Furano Now daily snow and weather - Friday 31st January 2020

Furano Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:01am on Friday 31st January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Foggy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Moderate wind
visibility condition
Limited
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Friday 31st January 2020, 7:01am
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Thursday 30th January 2020, 7:48am 0cm
Wednesday 29th January 2020, 6:53am 0cm
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 7:29am 0cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 7:27am 2cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 7:07am 5cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:43am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 10cm
Last 14 reports (total): 43cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 114cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 289cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:01am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

There are moderate to strong winds on the mountain at the moment, along with light snow. Cloudy is rolling right down to the lower slopes and visibility looks like it will be limited until this lifts. It is clearer to the east with views of the Daisetsuzan Mountains this morning. Yesterday was warm and there were snow conditions on the lower slopes approaching spring snow. The warmth seems to have thinned the snow pack in some places with brown starting to show through, particularly in high traffic areas.

Operating lifts:

Kitanomine Gondola
Kitanomine Romance Chair
Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine Snow Escalator
Link lift

Furano Ropeway
Furano Downhill chair #1
Furano Downhill chair #2
Furano Downhill chair #3
Prince Romance chair
Furano Snow Escalator

Kitanomine Zone: Open
Furano Zone: Open

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Another message from SnowJapan

This general message is being posted on all our daily reports.
It is not specific to one report or region.


Thank you to everyone who contacted us after the general message we posted in these reports a few days ago (and can also be found here)

It’s great to hear from people, and of course it makes us happy to hear so many messages of support. In the feedback, some questions and comments were brought up—and we would like to answer them in public. Here goes:

About 'official snow depth'

The “official snow depth” numbers displayed on our site come from the ski resorts themselves. The resorts provide their figure to a service, and SnowJapan has an agreement with that service so that we can display these figures. The numbers come as is - without details or explanations - and we have no control over them.

As far as we know, there are no rules or guidelines dictating where the ski resorts take their number from. The top? Middle? Base? Some spot where the wind piles up snow? We just don’t know, so, basically, we all must rely on their honesty.

Over the years, we have learned that many ski resorts are honest in their reporting, with realistic numbers and good information on other conditions. We like and respect that.

Other are…let’s be positive and say, “too optimistic”. There is a lot of exaggeration, if not outright falsehoods. We don’t like that.

A reader recently reported that, while our official number from a resort said 70cm, they discovered on arrival that there was just one run open with artificial snow. Of course, we are very sorry to hear that, and we know how upsetting that is. As we have previously noted, we’re skiers/boarders, too.

Our policy is to always be honest in what we do. With the official figures we’re reporting what you’ll see on each resort’s website and the figures posted by local tourist office and other organizations. That’s why we always tag them as “official snow depth”.

So, what is SnowJapan doing about this?

You’ll note that our reporters filing the Now daily reports do sometimes comment when the official figures are a bit questionable.

We think that the official figures do have meaning and value and we can’t be selective in which resorts we post. It’s all or none. We take them all in and provide them to you.

Perhaps think of them as a suggestion, to be taken with a healthy dose of salt. Take a look at other areas in the region and compare - knowing, though, that the terrain and location can make for very different snow conditions in relatively small areas.

Furthermore, it is often quite interesting to compare the official snow depth numbers with other seasons.

Observed snowfall

The ‘observed snowfall’ figure is 100-percent SnowJapan. Our reporters get out there and measure the snowfall they are seeing at base level. Not at the top of the hill or in a secret stash.

People in slightly different areas (in the same region) are sometimes going to see differences. That’s natural and unavoidable; and we’re not claiming that our reports are definitive or perfect.

But we stand by all our numbers.

Requests for specific recommendations

People often write to ask questions such as, “Should I cancel my planned trip to A and change to B?”

Because we wish to remain unbiased and fair, we strongly feel that it is not our place to make this kind of recommendation of one resort over another. Our independence is what lets us give you solid, unbiased information. We keep that kind of opinion to ourselves.

There is limited advertising on SnowJapan. Our website is an extremely effective place to reach large numbers of skiers and snowboarders who are interested in good information about Japan. But any company or organisation who joins us in that respect is told very clearly upfront that doing so gives them no editorial influence. There’s no exceptions to that and it is a fundamental part of our concept.

Requests for detailed information

People write in often - sometimes more than 50 mails a day - to ask about specific ski resorts, transportation, ski schools, accommodations, etc. Sometimes they are detailed requests to assist with bookings of hotels or ski lessons, or requests for detailed bus and train timetables. (And sometimes, I might add, without even a please or a thank you!)

We simply can’t provide this kind of information. Local tourist associations, booking firms, etc. are all geared to providing information and helping match your needs with services and organizations. We simply aren’t. Just running our website and collecting information from across the Japan ski world and posting it for you is more than a full-time job. (It feels like even more so than usual in this low-snow year!)

As we note on our Contact form, we can’t answer specific questions. We certainly don’t mean to be rude when we don’t answer to questions sent to us, but we aren’t able to respond and still be unbiased…. or get our work done!

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks again and we hope you will keep reading SnowJapan and letting others know about us.

Comments are welcome - we’re always trying to improve and it’s just good to hear from you, even if it’s just a quick ‘hi’.

Archive report: Posted at 7:01am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

Furano Now ski lift operation notes:

Kitanomine Zone: Open
Furano Zone: Open

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Furano Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Furano Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Furano Now reports up until Friday 31st January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Furano Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Furano Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Friday 31st January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
31st January 0cm 7cm 0cm
30th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
29th January 0cm 10cm 10cm
28th January 0cm 0cm 2cm
27th January 2cm 0cm 20cm
26th January 5cm 0cm 5cm
25th January 3cm - 0cm
Previous 7 days total 10cm 31cm 37cm
Previous 14 days total 43cm 73cm 84cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 69cm 125cm
December observed snowfall total 91cm 200cm 206cm
January observed snowfall total 114cm 147cm 151cm
February observed snowfall total - 81cm 117cm
March observed snowfall total - 17cm 59cm
April observed snowfall total - 16cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 289cm 530cm 666cm
Furano Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Furano Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 84cm
[84cm]
91cm
[175cm]
114cm
[289cm]
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 69cm
[69cm]
200cm
[269cm]
147cm
[416cm]
81cm
[497cm]
17cm
[514cm]
16cm
[530cm]
0cm
[530cm]
2017/2018 season 7cm
[7cm]
125cm
[132cm]
206cm
[338cm]
151cm
[489cm]
117cm
[606cm]
59cm
[665cm]
1cm
[666cm]
0cm
[666cm]
2016/2017 season - 110cm
[110cm]
178cm
[288cm]
126cm
[414cm]
132cm
[546cm]
73cm
[619cm]
17cm
[636cm]
0cm
[636cm]
2015/2016 season 15cm
[15cm]
77cm
[92cm]
295cm
[387cm]
187cm
[574cm]
178cm
[752cm]
83cm
[835cm]
0cm
[835cm]
0cm
[835cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
123cm
[138cm]
122cm
[260cm]
58cm
[318cm]
70cm
[388cm]
2cm
[390cm]
0cm
[390cm]
2013/2014 season - 30cm
[30cm]
155cm
[185cm]
174cm
[359cm]
92cm
[451cm]
105cm
[556cm]
35cm
[591cm]
0cm
[591cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
69cm
[69cm]
162cm
[231cm]
130cm
[361cm]
152cm
[513cm]
219cm
[732cm]
19cm
[751cm]
0cm
[751cm]
  October November December January February March April May
Furano Now reports before Friday 31st January 2020
Furano Now reports from the same period last season
Furano Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Furano Now by clicking on the month