Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 18th March 2015

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Wednesday 18th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, some cloud
Base temp:
5°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
No snowfall
wind condition
Light
Very good
This report
Wednesday 18th March 2015, 8:45am
0cm
Tuesday 17th March 2015, 9:37am 0cm
Monday 16th March 2015, 8:58am 0cm
Sunday 15th March 2015, 8:45am 0cm
Saturday 14th March 2015, 9:00am 5cm
Friday 13th March 2015, 9:05am 15cm
Thursday 12th March 2015, 9:10am 14cm
Last 7 reports (total): 34cm
Last 14 reports (total): 66cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 88cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 688cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Wednesday 18th March 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Hello and it's kind of sad in a way because with the announcement of which lifts will be open and until when, the end of the season is kind of in sight - even if it is still actually quite a long way off.

Anyway, lift closing dates have been added to the report below so please do take a look. A bunch of lifts closing at the end of March but some going on right through until 6th May. We'll keep an eye on that information as we go forward in case there are any changes.

It's another spring day here and bright and sunny but more cloud around.

Maybe rainfall early tomorrow but it should be the beginning of a cool down before the weekend and perhaps maybe possibly even some fresh snow falling from the skies as we enter early next week.

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Official snow depths (Wednesday 18th March 15):

Utopia: 250cm
Chuo: 230cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 165cm

Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).

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Current night skiing operations at Zao:

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March
Open from 5pm until 9pm.

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Planned lift operating dates and closing dates

Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...

Until Sunday 22nd March
Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair
Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March)
Paradise Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 29th March
Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
Onsen Number 4 Quad
Ryuzan Pair
Nakamori Number 2 Pair
Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March)
Diamond Number 2 Pair

Until Tuesday 31st March
Shobunuma Number 2 Pair
Oomori Quad
Yokokura Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 5th April
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 2 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Until Sunday 12th April
Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB

Until Sunday 19th April
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until Wednesday 6th May
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB
Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Utopia Number 2 Pair

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

Operating through the year (for general tourism)
Sky Cable
Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Wednesday 18th March 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open. See main report for planned closing dates.

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  2014/2015
*as of Wednesday 18th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 0cm 3cm 0cm
16th March 0cm 1cm 0cm
15th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
14th March 5cm 0cm 0cm
13th March 15cm 0cm 0cm
12th March 14cm 30cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 34cm 34cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 66cm 80cm 10cm
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 88cm 107cm 21cm
April observed snowfall total - 4cm 22cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 688cm 579cm 657cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 18th March 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
88cm
[688cm]
- -
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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