Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 12th December 2020

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 12th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Limited up on the open run
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Saturday 12th December 2020, 8:30am
0cm
Friday 11th December 2020, 8:43am 0cm
Friday 17th April 2020, 7:53am 8cm
Monday 13th April 2020, 8:20am 0cm
Friday 10th April 2020, 7:59am 3cm
Tuesday 7th April 2020, 8:25am 6cm
Friday 3rd April 2020, 9:51am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 38cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 0cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 0cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 12th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Well, it seems like the forecast got put back a day with the snow now coming tomorrow and a good cover level building up over the next four days or so.

It's around 4C at base and not cold at all and still a bit gloomy (even the steam clouding over the onsen street providing some mystique has vanished).

Being the optimist, however, looking forward to the sparkling white transforming the place.

I'll mosey on up to Uwanodai for the Opening Ceremony later this morning and see what the general feel is for the forthcoming season.

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Lifts operating:

- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Mikaeri 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

Floodlit night skiing:

Uwanodai area:

- 26th December 2020 until 6th March 2021 (daily)
- 13th, 19th, 20th March 2021

Yokokura area:

- 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021 (daily)
- 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:

- 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021 (daily)
- 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 8:30am on Saturday 12th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Part of the Chuo run is open as other areas wait for snowfall

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Saturday 12th December 2020
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Saturday 12th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
12th December 0cm 0cm 11cm
11th December 0cm - 0cm
17th April 8cm 0cm -
13th April 0cm - 0cm
10th April 3cm - -
7th April 6cm - -
3rd April 0cm 5cm -
Previous 7 days total 17cm 30cm 32cm
Previous 14 days total 38cm 38cm 41cm
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
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - 0cm
[0cm]
- - - - -
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
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