Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 23rd January 2020

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:59am on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Limited higher up
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This report
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:59am
18cm
Tuesday 21st January 2020, 8:13am 18cm
Monday 20th January 2020, 8:24am 6cm
Sunday 19th January 2020, 9:01am 0cm
Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:04am 0cm
Friday 17th January 2020, 9:37am 3cm
Thursday 16th January 2020, 18:02pm 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 55cm
Last 14 reports (total): 68cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 87cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 146cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:59am on Thursday 23rd January 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao and apologies for the missed report yesterday.

Yesterday we enjoyed fresh snow on the ground early morning but mostly clear blue skies during the day with just a few thin clouds in places. It was a beautiful day made better with fresh snow to enjoy.

The snow depth numbers are far from large still but it is still good to see them rise to 80cm.

The other really good news is that more lifts are now operating and more courses are available open. In fact there's now only 5 lifts on hold as far as I can tell which is great news. In the daily information I post below, I am now noting the lifts and courses that are NOT open, rather than the ones that are open. There are still limitations and we are not fully open yet, but it is of course very good to see more at last opening up.

There is no cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning from base (the snowfall number in the report today is from yesterday), and it is has been a cloudy morning with light snow currently falling.

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All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Zao Paradise Number 3
- Yokokura Number 2 pair
- Oomori quad
- Karamatsu pair
- Ryuzan pair

All areas are now normally at least part open apart from the following:

- Kotan
- Ryuzan
- Karamatsu
- Oomori

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 80cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 40cm
- Oomori area: 40cm

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Night time operations:

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

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:

January 2020: 24th-27th, 29th-31st
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.

Archive report: Posted at 10:59am on Thursday 23rd January 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open - see above

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  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 23rd January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
23rd January 18cm 4cm 26cm
21st January 18cm 11cm 0cm
20th January 6cm 7cm 0cm
19th January 0cm 4cm 0cm
18th January 0cm 10cm 12cm
17th January 3cm 2cm 0cm
16th January 10cm 6cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 55cm 44cm 49cm
Previous 14 days total 68cm 76cm 114cm
November observed snowfall total 8cm 7cm 66cm
December observed snowfall total 51cm 218cm 193cm
January observed snowfall total 87cm 145cm 275cm
February observed snowfall total - 91cm 195cm
March observed snowfall total - 66cm 24cm
April observed snowfall total - 72cm 12cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 146cm 599cm 765cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
87cm
[146cm]
- - - -
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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