Ski resorts’ season dates and snow reports – Japan and Europe

Snow is still falling in the northern hemisphere and the forecasts are looking good! Here are the opening dates for 2013-2014 winter season and current snow conditions for the Japanese and European ski resorts.

Depending on future snowfalls, weather and magic snowmaking, some opening dates may vary. However, Europe has already received a layer of snow and with high altitudes, the quality of the snow is pretty good.  As for Japan, the biggest ski resorts like Niseko and Hakuba have already received a decent amount of snow. Most ski resorts will be opened this week end, so get ready!

JAPAN

Furano
Open on November 30, 2013
Close on May 6, 2014

Last Snowfall: 28 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 20 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 20 cm
Piste: Closed
Off-piste: Closed

Hakuba
Open on November 23, 2013
Close on May 1, 2014

Some good pow in Hakuba for the few lucky riders!

 

Last Snowfall: 28 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 90 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 5 cm
Piste: Good
Off-piste: Limited

Nozawa Onsen
Open on November 30, 2013
Close on May 4, 2014

Last Snowfall: 12 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): –
Snow Depth (lower): –
Piste: –
Off-piste: –

Niseko
Open on November 30, 2013
Close on May 4, 2014

Already 80cm at the top of Niseko and even more snow is on the way!

Last Snowfall: 28 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 80 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 45 cm
Piste: Closed
Off-piste: –

Rusutsu
Open on November 30, 2013
Close on April 7, 2014

Last Snowfall: 11 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 40 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 40 cm
Piste: Closed
Off-piste: Varied

Shiga Kogen
Open on December 1, 2013
Close on may 6, 2014

Last Snowfall:-
Snow Depth (upper): –
Snow Depth (lower): –
Piste: –
Off-piste: –

EUROPE

Austria

 

 

Kitzbuhel
Open on November 15, 2013
Close on April 27, 2014

Last Snowfall: 26 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 67 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 15 cm
Piste: Good
Off-piste: Limited

St Anton
Open on December 6, 2013
Close on April 27, 2014

Last Snowfall:
Snow Depth (upper): 80 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 40 cm
Piste: Good
Off-piste: Limited

Italy

Cortina
Open on November 22, 2013
Close on April 6, 2014

Last Snowfall: 21 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 70 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 15 cm
Piste: Good
Off-piste: Limited

Campitello
Open on November 30, 2013
Close on April 27, 2014

Last Snowfall:21 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 50 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 20 cm
Piste: Good
Off-piste: Limited

France

Chamonix
Open on November 30, 2013
Close on May 24, 2014

Last Snowfall: 25 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 150 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 50 cm
Piste: Closed
Off-piste: –

Val d’Isere
Open on November 30, 2013
Close on May 24, 2014

Val d'Isere is looking really good with a good first layer of snow!

Val d’Isere is looking really good with a good first layer of snow!

Last Snowfall: 23 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 130 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 50 cm
Piste: Closed
Off-piste: Varied

Val Thorens
Open on November 23, 2013
Close on May 11, 2014

Last Snowfall: 21 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 110 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 75 cm
Piste: Good
Off-piste: Fresh

Switzerland

St Moritz
Open on November 23, 2013
Close on April 6, 2014

Last Snowfall: 22 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 23cm
Snow Depth (lower): 20 cm
Piste: –
Off-piste: –

Verbier
Open on November 16, 2013
Close on May 4, 2014

Last Snowfall: 22 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 90 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 10 cm
Piste: Closed
Off-piste: Limited

Zermatt
Open on November 1, 2013
Close on May 4, 2014

Last Snowfall: 24 November 2013
Snow Depth (upper): 170 cm
Snow Depth (lower): 35 cm
Piste: Packed
Off-piste: Varied

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