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Zao Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 9:05am on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
WNW
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Tuesday 18th December 2018, 9:05am
17cm
Monday 17th December 2018, 9:07am 0cm
Sunday 16th December 2018, 8:44am 0cm
Saturday 15th December 2018, 9:49am 4cm
Friday 14th December 2018, 9:14am 12cm
Thursday 13th December 2018, 9:10am 2cm
Wednesday 12th December 2018, 9:20am 11cm
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 69cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 69cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 76cm

Good morning from Zao and I have good news... 17cm of fresh snow on the ground. It is colder this morning and with this lighter snow falling the conditions out there should be pretty good this morning.

Things were a bit 'heavy going' yesterday with some rather mild conditions and the snow being affected by that.

If we can get some more today - as per forecast - perhaps more lifts and courses will be opened?

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Lifts and course info:

- Chuo Number 1
- Chuo Number 2
- Mikaeri pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair

- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

* Chuo area part open
* Utopia area part open
* Uwanodai area part open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 25cm
- Paradise area: 35cm
- Chuo area: 50cm
- Utopia area: 50cm
- Uwanodai area: 35cm
- Oomori area: 25cm

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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: 22nd-23rd, 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

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao is part open, hopefully more coming soon...

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 18th December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Tuesday 18th December 2018
(View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 18th 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 Tuesday 18th December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
18th December 17cm 2cm 1cm
17th December 0cm 23cm 17cm
16th December 0cm 0cm 2cm
15th December 4cm 0cm 14cm
14th December 12cm 9cm 11cm
13th December 2cm 18cm 0cm
12th December 11cm 23cm 13cm
Previous 7 days total 46cm 75cm 58cm
Previous 14 days total 69cm 91cm 78cm
November observed snowfall total 7cm 66cm 11cm
December observed snowfall total 69cm 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 76cm 765cm 520cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 18th December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - 7cm
[7cm]
69cm
[76cm]
- - - - -
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
Zao Now reports before Tuesday 18th December 2018
Zao Now reports from the same period last season
Zao Now archived reporting
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