you can hire backcountry equipment at low rental rates from us. We also suggest you are safer to ski or ride backcountry if you do so with experienced buddies who have basic avalanche awareness and we encourage a safety first ethos.
We recommend this website for free basic avalanche training videos:
We also recommend this video from BCA for beacon searching: