Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th February 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:31am on Wednesday 24th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Variable
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Variable
visibility condition
Variable
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Wednesday 24th February 2021, 9:31am
1cm
Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 10:07am 0cm
Monday 22nd February 2021, 9:31am 0cm
Sunday 21st February 2021, 10:01am 0cm
Saturday 20th February 2021, 10:05am 0cm
Friday 19th February 2021, 10:00am 3cm
Thursday 18th February 2021, 10:29am 21cm
Last 7 reports (total): 25cm
Last 14 reports (total): 43cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 87cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 375cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:31am on Wednesday 24th February 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

A token amount of snow last night but enough to make the roof-tops and trees look like the traditional winter resort.

Rather difficult to predict what the day will bring as it started off with sunny spells but the fog and mist has now come so probably on and off during the day, including the very light snow falling currently. There are winds about, but again, on and off lower down. Higher up they will be quite strong and indeed the Zao Ropeway 2nd stage is not open today. I understand that this is a combination of strong winds along with the ice build-up they have caused.

Ground-wise, it will not be much better than yesterday albeit the token snow helps but may also be a curse as it hides the ice underneath.

It is also cold (about -9C at base) and, with the wind chill, cover up those exposed areas.

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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: 180cm
- Chuo area: 180cm
- Utopia area: 180cm
- Uwanodai area: 135cm
- Omori area: 100cm
- Kurohime: 180cm


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 9:31am on Wednesday 24th 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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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Wednesday 24th February 2021
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Wednesday 24th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
24th February 1cm 14cm 0cm
23rd February 0cm 4cm 3cm
22nd February 0cm 0cm -
21st February 0cm 0cm -
20th February 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th February 3cm 8cm 4cm
18th February 21cm 4cm 17cm
Previous 7 days total 25cm 31cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 43cm 39cm 72cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 142cm 51cm 218cm
January observed snowfall total 146cm 88cm 145cm
February observed snowfall total 87cm 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 375cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th 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]
87cm
[375cm]
- - -
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
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