Wednesday, 11th January 2012
In Weather In Japan,
Japanese ski resorts boosted by bumper snowfall
Huge snowfalls in Japan have given the country's snowsports industry a big boost.
Skiers and snowboarders in the country are now revelling in deep powder and fantastic conditions, while resorts in the United States are experiencing one of the lowest levels of snowfall on record.
More than ten metres of snow has fallen already in Niseko, a ski area in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, News.com.au reported.
Marcus Williams, general manager of Skijapan.com, told the news provider: "It's been amazing. It's the best start to the season for a long time.
"I think it's a bit of a payback from Mother Nature for what happened last March.''
Ironically, as Japan experiences bumper levels of snow and the US is struggling for coverage, bookings are showing the reverse trend.
Mr Williams said that following last year's earthquake and tsunami bookings have been down but great offers are now being offered to try and drum up last minute offers.
Over in Europe, resorts in the Alps have experienced one of the best early seasons on record, with snow storms so heavy in places that roads had to be closed in and out of resorts.
Written by Mark Smith