Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 24th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:55am on Sunday 24th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
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Variable
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
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Sunday 24th January 2021, 9:55am
0cm
Saturday 23rd January 2021, 10:30am 0cm
Friday 22nd January 2021, 10:30am 0cm
Thursday 21st January 2021, 10:02am 0cm
Wednesday 20th January 2021, 10:30am 1cm
Tuesday 19th January 2021, 10:14am 23cm
Monday 18th January 2021, 10:30am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 25cm
Last 14 reports (total): 31cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 110cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 252cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:55am on Sunday 24th January 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Today is a combo of very low cloud in the valley impacting the lower slopes and fog above (see pic below). I'd say that ground viz is about 20m. It comes and goes though.

The lower slopes remain hard with ice burn patches but there is a very very thin layer on top of the grooming here and there so not as bad as yesterday.

Higher up it is all clear with the sun an orb behind the cloud (see pic below). It all actually seems to be clearing so we could be in for a good day and a chance of light snow later. Snow is ok.

Do be careful out there. I've already seen the ski patrol dealing with a casualty and there were at least 5 ambulance calls for the bottom Yokokura slope yesterday probably due to tired people on icy slopes.

I was wrong about queues. I had to wait for at least 6 chairlifts before I got on. Seriously though, the slope from the summit is fairly busy so be careful there. People are going for the good views (can even see Choukaisan (volcano) by the Japan Sea) and of course the snow monsters.

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All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Kokutai pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Paradise Number 3 pair

All areas open apart from:

- Kotan

Official snow depths (as reported by the ski area):

- Summit area: 125cm
- Paradise area: 145cm
- Chuo area: 145cm
- Utopia area: 155cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Omori area: 105cm
- Kurohime: 145cm


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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January 2021
- 27th, 28th January 2021
- Every day in February 2021 except Tuesdays

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

Archive report: Posted at 9:55am on Sunday 24th January 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 24th January 2021
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th January 2021
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 Sunday 24th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
24th January 0cm 0cm 3cm
23rd January 0cm 18cm 4cm
22nd January 0cm - -
21st January 0cm 18cm 11cm
20th January 1cm 6cm 7cm
19th January 23cm 0cm 4cm
18th January 1cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 25cm 45cm 41cm
Previous 14 days total 31cm 66cm 47cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 142cm 51cm 218cm
January observed snowfall total 110cm 88cm 145cm
February observed snowfall total - 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 252cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 24th January 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]
110cm
[252cm]
- - - -
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
Zao Now reports before Sunday 24th January 2021
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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