Snow Report 7 January 2015 - Europe & Japan

Happy New Year! May your coming year of travel and adventure be filled with lots of dry powdery snow to ride.

Nozawa Onsen 07.01.15 [Source: Nozawa Onsen FB]

You'd do worse than choose Japan right now. There has been lots more snow Japan since my last post, approaching a metre in places.

Its certainly one of the most consistent, snowy starts to the Japanese ski season in recent years.

For the rest of the week on Honshu it should be fine with occasional snow, with maybe some heavier falls to follow. Heavier snow is setting in on Hokkaido already.

Happo One welcomed in the new year with lots of new snow, including a 50cm dump for new year's day freshies: There is now 280cm at Usagidaira (1400m), and 130cm at the bottom of the lifts.

Nozawa Onsen: also scored half a metre for new year's day: 325cm@1650m and 165cm@650m. The FB picture is from Yamabiko I believe.

Akakura Onsen: 290cm
Dynaland: 230cm
Zao Onsen: 200/130cm
Niseko Grand Hirafu: 300/160cm

Val d'Isere 06.01.15 [Source: Val d'Isere FB]

A reasonable fall of snow last weekend in the north has kept the pistes fresh. A run of mainly fine and mild weather is set to continue through the coming weekend in the southern French Alps, with a chance of some more snow further north on the weekend again (Chamonix, Val Thorens, Les Arcs).

Despite there not being a great amount of snow below 2000m, the conditions are fairly good with most lifts running at the major resorts. Snowdepths are fairly similar to this time last year in France.

Isola 2000: 100/40cm
Serre Chevalier: 110/0cm
Les Arcs: 90cm@3200m, 33cm@1600m
Val Thorens: 130cm@3200m, 95cm@2300m
Val d'Isere: 90cm@2500m, 40cm@1850m
Chamonix: 100cm@3275m, 50cm@1800m

For an idea about conditions around the rest of France away from the Alps:

Grand Tourmalet 04.01.15 [Source: Grand Tourmalet FB page]
Pyrenees: GrandValira Andorra 100/50cm; Grand Tourmalet 100cm@2500m, 60cm@1400m; Cauterets 140cm@2415m, 90cm@1850m

Auvergne: Besse Super Besse - 15/40cm
Jura: Les Rousses - 25cm@1350m, 10cm@1180m
Vosges: La Bresse Hohneck - 40cm@1350m, 30cm@900m


While France is on par with last year, Italy is slipping behind 2014.

There's a chance of a little snow on the weekend, but the weather looks to be mild at first.

Monte Rosa (Gressoney-la-Trinite): 130/5cm
Madesimo: 230/60/0cm
Madonna di Campiglio: 95cm@2250m, 10cm@1500m
Val Gardena: 50cm@2500m, 5cm@1400m

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