The first snows making it down to village level arrived this week for many ski resorts in Japan. In Europe, the season really gets started this weekend with some more ski stations opening.
|Happo One 25.11.16 - www.happo-one.jp|
Snow began falling yesterday in Japan, down to town level as well as the peaks.
The snowy weather has arrived in Honshu and Hokkaido at the same time, so everyone's getting a whitening in the mountains! Just a dusting in Niigata and Nagano, but a nice little dump in Hokkaido.
Opening dates at my featured Japanese ski resorts:
Yuzawa (Kagura) - ASAP
Niseko (Grand Hirafu) - ASAP
Nozawa Onsen - part opening 26th November (maybe!)
Hakuba (Happo One) - 17th December (part opening 26th November - unlikely!)
Zao Onsen - early December
Myoko Kogen - mid-December
Good snow in France for the end of November, particularly for those stations that are above 2000m. Val Thorens opened last weekend and already has 13 lifts running.
|Val Thorens 26.11.16 - Val Thorens Facebook|
Grand Tourmalet in the Pyrenees has put back opening to the 3rd December.
Opening dates at my featured French ski stations are:
Val Thorens - OPEN - 80cm@2300m, 13/30 lifts, 32/85 pistes
Val d'Isere - 26th November - 10cm@1850m,
Grand Tourmalet - 3rd December
Chamonix (Grands Montets) - 26th November - 58cm@1972m
Isola 2000 - 3rd December
Les Arcs - 10th December
Val d'Allos - 10th December
Serre Chevalier - 7th December (with a pre-opening on the weekend of 3/4th December)
Super Besse - 10th December
There is still some snow at higher altitudes in Italy.
|Monterosa 23.11.16 - Monterosa Facebook|
Similarly there were slopes open at Valchiavenna, which is reopening this weekend along with Monterosa.
Opening dates at my featured Italian ski stations:
Madonna di Campiglio - 26th November
Madesimo - 26th November
Monterosa - 26th November
Val Gardena - 3rd December