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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 Length43km
Highest Lift1,661m
Resort Height780m
 Nearest AirportSendai
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The Japanese ski resort of Zao is at an altitude of 780m, with 43km of marked runs.


Zao is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Japan and has direct access to 43km 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 6km long.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Zao?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Zao.

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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 2km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Zao Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,661m
Lowest Piste780m
Resort Altitude (Zao)780m
Max Vertical881m

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.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Zao, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Zao Tourist Office for the latest.

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