Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 21st December 2018

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 1:47pm on Friday 21st December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, some cloud
Base temp:
4°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Good
This report
Friday 21st December 2018, 1:47pm
0cm
Thursday 20th December 2018, 8:58am 32cm
Wednesday 19th December 2018, 8:44am 12cm
Tuesday 18th December 2018, 9:05am 17cm
Monday 17th December 2018, 9:07am 0cm
Sunday 16th December 2018, 8:44am 0cm
Saturday 15th December 2018, 9:49am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 65cm
Last 14 reports (total): 111cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 113cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 120cm

Archive report: Posted at 1:47pm on Friday 21st December 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

[Apologies for the report appearing late today, due to technical issues this morning. The report was originally posted at 10:00am]

Good morning from Zao.

Lots going on at the moment.

From today... more of the mountain is open with more lifts operating and more courses available - much better full picture. Lift tickets also enter their 'regular season' prices from today.

Tomorrow is also the first of the popular 'light up' Ropeway operations as well as nighta floodlit skiing. Details on those things can be found below and I will keep them in each report.

What we want most is fresh snow. Look to the end of the weekend for that (after the mild weekend that we are anticipating).

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Lifts and course info:

- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

- Zao Paradise
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Katakai triple
- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 AB
- Chuo Number 2 AB
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair
- Kurobishi Number 1 quad
- Nakamura Number 1 triple

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 50cm
- Paradise area: 50cm
- Chuo area: 60cm
- Utopia area: 55cm
- Uwanodai area: 40cm
- Oomori area: 35cm

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Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily from Saturday 22nd December 2018 until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Daily from Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 6th January 2019
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11th January and 10th March 2019

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

December 2018: 22nd-23rd, 29th-31st
January 2019: 1st-2nd, 4th-6th, 11th-13th, 18th-20th, 25th-27th
February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd

Archive report: Posted at 1:47pm on Friday 21st December 2018
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: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 21st December 2018
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st December 2018
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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  2018/2019
*as of Friday 21st December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
21st December 0cm 0cm 0cm
20th December 32cm 2cm 0cm
19th December 12cm 9cm 0cm
18th December 17cm 2cm 1cm
17th December 0cm 23cm 17cm
16th December 0cm 0cm 2cm
15th December 4cm 0cm 14cm
Previous 7 days total 65cm 36cm 34cm
Previous 14 days total 111cm 96cm 74cm
November observed snowfall total 7cm 66cm 11cm
December observed snowfall total 113cm 193cm 98cm
January observed snowfall total - 275cm 241cm
February observed snowfall total - 195cm 105cm
March observed snowfall total - 24cm 65cm
April observed snowfall total - 12cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 120cm 765cm 520cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 21st December 2018
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
2018/2019 season - 7cm
[7cm]
113cm
[120cm]
- - - - -
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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