Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 2nd December 2017

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:41am on Saturday 2nd December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds over Zao
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Saturday 2nd December 2017, 9:41am
2cm
Friday 1st December 2017, 9:23am 0cm
Thursday 30th November 2017, 10:44am 0cm
Wednesday 29th November 2017, 9:02am 0cm
Monday 27th November 2017, 9:05am 0cm
Sunday 26th November 2017, 7:44am 0cm
Saturday 25th November 2017, 9:01am 32cm
Last 7 reports (total): 34cm
Last 14 reports (total): 68cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 2cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 68cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:41am on Saturday 2nd December 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning all.

First Saturday in December and expectations rise.

It is snowing lightly at the moment and 2cm of fresh snow on the ground. We're not expecting it to last the day with things likely to clear up to some degree and be followed by clearer skies tomorrow as well as sunshine. Should be a very nice Sunday.

With those expectations rising though, we all want more snow and lots of it to get things kicking off proper. Looks like snow is on the forecast for the first part of next week, so let's see how that develops.

You can keep up to date with the forecast using that big blue tab at the top of this page.

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Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair lift
- Chuo Number 2 pair lift
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Open course areas:
- Summit
- Chuo
- Utopia

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 35cm
- Paradise area: 40cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 35cm
- Uwanodai area: 10cm
- Oomori area: 5cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.

In the Yokokura area:
Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Monday 8th January 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

December 2017: 23rd-24th, 29th-31st
January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th

Archive report: Posted at 9:41am on Saturday 2nd December 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

A few lifts and courses open but waiting for big snow for more to get started

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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 Saturday 2nd December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Saturday 2nd December 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 Saturday 2nd December 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)
  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 2nd December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
2nd December 2cm 1cm 0cm
1st December 0cm - -
30th November 0cm 2cm 0cm
29th November 0cm 2cm -
27th November 0cm - 0cm
26th November 0cm - 12cm
25th November 32cm 2cm -
Previous 7 days total 34cm 12cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 68cm 15cm 22cm
November observed snowfall total 66cm 11cm 22cm
December observed snowfall total 2cm 98cm 96cm
January observed snowfall total - 241cm 211cm
February observed snowfall total - 105cm 83cm
March observed snowfall total - 65cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 68cm 520cm 460cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 2nd December 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
2017/2018 season - 66cm
[66cm]
2cm
[68cm]
- - - - -
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
Zao Now reports before Saturday 2nd December 2017
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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