Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th December 2014

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:16am on Thursday 18th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Strong winds
Poor
This report
Thursday 18th December 2014, 10:16am
40cm
Wednesday 17th December 2014, 8:45am 20cm
Tuesday 16th December 2014, 11:21am 0cm
Monday 15th December 2014, 9:35am 10cm
Sunday 14th December 2014, 10:06am 10cm
Saturday 13th December 2014, 8:55am 2cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 9:05am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 84cm
Last 14 reports (total): 112cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 232cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 252cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:16am on Thursday 18th December 2014
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Stormy conditions this morning in Zao.

Heavy snow, strong winds, poor visibility. 40cm outside my place, hearing over 50cm fresh on the mountain but wind is blowing it all round so difficult to put numbers on it. Whatever the number, plenty of it.

Normal lift ticket prices from Saturday when I expect all of the mountain to be open - weather conditions permitting of course.

It does look probable that once we get past today, weather conditions will calm down and we could even be treated to some sunny blue skies, perhaps with it remaining quite windy. But hopefully not enough to affect lifts on the hill.

Conditions are going to be great though. Remember the cameras, once the sun comes out we should be in for some fantastic scenery too.

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Planned operating lifts today (subject to change):

Sky Cable Gondola
Zao Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway
Onsen Number 1 pair lift
Onsen Number 2 quad
Mikaeri pair lift
Chuo Number 1 pair lift
Yokokura Number 1 pair lift
Utopia Number 2 pair lift

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Official snow depths (18th December 14):

Utopia: 160cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 110cm
Uwanodai: 130cm

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Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
From Sunday 21st December until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
From Friday 26th December until 4th January;
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm and the cost is 2000 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children.

Archive report: Posted at 10:16am on Thursday 18th December 2014
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited because of the windy conditions

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Thursday 18th December 2014
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 18th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
18th December 40cm 0cm 0cm
17th December 20cm 0cm 0cm
16th December 0cm 20cm 0cm
15th December 10cm 20cm 0cm
14th December 10cm 30cm 0cm
13th December 2cm 5cm 5cm
12th December 2cm 30cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 84cm 105cm 10cm
Previous 14 days total 112cm 128cm 103cm
November observed snowfall total 20cm 12cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 232cm 179cm 150cm
January observed snowfall total - 111cm 243cm
February observed snowfall total - 166cm 218cm
March observed snowfall total - 107cm 21cm
April observed snowfall total - 4cm 22cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 252cm 579cm 657cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th December 2014
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
232cm
[252cm]
- - - - -
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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