Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 24th December 2015

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:21am on Thursday 24th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Overcast, fog
Base temp:
4°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
None to slight
Variable
This report
Thursday 24th December 2015, 9:21am
0cm
Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9:40am 0cm
Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 9:01am 1cm
Monday 21st December 2015, 9:37am 0cm
Sunday 20th December 2015, 9:02am 0cm
Saturday 19th December 2015, 9:46am 4cm
Friday 18th December 2015, 9:33am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 17cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 60cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 82cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:21am on Thursday 24th December 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Here we are, on Christmas Eve, waiting for a decent snowfall to arrive and get the whole of the mountain open.

It was on the national news last night about pretty much all of Japan has had less snow than usual this month and there are only limited ski resorts able to open so far. A read through all of the Now reports here on SnowJapan as well tells a similar story. It looks like the lack of snow is a problem all round this season, so we should in some ways be happy that Zao is at least part open. Still, we want everywhere to be open with more snow than we can play in!

This morning there's no fresh snow to report; rather it's another mild morning here. No wind and an overcast kind of start though I see visibility limited in some on-mountain areas.

Snow conditions are as you might expect them to be without a refresh for a while and not a huge amount in the first place.

Snow may be falling tomorrow and then we hope sticking around over the weekend. Temperatures should also be plummeting (good word that) approaching and entering the weekend so it might start feeling mid-winter again.

If you are planning to be here over the weekend be prepared for cold, wind and snow.

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Information as of Thursday 24th December 15 (subject to change)

Lifts that are planned to be operating at Zao Onsen:

- Sky Cable (gondola)
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Katakai triple
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Paradise pair AB
- Shobunuma Number 1 triple
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair

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Official snow depths:

Utopia: 25cm
Chuo: 50cm
Paradise: 30cm
Uwanodai: 15cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited resort operations as we wait for more snow

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Thursday 24th December 2015
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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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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  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 24th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
24th December 0cm 1cm 2cm
23rd December 0cm 20cm 0cm
22nd December 1cm 2cm 2cm
21st December 0cm 1cm 1cm
20th December 0cm 0cm 25cm
19th December 4cm 0cm 0cm
18th December 10cm 40cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 15cm 64cm 30cm
Previous 14 days total 17cm 113cm 136cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 60cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total - 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total - 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total - 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 82cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 24th December 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
60cm
[82cm]
- - - - -
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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