Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 22nd December 2018

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 22nd December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Clouds starting to clear
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 8:24am
0cm
Friday 21st December 2018, 13:47pm 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
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 109cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 113cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 120cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:24am on Saturday 22nd December 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning.

Clouds earlier on and clearing and the sun is out this morning over Zao.

More lifts are scheduled to open from today - but the official site isn't yet showing them as moving at the time of writing. They include the Diamond Number 2, Onsen Number 2, Yokokura 1 and 2 and perhaps a few more. Hopefully they can be updated by tomorrow.

It is a busy weekend - Monday is a national holiday and so a long 3 day weekend and we could really do with some nice fresh snow. We are going to have to wait until at least tomorrow night for that, so hopefully we'll be riding in fresh come Monday.

In the meantime, a relatively mild weekend.

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Lifts and course info (as per official sources):

- 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
- Sunrise

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 8:24am on Saturday 22nd December 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

More of Zao Onsen opening up 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 22nd December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Saturday 22nd December 2018
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 22nd 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 Saturday 22nd December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
22nd December 0cm 0cm -
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
Previous 7 days total 61cm 36cm 34cm
Previous 14 days total 109cm 89cm 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 Saturday 22nd 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
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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