Furano Now daily snow and weather - Monday 9th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:33am on Monday 9th January 2017
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This report
Monday 9th January 2017, 9:33am
Saturday 7th January 2017, 9:26am 5cm
Friday 6th January 2017, 10:55am 0cm
Thursday 5th January 2017, 9:09am 0cm
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 9:11am 1cm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 11:07am 0cm
Monday 2nd January 2017, 9:06am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 10cm
Last 14 reports (total): 42cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 11cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 299cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

It is the start of a new week and the week ahead looks like it will deliver the goods in terms of snow. The snow hasn't started yet, but from today through until Saturday, continuous snow is forecast and we should see substantial accumulations on the mountain each day. There will be some strong winds mid week on Wednesday and Thursday.

Today conditions are overcast, but visibility is very good. Winds around the village are moderate and higher up the resort they will be strong in exposed places. Unfortunately the wind has meant that the operation of Kitanomine Gondola has been put on hold until the winds receed. While you wont find any new snow on the ground this morning there is plenty on the way.

Unfortunately we were unable to upload a report yesterday, so the 3cm of snow that fell yesterday is in this report today.


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This message is being posted on all the daily Now pages on SnowJapan today. It does not apply to any one report in particular - we just wanted everyone reading our reports to see it.

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to everyone. And thank you for using SnowJapan and reading our reports. We are always really excited to see how many people read them every day; it’s in the tens of thousands of people. We hope you like them, and are enjoying the new content we developed for this season.

We’re even more excited when it snows.

And we can hardly contain ourselves when it snows like crazy. That is what us long-term residents of Japan consider to be the norm here.

Continuing on from last season, the first part of this winter season in Japan has obviously not been classic in terms of snowfall – far from it in many regions - but we are still very hopeful that the Nihon-rashii (Japan-like) heavy and consistent snowfall will arrive.

When it happens, it really is truly something to be in awe of.

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Unfortunately, when snow conditions are less than perfect some people do take issue with our position regarding reports. Sadly, it is a fact that there are some folk out there who would prefer that true conditions not be known - they would prefer people to believe snow conditions are always close to what the marketing blurb says, whatever the actual reality is. At times, we have been asked by businesses to ‘avoid mentioning the rain’ and to ‘sugar-coat the conditions’, as well as receiving more forceful requests that border on demands.

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(Which would you prefer?)

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Just a few further related points while we are here.

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Posting a report every single day - day in and day out, without a day off, for over five months - is a considerable commitment and a real responsibility. If a report appears later than usual, or a report is missed, or is shorter than usual, etc… we’re sorry, but sometimes it might happen. The people posting the reports are indeed real humans with their own lives, and sometimes circumstance might get in the way. (If a report is missed we’ll try to post a backdated report - when possible and especially when there was snowfall).

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We want nothing better than to be able to report consistent and large amounts of snowfall falling on the Japanese mountains with excellent conditions everywhere.

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Here’s to a fine rest of the season.

Thank you for reading.

Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

Furano Now ski lift operation notes:

Lift operation times are expected to be...

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-15:20pm.
Furano Downhill Romance #2 chairlift 8:40am-15:20pm.
Furano Downhill Romance #3 chairlift 9:00am-15:20pm.
Prince Romance chairlift 8:30am-16:30pm.
Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-19:30pm

Kitanomine Gondola ***ON HOLD DUE TO STRONG WIND***
Kitanomine Swift Lift #1 8:30am-19:30pm.
Kitanomine Romance Lift #2 8:45am-15:20pm.
Link Lift 9:00am-15:30pm

(Actual operation and times may change without notification and be different from the above information).

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th January 2017
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(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 Monday 9th January 2017
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 Monday 9th January 2017
9th January 3cm 11cm 5cm
7th January 5cm 5cm 15cm
6th January 0cm 5cm 0cm
5th January 0cm 30cm 2cm
4th January 1cm 12cm 10cm
3rd January 0cm 16cm 5cm
2nd January 1cm 24cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 10cm 88cm 57cm
Previous 14 days total 42cm 212cm 84cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 77cm 15cm
December observed snowfall total 178cm 295cm 123cm
January observed snowfall total 11cm 187cm 122cm
February observed snowfall total - 178cm 58cm
March observed snowfall total - 83cm 70cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 299cm 835cm 390cm
Furano Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th January 2017
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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 110cm
- - - -
2015/2016 season 15cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season - 30cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
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