Furano Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th January 2018

Furano Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Furano (Hokkaido), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 12:03pm on Friday 5th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 5th January 2018, 12:03pm
4cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 7:52am 12cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:46am 0cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 8:01am 4cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 7:52am 0cm
Friday 29th December 2017, 8:03am 2cm
Thursday 28th December 2017, 7:53am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 75cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 20cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 358cm

Archive report: Posted at 12:03pm on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

The crowds seem to be building up in the resort with a decent wait necessary to get onto the Kitanomine lifts this morning. The good news is that there was about 4cm of new snow in the village and double that at the top of the resort, making for some great powder conditions on the trails. The light snow continues to fall so we will probably see another couple of centimetres build up on the ground through the day. It was cloudy at the top this morning down to about the halfway mark but that may lift anytime. The weekend looks to be similar to today in terms of weather, but Monday may see temperatures rise to positives and some rain in the village.

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Your questions answered!
Why don’t your daily reports appear earlier?


* Please note: this is an re-worked and updated version of a message that was posted during last season.

To answer this question properly, it is important that everyone understands that SnowJapan is not a ski resort operator. Our daily reports are not official ski resort reports. We are an independent website. Our daily reports are not commissioned by anyone and no business influences the content of our reports. (In fact, some businesses do not like our reports - especially when it is raining, and we say so - but that’s a different story). Data within the report does not get updated automatically - we do a lot of manual checking ourselves every morning.

If we did own and operate a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post snow reports as early as possible each morning. We would report how much new snow has fallen on the upper slopes and base, weather conditions, lift operations and snow depth. We would also have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. And we’d make sure that those webcams were backed up with adequate bandwidth to keep them working properly. We think it is probably reasonable to think that ski resorts might ideally be doing the above things for their customers.

But... as I said, we do not own or operate a ski resort.

The fact is, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning information updates after 8am - and in some cases, it is actually (much) later than that.

Our daily reports are generally a mix of observed snowfall data, observed weather conditions, personal comments about what is going on - as well as information/data that has been manually checked from official ski resort sources. This is all in the interest of creating interesting and as-detailed-as-possible reports.

If we posted our daily reports much earlier than we currently do (for example at 7am as someone suggested) reports would be missing what we consider to be important information. For example, we would often not be able to include things like how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting, or news of any ski lift disruption at the start of the day. Things like that.

Rather than simply being a very early morning report mainly for the benefit of people who are going to be queuing for the first ski lift of the day, we like to think of the SnowJapan daily reports more as a season-long ongoing commentary,

The reality is of course that people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and preparing to hit the first lifts of the day can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside the window when they get up, asking accommodation staff and/or checking out official resort sites etc.

If we posted our daily reports mostly for the benefit of those first lift people - who very likely only account for a very small percentage of the total number of people reading the reports - they would not be as good or detailed as they are.

So, bottom line, we strongly feel that our way of doing things makes for better all-round reports.

One more very important thing.

There’s also the people who write the reports and their circumstances to consider. There is of course human effort involved in creating the reports. In particular the reports that cover wider areas - for example Niseko, Hakuba, Yuzawa - take quite a bit of time to put together every morning. Checking information, updating data, writing the report, checking…

The people who are doing this are not ski resort employees doing this as part of their job.

They probably need some coffee before posting. (Toast in some cases).

They may need to dig themselves out of their home if it is snowing heavily.

And they may need to see to any number of circumstances that life throws at them on any given morning.

So please keep all that in mind.

We aim to get the reports online as early as we can on every morning throughout the winter season. But there may be times when the perfect plan is not possible.

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There are many people new to SnowJapan using the site again this season and we are experiencing some very heavy traffic. People from all over the world are using the site. That is of course a really great thing and we warmly welcome everyone who is new to SnowJapan; as well as old friends. Thanks for visiting!

We are aware that we do some things in our own unique way, and we kind of like that. You’ll probably get used to it if you stick around.

If you wish to send us any comments, you can do so here. But please be aware that we are not able to answer specific questions about ski resorts, travel, accommodation and the like. That would be a full time job in itself!

Thank you for reading and all the best for the New Year.

Archive report: Posted at 12:03pm on Friday 5th January 2018
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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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Furano Now observed snowfall data: Recent Furano Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Furano Now reports up until Friday 5th January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Furano Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Furano Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2017/2018
*as of Friday 5th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
5th January 4cm 0cm 30cm
4th January 12cm 1cm 12cm
2nd January 0cm 1cm 24cm
1st January 4cm 1cm 10cm
30th December 0cm 8cm 4cm
29th December 2cm 0cm 16cm
28th December 5cm 2cm 41cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 24cm 99cm
Previous 14 days total 75cm 77cm 219cm
November observed snowfall total 125cm 110cm 77cm
December observed snowfall total 206cm 178cm 295cm
January observed snowfall total 20cm 126cm 187cm
February observed snowfall total - 132cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 73cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 358cm 636cm 835cm
Furano Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2017/2018 season 7cm
[7cm]
125cm
[132cm]
206cm
[338cm]
20cm
[358cm]
-
[358cm]
-
[358cm]
-
[358cm]
-
[358cm]
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 5th January 2018
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