Akakura Kanko, Myoko, Niigata. Saturday, January 31st.
I was lucky enough to win a ticket from SnowJapan to use at any of the Myoko resorts. Thanks SJ! I received the ticket in the mail and decided to use it that coming Saturday to ride at Akakan with my buddy 'Bushiman', and another friend who was visiting from Tokyo.
I would generally take the highway to Myoko from Nagano city, but on this particular day we decided to use the back roads toward
I visited Suginohara on the first day of February at the end of a weekend of heavy snow. The previous 3 days had gotten snow and the day I visited was no different.
The right hand side of the map is serviced by a gondola and a couple pair lifts which means doing laps can get a bit slow around late morning when many people arrive from further afield and start queuing for the gondola. Luckily the staff are pretty good