Warm and sunny on the pistes in Europe, while first snows blanket parts of Japan. The season is just getting started. Whether you are heading to Europe or Japan this northern winter, read on for the lowdown on conditions.
A fine and sunny weekend at the Japanese resorts. Some snow arrived Monday night, falling quite heavily in Niseko and a sprinkling on the higher areas of the Japanese Alps.
|Niseko 03.12.16 - Niseko United Facebook|
The snow is set to continue falling into and through the weekend at all resorts.
Happo One had some lifts running today after the new snow. Zao Onsen got some lifts running as well.
Opening dates at my featured Japanese ski resorts:
Yuzawa (Kagura) - Kagura is OPEN
Niseko (Grand Hirafu) - OPEN - 45cm at base
Nozawa Onsen - part opening (Yamabiko) ASAP
Hakuba (Happo One) - 17th December (partially OPEN at the top)
Zao Onsen - partially OPEN (Chuo lift)
Myoko Kogen - mid-December
Clear and sunny days on the slopes over the last week in France. This often happens at this time of year as the early snowfalls give way to a run of mild, clear weather again.
|Isola 2000 03.12.16 - Isola 2000 Facebook|
Lets see whats open. Isola 2000 in the Southern Alps opened last weekend. Serre Chevalier opened yesterday. Grand Tourmalet in the Pyrenees suffered a further setback due to the fine weather and put the opening back another week. Les Arcs and Val'd'Allos open this weekend.
Opening dates at my featured French ski stations are:
Val Thorens - OPEN - 60cm@2300m, 26/30 lifts, 61/85 pistes
Val d'Isere - OPEN - 5cm@1850m, 64/77 lifts, 100/167 pistes
|Serre Chevalier 01.12.16 - Serre Che Facebook|
Isola 2000 - OPEN - 30cm@2000m, 22 pistes
Serre Chevalier - OPEN - 145cm@2100m, 7/62 lifts, 9/81 pistes
Les Arcs - 10th December
Val d'Allos - 10th December
Grand Tourmalet - 17th December
Super Besse - when there's enough snow
|Monterosa 05.12.16 - Monterosa Facebook|
My featured ski resorts are now all open, at least partially. Monterosa in the Alps and Val Gardena in the Dolomites opened on the weekend.
Opening dates at my featured Italian ski stations:
Madonna di Campiglio - OPEN - 13 lifts, 17 runs
Madesimo - OPEN - 5/13 lifts, 10/36 runs
Monterosa - OPEN - 33/45 lifts, 48/93 runs
Val Gardena - OPEN - 169/207 lifts open across Dolomiti Superski