Hi everybody! There were mostly sunny, fine and mild conditions across the Northern Alps through the weekend with more ski stations looking to open for the season.
Snow fell nicely in Japan since my report last week, especially in Hokkaido. Conditions are pretty okay for so early in the season, depending on your resort of choice.
The good news ...
Hakuba received another 20cm at the end of last week and there is fairly good cover on the upper slopes. Other Hakuba resorts in addition to Happo One have opened limited areas during the past week.
|Happo One 08.12.15 - Happo One Facebook|
Around 10-15cm each day fell on the mountains in Hokkaido until Tuesday. A substantial part of the terrain at the various Niseko resorts is now open, but not all quite yet.
The not so great news ...
Shiga Kogen in Nagano Prefecture opened more ski lifts through the past week, but things are still fairly limited as far as terrain goes.
Skiing is very limited (read "grassy") at Naeba, which is due to open this weekend. Only nearby Kagura has runs available at the highest point of the linked ski areas.
Still no snow at the base of Nozawa Onsen with only a little cover higher up.
The rest of the week looks a bit wet on the mainland with a mix of snow and rain on Hokkaido.
|Val d'Isere 09.12.15 - Val d'Isere Facebook|
A sunny weekend and run of mild, clear days ended Tuesday with just a little bit of snow for the Northern French Alps - 5cm at Chamonix, 2-3cm at Val Thorens and Val d'Isere.
Conditions are good on the upper slopes at the higher resorts, but skiing back to village is still limited and southern resorts have very little snow.
Chamonix (Grands Montets) opened on the weekend but lifts and pistes are limited right now.
Val d'Isere (59cm@3000m, 30cm@1800m) has 43/78 lifts open.
Les Arcs will open on 12th December.
Val Thorens (75cm@3200m, 55cm@2300m) is a safe bet this time of year.
Other Trois Vallees resorts like Meribel opened on the weekend.
Serre Chevalier will open on 12th December.
Isola 2000 opened on 5th December but there has been far less snow in the south. 5 pistes are open thanks to snowmaking with 30cm snowdepth on the open runs.
The sun and clear weather is expected to continue through the weekend.
|Madonna di Campiglio 07.12.15 - Camiglio Funivie Facebook|
It had been some time since there were any snowfalls in Italy and unfortunately the mountains are not so white.
However, its early days and the snow will arrive
Madesimo has 3 lifts and 3 pistes open.
Madonna di Campiglio is now open every day and the resort has done a great job to get lots of runs open.
Parts of Val Gardena opened last weekend with up to 30cm snowdepth.