While I sadly don't have a Northern Hemisphere ski trip planned this season, its still great to keep an eye on how the resorts are looking. I'll bet those of you planning your trips are suitably excited and I wish you all a great ski or ride in the coming months, wherever you choose to travel!
|Niseko Grand Hirafu 24.12.15 - niseko.ne.jp/|
The healthy snowfalls at the end of last week petered out over the weekend, and by Monday it became a little wet at village level. Some snow up high, but nothing to write home about.
Not the best start to the season, but hold your horses because that all looks like changing pretty quickly.
Niseko (Grand Hirafu) - 60cm@base, 180cm@1000m
Zao Onsen - 15cm@base (954m), 50cm up high (1387m), with skiing now available at Diamond Valley and Uwanodai areas in addition to Chuo and Utopia. These are some of the main areas across the upper slopes and make for quite a bit of terrain.
Naeba/Kagura - no natural snow, 35cm on snowmaking runs at Naeba, but most of nearby Kagura is open. Many of the Yuzawa resorts are still to open.
|Nozawa Onsen 24.12.15 - nozawaski.com|
Nozawa Onsen - 0cm@base (660m), 40cm at Yamabiko (1615m). Skiing is limited to the upper slopes at Nozawa Onsen.
Myokokogen - no snow, only a couple of lifts open at Akakura Onsen ski resort, other resorts not yet open.
Hakuba (Happo One) - 0cm@Base, 50cm at Usagadaira, skiing limited to Usagadaira and upper Panorama.
Dynaland - limited natural snow
The coming weekend looks good for a dump. It should start snowing on Friday, lowering to sea level later in the weekend and getting pretty heavy. A classic Japow dump! All the ski resorts should be able to open for the new year.
|Meribel 23.12.15 - les3vallees.com|
More sunny weather. No snow. The natural snow levels begin high up at 2000-2500m in the Northern Alps with any resort snow below those levels due to snowmaking.
Still its remarkable to see how may pistes the major ski stations can open without natural snow:
Chamonix (Grands Montets) 25cm@1972m, only a few pistes open
Val d'Isere 29cm@1850m, 99/166 pistes open
|Serre Chevalier 23.12.15 - www.serre-chevalier.com/|
Les Arcs 12cm@1600m, 53/109 pistes open
Val Thorens 45cm@2300m, 55/81 pistes open
Serre Chevalier 30cm@2100m, 11/81 pistes open
Isola 2000 30cm@2000m, 8 pistes open
When will the next snow be? Not in the next few days thats pretty certain but maybe (hopefully) in the new year.
|Monterosa Ski 21.12.15 - Monterosa Facebook|
The skiing in Italy is fairly limited and resorts with massive snowmaking infrastructure will be the go for the timebeing.
Monte Rosa now has 12 of 95 slopes open across its seven ski areas
Madesimo 5 pistes open.
Madonna di Campiglio has 13 lifts operating
Val Gardena is now linked to the rest of Dolomiti Superski by the Sella Ronda in both directions. Amazing!