Which area do you mean when you say "Apricot"? There's no designated area at Tangram with that name.... or do you mean around Jackdownhill?
We have just had an amazing week of skiing , and I have watched people go into areas that they really shouldn't be in for their ability . I understand everyone wants the stoke , but FFS skiing on fat skis in the backseat through tight trees into terrain traps with 5 of your mates in tow wears a little thin , and I don't work in ski patrol .Someone lost yesterday. Someone lost today. Fortunately both ended up being found but people need to be a bit more careful out there. One today in particular could have gone very badly but luckily someone saw the person involved before they got lost so they were able to post something up on Facebook which was a big help in locating them.
Understandable for sure.
But I am guessing you are not the norm and most are just Aussies epats like the early Hotham crew that started up in Niseko.............
Went to Myoko for the first time the other day (3rd April) and hiked to the summit. Pretty easy hike up there from AKR, even with the Sky Gondola being the only lift open. Descended back through the obvious drainage down to Tsubame onsen and back through the tunnel. Unless a track is really, really well set in, I don't think it's ever going to be snowboarder friendly. Take a pole and just accept the pain.
Here is how much of the tunnel entrance is currently showing...
I was solo, so not many good photos of the trip, but you can click through on the above photo and see the route and a couple of photos.
Did a quick thread search and saw some people in last year's thread talking about not being able to easily climb to the summit, having to ski down and back up from the crater rim. While it's not the most straight forward, get on the ridge and continue climbing mountain because of the crater rim... It's pretty close to that. It's not rocket science.