Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th January 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:45am on Friday 8th January 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Foggy
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-15°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light
wind condition
Variable
visibility condition
Variable
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This report
Friday 8th January 2021, 9:45am
16cm
Thursday 7th January 2021, 9:45am 2cm
Wednesday 6th January 2021, 10:00am 10cm
Tuesday 5th January 2021, 10:00am 12cm
Monday 4th January 2021, 10:00am 2cm
Sunday 3rd January 2021, 10:45am 5cm
Saturday 2nd January 2021, 9:15am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 57cm
Last 14 reports (total): 102cm
Current month (January 2021) total: 72cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 214cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:45am on Friday 8th January 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

It snowed a treat last night (with high winds). Winds have dropped today and all lifts which are supposed to be running are - the Zao Ropeway 2nd stage shut mid-morning yesterday.

So, a good day for powder hounds but viz a bit tricky. Note that the middle of 3 side Chuo slopes is not being groomed so if you do not like powder, don't get stuck there.

It is cold with double-digits from mid-level up.

Enjoy, but I think it is a frequent hot-drink break day.

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All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Paradise Number 3 pair

All areas open apart from:

- Ryuzan
- Kotan

Official snow depths (as reported by the ski area):

- Summit area: 90cm
- Paradise area: 140cm
- Chuo area: 140cm
- Utopia area: 140cm
- Uwanodai area: 100cm
- Omori area: 120cm
- Kurohime: 140cm


Floodlit night skiing:

Uwanodai area:

- 13th, 19th, 20th March 2021

Yokokura area:

- 8th January until 6th March 2021 (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays)

'Light Up' Ropeway operations:

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 upcoming dates:

- Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January 2021
- 27th, 28th January 2021
- Every day in February 2021 except Tuesdays

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.

Archive report: Posted at 9:45am on Friday 8th January 2021
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th January 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 8th January 2021
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th January 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Friday 8th January 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
8th January 16cm 2cm 1cm
7th January 2cm 0cm 12cm
6th January 10cm 3cm 0cm
5th January 12cm 6cm 0cm
4th January 2cm - 0cm
3rd January 5cm 2cm 0cm
2nd January 10cm 4cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 57cm 21cm 15cm
Previous 14 days total 102cm 30cm 116cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 142cm 51cm 218cm
January observed snowfall total 72cm 88cm 145cm
February observed snowfall total - 123cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 64cm 66cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 72cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 214cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 8th January 2021
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 - - 142cm
[142cm]
72cm
[214cm]
- - - -
2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
88cm
[147cm]
123cm
[270cm]
64cm
[334cm]
17cm
[351cm]
-
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
Zao Now reports before Friday 8th January 2021
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
Zao Now archived reporting
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