Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 17th April 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Friday 17th April 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
9°C

Top temp:
5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Possible rain today
wind condition
Light
Variable
This report
Friday 17th April 2015, 9:10am
0cm
Monday 13th April 2015, 10:57am 0cm
Friday 10th April 2015, 9:40am 0cm
Tuesday 7th April 2015, 11:44am 0cm
Sunday 5th April 2015, 8:55am 0cm
Friday 3rd April 2015, 8:56am 0cm
Wednesday 1st April 2015, 15:00pm 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 5cm
Current month (April 2015) total: 0cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 703cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Friday 17th April 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

We've had rain and sometimes clearer weather conditions since my last report. Yesterday it was rain top to bottom on the mountain unfortunately.

More significant patches of ground are starting to appear on some lower areas of the mountain now.

9 degrees at 9am this morning here in the village and just cloudy. A chance of rain again today but holding off for the moment.

More chance of seeing the sun tomorrow and it should be a bit warmer too. (Some forecasts also have rain never far away over the coming days - it's all seemingly quite difficult to read at the moment with changeable conditions.

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You might have seen on the news in the last week stuff about an increase in signs of volcanic activity around Zao-san's (beautiful, may I say) volcano 'okama' crater. While it's a bit alarming to hear about such things, there has been no eruption or any major event - it's all stuff that we can't feel or see. And of course we hope things stay that way!

Zao Onsen is kind of round the corner and detached from that immediate area and so is not affected by the current warnings that exclude people from going within 1.2km of the crater.

The ski resort is keen to let people know that it is open as planned and not affected by this.

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Official snow depths (Friday 17th April 15):

Utopia: 120cm
Chuo: 120cm
Paradise: 130cm
Uwanodai: 50cm

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Planned lift operating dates and closing dates

Subject to change. This is what the plans are for the lifts that remain operating at Zao Onsen:

Until Sunday 19th April
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until Wednesday 6th May
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB
Katakai Triple (* from now only on holidays and Golden Week)
Paradise Pair AB (* from now only on holidays and Golden Week)
Utopia Number 2 Pair (dependant on snow conditions)

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Operating through the year (for general tourism outside of snow season)
Sky Cable
Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway

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Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Friday 17th April 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations now

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  2014/2015
*as of Friday 17th April 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
17th April 0cm - 0cm
13th April 0cm 0cm 5cm
10th April 0cm - -
7th April 0cm 4cm 0cm
5th April 0cm - 0cm
3rd April 0cm 0cm 0cm
1st April 0cm - 2cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 4cm 5cm
Previous 14 days total 5cm 26cm 7cm
November observed snowfall total 20cm 12cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 281cm 179cm 150cm
January observed snowfall total 118cm 111cm 243cm
February observed snowfall total 181cm 166cm 218cm
March observed snowfall total 103cm 107cm 21cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 4cm 22cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 703cm 579cm 657cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
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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]
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