Snow Report 15 January 2015 - Europe & Japan

Its definitely a good time to ski in Europe and Japan if you can get the time off work. The slopes are quiet, accommodation is cheap, and you might just score some good dumps!


Some weeks the weather systems coming across the Sea of Japan can blanket the whole of Japan, getting snow into every area possible, and in other weeks they can have more impact in some mountains and valleys than others. The past week has seen to some extent a bit of the latter.

Happo One 14.01.15 [Source: Happo FB page]

Take the Yuzawa area of Nigata which received 20-30cms each day since 7th January. The neighbouring mountain areas of Nagano received little snow at all, just a mountain range away.

Fortunately the whole of Japan pretty much got a dump at the beginning of this week that made everyone happy.

The snow cleared after Monday, but another fall is expected across Japan today and on Saturday, becoming heavy at times. The snow depths are ridiculous for this time of year. Good times!

Happo One: 260cm@1400m, 150cm@850m
Nozawa Onsen: 340cm@1650m and 190cm@650m.
Akakura Onsen: 320cm
Gala Yuzawa: 380cm
Dynaland: 230cm
Zao Onsen: 200/130cm
Niseko Grand Hirafu: 330/140cm


A run of mainly fine and mild weather continued through the weekend in the southern French Alps, with just a little snow falling further north (Chamonix 5-10cm and a dusting at Val Thorens).

Les Arcs 13.01.15 [Source: Les Arcs FB page]
A nice fall came on 14th January with Les Arcs (10cm), Serre Chevalier, Chamonix and Val d'Isere all reporting new snow. For many resorts, that fall ended a long two weeks without snow.

There looks like some snow arriving at the beginning of the weekend, with some significant falls forecast.

Isola 2000: 100/40cm
Serre Chevalier: 100/0cm
Les Arcs: 80cm@3200m, 30cm@1600m
Val Thorens: 130cm@3200m, 90cm@2300m
Val d'Isere: 100cm@2500m, 46cm@1850m
Chamonix: 125cm@3275m, 40cm@1800m


Val Gardena reported 10cm yesterday, but for many the last snowfalls were in December. Its all set to change, however, with Northern Italy anticipating a big dump at the beginning of this weekend. Its going to really make a difference to the snow depths across the resorts.

Monte Rosa (Gressoney-la-Trinite): 130/5cm
Madesimo: 230/60/0cm
Madonna di Campiglio: 84cm@2250m, 10cm@1500m
Val Gardena: 60cm@2500m, 10cm@1400m

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