°F / in / ft / miles°C / cm / m / km

Zao - Ski Area Guide

Zao, Japan

Ski Resort - 43km27 miles of Piste (780m2,559ft to 1,661m5,449ft). Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

One of Japan's most famous resorts, based on the lovely old spa-town of Zao. Beautiful scenery and friendly skiing with a traditional feel and atmosphere.

 Zao Snow News

The next notable snow forecast for Zao is 2cm1in, expected on 21 February.

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Who is Zao good for?

Ratings for Zao
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Zao Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Zao
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 5 2km1 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2216km10 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3325km16 miles
Number of runs
Total Length
43km27 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Zao Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Zao
Max Vertical881m2,890ft
Highest Lift1,661m5,449ft
Lowest Piste780m2,559ft
Resort Altitude (Zao)780m2,559ft
°F / in / ft / miles°C / cm / m / km

Zao Summary

The Japanese Ski Resort of Zao is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Japan and has direct access to 43km27 miles of downhill skiing, with 60 individual pistes, served by 42 ski lifts.

Skiing in Zao

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Zao

Zao offers some good boarding.

Zao in brief

Zao Ski Resort is:
Good for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Very good for Beginners.
Ok for Snowboarding.

Zao Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Zao.

Usual opening - Early Dec.

Usual closing - Late April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Zao.

Where is Zao?

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Zao Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 42 Ski Lifts of Zao are able to uplift 54,084 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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