Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 1st January 2015

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:04am on Thursday 1st January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Moderate at times
Mostly poor
This report
Thursday 1st January 2015, 9:04am
30cm
Wednesday 31st December 2014, 9:45am 10cm
Tuesday 30th December 2014, 9:10am 0cm
Monday 29th December 2014, 11:10am 0cm
Sunday 28th December 2014, 9:10am 0cm
Saturday 27th December 2014, 9:20am 2cm
Friday 26th December 2014, 9:42am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 52cm
Last 14 reports (total): 79cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 30cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 331cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:04am on Thursday 1st January 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Happy New Year.

2015 has started off with a lot of snowfall to report. About 30cm outside my base here in the village area, so I expect more in places on the mountain. Seems nice and light too and so conditions should be very good on the runs this morning with lots of deep to find. Poor visibility on the mountain as well with an early morning (?) fog as well as the cloud covering the mountain.

Snow and moderate winds expected to continue through tomorrow as well as very low temperatures.

By the end of the weekend another milder spell with calmer conditions is forecast.

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Official snow depths (1st January 15):

Utopia: 170cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 165cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

Zao Onsen is fully open.

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Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
From Friday 26th December until 4th January;
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

December 2014: 27th-31st
January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Archive report: Posted at 9:04am on Thursday 1st January 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st January 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Thursday 1st January 2015
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st January 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 1st January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
1st January 30cm 2cm 10cm
31st December 10cm 2cm 1cm
30th December 0cm 2cm 0cm
29th December 0cm 10cm 0cm
28th December 0cm 5cm -
27th December 2cm 0cm 0cm
26th December 10cm 1cm 30cm
Previous 7 days total 52cm 22cm 41cm
Previous 14 days total 79cm 53cm 47cm
November observed snowfall total 20cm 12cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 281cm 179cm 150cm
January observed snowfall total 30cm 111cm 243cm
February observed snowfall total - 166cm 218cm
March observed snowfall total - 107cm 21cm
April observed snowfall total - 4cm 22cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 331cm 579cm 657cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 1st January 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
30cm
[331cm]
- - - -
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
179cm
[191cm]
111cm
[302cm]
166cm
[468cm]
107cm
[575cm]
4cm
[579cm]
0cm
[579cm]
2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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