Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 28th December 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:39am on Wednesday 28th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Light at the moment
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 9:39am
12cm
Tuesday 27th December 2016, 7:45am 0cm
Monday 26th December 2016, 9:06am 0cm
Sunday 25th December 2016, 10:07am 0cm
Saturday 24th December 2016, 9:41am 2cm
Friday 23rd December 2016, 8:16am 0cm
Wednesday 21st December 2016, 9:38am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 92cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 103cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:39am on Wednesday 28th December 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao.

This is better. Just over 10cm of fresh snowfall on the ground here in the village this morning so I would expect more than that up there on the mountain.

All very much needed of course and we need more than that, but just for the moment conditions should be very much improved. Phew! 10cm or so isn't enough to get all of the lifts and courses open so I can't see any changes in that respect at the start of the day.

It's cold too this morning, with the top of the resort reporting a temperature of -11C at 9am. Not quite that cold down here but still well under zero.

Forecast? Looking improved actually. While no mega-dumps on the horizon, there is snowfall scattered across the coming week so perhaps we'll get little by little into the New Year.

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>b>The following lifts are not operating:
Astraea Number 3 pair
Kurohime Number 1 quad
Onsen Number 2 quad
Onsen Number 3 parallel AB
Onsen Number 4 quad
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
Zao Kokutai pair
Ryuzan pair
Karamatsu pair
Sunrise pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 triple
Nakamori Number 2 pair
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
Yokokura Number 1 pair A
Yokokura Number 2
Astraea Number 1 pair
Astraea Number 2 pair
Omori quad

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Official snow depths:
Chuo - 55cm
Utopia - 35cm
Uwanodai - 25cm
Paradise - 45cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

December 2016: 29th-31st
January 2017: 1st-3rd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Archive report: Posted at 9:39am on Wednesday 28th December 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is part open

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  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 28th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
28th December 12cm 1cm 0cm
27th December 0cm 22cm 2cm
26th December 0cm 1cm 10cm
25th December 0cm 0cm 3cm
24th December 2cm 0cm 1cm
23rd December 0cm 0cm 20cm
21st December 0cm 0cm 1cm
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April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 103cm 460cm 703cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
92cm
[103cm]
- - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
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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