Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 17th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:53am on Saturday 17th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 10:53am on Saturday 17th December 2011
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Apologies for the lack of report yesterday. Your report has a bad cold and fever and was not feeling very well at all. Anyway, back to the job at hand!

As in many mountainous areas of northern Japan, it has been and is snowing still this morning. Not massive amounts like some places, but steadily snowing allowing the base to grow. I'd say 20+ cm since my last report on Thursday.

The new snow has allowed more of the resort to open for this weekend - there are now 12 lifts operating at Zao with more of each part of the resort open, apart from Kurohime. While more terrain is open but it is worth pointing out that we still don't have huge amounts of snow and in places cover is thin with things still popping up out of the snow. Care needs to be taken.

It's a cold morning out there, surely the coldest so far, and visibility on the upper slopes especially poor as the snow clouds keep it all covered up.

The forecast has snow clouds staying with us pretty much every day until at least Tuesday.

Official snow depths (17th Dec '11)

Utopia - 50cm
Chuo - 55cm
Paradise - 50cm
Uwanodai - 20cm

Operating lifts (17th Dec '11)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway)
12 lifts in total operating.

Archive report: Posted at 10:53am on Saturday 17th December 2011
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Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

More of Zao has opened for the weekend as we get more snow. Still not all of the mountain and the snow isn't deep as yet.

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