Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st January 2017

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:20am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds over Zao
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 9:20am
21cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 9:25am 0cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 10:05am 0cm
Saturday 28th January 2017, 9:26am 0cm
Friday 27th January 2017, 8:46am 0cm
Thursday 26th January 2017, 8:21am 0cm
Wednesday 25th January 2017, 9:27am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 23cm
Last 14 reports (total): 68cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 241cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 350cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:20am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

A good 20cm of fresh snowfall in Zao this morning I'm happy to report; nice new layer.

Not much expected for today and possibly some sunshine tomorrow morning before the snow clouds return and there's a good chance of their being some wild stormy conditions into Thursday.

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All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu pair

All courses apart from Kotan are open.

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 100cm
Paradise - 170cm
Chuo - 170cm
Utopia - 135cm
Uwanodai - 110cm
Yokokura - 120cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until 5th March 2017.
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

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A message from SnowJapan

Firstly, we would again like to thank everyone who has sent in messages this season regarding our daily reports and website in general. We read them all and appreciate the feedback. And we hope that if you have already visited Japan this season, you timed it well with conditions at your chosen destination.

It is perhaps inevitable that some people will compare the daily Now reports from different regions of Japan, and in particularly the observed new snowfall data that is posted on the reports. But if you do that please keep in mind that doing so is not really comparing like-for-like… and it’s certainly not ‘the whole picture’.

By comparing the observed snowfall data, essentially you are comparing how much snow is falling at base areas. While we believe that is a very interesting and useful piece of data - and is in fact the only practical first-hand data that could possibly be consistently recorded once a day – it is only one part of the situation.

Other important information, including the snowfall that ski resorts themselves might be reporting at higher elevations, can be found within the text of the report when available.

That is why we highly recommend that if you really want to get a more complete picture of what is going on in each of the areas covered in our reports, you should go through the individual reports including all the archives.

A few other quick points:

Each report is written independently from the other reports, by different people.

The reports are not ‘connected’ in any way.

For one reporter, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘cold’. For another reporter, on the same day, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘relatively warm’.

For one reporter, 15cm of snowfall overnight might be described as ‘a lot’. For another reporter, on the same day, 15cm of snowfall might be described as less exciting.

The person posting Niseko Now is reporting from Niseko, and is not making comparisons with any of the other reports, or considering what is happening elsewhere. (Unless clearly stated of course).

The person posting Hakuba Now is reporting from Hakuba, and the same applies.

While each report is coming to you from the respective resort base areas, some ski resorts have much more ‘vertical’ than others. Some will experience much more of a difference in the amount of snow that falls at base/village level than falls at higher elevations.

And one more very important thing.

If the reporters pretended to be overly-excited about conditions even when they are actually sub-par… not only would that be intentionally misleading, but how would you then know when they really were genuinely excited by excellent conditions?

Being able to clearly distinguish between varying situations is one of the real advantages of not feeling any need to talk up or sugar-coat conditions. Remember, we’re not a glossy travel brochure selling you holidays and tours.

What we are trying to do is to provide our readership with honest, interesting and informative reports. And we will continue to do that.

If you didn’t read the previous general messages that we posted on our daily reports, you can find them here.

Thank you!

Archive report: Posted at 9:20am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

See report above

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Tuesday 31st January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 31st January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
31st January 21cm 0cm 3cm
30th January 0cm 18cm 0cm
29th January 0cm 2cm 0cm
28th January 0cm 2cm 1cm
27th January 0cm 2cm 0cm
26th January 0cm 10cm 0cm
25th January 2cm 12cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 23cm 46cm 4cm
Previous 14 days total 68cm 141cm 24cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 98cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total 241cm 211cm 118cm
February observed snowfall total - 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 350cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
241cm
[350cm]
- - - -
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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