Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 17th February 2021

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:15am on Wednesday 17th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Misty
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light
wind condition
Variable
visibility condition
Fair
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This report
Wednesday 17th February 2021, 10:15am
13cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 53cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 62cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 350cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:15am on Wednesday 17th February 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Something for everyone today after yesterday's blizzards and rain the day before.

Although from afar the viz looks poor, ground viz is fine although yellow lenses would be beneficial. You can see across the Chuo basin.

It is snowing light to moderate - after 30 seconds on the chairlift I was covered in sugar dust. Winds can be light or none at all.

There is powder and powdered slopes of various depths where you want to ride again and again and again and again...

There are slopes though that still have a light crunch under the powder but nothing to moan about. The exception is the Hahnenkam C course off the Onsen no.4 quad which is mostly sheet ice.

Enjoy what is a great day for riding (but not for touring with the camera out).

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All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Kokutai pair
- 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: 150cm
- Paradise area: 160cm
- Chuo area: 160cm
- Utopia area: 190cm
- Uwanodai area: 130cm
- Omori area: 110cm
- Kurohime: 190cm


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 10:15am on Wednesday 17th 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 Wednesday 17th February 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Wednesday 17th 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 Wednesday 17th 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 Wednesday 17th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
17th February 13cm 0cm -
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
Previous 7 days total 18cm 8cm 48cm
Previous 14 days total 53cm 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 62cm 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 350cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 17th 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]
62cm
[350cm]
- - -
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
Zao Now reports before Wednesday 17th February 2021
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