Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 2nd January 2020

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:34am on Thursday 2nd January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places
wind condition
Moderate WNW
visibility condition
Limited
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This report
Thursday 2nd January 2020, 9:34am
4cm
Wednesday 1st January 2020, 9:12am 4cm
Tuesday 31st December 2019, 8:43am 0cm
Monday 30th December 2019, 8:16am 0cm
Sunday 29th December 2019, 7:33am 5cm
Friday 27th December 2019, 7:59am 0cm
Thursday 26th December 2019, 9:50am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 23cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 8cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 67cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:34am on Thursday 2nd January 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

A little more snowfall down to base since yesterday, but again it's not significant with just a thin covering at base.

Higher up on the mountain the same areas remain open but it is still rather limited and a bit icy (rather than deep and fluffy), and it is worth noting that you still are not able to ski/board back down from the top summit area.

We probably take heavy snowfall too much for granted; perhaps we shouldn't. It is of course a worry, but what can we do. For the moment we just need to enjoy what we have got and hope for snow storms to come soon...

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Lifts normally operating:

- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Katakai triple
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB
- Mikaeri pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair lift
- Utopia Number 2 pair lift
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable

Ski course areas normally open:

- Chuo (part)
- Utopia
- Paradise (part)
- Shobunuma (part)
- Diamond (part)
- Uwanodai (part)

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 35cm
- Paradise area: 20cm
- Chuo area: 30cm
- Utopia area: 30cm
- Uwanodai area: 20cm
- Oomori area: 5cm

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Night time operations:

** BELOW ARE THE PLANNED DATES - PLEASE CHECK WITH RESORT FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION **

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 over New Year, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10th January and 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 dates:

January 2020: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29h-31st
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays

There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.

Archive report: Posted at 9:34am on Thursday 2nd January 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is part open

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 2nd January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Thursday 2nd January 2020
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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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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  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 2nd January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
2nd January 4cm 2cm 1cm
1st January 4cm 1cm 1cm
31st December 0cm 4cm 0cm
30th December 0cm 16cm 23cm
29th December 5cm 43cm 12cm
27th December 0cm 2cm 19cm
26th December 0cm 2cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 13cm 101cm 88cm
Previous 14 days total 23cm 140cm 93cm
November observed snowfall total 8cm 7cm 66cm
December observed snowfall total 51cm 218cm 193cm
January observed snowfall total 8cm 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 67cm 599cm 765cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 2nd 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]
8cm
[67cm]
- - - -
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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