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Myoko Powder Packages - Reviews

Powder Recon January 2017

James
15/02/2017
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January
Staff was great, without exception. Snow was abundant. Terrain was mediocre at best. The combination of mediocre terrain and limited lifts doom this to a mediocre experience at a high price.

Best Holiday Ever!

paul @ nina
14/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
/totally awesome, couldn't recommend enough!

Bandai with Powder Recon

Amelia
30/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
I recently got back from skiing for a week with Powder Recon in Alts Bandai. They are awesome, and so is the place. They have several guides that will take people to the places that suit their skill level and they make sure that everyone visits all the places. I went to Alts Bandai, Inawashiro, Nekoma and Gran Deco. I loved loved them all.

When I got there I realized that my skill level was way below what is probably their average customer, but they were accommodating and we also had a guide (Bonnnie, who is super nice, professional and I am grateful that she took me down places I would have never gone down on my own) that took us down the runs and not through the trees. If you are a skillful skier this must be an amazing experience because the staff really knows the area and seems to be really on top of taking good skiers to interesting places. For those of us who stayed on piste, sometimes they are completely empty. The place is not crowded at all, not even on weekends.

The hotel is also wonderful. Theres a buffet for breakfast and dinner with great variety, but it does not change. The place is not touristy so maybe there is less English than in other places, so sometimes you need to think about being understood, but the staff is very nice. The onsen is amazing, and when you are done there's a freezer with delicious popsicles outside.

There is no need to bring much clothes because the hotel gives you a robe and pants that you can wear while you're in the hotel.

I have nothing but good things to say about the place and the company.

great snow at less visited place

Andrew Chan
11/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    March
We went with Powder Recon in late March 2016. All the pre departure info was good with easy to follow instructions on how to get to Myoko from Tokyo.

Everything was pretty smooth and the accom we stayed in Hotel Taiko was really nice, good size room (bring some cereal/bars though) as the breakfast is a bit samey after a week.

Our guide Taku was great and took us to some nice spots in the trees/ off piste where we got some nice powder at 4 different resorts in the area. It was reassuring having someone show us round the different mountains.

Myoko is a pretty quiet place, not a party town which suited us, plenty of choice for dinner. Good variety of runs which were near empty during the week and the snow quality when we were there was awesome.

Myoko

uli
05/03/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
great people, they look after you...

Myoko Kogen semi guided package

Peter Botterill
03/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
We have just returned home from the Myoko Kogen area.
The owner Bryce is a great operator. Despite a hotel that went broke before we arrived,  and Myoko had the worst season for 35 year, our group (13 in number) ended up with fantastic accommodation, skied fresh powder 6 out of 9 days. A credit to Bryce and his team.

Powder Recon Family Adventure

Christian Miles
23/05/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
Happy DayZ Cool NightZ
Our family experience in Japan was our first & we are planning on returning - It was insane! We were able to immerse ourselves very comfortable into the Japanese culture & Fresh, Deep Powder! Bryce & his crew were awesome from meeting us at the Hotel's foyer for check in through to dropping us at the train for return to Tokyo.

They provided us with guides each day at the locations of our choice & suitable for all skill levels.

The guides had an extensive knowledge of the various resort's trails & where to search out the best runs available to suit the days conditions.

The nightly meetings came with a wealth of knowledge from Japanese etiquette, meeting fellow guests, weather forecast, resort recommendations, tips on places to go & things to see.

Bryce made us aware of the very real hazards that exist, how to identify them & most importantly how to have an awesome day & stay safe.

We'd like to thank them all for there assistance which made for a very enjoyable, traditional, adrenaline filled family holiday. A special thanks to Bryce, Evan, Robyn & Shaya you made Myoko Magic. Cheers

Powder Recon was amazing!

Pranil Singh
19/05/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
Empty runs! Fresh powder! Can't wait to go back.
Freaking awesome trip! A group of four of us spent 5 days in Myoko Kogen on a Powder Recon trip and had a amazing time.

The hotel was neat and tidy, and the staff super helpful and polite. Our Japanese was quite limited and we had no trouble communicating with then. The onsen was also a great way to relax after a day on the mountain.

Powder Recon staff were helpful and happy to give us any advice. We got to spend a bit of time with the guys on the mountain as well, which was great.

Will definitely go again - both Myoko and the Powder Recon guys were so, so good. If you go ask about the okonomiyaki - it's probably the best in Japan!

Thanks for a fun trip

Nicki Gallagher
24/02/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
Great way to meet new people and ski with others at similar levels. We had a great time and have made some new life long friends.

Enjoyed exploring the region with some great guides...

Bryce very professional and organized but other staff limited at times.

Great Way to Explore Multiple Ski Areas

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
07/06/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
There was plenty of this!
We were very impressed with the Powder Recon offering at Myoko Kogen. It provides the powder skiing benefits of a multi-resort tour and an oportunity to sample various resorts, yet the stability of being based in one village and not having to change accommodation every night. We can thoroughly recommend the packages, and better yet, the packages provide exceptional value for money.

The information provided pre-trip was impressive and we also received a great orientation on arrival and advice on things to do in the village.

We really liked the accommodation (see our 7th Door Ryokan review). Powder Recon has an ethos of trying to provide an authentic Japanese experience (they only book out a max of 20% of rooms to westerners) and we really enjoyed the Japanese feel of the hotel.

We were largely there to chase the powder and we weren’t disappointed. Each day we went to different ski areas, both Myoko ski areas as well as nearby resorts. Firstly having the guides drive us each day enabled us to access a variety of ski areas that we otherwise wouldn’t have visited. One resort in particular was a complete gem because it was deserted, so there were super freshies galore! The guides were really affable and provided guiding in the mornings to show us lots of good spots, and then we were free to choose our own routes in the afternoon.

I was surprised that the packages didn’t just cater for powder hounds, but also for groups and families with beginners and intermediates. We met other guests and Powder Recon could provide guiding at the local hill for intermediates or assist in organizing lessons (or child care). With a Myoko Powder Package, groups or families of differing ability levels can be catered for and no one has to ski or board by themselves (unless they want to!). This sort of trip provides the happy medium between meeting new friends and having others to ride with, but it’s not a rigid organized tour so you can do your own thing if you wish.
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