With the Southern Hemisphere ski and boarding season wrapping up, its time to look forward to the coming Northern Hemisphere season which begins at the end of 2016 and runs into 2017.
Its at this time that the ski resorts across Europe, North America and Northern Asia begin to get things ready.
Opening dates are still some way off. November usually sees some high-altitude resorts get started, but mid-December is more typical. Depending on the season, conditions can be quite marginal with limited skiing well into December some years.
My reports focus on Japan, France and Italy, as that's where I've skied before. If you're planning your trips or already booked, you might be interested in reading some of my previous trip reports. They are: