Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:43am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
6°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain
wind condition
Moderate-strong westerly
visibility condition
Poor
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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
Wednesday 25th December 2019, 9:13am 1cm
Tuesday 24th December 2019, 8:48am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 9cm
Last 14 reports (total): 15cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 51cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 59cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao.

It's the last day of 2019 and I'm honestly looking forward to getting into a New Year which hopefully will bring snowfall.

This morning it is raining and the lower base areas are looking a rather bare which is not what we expect at New Year. :(

Snow is due today so by early morning New Years Day lets at least hope that we get a white covering again.

It sounds like today there are going to be disruptions to lifts due to the worsening weather conditions along with strong winds (which in themselves are hopefully good because they should bring snow).

Check before venturing out.

Not sure what else to say for the moment, other than I hope that all readers have a fun and safe New Years Eve, and lets all collectively hope that January brings with it decent snowfall.

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** OPERATIONS MAY BE AFFECTED THIS MORNING DUE TO WEATHER **

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: 40cm
- Utopia area: 35cm
- Uwanodai area: 10cm
- Oomori area: 0cm

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Night time operations:

PLEASE CHECK AS PLANS MAY CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER/SNOWFALL

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 New Year; and also on 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:

December 2019: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st <<<< CHECK TO SEE IF OPERATING!
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 8:43am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Check with resort before venturing out - lift disruption expected

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  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 31st December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
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
25th December 1cm 0cm 0cm
24th December 3cm 5cm 0cm
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Previous 14 days total 15cm 166cm 102cm
November observed snowfall total 8cm 7cm 66cm
December observed snowfall total 51cm 218cm 193cm
January observed snowfall total - 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 59cm 599cm 765cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
- - - - -
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]
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