Snow Report 29 December 2014 - Europe & Japan

Happy holidays! I hope everyone is enjoying the festive season, even more so if you're lucky enough to be scoring a white Christmas ... and even more so if you are skiing and riding!
Happo One 24.12.14 [Source: Happo FB page]


The Japan early season powder dumpage continued into early last week, before the weather cleared up a little in midweek, and then some more snow finished off the week. A nice cycle that hopefully continues.

The recent snowfalls opened most lifts across the resorts and they have set the season up beautifully. Its amazing to witness the sheer size of these storms that bring snow to Japan.

Light snow is forecast on and off throughout the week (Niseko), with some heavier falls in Nagano, Gifu and Niigata midweek.

At Hakuba's Happo One there was another half-metre dump into Tuesday morning. There is now 240cm at Usagidaira (1400m), and 120cm at the bottom of the lifts. All main lifts are now open.

Nozawa Onsen 28.12.14 [Source: Nozawa Onsen FB page]
Nozawa Onsen reported another 25cm into Tuesday morning. There is now 295cm on the upper slopes (Yamabiko, 1650m) and 180cm at the base of the lifts (650m).

Myoko Suginohara: 190/190cm
Akakura Onsen: 195cm
Shiga Kogen: 150/80cm
Gala Yuzawa: 300cm
Zao Onsen: 180/125cm
Niseko Grand Hirafu: 270/140cm


Another fine and sunny week in France ended with a desperately needed touch of snow at the weekend: for Isola 2000 (10cm), Les Arcs (25cm), Val Thorens (20cm), Val d'Isere (39cm) and Chamonix (35cm).

A follow-up dump is looking unlikely, however, with the fine and sunny weather returning for this new week.
Val d'Isere 26.12.14 [Source: Val d'Isere FB page]

Isola 2000: 100/40cm.
Serre Chevalier: 80/0cm.
Les Arcs: 40cm@3200m, 20cm@1600m.
Val Thorens: 140cm@3200m, 100cm@2300m.
Val d'Isere: 100cm@2500m, 60cm@1850m
Chamonix: 160cm@3275m, 60cm@1900m.


We were in Lombardy this time last year, skiing at Piani di Bobbio (one of the closest ski resorts to Milan), which had just had a nice heap of snow fall. The season really started firing up around this time.

I think it would be fair to say this season has yet to get really going to the levels that we saw last year. There was a little snow on Saturday that freshened the slopes, but only 5cm or so. The snow pushing into Switzerland and Austria this week doesn't look like making it through to Italy.

Monte Rosa (Gressoney-la-Trinite): 130/5cm and now 17/19 pistes available.
Madesimo: 230/60/0cm.
Madonna di Campiglio: 95cm@2250m, 10cm@1500m.
Val Gardena is hosting Ski World Cup races this weekend: 45cm@2500m, 5cm@1400m.

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