Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 27th December 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:00am on Friday 27th December 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
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wind condition
Light wind
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Friday 27th December 2013, 11:00am
0cm
Thursday 26th December 2013, 8:24am 1cm
Wednesday 25th December 2013, 9:40am 1cm
Tuesday 24th December 2013, 10:34am 2cm
Monday 23rd December 2013, 9:01am 0cm
Sunday 22nd December 2013, 7:59am 2cm
Saturday 21st December 2013, 10:00am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 7cm
Last 14 reports (total): 102cm
Current month (December 2013) total: 160cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 172cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:00am on Friday 27th December 2013
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

It was a lovely day yesterday in Zao. The clouds did move on and the sun did come up and have a starring role. Blue skies all around. Nice.

Lots more cloud this morning above Zao. It's not snowing at the moment and is actually quite a mild morning. Snow is due later tonight and tomorrow and there's a good chance of snow through until New Year looking at the local forecasts.

Nighta (evening floodlit skiing) is as I mentioned previously now open daily on the Uwanodai area of Zao, up until 23rd March. From today though, nighta will also be open on the Yokokura area. That will continue daily through 5th January, and after that just on Fridays, Saturdays and national holidays from 10th January until 16th March. Nighta times are 5pm until 9pm and a ticket costs 2000 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children (hourly tickets and season passes are also ok).

Night time 'light up' and Ropeway operations to the top of Zao start from tomorrow night (28th). For those of you who don't know, the main Zao Ropeway operates in the evening. This is a tourism thing - not for skiing, you cannot ski or board down. So what is it for? Well, the Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' are lit up at the top of the resort. On a clear evening, it's an impressive almost other-worldly scene. You need to buy a not-inexpensive ticket to get up there (2500 yen for adults; 1250 yen for children), but worth it for the experience. Try to go on a clear evening for full effect. The Ice Monsters are usually in their peak conditions in the first half of February, but this year there are already looking fairly decent considering we are still in December. This season there will be 50 days when the service is open - of course depending on the weather co-operating!

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Official snow depths (27th December 13):
Utopia: 145cm
Chuo: 130cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 80cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:00am on Friday 27th December 2013
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 Friday 27th December 2013
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  2013/2014
*as of Friday 27th December 2013
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
27th December 0cm 0cm -
26th December 1cm 30cm -
25th December 1cm 0cm -
24th December 2cm 3cm -
23rd December 0cm 1cm -
22nd December 2cm 0cm -
21st December 1cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 7cm 34cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 102cm 36cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 12cm 3cm -
December observed snowfall total 160cm 150cm -
January observed snowfall total - 243cm -
February observed snowfall total - 218cm -
March observed snowfall total - 21cm -
April observed snowfall total - 22cm -
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 172cm 657cm 0cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - - - - - - - -
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
160cm
[172cm]
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2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
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