Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 6th May 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 6th May 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 6th May 2011
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It is a lovely morning in Zao with the sun out, blue skies and just a few white clouds in the sky. Nice and warm too. More fine weather on the forecast for tomorrow and Sunday.

Golden Week went well I would say. Quite a few people turning up and the courses seemed busy. With less lifts open and only upper slopes remaining open, there were queues at lifts at times as well. But there was a really great spring ski atmoshere with few people seemingly in a rush to get anywhere.

The ski resort will officially close at the end of the day this coming Sunday. High up though there's still a fair bit of snow and so probably enough for at least another week or so, so shame those lifts won't be moving. Actually the resort is saying that there may be changes depending on conditions, so we shall see. Personally I doubt they will extend again... but you never know!

The lower slopes are now pretty much totally snowless. Once those lifts close for the ski season it will be quickly into spring and summer season operations.


Official snow depths as of 6th May:

Utopia - 90cm
Paradise - 90cm
Chuo - 65cm


Until 8th May (8:30am - 5pm):

The following courses will be opened:

Paradise detour
Renraku courses

The courses will be serviced by the following lifts:

Chuo Ropeway
Sky Cable
Zao Ropeway
Chuo No1 Pair
Paradise Pair
Utopia No2 Pair

The above information is subject to change. Spring lift ticket rates will apply.

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 6th May 2011
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Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

The resort is part open. Zao plans to be open until 8th May.

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