Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 16th December 2017

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:03am on Saturday 16th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Foggy, cloud
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now but due soon
wind condition
Moderate in places
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:03am
0cm
Friday 15th December 2017, 8:44am 0cm
Thursday 14th December 2017, 9:47am 9cm
Wednesday 13th December 2017, 9:07am 18cm
Tuesday 12th December 2017, 9:12am 23cm
Monday 11th December 2017, 8:46am 0cm
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:58am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 51cm
Last 14 reports (total): 66cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 68cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 134cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:03am on Saturday 16th December 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Poor visibility this Saturday morning and it's not set to improve really with fresh snowfall due; which is good of course.

More lifts and courses are opening up at Zao Onsen from this morning. It's good to see Kurobishi quad moving - I like parking there as it is usually quieter and the lift itself if fast!

The forecast is looking pretty good at the moment for the upcoming week with regular snowfall due.

Hopefully almost all of the mountain can be open by next weekend.

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Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair
- Zao Paradise Pair AB
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Katakai triple
- Mikaeri pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Kurobishi Number 1 quad
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad
- Yokokura Number 1 pair A
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 60cm
- Paradise area: 60cm
- Chuo area: 60cm
- Utopia area: 75cm
- Uwanodai area: 45cm
- Oomori area: 35cm

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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 8:03am on Saturday 16th December 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

More lifts and courses opening from this morning

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th December 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Saturday 16th December 2017
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th December 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Saturday 16th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
16th December 0cm 2cm 0cm
15th December 0cm 14cm 0cm
14th December 9cm 11cm 0cm
13th December 18cm 0cm 0cm
12th December 23cm 13cm 0cm
11th December 0cm 5cm 0cm
10th December 1cm 2cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 51cm 47cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 66cm 64cm 43cm
November observed snowfall total 66cm 11cm 22cm
December observed snowfall total 68cm 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 134cm 520cm 460cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 16th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 66cm
[66cm]
68cm
[134cm]
- - - - -
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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