Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 1st January 2017

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:08am on Sunday 1st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky (base)
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Varied - good to poor!
This report
Sunday 1st January 2017, 10:08am
0cm
Saturday 31st December 2016, 8:55am 1cm
Friday 30th December 2016, 9:17am 3cm
Thursday 29th December 2016, 9:24am 2cm
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 9:39am 12cm
Tuesday 27th December 2016, 7:45am 0cm
Monday 26th December 2016, 9:06am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 21cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 0cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 109cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:08am on Sunday 1st January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Hello and a happy new year to you all from Zao Onsen.

Earlier cloud cover has been breaking this morning and just as I write this report the sun is making its way through into my room. Had to close the curtain actually! Looks like there is more blue sky out there as well now... having said that, the webcam for higher up appears to show poor visibility right now; so varied conditions on different parts of the mountain.

Not much to report really on this first day of the season. I notice that my observed snowfall for the season so far is pretty much the same as last season (not something we wanted!), so let's hope that January delivers - last season I observed 2.11m of snow here at base. Let's make that 3m this year shall we?

Taking a quick look at the forecast, perhaps some fresh snow to fall tomorrow night and then more around Wednesday.

The fact that we need some good consistent and heavy snowfall remains unchanged as we enter the new year.

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>b>The following lifts are not operating:
Kurohime Number 1 quad
Onsen Number 4 quad
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
Zao Kokutai pair
Ryuzan pair
Karamatsu pair
Sunrise pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 triple
Nakamori Number 2 pair
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
Omori quad

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Official snow depths:
Chuo - 60cm
Utopia - 35cm
Uwanodai - 25cm
Paradise - 50cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

January 2017: 1st-3rd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Archive report: Posted at 10:08am on Sunday 1st January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen remains part open as we wait for further snow

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 1st January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 1st January 2017
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 1st January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 1st January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
1st January 0cm 5cm 30cm
31st December 1cm 0cm 10cm
30th December 3cm 2cm 0cm
29th December 2cm 10cm 0cm
28th December 12cm 1cm 0cm
27th December 0cm 22cm 2cm
26th December 0cm 1cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 18cm 41cm 52cm
Previous 14 days total 21cm 46cm 79cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 98cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total 0cm 211cm 118cm
February observed snowfall total - 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 109cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 1st January 2017
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 - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
0cm
[109cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
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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