Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 28th December 2018

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 28th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
SNOW
wind condition
Brrrr!
visibility condition
Limited > poor
This report
Friday 28th December 2018, 8:45am
33cm
Thursday 27th December 2018, 8:28am 2cm
Wednesday 26th December 2018, 7:47am 2cm
Tuesday 25th December 2018, 9:02am 0cm
Monday 24th December 2018, 10:15am 5cm
Sunday 23rd December 2018, 8:21am 0cm
Saturday 22nd December 2018, 8:24am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 42cm
Last 14 reports (total): 107cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 155cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 162cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 28th December 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

Wow lots of snow to report this morning. I am measuring 33cm in my usual spot. Great stuff. And we can expect more over at least the next few days.

It is cold - very cold (coldest of the season so far?) and there's lots of fresh snow everywhere, being blown about too.

Visibility is a bit limited on lower slopes and poor in places.

Looks like the Kokutai pair lift is going to be moving today, so just four lifts not operating yet - including the Oomori quad.

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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
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Oomori quad

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 85cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 80cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 30cm (not updated this morning?)

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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: 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 8:45am on Friday 28th December 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Most of Zao areas are now open but not quite fully open. Hopefully the snow over this weekend will help that happen.

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 28th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 28th December 2018
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 28th 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 Friday 28th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
28th December 33cm 32cm 12cm
27th December 2cm 19cm 0cm
26th December 2cm 3cm 0cm
25th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
24th December 5cm 0cm 2cm
23rd December 0cm 0cm 0cm
22nd December 0cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 42cm 54cm 14cm
Previous 14 days total 107cm 90cm 59cm
November observed snowfall total 7cm 66cm 11cm
December observed snowfall total 155cm 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 162cm 765cm 520cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 28th 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - 7cm
[7cm]
155cm
[162cm]
- - - - -
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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