Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 1st January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:00am on Friday 1st January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Overcast
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
None
visibility condition
Variable
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This report
Friday 1st January 2021, 11:00am
15cm
Thursday 31st December 2020, 10:00am 17cm
Wednesday 30th December 2020, 9:30am 0cm
Tuesday 29th December 2020, 9:30am 0cm
Monday 28th December 2020, 9:34am 0cm
Sunday 27th December 2020, 9:30am 4cm
Saturday 26th December 2020, 10:15am 9cm
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 84cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 15cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 157cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:00am on Friday 1st January 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

A very Happy New Year everyone.

To those following but were unable to join us, we hope that you will be able to visit next year and that conditions are just as good with no Murphy in sight.

Everyone is enjoying another day of fresh snow. Although it looks murky out there, at mid-levels (e.g. top of Kurohime), visibility is fine, no wind and the snow light and fluffy - perfect. It continues to snow and forecasted to do so for quite a few days hence. It is quite cold though (reportedly -12 to -15c at the very top).

No fireworks this year but it seems that everyone was a bed early anyway, no doubt due to the great conditions.

Today's tip: Ryuzan is almost empty.

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New Year message from SnowJapan

The 2020-2021 winter season seems to have got off to a good start in many mountainous regions of Japan, with some areas enjoying some very heavy snowfalls. That is of course very encouraging to see. Even if you are having to look on from afar, we’re sure you will be glad to see a return to a more ‘normal’ pattern to the snowfall this winter.

So 2020 is now behind us and we surely all hope that 2021 will be an all-round better year for everyone.

If you are unable to be here...

We miss you and are sorry that you can’t be here, but hope that you will be able to visit Japan in the not too distant future; and that 2021-2022 season will be open for everyone to enjoy.

If you are here...

Let’s all keep doing everything we can as individuals to try and keep the current situation under control. Ski areas around the country are doing their best to encourage visitors to wear face coverings, keep distance and minimise contact with guests outside their own group. Helping out in that way is surely a very small price to pay to get to enjoy the snow.

One thing we have noticed this season is people mentioning how they are appreciating everything that extra bit more this year. Being thankful for the good things can’t be a bad thing.

We will continue to do what we can to remain positive and genki as we cover this season.

Wherever you are right now, stay safe, stay strong and take care.

SnowJapan wishes you all the best for 2021.

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All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Karamatsu pair
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair

All areas open apart from:

- Kotan

Official snow depths (as reported by the ski area):

- Summit area: 90cm
- Paradise area: 100cm
- Chuo area: 120cm
- Utopia area: 120cm
- Uwanodai area: 85cm
- Omori area: 80cm
- Kurohime: 110cm


Floodlit night skiing:

Uwanodai area:

- 26th December 2020 until 6th March 2021 (daily)
- 13th, 19th, 20th March 2021

Yokokura area:

- 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021 (daily)
- 8th January until 6th March 2021 (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays)

'Light Up' Ropeway operations:

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 upcoming dates:

- 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021 (daily)
- Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January 2021
- 27th, 28th January 2021
- Every day in February 2021 except Tuesdays

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.

Archive report: Posted at 11:00am on Friday 1st January 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 1st January 2021
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st January 2021
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 the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Friday 1st January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
1st January 15cm 4cm 1cm
31st December 17cm 0cm 4cm
30th December 0cm 0cm 16cm
29th December 0cm 5cm 43cm
28th December 0cm - 33cm
27th December 4cm 0cm 2cm
26th December 9cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 45cm 10cm 101cm
Previous 14 days total 84cm 19cm 150cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 142cm 51cm 218cm
January observed snowfall total 15cm 88cm 145cm
February observed snowfall total - 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 157cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st January 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - 142cm
[142cm]
15cm
[157cm]
- - - -
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
88cm
[147cm]
123cm
[270cm]
64cm
[334cm]
17cm
[351cm]
-
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 1st January 2021
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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