Snow Report 1 April 2016 - Europe & Japan


Snow levels are reducing quickly and spring skiing has been the go at many of the Japanese ski areas. Some of the smaller ski areas begin closing now, while some of the bigger areas will keep going into May if they can with at least some lifts open.

Happo One 30.03.16 - Happo Facebook
It looks like raining on and off this weekend with snow only on the highest peaks or maybe lower down in Hokkaido.

Niseko (Grand Hirafu) - 100cm@base with some lifts open until 5th May 2016.

Zao Onsen - 30cm@base (954m), 80cm up high (1387m) with some lifts open until 5th May 2016.

Nozawa Onsen - 10cm@base (660m), 130cm at Yamabiko (1615m). There are lifts open until 8th May 2016.

Myokokogen (Akakan) - 160cm, while Akakan has no plans to close just yet, Suginohara and Ikenotaira Onsenhave already closed.

Hakuba (Happo One) - 10cm@Base, 140cm at Usagadaira. Lifts open until 8th May 2016.

Dynaland - 140cm. Lifts open until 3rd April 2016.


Occasional drizzle, snow flurries on the peaks, and sunny spells into the weekend. There could be localised heavy falls of snow above 2000m ... looks like favouring ski stations that like systems from the southeast. Val d'Isere perhaps?

Plenty of snow around at altitude for fantastic spring skiing:

Val Thorens 30.03.16 - Val Thorens Facebook
Chamonix (Grands Montets) 197cm@1972m, the ski areas will progressively close through April with Grands Montets open until 1st May 2016.

Val d'Isere 139cm@1850m. Lifts opening until 1st May 2016.

Les Arcs 100cm@1600m.

Val Thorens 160cm@2300m

Serre Chevalier 130cm@2100m. Lifts open until 24th April 2016.

Isola 2000 100cm@2000m


Monte Rosa 31.03.16 - Monterosa Ski Facebook
Perhaps some heavy snow at the higher resorts in Aosta like Gressoney (Monterosa) this weekend while mainly fine further east and into the Dolomites.

There is enough snow around for some fun spring skiing.

Monte Rosa (40/130cm).

Madonna di Campiglio (40cm@1500m). Lifts opening until 17th April 2016.

Val Gardena 30cm@1500m

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