Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 25th February 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:29am on Thursday 25th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Light
Good
This report
Thursday 25th February 2016, 9:29am
0cm
Wednesday 24th February 2016, 9:15am 6cm
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 9:25am 0cm
Monday 22nd February 2016, 9:21am 6cm
Sunday 21st February 2016, 9:29am 0cm
Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:34am 0cm
Friday 19th February 2016, 8:40am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 12cm
Last 14 reports (total): 37cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 74cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 403cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:29am on Thursday 25th February 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

It's a cold morning here in Zao, mid-winter cold.

Fairly decent weather though generally cloudy, but the cold should be keeping the snow in decent condition. No new cm to report, just a thin dusting.

As we approach the end of February, the forecast for Zao is looking quite promising really with snow forecast for at least times on each day into early next week.. and moderate to heavy at times as well.

We should hopefully get enough over the next few days for a decent pre-weekend refresh and no doubt the evening light up will be ok through until the scheduled last one this coming Sunday.

I expect this weekend to be pretty busy.

It's funny - even in a season of lots of snow and great snow conditions, once we get into March things get quieter. And once news of cherry blossoms starts making the news, that's the clear sign for lots of people that spring is here and the snow season is behind us. A big mistake of course as we can have some great conditions in March and beyond and Zao Onsen always hopes to open for skiing and snowboarding through until early May.

Just how this particular season will turn out will be interesting as we don't have as much base as usual. It's all going to depend of course on how early sustained spring like weather arrives.

Late, please!

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The 'Juhyo Lightup' evening ropeway service is currently operating. All being well it should remain open every day until Sunday 28th February, from 5pm until 9pm - the last ropeway goes up at 7:50pm. Please note that you need to buy a separate ticket to use this service - it is not included in any of the normal ski lift tickets.

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Information as of Thursday 25th February 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.
The Karamatsu pair lift does not operate on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 100cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 75cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open as planned this morning

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  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 25th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
25th February 0cm 0cm 0cm
24th February 6cm 0cm 0cm
23rd February 0cm 0cm 0cm
22nd February 6cm 0cm 0cm
21st February 0cm 15cm 0cm
20th February 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th February 0cm 15cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 12cm 31cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 37cm 83cm 98cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 211cm 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total 74cm 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total - 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 403cm 703cm 579cm
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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]
211cm
[329cm]
74cm
[403cm]
- - -
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]
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