Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 16th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
None
visibility condition
Limited
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This report
Wednesday 16th December 2020, 8:35am
12cm
Tuesday 15th December 2020, 8:47am 11cm
Monday 14th December 2020, 10:05am 16cm
Sunday 13th December 2020, 9:50am 1cm
Saturday 12th December 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Friday 11th December 2020, 8:43am 0cm
Friday 17th April 2020, 7:53am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 48cm
Last 14 reports (total): 60cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 40cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 40cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Brrr a chilly morning at -8C (not after a morning onsen though 🙂 but someone seems to have over compensated and I reckon it was 44C, so not a long dip).

More snow overnight and seems set to continue until Monday. I made it at +12cm on the car bonnet (hood) and at the onsen.

Temps are lower higher up with a stated high wind chill factor albeit it seems windless at base (was a bit blustery yesterday afternoon).

Large gain of 40cm on Utopia making it now 60cm but, still only it and the Chuo slopes are running (note two lifts running at Chuo however today, the Mikaeri lift from the top of the Sky Cable does not appear to be running).

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Lifts operating:

- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair
- Utopia pair
- Zao Ropeway (both sections)
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable


Ski course areas open:

- Chuo (part)
- Utopia (part)


Official snow depths (as reported by the ski area):

- Summit area: 45cm
- Paradise area: 35cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 60cm
- Uwanodai area: 25cm
- Oomori area: 30cm
- Kurohime: 30cm


Floodlit night skiing:

Uwanodai area:

- 26th December 2020 until 6th March 2021 (daily)
- 13th, 19th, 20th March 2021

Yokokura area:

- 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021 (daily)
- 8th January until 6th March 2021 (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays)

'Light Up' Ropeway operations:

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 upcoming dates:

- 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021 (daily)
- Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January 2021
- 27th, 28th January 2021
- Every day in February 2021 except Tuesdays

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Part of the Chuo and Utopia areas are open

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  2020/2021
*as of Wednesday 16th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
16th December 12cm 0cm 0cm
15th December 11cm 3cm 4cm
14th December 16cm 0cm 12cm
13th December 1cm 3cm 2cm
12th December 0cm 0cm 11cm
11th December 0cm - 0cm
17th April 8cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 48cm 6cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 60cm 41cm 54cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 40cm 51cm 218cm
January observed snowfall total - 88cm 145cm
February observed snowfall total - 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 40cm 351cm 599cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - 40cm
[40cm]
- - - - -
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
88cm
[147cm]
123cm
[270cm]
64cm
[334cm]
17cm
[351cm]
-
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]
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