Zao Now daily snow and weather - Monday 28th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:34am on Monday 28th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
None
visibility condition
Fair
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Monday 28th December 2020, 9:34am
0cm
Sunday 27th December 2020, 9:30am 4cm
Saturday 26th December 2020, 10:15am 9cm
Friday 25th December 2020, 11:00am 2cm
Thursday 24th December 2020, 10:30am 0cm
Wednesday 23rd December 2020, 8:30am 3cm
Tuesday 22nd December 2020, 12:04pm 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 19cm
Last 14 reports (total): 108cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 125cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 125cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:34am on Monday 28th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Well, that sunny spell didn't occur yesterday - on the mountain that is, but good views of it from the mountain (see pic below).

Although from afar the slopes look misty, visibility is actually clear. It is much warmer today being at 0c or above, but, is forecasted to drop during the day and overnight with some new snowfall, albeit getting warm again tomorrow. It is then forecasted to really drop quite significantly into the new period from the 30th, with good levels of new snowfall to counter the inevitable hardening of the terrain over the next few days. Let's hope that comes to pass for the folks coming for the new year holiday.

Ryuzan opened at the end of yesterday making the whole resort now accessible (except the Kotan stretch - the coldest lift here).

It was really good to see so many families enjoying the weekend yesterday of all age groups (lots), especially grandparents with the grandchildren. The Uwanodai/Jupeer area is particularly suited for this and the resort is actively trying to promote Zao Onsen as more of a family-oriented ski resort.

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All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Karamatsu pair
- Paradise Number 3 pair

All areas open apart from:

- Kotan

Official snow depths (as reported by the ski area):

- Summit area: 85cm
- Paradise area: 85cm
- Chuo area: 100cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 70cm
- Omori area: 60cm
- Kurohime: 85cm


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 9:34am on Monday 28th December 2020
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Monday 28th December 2020
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Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Monday 28th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
28th December 0cm - 33cm
27th December 4cm 0cm 2cm
26th December 9cm 0cm 2cm
25th December 2cm 1cm 0cm
24th December 0cm 3cm 5cm
23rd December 3cm 3cm 0cm
22nd December 1cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 19cm 10cm 42cm
Previous 14 days total 108cm 13cm 107cm
November observed snowfall total - 8cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 125cm 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 125cm 351cm 599cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 28th 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 - - 125cm
[125cm]
- - - - -
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
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