Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:08am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
Windy
visibility condition
Limited - poor
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This report
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 10:08am
1cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 8:53am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 8:24am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:22am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 9:17am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:59am 18cm
Tuesday 21st January 2020, 8:13am 18cm
Last 7 reports (total): 37cm
Last 14 reports (total): 62cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 88cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 147cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:08am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

It has started to snow this morning and there's some decently sized flakes falling outside my window just now. Earlier on I would have been posting 0cm for today, but I can now add 1cm. Fingers crossed it'll be piling up.

Wind though is affecting the operation of some lifts this morning meaning we have limitations this morning... right now the upper section of the Zao Ropeway and Kurohime quad are on hold.

Limited visibility on the mountain too. I suspect quite a few people will decided to soak in an onsen this morning and wait for the weather to calm down. Before that though we do have more snow due through the day today and tonight. Perhaps a fair bit - let us see...

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All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair

All areas are now normally at least part open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 80cm
- Utopia area: 70cm
- Uwanodai area: 40cm
- Oomori area: 25cm

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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: 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 10:08am on Tuesday 28th 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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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Tuesday 28th January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
28th January 1cm 0cm 0cm
27th January 0cm 4cm 24cm
26th January 0cm 0cm 12cm
25th January 0cm 23cm 24cm
24th January 0cm 3cm 24cm
23rd January 18cm 4cm 26cm
21st January 18cm 11cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 37cm 45cm 121cm
Previous 14 days total 62cm 74cm 138cm
November observed snowfall total 8cm 7cm 66cm
December observed snowfall total 51cm 218cm 193cm
January observed snowfall total 88cm 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 147cm 599cm 765cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
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 - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
88cm
[147cm]
- - - -
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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