Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 5th May 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 5:09pm on Wednesday 5th May 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 5:09pm on Wednesday 5th May 2010
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Today was officially the last day of the ski and snowboard season at Zao Onsen and the last day of the ski lifts moving. Like every day of this Golden Week, it has been a fine, warm and sunny day here with temperatures easily into the double figures. The snow is now retreating quickly up on the mountain - only the top courses have remained open with people needing to use the ropeways to get back down - but a fair number of people have been here enjoying that last ski and snowboard of the season.

Zao is of course a popular mountain resort all year round - with many people coming for general sightseeing, hiking and other outdoor pursuits as well as the onsen and escaping the heat of the cities.

The three Ropeways all operate throughout the year, though the Zao Sky Cable plans to be closed from 6th-28th May and the Zao Ropeway will be closed from 6th-18th May for general maintenance.

Ropeways at Zao:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open throughout the year
Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)

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I hope you enjoyed reading these reports and you found them to be useful during the winter. We will be back with the daily reports from Zao next winter - perhaps with a few additional reports from time to time in the "green season", but definitely in the run up to the 2010/2011 snow season in Zao.

All the best for the summer months!

Archive report: Posted at 5:09pm on Wednesday 5th May 2010
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is now closed. The 2010/2011 season will hopefully begin in late November 2010.

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