Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 6th May 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:59am on Sunday 6th May 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 10:59am on Sunday 6th May 2012
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Last day of the 11/12 season in Zao!

It's a nice morning to end the season in Zao. Apart from the Ropeways, just the Chuo No1 lift remains open today and just a part of the Chuo area is open. The snow has been melting away really quickly in recent days with the weather conditions giving a helping hand in that respect. But the resort has done well to keep open this long. There's a fairly moderate wind and rain is due later today... hopefully after the lifts close.

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So.... the last day of the season. I will be away from tomorrow for a while and so this report acts as my wrap-up to the season as well.

We didn't have any major interruptions to the season in Zao this year as we did last season. I would say it has been a very good, long season. There's been some great snow conditions out there and those famous Ice Monsters were in top shape this year at peak season. Let's hope next season sees them return in style. The archive reports will always be here if you want to take a read through and re-live the season.

Zao is not only popular in winter with lots of people visiting throughout the year to enjoy the scenery, hiking and other activities, onsen - and the relatively cool temperatures in summer. The three Ropeways - Sky Cable, Zao Chuo Ropeway and Zao Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from periods closed for maintenance) as below:

Sky Cable - closed for maintenance from 7th May until 13th July
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year
Zao Ropeway - closed for maintenance 7th May until 18th May

Thanks for reading the Zao reports and I hope that you enjoyed reading them.

Zao Now will be back in autumn once it starts getting colder and the 12/13 is getting closer.

Enjoy the summer!

Archive report: Posted at 10:59am on Sunday 6th May 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

The Zao Ropeways are open throughout the year for sightseeing. The 12/13 season should begin around late November.

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