Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 26th April 2018

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:59am on Thursday 26th April 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, fog
Base temp:
8°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light rain
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Limited-poor on upper areas
This report
Thursday 26th April 2018, 7:59am
0cm
Monday 23rd April 2018, 9:07am 0cm
Friday 20th April 2018, 8:11am 0cm
Monday 16th April 2018, 9:08am 0cm
Friday 13th April 2018, 7:17am 0cm
Monday 9th April 2018, 8:02am 12cm
Friday 6th April 2018, 9:57am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 12cm
Last 14 reports (total): 12cm
Current month (April 2018) total: 12cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 765cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:59am on Thursday 26th April 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning!

Lots of cloud (and fog) and a bit of rain this morning, and no real news to report at the moment regarding lift operations and course opening.

Fine weather forecast for the upcoming weekend.

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Golden Week

'Golden Week' is approaching. But what exactly is it?

Golden Week is a period from the end of April through early May containing a number of national holidays. Those holidays are as follows:

- 29th April is 'Showa Day' (Showa-no-hi), the birthday of former Emperor Showa
- 3rd May is 'Constitution Day' (Kenpo-kinenbi)
- 4th May is 'Greenery Day' (Midori-no-hi)
- 5th May is 'Children's Day' (Kodomo-no-hi)

What this means for 2018 is that most people will enjoy two long weekends - 3 days this upcoming weekend and then 4 days off the weekend after:

Long Weekend #1: Saturday 28th April - Monday 30th April
Long Weekend #2: Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th May

Some people may even be lucky enough to have/take Tuesday and Thursday off next week, giving them a long 9 day holiday!

The weather is often really good over the Golden Week period and of course the end of Golden Week is also the end of ski lift operations here in Niseko.

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Course areas open

- Chuo
- Utopia
- Top course (* part)

Lifts that are still operating

- Utopia Number 2 pair: open daily until 6th May
- Chuo Number 1 pair: open daily until 6th May
- Chuo Number 2 pair: open 28th, 29th, 30th April & 3rd-6th May
- Zao Ropeway: open daily
- Zao Chuo Ropeway: open daily
- Sky Cable: open daily

* The Ropeways operate throughout the year for sightseeing
* Earlier than planned closing might be possible - will depend on snow conditions

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 35cm
- Paradise area: 50cm
- Chuo area: 50cm
- Utopia area: 65cm
- Uwanodai area: 0cm
- Oomori area: 0cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Archive report: Posted at 7:59am on Thursday 26th April 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

A few upper parts of Zao remain open for skiing/boarding

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(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 26th April 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Thursday 26th April 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 26th April 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2017/2018
*as of Thursday 26th April 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
26th April 0cm - 0cm
23rd April 0cm - -
20th April 0cm - -
16th April 0cm - -
13th April 0cm - -
9th April 12cm - -
6th April 0cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 12cm 0cm 3cm
Previous 14 days total 12cm 16cm 3cm
November observed snowfall total 66cm 11cm 22cm
December observed snowfall total 193cm 98cm 96cm
January observed snowfall total 275cm 241cm 211cm
February observed snowfall total 195cm 105cm 83cm
March observed snowfall total 24cm 65cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total 12cm 0cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 765cm 520cm 460cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 26th April 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 - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 66cm
[66cm]
193cm
[259cm]
275cm
[534cm]
195cm
[729cm]
24cm
[753cm]
12cm
[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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