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Zao Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:39am on Sunday 26th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Sunday 26th March 2017, 8:39am
0cm
Saturday 25th March 2017, 9:14am 4cm
Friday 24th March 2017, 9:02am 3cm
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:57am 3cm
Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 9:08am 1cm
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 7:25am 0cm
Monday 20th March 2017, 9:23am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 11cm
Last 14 reports (total): 35cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 49cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 504cm

Hello from Zao, and it is a cloudy early morning here.

Snow is on the forecast for tonight and tomorrow - a fresh cover to the currently icy conditions would be most welcome.

Last day of the season for a few lifts... see info below. Don't worry though, parts of the resort should be open until 7th May, all being well. (It will likely be rather limited by then - check back on previous season archive reports to get an idea of how things are at the end of the season).

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Planned closing dates for lifts at Zao Onsen - subject to change due to snow conditions:

Operating until today:
- Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Sunrise pair AB
- Nakamori Number 2 pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair

Operating daily until Friday 31st March:
- Oomori quad
- Yokokura Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 1 pair
- Astraea Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair

Operating daily until Sunday 2nd April:
- Nakamori Number 1 triple
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad

Operating until Sunday 9th April:
- Mikaeri pair
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair (holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 16th April:
- Katakai triple (holidays only after 2nd April)
- Paradise pair AB (holidays only after 2nd April)

Operating until Sunday 7th May:
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB (holidays only after 16th April)
- Utopia Number 2 pair

No fixed closing date:
- Yokokura Number 1 pair AB
- Kurohime Number 1 quad

Open all year (* for sightseeing):
- Sky Cable
- Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 190cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 130cm

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Lifts that are already closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open as planned

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Saturday 25th March 2017
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LATE SEASON REPORTING
The individual Now reports will continue in each area until the season in that place closes - some will continue daily, some will become less than daily once we get into April.

Once the season has finished everywhere, we will be adding a general season wrap up to each of the reports, where we will also answer questions and comments that we regularly get sent. Some do keep on coming back! The end of season message will be up at the end of Golden Week in early May.

Thank you for reading.
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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 26th March 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 26th March 2017
(View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 26th March 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 26th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
26th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
25th March 4cm 3cm 5cm
24th March 3cm 0cm 10cm
23rd March 3cm 0cm 0cm
22nd March 1cm 0cm 0cm
21st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
20th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 11cm 3cm 15cm
Previous 14 days total 35cm 5cm 35cm
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 105cm 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total 49cm 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 504cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 26th March 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
241cm
[350cm]
105cm
[455cm]
49cm
[504cm]
- -
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
Zao Now reports before Sunday 26th March 2017
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
Zao Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Zao Now by clicking on the month