Snow Report 29 April 2015 - Europe & Japan

This is my last snow report from the Northern Hemisphere for this winter. I hope you've enjoyed my little bit of coverage of ski season 2014-15. In a few weeks I'll begin posting about the forthcoming 2015 season in Australia and New Zealand.

If you want to get a taste of previous winter seasons in New Zealand, check out my trip reports from recent years.

A massive trip from 2011: Ski Touring in New Zealand 2011 - Kaikouras and Nelson Lakes and Ski Touring in New Zealand 2011 - West Coast, Southern Lakes and Canterbury.

From 2012 (which includes some heliskiing): Ski New Zealand 2012 - Part 1 and Ski New Zealand 2012 - Part 2.

From 2013 (which includes competing in the Peak to Pub multi-sport race): Ski New Zealand 2013.

Nozawa Onsen 28.04.15 [Source: Yamabiko webcam]

Warm days and quickly melting snow mean there are only limited options to ski and ride now despite a week and a bit to go. Check with the mountain resorts to see what's open. The ski areas with lots of higher terrain will be the go.

Don't forget to check out this cool video of my friend's trip to Niseko in 2015, and take a look back at my Japan trip reports from 2012, 2013 and 2011.


The French Alps received some good snow at the weekend, around 20-30cm for some ski stations on Sunday. This was followed up with another top-up on Tuesday and Wednesday.

To enjoy it, skiers and riders headed to Val Thorens, which is open until 10th May and has 25/28 lifts open, Val d'Isere, which is open until 3rd May, and Grands Montets at Chamonix, which is open until 3rd May.

Val Thorens 28.04.15 [Source: Val Thorens FB page]
Take a look back on my three-part picture report of my French-Italian ski trip from winter 2013-2014:
Part 1 - Trois Vallees (Val Thorens, Les Menuires), Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Les Houches, Balme, Megeve.


The upper parts of Monte Rosa-Gressoney-la-Trinite and Cervinia will be closing on the 3rd May.

Take a look back on a three-part picture report of my French-Italian ski trip ifrom winter 2013-2014:
Part 2 - Piani di Bobbio, Valchiavenna Madesimo, Paganella, Folgaria, Monte Bondone, Madonna di Campiglio.
Part 3 - Latemar, Val di Fassa, Val Gardena, Arabba, Alta Badia, Monte Rosa.

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