Zao Now daily snow and weather - Monday 21st December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Monday 21st December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Varied
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
None
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Monday 21st December 2020, 8:33am
7cm
Sunday 20th December 2020, 10:01am 17cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 89cm
Last 14 reports (total): 117cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 106cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 106cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Monday 21st December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Well folks, a measly offering this morning of new snow but the good news is that it continues and more decent amount expected tomorrow. (Today it's just those irritating pin-pricks on your face which should be covered anyway because it is quite cold (but also for the gondola waiting areas and cabin right?!). Reflecting back to this time last year, only the Chuo and Utopia slopes were available until nearing new year.

The top continues to be foggy, especially at the very top of the Zao Ropeway. In the rush to open for the weekend, the walk to the beginning of the Zangezaka slope is confusing as it winds through a series of trenches so do not be put off. The very beginning part is very narrow with some undergrowth sticking out but it is open (otherwise there'd be rope across). I saw a number of people turning back in the mistaken belief that it was not skiable - it is, but foggy. Lower down, the Kurohime motorway slope has not been groomed so plenty of powder there.

Another place to be wary of is the slip path from the top of the Kurohime to the Utopia area. I came whizzing around the corner so that I would not have to slide-skate at the end, only to be confronted with a series of bushes, so came a cropper there and it's waist deep (seems like I was not the first!). Will take a saw up and deal with that.

Today's recommendation: stay low - Uwanodai area, Sunrise, Nakamori (triple chair lift at the Chuo Ropeway), Yokokura, Hyakumannin, Kurohime and Omori areas.

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All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Onsen Number 3
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Nakamori Number 2 pair
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair

All areas open apart from:

- Ryuzan
- Kotan
- Shobunuma

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

- Summit area: 85cm
- Paradise area: 80cm
- Chuo area: 100cm
- Utopia area: 90cm
- Uwanodai area: 70cm
- Omori area: 65cm
- Kurohime: 90cm


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 8:33am on Monday 21st December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of Zao Onsen is now open - see above for details

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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 21st December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Monday 21st 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 Monday 21st December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
21st December 7cm 3cm 0cm
20th December 17cm 0cm 32cm
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
Previous 7 days total 89cm 6cm 65cm
Previous 14 days total 117cm 11cm 111cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 106cm 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 106cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 21st 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 - - 106cm
[106cm]
- - - - -
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 Monday 21st December 2020
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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