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  1. (FURANO) Ski & Snowboard School Information on Furano Snow Tours in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/furano-snow-tours
  2. Hi, Travelling ( directly) from Australia to Furano ( via New Chitose) next Friday. just tried on my skipants and they are pretty tight ( Oh dear!). Nearest ski store here would be Newcastle 3 hours drive away and I’m working all next week. Am I going to be able buy ( or rent) Au women’s size 16 ( ouch) pants in Kitanomine? ( I’ve been to Furano several times before although not for a few years and I don’t recall much in the way of ski shops , somewhat surprisingly) Anyone know the answer?
  3. Asking for a friend who will visit there in January; does anyone know of specific ATMS in the Furano area that accept overseas credit cards for JPY cash withdrawal? Thanks for any info.
  4. Donahue Cheung

    Furano in 2019 mid-March

    Hello everyone, I will be in Furano this March 18th for 1-2 day. This is the first time I'd ever come to Hokkaido as well as Japan. Could you please help me, let me know that how is snow/weather... status at that time. I really want to enjoy the snow, but don't want to pass the time when snow begin to melt. Thank you so much!
  5. Hi! Going to be visiting Japan next winter and the plan as it stands now is Furano. Just wondering: are there ski hills that are realistically within reach of Furano for day trips? I see there are a few places quite close by but they are tiny. Any of larger size that are reasonable to do a day trip on? We plan to be renting a car so we will be mobile! Thanks for any tips.
  6. I have been to Niseko a few times over the years - first time well over 20 years ago! - but never made it to Furano and I do want to try it out maybe next season. For people who have been to Niseko, how would you rate Furano in comparison? Keen to hear any such thoughts.
  7. Accommodation Information on Wonderland Furano in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/wonderland-furano
  8. Accommodation Information on Tsuru Apartments in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/tsuru-apartments
  9. Accommodation Information on Bliss & Bless Furano in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/pension-snow-crystal
  10. Accommodation Information on New Furano Prince Hotel in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/new-furano-prince-hotel
  11. Accommodation Information on Fuyunoki in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/fuyunoki
  12. Accommodation Information on Furano Natulux Hotel in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/furano-natulux-hotel
  13. Accommodation Information on Forest View in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/forest-view
  14. Accommodation Information on Bliss & Bless Furano in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/hokkaido/furano/bliss-and-bless-furano
  15. Hello! It's been a long time between postings for me, but I hope I can ask your collective advice! I'm hoping to head back up to Japan early March for 10 to 14 days of skiing, and wondering what my best options might be: I'm currently thinking of going to Furano (I've never been before), as it seems fairly affordable and has a good reputation for snow, but how is it, typically, in March? Last two trips have been to Niseko, which was remarkable for snow in mid-March; before that, I was living in Tokyo and could escape to Yuzawa as conditions looked good. Any suggestions?
  16. We arrived at New Chitose airport on the 14th, got on the bus to Furano. While we were on the bus, the weather started closing in, and it started to snow. The closer we got to Furano, the heavier the snow was falling. We got ourselves settled in at our accommodation, had some miso ramen for dinner, and fell asleep, exhausted after 18 hrs of travel. We woke up to the sight of fresh snow blanketing everything, and the sound of trucks, all loaded with snow, about 1 truck every 2 minutes. A quick walk to the 7-11 for some supplies, then into our boots and onto the shuttle to the Furano zone. Day 1 was definitely a warm up day, however there was boot deep powder just off the groomers, plenty still untouched after lunch. The snow was light and dry, although some of the locals were saying that it was slightly heavier than normal. There were light snow showers on and off through the day. We concentrated on the runs on the lower half of the Furano zone the first day. We finished the day with an onsen and then dinner in Furano town, at a little noodle place, some of the best food of the trip. I can’t remember what the restaurant was called unfortunately. Day 2 we had a private lesson, we brushed up on our technique while exploring more of the Furano zone. Really enjoyed the runs from the top pair lift. No fresh snow this day, however there was still some untouched powder off the sides of the groomers in the morning. This was all pretty trashed by lunchtime. We really noticed how quiet Furano is today, being a Monday, there was significantly fewer people than the day before, not that the Sunday crowd seemed to be particularly busy to us. Once again we finished the day with an onsen, then we had dinner at the restaurant at our accommodation, Duck, ham