Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 22nd February 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:57am on Tuesday 22nd February 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 7:57am on Tuesday 22nd February 2011
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As I mentioned yesterday afternoon, it was a day of brilliant blue skies and a strong sun yesterday and it will be likely very similar conditions here today. This morning there are no clouds and the mountain is already looking magnificent. The resort isn't open as I write this but I expect it to be a fairly busy day - for a weekday - up there once again with a lot of tourists going up the Ropeways.

I have had a few people ask me about the Snow/Ice Mosters and how they are doing. Well, the Juhyo on the upper slopes are still looking impressive with just a few showing a bit of branch sticking out here and there, but not much. I would say that we are definitely over the absolute peak of the Juhyo now though. A bit lower down there is more tree on show but I think we are still doing better than last year at this point. I hope that colder conditions up top can prevail and perhaps we get another blast of winter to prolong their life.

It's still cold up there in a daytime even with the sun out - yesterday the thermometer at the top station was saying -4 degrees at 2pm. No wind helps things feel not that cold though.

Not long left for the night time "Light Up" where you can get the Gondola up in the evening though - that operation will be running for another week and the last day for that is Monday 28th February.

Archive report: Posted at 7:57am on Tuesday 22nd February 2011
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Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao is now fully open and night time 'nighta' is open. The Zao Ropeway is now operating every night taking people up to see the floodlit Snow/Ice Monsters (until 28th February).

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