Zao Now daily snow and weather - Monday 9th January 2017

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:00am on Monday 9th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow and fog
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow is falling
wind condition
Light at the moment
visibility condition
Poor especially higher up
This report
Monday 9th January 2017, 9:00am
11cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 9:34am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 9:08am 0cm
Friday 6th January 2017, 10:43am 12cm
Thursday 5th January 2017, 12:35pm 25cm
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 8:42am 2cm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 10:10am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 53cm
Last 14 reports (total): 71cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 53cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 162cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:00am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao and happy to report fresh snowfall on the ground this morning. Over 10cm of it here and surely more than that on the slopes should make for a nice fresh ride this morning. Visibility looks generally limited though due to foggy conditions, so extra care with the speed. It doesn't seem as cold this morning and currently hovering around 0C here at base.

It looks like lots of Japan is on for a big week in terms of snowfall and Zao should be on the receiving end of it as well with potential for heavy snow and storm like conditions from later on in the day tomorrow and especially around Thursday and Friday by the looks of things.

It will be very welcome indeed!

Anyway, today there is a special message from SnowJapan to introduce - and here it is!

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A message from SnowJapan to everyone reading the Now reports

Please do take a few moments to read this. Thank you.

This message is being posted on all the daily Now pages on SnowJapan today. It does not apply to any one report in particular - we just wanted everyone reading our reports to see it.

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to everyone. And thank you for using SnowJapan and reading our reports. We are always really excited to see how many people read them every day; it’s in the tens of thousands of people. We hope you like them, and are enjoying the new content we developed for this season.

We’re even more excited when it snows.

And we can hardly contain ourselves when it snows like crazy. That is what us long-term residents of Japan consider to be the norm here.

Continuing on from last season, the first part of this winter season in Japan has obviously not been classic in terms of snowfall – far from it in many regions - but we are still very hopeful that the Nihon-rashii (Japan-like) heavy and consistent snowfall will arrive.

When it happens, it really is truly something to be in awe of.

With such a large number of people reading our website and daily reports - effectively using them as the main guide on how the Japan winter season is shaping up - we take that responsibility very seriously. The integrity of our reports is extremely important to us. We need them to always be up-front, truthful and not to shy away from the truth.

We advise the people who post the reports that it is fine to get really excited about excellent conditions, but at the same time it is essential to also report things that are less exciting. Like rain. Or a lack of snow. Or poor snow conditions.

Such reporting is not ‘being negative’. It’s reporting the truth even if none of us particularly like it. Whatever is happening, that is what should be in the reports.

One of the things that makes SnowJapan unique is the fact that we are not here to convince you to visit any one region of Japan. We’re not here to ask you to book accommodation, or to join tours, or to take ski lessons. We’re not asking you to buy anything either. Rather, we are here to provide independent and correct information from around Japan - free from the inevitable pressures of having to sell and market specific services.

Unfortunately, when snow conditions are less than perfect some people do take issue with our position regarding reports. Sadly, it is a fact that there are some folk out there who would prefer that true conditions not be known - they would prefer people to believe snow conditions are always close to what the marketing blurb says, whatever the actual reality is. At times, we have been asked by businesses to ‘avoid mentioning the rain’ and to ‘sugar-coat the conditions’, as well as receiving more forceful requests that border on demands.

(Important note: We’re not implying that most people are like that – far from it).

Surely anyone visiting a ski resort would much prefer an honest report over something that reads like a brochure? Even if it means talking about things that might not paint a perfect picture.

(Which would you prefer?)

Anyway, we just want to assure our readers that even with increasing pressure to sometimes do otherwise, we have no intention of changing the way we do things.

Just a few further related points while we are here.

Each regional report is written by a different person and so it is natural that each has its own personality or character. Some of the reports are longer than others; some are shorter; some are more humorous; some cover one ski resort; some cover a wider region.

Posting a report every single day - day in and day out, without a day off, for over five months - is a considerable commitment and a real responsibility. If a report appears later than usual, or a report is missed, or is shorter than usual, etc… we’re sorry, but sometimes it might happen. The people posting the reports are indeed real humans with their own lives, and sometimes circumstance might get in the way. (If a report is missed we’ll try to post a backdated report - when possible and especially when there was snowfall).

We’re not claiming that our reports are perfect, but we do what we can to try and provide the best reports that we can.

We are happy to pass on any comments to our reporters, but please understand that it is not possible for them to respond to specific questions and comments. We already ask enough of them every day. All (well, almost all, see below) feedback is welcome. It does not have to be positive. We have long been very aware that we will never be able to provide something that satisfies everyone, but we are always keen to hear on how people feel we can further improve things.

It’s always very nice to hear from people who are reading the reports and just want to say hi and pass on some friendly comments as well.

So, anyway, here is the form if you would like to contact us:

Contact form

Please note:

* We’re not going to enter into discussions with people contesting the accuracy of how much snow we report has fallen. Stuff like “It was 23cm, not 18cm!!!!!!”. If you feel something in our reports is wildly off the mark, please do let us know and we will certainly look into it. But hopefully that won’t happen because we do keep an eye on the numbers and we also trust our reporters, their consistency and their integrity in reporting.

* If you are feeling the urge to send us an aggressive or demanding email, before doing so please remember… our service is a free service – and one that a lot of people put a lot of effort into every day throughout the year. As a rule, we generally ignore anything aggressive or demanding anyway.

And if you haven’t already read it, here is our main ‘About the daily Now reports on SnowJapan’ information page, so please do take a look:

About our daily reports

I’d like to end this post by perhaps stating the obvious in that of course we absolutely love snow and Japan. It’s why SnowJapan was created in the first place back in 1999 and remains the same now. And it is why a few of us literally put our lives into constantly improving it and moving forward.

We want nothing better than to be able to report consistent and large amounts of snowfall falling on the Japanese mountains with excellent conditions everywhere.

But we’ll only report it when it happens!

Here’s to a fine rest of the season.

Thank you for reading.

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The following lifts are not operating:
Paradise Number 3 pair
Yokokura Number 2 pair

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Official snow depths:
Chuo - 80cm
Utopia - 65cm
Uwanodai - 50cm
Paradise - 80cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations - upcoming dates

January 2017: 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 9:00am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of Zao Onsen is open - see report above for more details

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Monday 9th January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th 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 Monday 9th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
9th January 11cm 6cm 0cm
8th January 0cm 12cm 20cm
7th January 0cm 1cm 3cm
6th January 12cm 4cm 0cm
5th January 25cm 1cm 5cm
4th January 2cm 0cm 3cm
3rd January 3cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 53cm 24cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 71cm 64cm 83cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 98cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total 53cm 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 162cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th 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]
53cm
[162cm]
- - - -
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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Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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