and salmon, salad, and furano wine jelly for desert. Day 3 the sun came out for most of the day, once again no new snow. After a few runs from the top pair lift on the Furano side, we took the link run down to Kitanomine zone. The top of the link run has some uphill sections, for snowboarders you need a lot of speed to make these, we ended up having to skate about 100 metres before we could strap in again. The link run is very fun once you are past the flat/uphill section, some good reasonably steep sections and some fun snow banks off the side, probably one of my favourite runs on the mountain. Unfortunately, the run from the bottom of the link lift to the kitanomine gondola is very flat in sections and by this stage it was showing how out of shape we are and our quads were getting very sore through these flat sections. We took the gondola up to the top of the kitanomine side and rode back down to the link lift. The Kitanomine zone can be broken up into 3 sections, the top section is quite steep and narrow, the middle sction is a nice constant gradient, and the bottom is quite flat in places. For our level of riding, the Kitanomine side was not as good as the Furano side. If you were getting into the off piste, ducking ropes etc, there is probably more scope for this on the Kitanomine side though. We finished the day by meeting up with Kokodoko for a beer, then headed out for dinner in the Kitanomine villiage. It was good to put a face to the name. Day 4 we had organised another private lesson, this time on the Kitanomine side. There had been about 5 – 10 cm of fresh snow, and it snowed continuously through the day, big fat snowflakes, getting slowly heavier as the day went on. We got the cable car up the Furano side and rode down to the Kitanomine side to meet the instructor for our lesson. There was about 5 cm of fresh snow on top of the groomed snow down the link run, and this was probably the best run we had the whole trip as not many people had been down the link run yet, so it was nice and smooth. On the lesson we worked on carving turns. By the end of the lesson, I had improved my carving turns quite a lot. I am starting to ride a lot faster while staying in control. After we finished riding, we finished the day with an onsen, then dinner at the Izakaya at our accommodation. Observations about Furano: We were staying halfway between the Kitanomine and Furano zones, so we needed to get a shuttle there and back each day. This actually proved to be a good thing as we found that we liked the Furano zone much better than the Kitanomine zone. The only disadvantage was eating out in the evenings required a 15 minute walk or approx. 700 yen taxi to Kitanomine, 1200 yen taxi to Furano town. Furano zone has less flat / uphill sections, and narrow cat track type parts than Kitanomine. The premium zone on Kitanomine side did not open at all while we were there due to a large crack in the snow, so we were not able to check this out. Had this been open, we may have felt differently about the Kitanomine zone. The runs off the top pair lift on the Furano side are split in half, one side steep fast groomers, the other side ungroomed bumps / powder stashes. Further down the mountain, there are plenty of powder stashes off the sides of the piste without having to duck ropes, plenty more easily accessible stashes if you are willing to duck ropes without necessarily having to go into the trees. Most of the forested areas, the trees are very tight, under some of the lifts it appears that there are creeks and streams just under the surface of the snow. We saw plenty of tracks in the off piste areas, but not many people. Even 2 days after fresh snow, it appeared that there are still fresh tracks to be had in the off piste, however access through the trees could be difficult. Plenty of people were ducking the ropes. Some of the people where we were staying got caught, names taken down by ski patrol and given a warning, but no-one had their lift tickets taken from them as far as I am aware. For us, 4 days was plenty of time, if we had stayed longer I would have wanted to visit some of the other resorts in the region. Pics to follow.
  17. Today was my first day on snow this season, and I'm quite pleased to report it was a good one. After solid snowfalls Sunday night through Tuesday, Furano was able to open a portion of the Furano Area, with the Spies, Sailer and Shirakaba courses open. With just the gondola servicing the upper slopes, and one pair lift in operation, lift queues were long and the runs were short, but getting to sample November pow made it entirely worthwhile. Apologies for the Iphone photos. Next time I'll take my camera. Hopefully the blizzard forecast for tomorrow dumps enough to get more runs open at Furano, and enough to get Kurodake open, because that's where I'll be heading this weekend.
  18. Hey I was in Niseko a few seasons back and we are considering going to Japan again. I think we want to check out Niseko again but also some other place(s). Looks like Rusutsu can be done from Niseko, but Furano is further right? Using public transportation, what sort of time are we looking at taken from Niseko to Furano? Anyone give me an idea? Cheers


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