Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 19th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:30am on Saturday 19th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate
visibility condition
Variable
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This report
Saturday 19th December 2020, 10:30am
9cm
Friday 18th December 2020, 11:30am 11cm
Thursday 17th December 2020, 8:35am 22cm
Wednesday 16th December 2020, 8:35am 12cm
Tuesday 15th December 2020, 8:47am 11cm
Monday 14th December 2020, 10:05am 16cm
Sunday 13th December 2020, 9:50am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 82cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 82cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 82cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:30am on Saturday 19th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Although it started snowing again yesterday at around 14:00, overall disappointing considering that the forecast said "heavy" - boo!

At least it is still coming down, and for the next week, albeit lightly and on and off.

The good news is that nearly all the slopes are open - not all the lifts - but at least the whole resort is now open. (Do note that some of the lifts are taking a while to open as the snow and ice build-up is cleared.)

Viz is off and on but not dense, with wind also coming and going. Due to the slopes having been groomed last night, there is not a whole lot of powder around but still available. Still, nice and soft so nothing to complain about and really nice if you're not a powder-hound. Not as busy as I expected but probably because people are still coming in, it being a Saturday morning.

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Lifts operating:

- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad
- Sunrise pair A
- Nakamori Number 1 triple
- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair
- Katakai triple
- Diamond Number 2 pair
- Paradise pair AB
- Omori quad
- Yokokura Number 1 pair A
- Astraea Number 1 pair
- Astraea Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Kurohime quad
- Zao Ropeway (both sections)
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable


All areas open apart from:

- Parts of the Uwanadai area
- Parts of the Paradise area

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

- Summit area: 55cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 95cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 55cm
- Omori area: 60cm
- Kurohime: 70cm


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 10:30am on Saturday 19th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

More of Zao Onsen is open from today

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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Saturday 19th December 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th December 2020
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 Saturday 19th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
19th December 9cm 0cm 12cm
18th December 11cm 0cm 17cm
17th December 22cm 0cm 0cm
16th December 12cm 0cm 0cm
15th December 11cm 3cm 4cm
14th December 16cm 0cm 12cm
13th December 1cm 3cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 82cm 6cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 99cm 36cm 79cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 82cm 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 82cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th 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 - - 82cm
[82cm]
- - - - -
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 Saturday 19th December 2020
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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