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Zao Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Sunday 19th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light westerly
visibility condition
Generally decent
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Sunday 19th January 2020, 9:01am
0cm
Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:04am 0cm
Friday 17th January 2020, 9:37am 3cm
Thursday 16th January 2020, 18:02pm 10cm
Wednesday 15th January 2020, 9:24am 3cm
Tuesday 14th January 2020, 9:56am 3cm
Sunday 12th January 2020, 9:36am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 22cm
Last 14 reports (total): 35cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 45cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 104cm

Good morning from Zao.

There's not a whole lot to report this morning. It has been a cloudy morning but there are signs of breaks in the clouds and we might get some sunshine this morning.

Tomorrow snowfall is on forecasts for the day, intensifying by night time. There's a warmer period due later in the week, so let's hope we can get a decent amount of fresh.

The 'Monster' trees at the top area of the resort do not have that 'fully loaded' look like they do in a usual winter season. They still look very beautiful and mysterious though and it's worth taking a look. (Fully loaded, please!)

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Lifts normally operating:

- Zao Paradise pair A B
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Katakai triple
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB
- Mikaeri pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad
- Onsen Number 3 parallel A B
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable

Ski course areas normally at least part open:

- Zangezaka (part)
- Chuo (part)
- Utopia
- Paradise (part)
- Shobunuma (part)
- Diamond (part)
- Uwanodai (part)

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 45cm
- Paradise area: 40cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 50cm
- Uwanodai area: 25cm
- Oomori area: 15cm

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Night time operations:

** BELOW ARE THE PLANNED DATES - PLEASE CHECK WITH RESORT FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION **

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following dates:

January 2020: 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29th-31st
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays

There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is part open

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 19th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 19th January 2020
(View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 19th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Sunday 19th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
19th January 0cm 4cm 0cm
18th January 0cm 10cm 12cm
17th January 3cm 2cm 0cm
16th January 10cm 6cm 5cm
15th January 3cm 0cm 0cm
14th January 3cm 0cm 2cm
12th January 3cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 22cm 22cm 19cm
Previous 14 days total 35cm 67cm 80cm
November observed snowfall total 8cm 7cm 66cm
December observed snowfall total 51cm 218cm 193cm
January observed snowfall total 45cm 145cm 275cm
February observed snowfall total - 91cm 195cm
March observed snowfall total - 66cm 24cm
April observed snowfall total - 72cm 12cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 104cm 599cm 765cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 19th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
45cm
[104cm]
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 7cm
[7cm]
218cm
[225cm]
145cm
[370cm]
91cm
[461cm]
66cm
[527cm]
72cm
[599cm]
0cm
[599cm]
2017/2018 season - 66cm
[66cm]
193cm
[259cm]
275cm
[534cm]
195cm
[729cm]
24cm
[753cm]
12cm
[765cm]
0cm
[765cm]
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
241cm
[350cm]
105cm
[455cm]
65cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
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
Zao Now reports before Sunday 19th January 2020
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
Zao Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Zao Now by clicking on the month