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Furano Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Furano region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 11:08am on Sunday 9th May 2021
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Sunday 9th May 2021, 11:08am
Monday 26th April 2021, 8:09am 0cm
Monday 19th April 2021, 8:24am 0cm
Saturday 17th April 2021, 10:29am 0cm
Thursday 15th April 2021, 8:16am 3cm
Wednesday 14th April 2021, 8:42am 0cm
Friday 9th April 2021, 6:55am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 3cm
Last 14 reports (total): 10cm
Current month (September 2021) total: 0cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 649cm

The 2020-21 ski season has come to an end in Furano so it is a good time for a little reflection.

The season will mostly be remembered for the effect of Covid on visitor numbers to the resort. While overnight guest numbers were significantly impacted there were still visitors to the resort, as well as locals and day trippers from other towns and cities in Hokkaido. The carparks at base area were typically full on weekends and public holidays.

In terms of snow, it turned out to be quite a high snowfall year with a total of 644cm of snow recorded. It is important to note this is measured in the Kitanomine ski village and not on the mountain itself. The amount of new snow on the ski resort itself will almost always be significantly higher than the daily New Snowfall number.

Looking at the months in terms of snowfall; November had lower than usual snowfall at 48cm, December was exceptional at 241cm, January was a little lower than normal at 94cm, February was one of the highest snowfalls of recent years at 178cm, and March was also a good month at 83cm.

The snow is all melted away around the resort now, and the brown under the snow is now turning into the vivid green of spring season.

Furano Now will be back later in the year around October to start reporting in the build up to the 2021-22 winter. Here's hoping boarders will have reopened by then and we are on the way back to normality.


End of season general message from SnowJapan
This message is being posted on all of the Now daily reports

First of all, we hope that you and yours are keeping well.

What another strange season 2020-2021 has been.

In terms of snow and conditions, the story of the season can be found in the respective reports. Each region had its own story, of course, but it was certainly great to be able to get back to reporting some heavy snowfall this time round. Spring did once again seem to arrive earlier than we would like, but those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the snow were able to experience some very fine conditions.


Ski areas around Japan made various efforts to deal with the covid-19 situation and while there were some changes to operations here and there, most were able to open for the season. Some ski areas and regions have been affected more than others, but it’s probably safe to say that is has been a challenging period for pretty much everyone involved. In particular, destinations that have enjoyed a lot of foreign visitors in recent years have probably felt a big shock.

Perhaps inevitably, there has been a generally more subdued atmosphere and feel to the season.


We made a few decisions before the winter started.

Unfortunately, it was getting obvious that international travel restrictions would be preventing people from entering Japan over the 2020-2021 season. And it was clearly going to be a great disappointment to many.

Even so, we wanted to keep SnowJapan updated as close to normal as possible. We asked our reporters to mention ‘the news’ when it seemed appropriate, but not to dwell on it too much. After all, people are not coming to SnowJapan to read about covid every day. We hope we got that difficult balance right.

Daily reports and updates are an important part of the site. They are popular with people while they are visiting Japan, but people also read our archive reports to see how previous seasons turned out and to make comparisons. Indeed, this last season we have noticed that a lot of you have been following from overseas – even if you weren’t able to come and enjoy the snow in person.

We would like to say a big public thank you to the reporters who did another fine job covering the 2020-2021 winter season on SnowJapan, in some challenging circumstances. Thanks to those efforts, we have another full season of data to add to our records.

Hopefully that information will continue to be of value to people making plans for a future visit to Japan.


The world knows much more about covid-19 in May 2021 than it did in April 2020, but in some ways we end this season with some of the same questions we were asking last year…

Everyone wants to know what the situation will be in six months’ time. There’s definitely brighter wider news and reasons to be positive, but big questions remain on how ‘open’ Japan might be for overseas visitors by the time the snow starts falling again.

No-one knows, of course.

Like last year, all we can do is try to keep a positive mindset and hope that progress will be made, and that overseas friends will be able to visit once again.

Looking Ahead

Whatever happens regarding the international travel situation, SnowJapan plans to be here reporting the 2021-2022 winter season.

2020-2021 might now be over, but as usual we are busy working on various stuff for the future. We’ll let you know what we’re up to later in the year.

In the meantime, if you are interested in old ski areas from the past around Japan, the SnowJapanHistory (www.snowjapanhistory.com) website will continue to be updated regularly. Over there you can find details on over 160 ski areas, including at least one that closed back in the 1960s (!)

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and your support. If you want to get in touch, as always you can contact us using this form.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe… and we’ll see you later in the year.

(Hopefully with good news!)

Furano Now ski lift operation notes:

Closed for the 2020-221 season.

Monday 26th April 2021
As the hot summer approaches - a few thoughts and an update on what we are up to at the moment

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Furano Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Furano Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 9th May 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Furano Now reports up until Sunday 9th May 2021
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Furano Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 9th May 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Furano Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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*as of Sunday 9th May 2021
9th May 0cm - -
26th April 0cm - -
19th April 0cm - 0cm
17th April 0cm - 0cm
15th April 3cm - -
14th April 0cm - -
9th April 0cm 2cm -
Previous 7 days total 3cm 8cm 13cm
Previous 14 days total 10cm 13cm 16cm
November observed snowfall total 48cm 84cm 69cm
December observed snowfall total 241cm 91cm 200cm
January observed snowfall total 94cm 114cm 147cm
February observed snowfall total 178cm 98cm 81cm
March observed snowfall total 83cm 20cm 17cm
April observed snowfall total 5cm 8cm 16cm
May observed snowfall total 0cm - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 649cm 415cm 530cm
Furano Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 9th May 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Furano Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - 48cm
2019/2020 season - 84cm
2018/2019 season - 69cm
2017/2018 season 7cm
2016/2017 season - 110cm
2015/2016 season 15cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season - 30cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
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Furano Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Furano Now by clicking on the month