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Zao Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 9:49am on Friday 6th December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It is snowing
wind condition
Moderate westerly
visibility condition
Limited
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This report
Friday 6th December 2019, 9:49am
12cm
Thursday 5th December 2019, 9:34am 16cm
Saturday 30th November 2019, 11:13am 3cm
Thursday 28th November 2019, 8:12am 0cm
Thursday 21st November 2019, 11:40am 2cm
Wednesday 20th November 2019, 9:56am 3cm
Friday 15th November 2019, 8:21am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 36cm
Last 14 reports (total): 36cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 28cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 36cm

Good morning from Zao.

I have more snowfall to report. 12cm of it outside base areas.

And... Utopia is open!

Yes, the Utopia Number 2 pair lift is operating and while it is very limited of course, we are now officially 'season in'!

They plan to have the Utopia Nunber 1 lift open tomorrow and part of the Chuo area of the resort should also be open tomorrow.

Opening ceremony in the Uwanodai area tomorrow at 11:00am.

Feels like it is all starting proper now!

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Zao Onsen 6-day forecast, updated multiple times daily

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Lifts operating:

- Utopia Number 2 pair lift
- Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable

Courses open:

- Utopia

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 25cm
- Paradise area: 20cm
- Chuo area: 20cm
- Utopia area: 45cm
- Uwanodai area: -cm
- Oomori area: 25cm

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Night time operations:

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily from 28th December 2019 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 New Year (28th December 2019 until 5th January 2020); and also on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10th January and 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:

December 2019: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st
January 2020: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29h-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 now part open - see above for more

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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 Friday 6th December 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 6th December 2019
(View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 6th December 2019
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 Friday 6th December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
6th December 12cm - 2cm
5th December 16cm 0cm 2cm
30th November 3cm 2cm 0cm
28th November 0cm 0cm -
21st November 2cm - 18cm
20th November 3cm - 9cm
15th November 0cm - -
Previous 7 days total 36cm 9cm 6cm
Previous 14 days total 36cm 9cm 66cm
November observed snowfall total 8cm 7cm 66cm
December observed snowfall total 28cm 218cm 193cm
January observed snowfall total - 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 36cm 599cm 765cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 6th December 2019
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]
28cm
[36cm]
- - - - -
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 Friday 6th December 2019
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