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Zao Ski Resort Guide

Zao, Japan

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length43km27 miles
Highest Lift1,661m5,449ft
Resort Height780m2,559ft
 Nearest AirportSendai
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The Japanese ski resort of Zao is at an altitude of 780m2,559ft, with 43km27 miles of marked runs.


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


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


Zao offers some good boarding.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Zao is 6km4 miles long.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Zao?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm1in, expected on 6 December, with around 4cm2in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Zao

Ski Area Stats

Zao Ski Area

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


Zao Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,661m5,449ft
Lowest Piste780m2,559ft
Resort Altitude (Zao)780m2,559ft
Max Vertical881m2,890ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Zao
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Zao?

This ski resort is in Miyagi, Japan.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Zao is Sendai, 128 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 42 ski lifts are able to uplift 54,084 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Zao open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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