Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 17th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Thursday 17th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
None
visibility condition
Variable
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This report
Thursday 17th December 2020, 8:35am
22cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 62cm
Last 14 reports (total): 79cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 62cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 62cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Thursday 17th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Snow plough rumbled by at 04:00 and my ruler on the roof read +22cm (after clearing it has already coming back!) and sufficient to see the Diamond Valley and Uwanodai slopes opening - see recorded snow levels below.

Not as much as our friends over at Yuzawa are getting where, sadly, it is reported that a woman snowboarder in her 30s was found perished (asphyxiated) in the deep fresh snow yesterday - not off-piste.

The roads are getting narrower as the snow is pushed onto the verges and the forecast is still showing continuing snow through Sunday. I pulled a muscle shovelling blocks of the stuff yesterday so have still not gone out. Anticipate checking out the actual conditions tomorrow for y'all.

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Lifts operating:

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


Ski course areas open:

- Chuo (part)
- Utopia
- Uwanodai (part)
- Diamond Valley (part)


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

- Summit area: 55cm
- Paradise area: 60cm
- Chuo area: 95cm
- Utopia area: 70cm
- Uwanodai area: 40cm
- Omori area: 40cm
- Kurohime: 40cm


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 Thursday 17th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is part open - see above for details

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Thursday 17th December 2020
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 17th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
17th December 22cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 62cm 6cm 29cm
Previous 14 days total 79cm 39cm 54cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 62cm 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 62cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th December 2020
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
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - 62cm
[62cm]
- - - - -
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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