Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th April 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:01am on Friday 29th April 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 10:01am on Friday 29th April 2011
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It is a cloudy morning in Zao - looks like there are some bright skies behind the fast moving grey clouds that we have at the moment.

The last few days we have seen some serious snow melt down on lower slopes. The snow has completely melted away in large parts of those lower slopes of the resort now with the warmer temperatures that we have been experiencing.

This morning is a bit colder though, with even temperatures below zero as of 8am. So it was a cold night and won't get that warm today. Things should warm up over the weekend though, but there is a chance of some rain showers at times. Hopefully they will hold off.

Today is of course the first day of the Golden Week holidays in Japan. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week are also national holidays.

By the way, the Zao Echoline road is now open for the off-season. The road will be closed from 5pm until 8am though for the moment due to potentially icy conditions overnight.

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Official snow depths as of 29th April:

Utopia - 190cm
Paradise - 180cm
Chuo - 150cm
Uwanodai - 45cm

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Until 8th May (8:30am - 5pm):

The following courses will be opened:

Chuo
Paradise
Utopia
Takatori
Ohira
Paradise detour
Zangezaka
Juhyogen
Renraku courses

The courses will be serviced by the following lifts:

Chuo Ropeway
Sky Cable
Zao Ropeway
Chuo No1 Pair
Chuo No2 Pair
Katakai Triple
Paradise Pair
Utopia No2 Pair
Shobunuma Pair

The above information is subject to change. Spring lift ticket rates will apply.

Archive report: Posted at 10:01am on Friday 29th April 2011
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

The resort is part open. Zao plans to be open until 8th May.

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