Furano Now daily snow and weather - Friday 18th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 12:26pm on Friday 18th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy day today with light snow all morning, now intermittent.
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow falling on the resort but not in town at the moment.
wind condition
Nice and calm day.
Good visibility except on the higher sections of the resort, which are in low cloud.
This report
Friday 18th December 2015, 12:26pm
5cm
Thursday 17th December 2015, 10:42am 10cm
Wednesday 16th December 2015, 9:23am 0cm
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 14:01pm 0cm
Monday 14th December 2015, 10:23am 0cm
Sunday 13th December 2015, 12:25pm 0cm
Saturday 12th December 2015, 11:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 98cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 123cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 215cm

Archive report: Posted at 12:26pm on Friday 18th December 2015
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

Nice snows today in Furano.

But it hasn't accumulated enough to open the Kitanomine Zone today, which is a bugger. Mother Nature is a minx.

The Furano Zone is lovely though, with about 5cm fresh on top. Forecast is for snow tonight and tomorrow so hopefully it will be enough to open the lifts and gondola in Kitanomine Zone and give access to the full resort to snow riders. We shall see.

I've been trying to publish this all day (keep getting distracted) so can reliably report it snowed most of the morning, sunny break in town about midday, and now (2pm) is cloudy and cold. Judging by the clouds over the resort, is snowing up top right now.

Yesterday the resort downgraded their base to 65cm and I have estimated it at 70cm after this snowfall.

Now if you would please indulge me I think it is my duty to try and help readers manage their expectations of their Japanese snow holiday.

I am meeting a lot of visitors in recent days who cancelled their trips to coastal or southern resorts in Japan to ski and board here in Furano. Mostly they are loving it, but some are frustrated and that's a real pity. Mainly it's because they have booked accommodation that isn't ski-in to the Furano Zone and the local busses don't run in that direction until 11am. This frustration seems to snowball into a bit of grief for the trip they cancelled. Not good.

I would never talk anyone out of coming to Furano because I love it. And truthfully, the majority of last minute plan changers I have met are loving it, too. Some might become converts in fact, especially if they discover the backcountry.

But if you make new plans please consider what will make you happy on your holiday. And if ski-in matters to you, the only ski-in at the moment is near the Furano Zone which is near the New Furano Prince Hotel. That is 7km from Furano train station for reference and probably about 4km from Kitanomine Village by roadway.

When the Kitanomine Zone opens, very soon we hope, then anywhere in Kitanomine will be within about a 15 minute walk to the resort.

Photo 1 is Kitanomine Zone today at around 8.45am
Photo 2 is the view from Kitanomine Village back towards Furano Town at the same time.

Archive report: Posted at 12:26pm on Friday 18th December 2015
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

Furano Now ski lift operation notes:

Four lifts operating in the Furano Zone, with full top to bottom access.

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Furano Now observed snowfall data: Recent Furano Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th December 2015
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Furano Now reports up until Friday 18th December 2015
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Furano Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Furano Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 18th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
18th December 5cm 10cm 0cm
17th December 10cm 15cm 0cm
16th December 0cm - 40cm
15th December 0cm - 5cm
14th December 0cm 15cm 40cm
13th December 0cm 2cm 0cm
12th December 0cm 4cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 15cm 48cm 86cm
Previous 14 days total 98cm 56cm 97cm
November observed snowfall total 77cm 15cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 123cm 123cm 155cm
January observed snowfall total - 122cm 174cm
February observed snowfall total - 58cm 92cm
March observed snowfall total - 70cm 105cm
April observed snowfall total - 2cm 35cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 215cm 390cm 591cm
Furano Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th December 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Furano Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 15cm
[15cm]
77cm
[92cm]
123cm
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
-
[215cm]
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
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