Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th January 2017

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:12am on Sunday 15th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Northerly
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Sunday 15th January 2017, 9:12am
19cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 9:30am 13cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 9:11am 18cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:20am 13cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 9:09am 18cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 10:35am 0cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 9:00am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 92cm
Last 14 reports (total): 134cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 134cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 243cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:12am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao on what must surely be the coldest of the season so far.

The resort is reporting a temperature of -16C up on the top area and it's not that much warmer down here either... -10C. Brrrrrrrr.

Even better is that we have a very nice fresh layer of snowfall on the ground, 19cm of it on my car outside and so I would imagine a good 30+cm up on the slopes.

Snow likely today, tonight and into tomorrow though clearer skies are currently forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Oh no, it’s another general message from SnowJapan!

Apologies for taking up space on the reports again, but we have had a few people asking why our reports don’t appear much earlier in a morning. It’s a fair question and I’ll try to answer it. There are a few reasons...

First, it seems necessary to point out that we are not a ski resort and our reports are not official ski resort reports. Some people seem to think (or just presume) these things. If we owned and operated a ski resort, I’m fairly certain that we would make it a high priority to post updates as early as possible each morning - how much new snow at top and at base, snow depth, conditions. We’d also be sure to have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. But we’re not official ski resorts/reports.

These things are what ski resorts should ideally be doing, right?

It varies, but a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning updates after 8am - and sometimes later. If we (SnowJapan) posted our reports earlier than we currently do, we would often miss important information - like news of how much fresh snow ski resorts are reporting, news of any early morning lift disruption at the start of the day, etc. We would often be missing that kind of information.

We like to think of our reports as a season-long ongoing commentary, rather than simply an early morning report for people who are going to be queuing for the first lift of the day. And after all, people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and hitting the first lifts can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside of the window when they get up.

If we posted our reports just for the benefit of those people, the reports would not be as good or detailed as they are. We feel that our way makes for better all-round reports.

In addition, there’s also the people who post the reports and their circumstances to consider. They probably need some coffee and toast before posting, they may need to dig themselves out of their home, they may need to see to other complexities life throws at them. And - some of the reports in particular - take much longer than just a few minutes to put together each morning.

For a bit more on that kind of thing, please refer to my previous message. It can be found here:

Our message last week

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The following lifts are not operating:
Paradise Number 3 pair
Yokokura Number 2 pair

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Official snow depths:
Chuo - 130cm
Utopia - 120cm
Uwanodai - 75cm
Paradise - 130cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations - upcoming dates

January 2017: 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Archive report: Posted at 9:12am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is mostly open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 15th January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 15th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
15th January 19cm 0cm 0cm
14th January 13cm 11cm 0cm
13th January 18cm 4cm 0cm
12th January 13cm 3cm 10cm
11th January 18cm 11cm 1cm
10th January 0cm 10cm 10cm
9th January 11cm 6cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 92cm 45cm 21cm
Previous 14 days total 134cm 63cm 62cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 98cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total 134cm 211cm 118cm
February observed snowfall total - 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 243cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
134cm
[243cm]
- - - -
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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