Snow Report 17 December 2015 - Europe & Japan

With the holiday season approaching, ski resorts in Europe and Japan are grooming their pistes and guest houses are decorating their rooms ready to welcome guests for a snowy, white Christmas and New Year holiday.

Nozawa Onsen 17.12.15 - Nozawa Onsen webcam

We had a mixed bag of weather across mainland Japan over the past week with some sunny days, some rain and some flakes of snow.

It was a fine start to the week, becoming cloudy and wet on Tuesday and Wednesday. Snow has arrived overnight into Thursday morning on both Honshu and Hokkaido.

Niseko - 45cm bottom/145cm top.

Zao Onsen - 5cm@Base, 25cm up high, with skiing limited to the Chuo and Utopia areas only

Naeba/Kagura - no snow
Happo One 16.12.15 - Happo One Facebook
Shiga Kogen - limited skiing on a number of runs across the vast area

Nozawa Onsen - 0cm@Base, 15cm at Yamabiko, the resort is not open yet

Myokokogen - no snow, no resorts open yet

Hakuba - Happo One - 0cm@Base, 40cm at Usagadaira

Dynaland - limited natural snow

Snow is expected to continue to fall into the weekend in Hokkaido, and on and off in Honshu.


Sunny fine days continued until Tuesday when it became almost two weeks without snow for most ski resorts. The good start at the beginning of the month has not been followed through.

Chamonix Balme 16.12.15 - Chamonix.com
Unfortunately only a dusting fell again earlier this week and the snow was limited to the higher slopes in the Northern Alps.

Chamonix (Grands Montets) 25cm@1972m, 3/16 pistes open

Val d'Isere 32cm@1850m, 71/166 pistes open

Les Arcs 47/109 pistes open

Val Thorens 50cm@2300m, 46/81 pistes open

Serre Chevalier 30cm@2100m

Isola 2000 30cm@2000m

The coming days look like being sunny and warm with no sign of much snow on the immediate horizon.

Val Gardena 16.12.15 - Valgardena.it

Most of the skiing in Italy is now thanks to fantastic efforts of snowmaking.

Monte Rosa has only four of 95 slopes open across its seven ski areas

Madesimo 5 pistes open.

Madonna di Campiglio has 12 lifts operating

Val Gardena in the Dolomites has incredibly managed to open many pistes with snowmaking despite a complete lack of natural snow.

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