Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 11th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:43am on Friday 11th December 2020
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Friday 17th April 2020, 7:53am 8cm
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Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Friday 11th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Hello and welcome to the Zao Now reports.

Some of you might have been thinking that there wouldn't be any Zao Now reports this season, but we are happy to report that we have sorted out a few operational issues and are back.

So we will be posting Zao Now reports for the 2020-2021 season, and our sincere thanks to the individuals involved in providing them.

And apologies for the delay in them appearing. Better late than never!

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Zao Onsen, like most (every?!) resort in Japan was eerily silent during the year and I kept looking out for that tumbleweed rolling down the main street! Unfortunate for those summer hikers as it was wonderfully warm and lush this year which extended the Autumn out to just a few weeks ago. The Go To campaign, however, certainly saw numbers increase suddenly toward the end of Autumn and we'll be seeing a lot more Japanese this year on the slopes because of this (and the lack of foreign visitors).

Snow cover has been coming and going several times since the beginning of December - snow one day, sunny and hot the next which confused the heck out of the Suzumebachi - Murder Hornets for our American brethren (trapped a beauty before the frosts came in).

According to local farmers, this year should see a lot of snowfall, but, the question remains as to when! We're all eagerly waving on the forecast for snow from tomorrow and over the forthcoming week. This would be good timing for the traditional Opening Ceremony tomorrow (11am at the Jupeer area).

As it is, the main Chuo slope opened yesterday and you can check it out on the webcam page here.

Hope to giving good news of further openings soon!

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Lifts operating:

- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Zao Ropeway (both sections)
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Ski course areas open:

- Chuo (part)

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

- Summit area: 15cm
- Paradise area: 15cm
- Chuo area: 20cm
- Utopia area: 15cm
- Uwanodai area: 0cm
- Oomori area: 0cm
- Kurohime: 0cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Friday 11th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

The main Chuo run is open. All other areas of Zao currently closed as we wait for snow

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*as of Friday 11th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
11th December 0cm - 0cm
17th April 8cm 0cm -
13th April 0cm - 0cm
10th April 3cm - -
7th April 6cm - -
3rd April 0cm 5cm -
1st April 0cm 28cm -
Previous 7 days total 17cm 33cm 23cm
Previous 14 days total 38cm 38cm 30cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 0cm 51cm 218cm
January observed snowfall total - 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 0cm 351cm 599cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - 0cm
[0cm]
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2019/2020 season - 8cm
[8cm]
51cm
[59cm]
88cm
[147cm]
123cm
[270cm]
64cm
[334cm]
17cm
[351cm]
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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]
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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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