Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 8th December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Sunday 8th December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snowfall
wind condition
Moderate westerly
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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This report
Sunday 8th December 2019, 8:15am
2cm
Saturday 7th December 2019, 9:38am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 35cm
Last 14 reports (total): 38cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 30cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 38cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Sunday 8th December 2019
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

We got some breaks in the cloud and even some blue sky and sunshine yesterday for the official opening ceremony of Zao Onsen. Lots of official looking folks lined up as well as the traditional things going on.

This morning back to some snow falling and the upper part of the mountain is shrouded in cloud (fog?) - visibility looks pretty limited up there.

Clouds should be clearing again by tomorrow and we're on for a run of a few days of clearer weather if the forecast is right. I just hope it doesn't warm up too much. We shall see...

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Zao Onsen 6-day forecast, updated multiple times daily

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Lifts operating:

- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Utopia Number 2 pair lift
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable

Courses open:

- Chuo (part)
- Utopia
- Uwanodai (part)

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 25cm
- Paradise area: 20cm
- Chuo area: 45cm
- Utopia area: 45cm
- Uwanodai area: 30cm
- 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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Sunday 8th December 2019
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is part open

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  2019/2020
*as of Sunday 8th December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
8th December 2cm 2cm 7cm
7th December 0cm 0cm 2cm
6th December 12cm - 2cm
5th December 16cm 0cm 2cm
30th November 3cm 2cm 0cm
28th November 0cm 0cm -
21st November 2cm - 18cm
Previous 7 days total 35cm 7cm 15cm
Previous 14 days total 38cm 11cm 65cm
November observed snowfall total 8cm 7cm 66cm
December observed snowfall total 30cm 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 38cm 599cm 765cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 8th 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
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
30cm
[38cm]
- - - - -
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
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