Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 4:09pm on Tuesday 28th December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 4:09pm on Tuesday 28th December 2010
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There has been about another 20cm or so since yesterdays report (though I am hearing of some places saying they were shovelling more!) and on the official snow depths as we keep getting new layers of snow.

Today, though, the weather has generally been calm and clear. There have been some fanstastic views up on the mountain today with the fresh snowfalls on the trees contrasting with the blue skies. And of course some great sliding down the slopes to be had as well.

All in all a great day to be here.

The sun is shining through at the moment with some late afternoon shadows being case across parts of the resorts. There's some cloud up there and we will maybe see some slight snowfall overnight - nothing major - and then look out for the next on Friday.

The courses at the resort are now 100% open with some fabulous snow conditions out there. Hurray!

About those Snow Monsters:

Many people who come to Zao are looking to give the Snow/Ice Monsters ('juhyo') a visit - the fantastic snow/ice formations around the trees at the top of the resort and a truly impressive site. The resort operates the Zao Ropeway in the evening times during the season to take people up there and see the floodlit trees.

The Ropeway will be operating from tomorrow (29th December) until Monday 3rd January. At this time the juhyo are of course not in their prime yet. After that, operations will be from 8th January to 18th January on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays and then after that every day between Saturday 22nd January and Monday 28th February. Please note that you need a separate ticket for that special evening operation.

If you are in Zao on one of those days, it's well worth a look on a clear evening.

Archive report: Posted at 4:09pm on Tuesday 28th December 2010
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Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao is now fully open and night time 'nighta' is open.

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