Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 13th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:50am on Sunday 13th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow!
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's snowing!
wind condition
No wind at base
visibility condition
Limited on mountain
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This report
Sunday 13th December 2020, 9:50am
1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 21cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 1cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:50am on Sunday 13th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

The car looked like sugar frosting on a cupcake this morning but, the good news is that it was extremely fluffy powder. There's a perverse enjoyment when it sort of blows off with the windscreen wiper like talcum powder with no ice underneath - maybe just me?!

As at 07:00 there was about 0.75cm (that's about a third of an inch for imperialists) but it continues to come down, albeit lightly. Would like to say that the slopes are now all white, but they're getting there. It would be nice to see it turn thicker during the day and over the next three.

Meanwhile, the ceremony yesterday was well attended by many local and prefectural dignitaries and I counted 22 bottles of Sake lined up as part of the offering to the deities. I asked where the bottles went afterwards but they were a bit coy about that!



Mixed feelings on the forecast but general optimism for by the time Christmas is here. So, still only the two Chuo lifts are open.

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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 9:50am on Sunday 13th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

The Chuo area of Zao is part 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 Sunday 13th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 13th 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 Sunday 13th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
13th December 1cm 3cm 2cm
12th December 0cm 0cm 11cm
11th December 0cm - 0cm
17th April 8cm 0cm -
13th April 0cm - 0cm
10th April 3cm - -
7th April 6cm - -
Previous 7 days total 18cm 17cm 34cm
Previous 14 days total 21cm 41cm 43cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 1cm 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 1cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 13th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - 1cm
[1cm]
- - - - -
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 Sunday 13th December 2020
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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