Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 22nd December 2012

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:22am on Saturday 22nd December 2012
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, light snow
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Slight breeze
Good
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Saturday 22nd December 2012, 10:22am
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Friday 21st December 2012, 10:09am 0cm
Thursday 20th December 2012, 11:18am 2cm
Wednesday 19th December 2012, 10:40am 0cm
Tuesday 18th December 2012, 11:26am 0cm
Monday 17th December 2012, 10:19am 0cm
Sunday 16th December 2012, 10:40am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 2cm
Last 14 reports (total): 82cm
Current month (December 2012) total: 115cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 118cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:22am on Saturday 22nd December 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Light snow is lazily falling from the skies this morning in Zao and it's right on 0C at the moment.

22nd December, the weekend before Christmas (not that Christmas itself if particularly important in Japan), and Zao has all but two lifts operating this morning. Those two lifts being the Ryuzan pair and the Karamatsu pair lifts at the bottom left (as you look up at the mountain) of the resort. Actually those two are not the most popular of lifts anyway and most people on the mountain likely leave them out. So it feels like we are totally completely and fully open this morning.

More people around as well, it's getting busier, so all the lifts moving is a good thing. Having said that I can't see any lines out there at the moment, though the usual bottlenecks may well be being their usual selves on the mountain.

One tip that is often useful when the mountain is busy is to avoid the Zao Ropeway Sanrokusen (from base to mid station) to get up to Utopia and the top of the resort, and instead either use the Yokokura pair lift closeby and the other lifts to get up there - at least you will be moving and won't need to queue up for the Ropeway. Another idea is to park over at the Kurohime area and enjoy whizzing up to Utopia on their very fast quad lifts.

Have a fun weekend. From tomorrow more serious-like snowfall expected into the week. Look out for very windy conditions around Tuesday and Wednesday.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area
65cm

Utopia
70cm

Paradise
80cm

Uwanodai
35cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:22am on Saturday 22nd December 2012
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is almost all open.

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