Zao Now daily snow and weather - Monday 11th January 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:06am on Monday 11th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Slight wind
Limited
This report
Monday 11th January 2016, 10:06am
11cm
Sunday 10th January 2016, 9:54am 10cm
Saturday 9th January 2016, 9:45am 6cm
Friday 8th January 2016, 10:27am 12cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:10am 1cm
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 9:12am 4cm
Tuesday 5th January 2016, 10:32am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 62cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 50cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 168cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:06am on Monday 11th January 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao.

Another 11cm of fresh this morning so the snow is slowly but surely coming. As have the people this weekend, with lots of them around. So we do actually need 'refils' as well as 'base'!

Yesterday the Omori lift started its season and that area of the resort part opened. That means that all of the areas of Zao Onsen are now at least part open, though with some courses not open just yet. I am very much looking forward to the day when I can actually say that 'Zao Onsen is fully open'. It is evidently a gradual process this year though; hopefully it won't be long.

Forecast has quite regular snowfall lined up for our mountain here. Looks towards later on Thursday in particular for potentially heavy snowfall. You know how quickly forecasts can change though...

Back to this morning though and it is cold. Wrap up well and some decent snow to be found.

It is interesting to note that on the official website where they usually mention snow conditions in the different areas of Zao from 'S' (powder snow) through to 'E' ('inferior' snow), they don't seem to have been updating that at all yet this season...

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Information as of Monday 11th January 2016 (subject to change)

All of the lifts at Zao Onsen are operating.
All areas of Zao Onsen are now at least part open.
Note that there is still less snow than usual and it is thin on the ground especially on lower course areas of the resort.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 55cm
Chuo: 80cm
Paradise: 55cm
Uwanodai: 35cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts moving!

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Monday 11th January 2016
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 11th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
11th January 11cm 1cm 2cm
10th January 10cm 10cm 1cm
9th January 6cm 0cm 2cm
8th January 12cm 20cm 0cm
7th January 1cm 3cm 0cm
6th January 4cm 0cm 2cm
5th January 1cm 5cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 45cm 39cm 9cm
Previous 14 days total 62cm 92cm 67cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 50cm 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total - 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total - 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 168cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 11th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
50cm
[168cm]
- - - -
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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