“Myoko……..it`s kind of a magical place”

The leaves are starting to change color, the night-time air is getting cool…….it must be September.  Which means, it`s time to let our daydreams drift from beaches & sun to backcountry lines & deep powder turns…..the season is less than 3 months away after all. 

And if you like your powder extra deep, there are few places as consistently so as Myoko Kogen - the relatively undiscovered powder mecca just 1 & 1/2 hours North-West of Hakuba (& only 3 hours from Tokyo).  

Myoko`s got a great thing going on & we`ve just got ourselves a lodge there. Myoko Morino Lodge is currently under some big renovations, so more to come on that soon.

In the meantime, get your powder fantasy fix by watching these videos that capture the Myoko thing nicely.


Good Bye January, bring it on February!

January 2014 will go down as a good one……really good in fact.  Overall snowfall was slightly below average but we had a healthy base from December & it stayed cold with plenty of fresh top ups. All this combined, meant for great powder on supply nearly every single day of the month.

This was captured nicely by Morino long-timer “Olav the Viking powder destroyer”. His 2 weeks in Hakuba this year saw plenty of perfect snow as evident by this video edit of his stay………and just to hammer home why he comes back to Hakuba year after year i`ve included his 2013 edit too.




Here`s to a good February….It`s been a slow start but it`s looking to improve real fast.


Flashback to Feb 2013

Last year`s February was one of the more epic in recent memory. Cold temperatures & non-stop 20 to 30 cm top ups  made for a month of relentless blower pow. This was captured quite nicely by the lens of Nate Cahoon in his short film for Dubsatch Collective titled “Hakuba”.

Have a watch……..& here`s to plenty more blower Pow!

Hakuba from Dubsatch Collective on Vimeo.

Packed with travel bags stretched at the seams, Sam Cohen and Zach Halverson board a jet plane headed across the world in search of the powder paradise they’ve only dreamt about; Japan. There, the two meet up with fellow skier Bryce Phillips to explore the notoriously mystical Japanese forests and pristine upper alpine. Get ready for a trip of a lifetime with “Hakuba” from Dubsatch Collective.

Filmed by: Nate Cahoon
Edited by: Nate Cahoon, Sam Cohen
Photography: Scott Rinckenberger
Skiers: Sam Cohen, Zach Halverson, Bryce Phillips
Location: Hakuba, Nagano, Japan

Thank You:
Craig and Matt of the Morino lodge crew!
Salomon Freeski

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Get in the mood for the deep Hakuba Powder Pt. 2

Fitness may be low at this time of year, but enthusiasm is high….a couple friends of Morino snowshoed up Cortina the other day for a few turns in the 60cm of fresh pow.  And with more snow in the forecast next week, the folks of Hakuba are getting in the mood indeed.

To get everyone else feeling the early winter excitement, here`s Part 2 of the photography of Scott Rinckenberger from his time at Morino Lodge last February. In this group of photos Scott cpatures one of the things that makes Hakuba so darn special….the trees, the light & the abundance of fresh snow. Enjoy!

It`s worth checking out Scott on Facebook @ facebook.com/scottrinckenberger

Wabisabi - this shot perfectly captures the Japanese aesthetic

Wabisabi – the Japanese aesthetic

Ghosty Trees

Ghosts in the forest!

Wind Snow Trees 2

post blizzard forest

Windswept Trees

high on the snow desert

Streaming Sunlight

not a bad day for a walk in the woods

Graceful treeline

the perfect canvas to paint a picture….

Behind the Turn

….picture painted.

….to be continued.

Check out Part 1.




Get in the mood for the deep Hakuba Powder.

Fall is fading to winter here in Hakuba with some significant alpine-snow forecast in the coming week. So, with kick off for the coming season only a few weeks away, its time to start getting in the mood for the deep Hakuba powder.

……..and a perfect way to do that is with the photography of Scott Rinckenberger from his time at Morino Lodge last February. Scott`s an avid outdoors-man who turned to photography as a way to fund his non-stop outdoor adventures…….& it turns out he`s pretty darn good at it too. His enthusiasm for adventure is matched by an exceptionally gifted eye for all things mother nature. He`s a very gifted photographer as evident by the following pics that capture the essence of mid-winter Hakuba.

Follow Scott`s adventure & his stunning photography on his Facebook page – facebook.com/scottrinckenberger

Hakuba is steep....

Hakuba is steep….

....and deep.

….and deep….


....with pillows....

….with pillows….

....and big lines....

….and big lines….

....and sunshine.

….and sunshine.

….To be continued.