Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 25th February 2021

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:10am on Thursday 25th February 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy but bright
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
None
visibility condition
Good
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This report
Thursday 25th February 2021, 10:10am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 5cm
Last 14 reports (total): 40cm
Current month (February 2021) total: 88cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 376cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:10am on Thursday 25th February 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

And the best slope today goes to Sunrise.

Although it snowed during yesterday, it felt more for ambience than anything else. However, it has made a difference to the slopes overall, but there is still a lot of ice around.

The Kurohime Giant is closed as being mainly a steep ice field and a fall at the top would take you to the bottom. Most others areas have large swathes of ice, but, if you stick to where the piste basher has been, that combined with the 1-2cm of snow makes them mostly ok. Off that, you can encounter nasty wavy glass ice. Half of the Ohira course is still sheet ice. Sunrise is the only fully clear decent slope.

The trees are beautiful so make the most of those Kodak moments as they will disappear by the weekend I reckon.

The slopes are naturally running very fast so make sure your edges are keen and allow for braking distance.

The clouds are racing just above the top of Chuo No. 2 but no real wind on the slopes. The sun has been in and out so a varied day in terms of blue skies. Otherwise it is bright and clear.

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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 10:10am on Thursday 25th 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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  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 25th February 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
25th February 1cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 5cm 27cm 24cm
Previous 14 days total 40cm 31cm 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 88cm 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 376cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 25th 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]
88cm
[376cm]
- - -
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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