Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 16th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:01am on Tuesday 16th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Foggy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light
wind condition
Variable
visibility condition
Very poor
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This report
Tuesday 16th February 2021, 10:01am
1cm
Monday 15th February 2021, 11:00am 0cm
Sunday 14th February 2021, 11:09am 0cm
Saturday 13th February 2021, 10:31am 0cm
Friday 12th February 2021, 11:30am 0cm
Thursday 11th February 2021, 9:15am 4cm
Wednesday 10th February 2021, 10:01am 6cm
Last 7 reports (total): 11cm
Last 14 reports (total): 49cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 49cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 337cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:01am on Tuesday 16th February 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

It rained all day yesterday with a break at the afternoon and then started again late night. At some time during the wee hours of the morning it started snowing lightly, but, along with it came gales. As such, it is difficult to really estimate how much snow did fall. It started snowing again at 09:00 but it is blizzard conditions out there. The good news is that the snow should continue falling over the next couple of days but not as heavy as originally forecasted.

It is, therefore, really grim out there with the cloud very low and below base. The slush became ice and, with only a small layer currently on top, combined with the strong winds, definitely makes this an onsen day! A lot of lifts are not running as a consequence of the wind.

I omitted mentioning yesterday that the Shinkansen is not running between the Nasu area and Fukushima as power lines went down due to the earthquake as well as checks being made on the line. It might be up and running now as Japan is usually pretty fast in this kind of repair work, but, do check if you're coming up or are going back (a local train is running for the halted Shinkansen section, however, it is slooooow).

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All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Onsen Zao Kokutai pair
- Sunrise pair A
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Paradise Number 3 pair

All areas open apart from:

- Ryuzan
- Kotan

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

- Summit area: 145cm
- Paradise area: 160cm
- Chuo area: 160cm
- Utopia area: 170cm
- Uwanodai area: 130cm
- Omori area: 90cm
- Kurohime: 170cm


Floodlit night skiing:

Uwanodai area:

- Daily until 6th March 2021
- 13th, 19th, 20th March 2021

Yokokura area:

- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 6th March 2021

'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:

- Every day in February 2021 except Tuesdays

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

Archive report: Posted at 10:01am on Tuesday 16th February 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 16th February 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Tuesday 16th February 2021
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 16th February 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Tuesday 16th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
16th February 1cm 0cm 0cm
15th February 0cm 0cm -
14th February 0cm 0cm 12cm
13th February 0cm 0cm 12cm
12th February 0cm 0cm 14cm
11th February 4cm 8cm 2cm
10th February 6cm 6cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 11cm 14cm 48cm
Previous 14 days total 49cm 81cm 69cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 142cm 51cm 218cm
January observed snowfall total 146cm 88cm 145cm
February observed snowfall total 49cm 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 337cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 16th February 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season - - 142cm
[142cm]
146cm
[288cm]
49cm
[337cm]
- - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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