Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:36am on Sunday 18th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 10:36am on Sunday 18th December 2011
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More lifts opening up now at Zao, including the Kurohime and Omori quads. In fact right now it's more a case of 'which lifts are not moving?', than 'which are moving?' Basically the Uwanodai area seems to have the least snow at the moment and there's and apart from the Onsen lifts over there, they are waiting for more snow to open up. Otherwise, most other lifts and terrain are now opening up - though still be aware that snow is not that deep yet and there may be sections of courses that are closed off still. There's certainly a decent amount of terrain open now though.

While there is no change in the official snow depth data put out there by the resorts, we definitely have had a slight snowfall since yesterday - I'd say 5cm or so - but of course that gets packed down and doesn't always get reflected in those numbers.

It's a cold morning, around -5 degrees in the village. There's just a slight wind, and the mountain is once again hidden in clouds and fog.

Lots of snowmen on the forecast for the week with the only time they seem to be missing around Wednesday/Thursday, but it should be snowing once again by the end of the week.

Official snow depths (18th Dec 11)

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

Operating lifts (18th Dec '11)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway);
18 ski lifts in total operating;
Most areas are now are mostly open with the Omori, Kurohima and Astraea areas opening up.

Archive report: Posted at 10:36am on Sunday 18th December 2011
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

More of Zao has opening up. Still not all of the mountain and the snow isn't deep as yet.

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