Current weather conditions:
The early cloud burned off and it was bluebird for a while, but now partly cloudy.
No snow falling at the moment.
There was a light breeze this morning.
Temperature (mountain top):
Winter has certainly arrived in Furano
And it's as if she never left. If you have come to ski Furano in the past, I can tell you that today it looks like it always looks. The snow clearers have been out, the footpaths already have stacked snow along them, the parking lots around town are cleared, and life is going on as normal, as if nothing even happened. Furano locals are clearly very good at this.
On the mountain, the resort would have benefited from the 30 or so centimetres that fell at the base in Kitanomine Village. We are seeking updated numbers from the resort, but the beauty of Japan is they really don't worry about measuring such things. At least in Furano they don't. A lot of snow is a lot of snow. Once the ski season gets going, what really matters in Furano, because the snow is dry here in the centre of Hokkaido, is whether or not there is any fresh to play in off piste or in the nearby back country. Today there most certainly is fresh snow. My family went up to Tokachi Dake this morning for some turns.
At about 7am it was -5 degrees at Kitanomine Village, so about -9 or -10 atop the resort.
Photo 1 is Furano Resort Kitanomine Zone this morning. Phot0 2 is a flag showing the light breeze and the clear view to Tokachi Dake (across Furano town).
Furano Now ski lift operation notes:
NA but we are hoping they might be ready on November 28, the arbitrary date set at the end of last season.