Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 30th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 30th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Moderate at times
visibility condition
Fair to limited
This report
Friday 30th December 2016, 9:17am
3cm
Thursday 29th December 2016, 9:24am 2cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 19cm
Last 14 reports (total): 39cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 97cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 108cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:17am on Friday 30th December 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Hello from Zao.

I was looking at some of the other early morning reports just before and noticed some pretty impressive snowfalls in Nagano and Niigata.

I must admit I am a bit jealous really, but there you go... just 3cm to report here in Zao! It's cold so the snow is keeping decent but we do need more of it.

It's going to be a busy weekend - be prepared. And I recommend getting up for first lifts too (more so than usual!)

Doesn't look like there's going to be the major snowfall even we would like over new year but let's keep an eye on that forecast.

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Further to my frustrations at finding information from official resources. I've got to say that the new official website for the resort to me anyway is a real 'level down' rather than an improvement. It might look nicer than before, but it is just so hard to find good information... info that is important to us skiers and snowboarders. You'd think that a ski resort would be pretty clued in as to the information that is important - how much snow is falling, conditions, exactly what is open etc - so it's difficult to understand why this kind of thing can apparently be overlooked. This is my personal opinion of course (you may disagree; or I may just be looking in the wrong place). Just for the record I am also referring to the official Japanese website, and I can read and speak Japanese pretty decently.

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>b>The following lifts are not operating:
Kurohime Number 1 quad
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
Astraea Number 1 pair
Omori quad

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Official snow depths:
Chuo - 60cm
Utopia - 35cm
Uwanodai - 25cm
Paradise - 50cm

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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 9:17am on Friday 30th December 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

A few more lifts opening up for the New Year - see above for updated details

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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 30th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
30th December 3cm 2cm 0cm
29th December 2cm 10cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 19cm 36cm 16cm
Previous 14 days total 39cm 53cm 99cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 97cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total - 211cm 118cm
February observed snowfall total - 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 108cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 30th December 2016
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 - 11cm
[11cm]
97cm
[108cm]
- - - - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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