Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 23rd December 2018

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:21am on Sunday 23rd December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine, thin cloud, some sun
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Good
This report
Sunday 23rd December 2018, 8:21am
0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 61cm
Last 14 reports (total): 93cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 113cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 120cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:21am on Sunday 23rd December 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao.

And more of the mountain opens. I have changed the lift operating list below to show which lifts are not operating now as there are more of them than the open ones.

There's still a few areas still not open but even with snow relatively thin on the ground, large parts of the resort are available. As they want to be with the long weekend, Christmas and then the New Year holidays fast approaching.

We do need more snow though.

We might get some tonight but the big snowfall looks set to be here later on Wednesday through the end of the week with a good chance of some good consistent heavy snowfall. I think everyone is hoping we'll see that.

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Operation info from official sources:

All lifts are scheduled to be operating apart from the following lifts

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Zao Kokutai pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Sunrise pair AB
- Oomori quad

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 50cm
- Paradise area: 50cm
- Chuo area: 60cm
- Utopia area: 45cm
- Uwanodai area: 40cm
- Oomori area: 30cm

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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 8:21am on Sunday 23rd December 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Lots of Zao is open but we need more snow for all areas to get into full swing

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 23rd December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 23rd December 2018
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 23rd 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 Sunday 23rd December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
23rd December 0cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 61cm 36cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 93cm 87cm 65cm
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 Sunday 23rd 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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