Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 15th December 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:27am on Saturday 15th December 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Moderate wind
Poor
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Saturday 15th December 2012, 10:27am
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Friday 14th December 2012, 15:49pm 0cm
Thursday 13th December 2012, 15:49pm 5cm
Wednesday 12th December 2012, 15:19pm 5cm
Tuesday 11th December 2012, 16:03pm 20cm
Monday 10th December 2012, 12:01pm 20cm
Sunday 9th December 2012, 11:29am 30cm
Last 7 reports (total): 80cm
Last 14 reports (total): 116cm
Current month (December 2012) total: 113cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 116cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:27am on Saturday 15th December 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

It is another relatively mild morning in Zao, but snow is falling this morning and poor visibility on most of the mountain. I doubt that the snow falling now will amount to much in terms of cm though. Having said that, I'm just very glad that it is snow that is falling... didn't want to have to mention the 'R' word!

Today is particularly mild and from tomorrow it should be colder, and then the next really cold front - along with snowfall - is due going into Wednesday.

As mentioned in my previous report, most of the mountain is now open as of today. Areas that are not open now are the following:

Kotan slope (Paradise)
Karamatsu course
Part of the Nakamori course

Other than that, we are nearly there for the season and certainly enough open to have a good long day exploring new runs. Most lifts are now operating with exceptions being the Zao Kokutai pair, Onsen No4 quad, Utopia No1 pair and the Kurohima No2 quad. Kurohime area is open though and so the lift not operating doesn't affect that.

Chuo Area
85cm

Utopia
85cm

Paradise
95cm

Uwanodai
45cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:27am on Saturday 15th December 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is mostly open.

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