Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Light fog
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
None
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Wednesday 23rd December 2020, 8:30am
3cm
Tuesday 22nd December 2020, 12:04pm 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 70cm
Last 14 reports (total): 118cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 110cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 110cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 23rd December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Horror story in the valley last night - it was raining!

Fortunately we're high enough for it to have been snow. Big fluffy stuff but perhaps too light as it compacted down to 3cm at base.

Foggy again today but not pea soup, however no long views at the top. Light snow forecasted today later on and sunny patches for Christmas Eve.

NB. Some lifts are getting a while in starting up, so if you're an early bird, don't be surprised if not yet running despite what the board says.

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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
- Sunrise 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 8:30am on Wednesday 23rd December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is mostly open

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(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Wednesday 23rd December 2020
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd 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 Wednesday 23rd December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
23rd December 3cm 3cm 0cm
22nd December 1cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 70cm 6cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 118cm 12cm 93cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 110cm 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 110cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd 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 - - 110cm
[110cm]
- - - - -
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 Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
Zao Now archived reporting
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