Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 24th April 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:59am on Tuesday 24th April 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 9:59am on Tuesday 24th April 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

It's a cloudy morning in Zao, but a warm one with hardly any wind. We might get to see the sun sometime today, but definitely should tomorrow - the forecast is for a clear and sunny day with some very warm temperatures and almost certainly the warmest day of the year so far.

The forecast is for fine weather this weekend as well. It's a long weekend and the first part of the Golden Week run of holidays in Japan - Monday is a national holiday. After that, Thursday and Friday next week are also holidays so that will be a four-day long weekend.... and the last of the season at Zao.

News about the Zao Echoline road - it will be opening from 11am on Friday 27th April. This road connects Zao Onsen with the Zao-machi (Zao Town) in Miyagi Prefecture and is closed for the winter months. They started the task of moving the snow in late March and a month later the road will be open for us all to use. Of course this opens up options on how to get to Zao for those living or approaching from the Miyagi region. There's also some impressive 'snow walls' to see on the way.

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Official snow depths (24th April 12)
Utopia - 150cm
Chuo - 150cm
Paradise - 155cm
Uwanodai - 50cm

Operating lifts (24th April 12)
Limited lifts now open.

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Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 24th April - subject to change:

Uwanodai Area
Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)

Chuo and Paradise Area
Zao Chuo Ropeway (closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)
Chuo No1 pair lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May)
Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May)
Katakai triple lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May)
Paradise No1 pair lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May)

Yokokura and Utopia area
Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)

Omori and Kurohime Area
Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow (but only Fri, Sat and Sun from 16th - 26th April)

Archive report: Posted at 9:59am on Tuesday 24th April 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao remains part open. See report for details.

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