Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 3rd May 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:47am on Thursday 3rd May 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 10:47am on Thursday 3rd May 2012
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Well we are into the second half of Golden Week now and it's a pretty awful morning to be honest. Heavy rain and strong winds. It's not really the kind of weather that most people would want to be out skiing in. Good job really, as there's not much open. According to the website, only the Chuo No1 pair is moving this morning with all other lifts closed due to the weather conditions. (Yesterday was not open as normal either due to the conditions).

Heavy rain and winds are forecast for all of today and it will very possibly be raining tomorrow as well. And a chance of rain on Sunday too. So not very good conditions for most of Golden Week - perhaps Saturday will be the best bet. With all this rain though, the planned lifts and runs may not be able to remain open. We're getting rather thin on the ground now...

I'll update this report tomorrow with the latest for the weekend.


Official snow depths (3rd May 12)
Utopia - 50cm
Chuo - 55cm
Paradise - 55cm
Uwanodai - 0cm


Current planned lift operations at Zao until 6th May:

Uwanodai Area
Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)

Chuo and Paradise Area
Zao Chuo Ropeway (open all year)
Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May)
Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May)
Katakai triple lift (open from 3rd-6th May)
Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May)

Yokokura and Utopia area
Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair lift (open until 6th May)

All other lifts now closed.

Archive report: Posted at 10:47am on Thursday 3rd May 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao remains part open. See report for details.

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