Zao Now daily snow and weather - Monday 4th April 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:22am on Monday 4th April 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog in places
Base temp:
10°C

Top temp:
6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain
wind condition
Light
OK
This report
Monday 4th April 2016, 9:22am
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Sunday 3rd April 2016, 9:01am 0cm
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 8:04am 0cm
Friday 1st April 2016, 8:51am 0cm
Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:56am 0cm
Wednesday 30th March 2016, 9:22am 0cm
Monday 28th March 2016, 8:05am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 3cm
Current month (April 2016) total: 0cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 457cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:22am on Monday 4th April 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao.

It's warm and it's wet. It's cloudy and foggy in places. It's basically not a very nice morning.

If you are out on the mountain though, your choice of courses has decreased from today. It's mostly an 'upper areas only' situation now, with the only lower area still part open being the Uwanodai.

Some lifts came to a rest for the season yesterday, including it seems a few that were planning on continuing on further but decided to call it a day. (It would be nice if the resort were clearer about these things, finding the information is not exactly easy!)

I have done my best to check and update the information as it is available below.

We're expecting a return to clearer and sunny skies tomorrow and Wednesday before more rain comes in around Thursday.

The season lasting for another month seems very optimistic.

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I will continue to update Zao Now until the end of the snow season and plan to post perhaps two or three reports each week.

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Information as of Monday 4th April 2016 (subject to change)

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 50cm
Chuo: 70cm
Paradise: 60cm
Uwanodai: 20cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

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Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)

Open until Sunday 10th April:
Mikaeri pair lift (* unconfirmed, weekend only?)

Open until Thursday 5th May (*some not daily):
Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB
Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (* Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Katakai triple lift (* Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Paradise pair AB lift (* Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Utopia Number 2 pair lift

The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)

Lifts not mentioned in the above list have closed for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 9:22am on Monday 4th April 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations now - see main report

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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 4th April 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
4th April 0cm - -
3rd April 0cm 0cm 0cm
2nd April 0cm - -
1st April 0cm 0cm -
31st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
30th March 0cm 0cm -
28th March 0cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 0cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 14 days total 3cm 15cm 26cm
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 83cm 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total 45cm 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 457cm 703cm 579cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 4th April 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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
0cm
[457cm]
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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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