Furano Now daily snow and weather - Monday 26th November 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:04am on Monday 26th November 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Monday 26th November 2007
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A warm day yesterday saw the snow pack melt some, and then freeze overnight. Rain is expected at village level this morning, before temperatures drop and turn to snow later in the afternoon. 10-15cm of snow is expected over the next 24 hours.

The Kitanomine Zone which is currently not open has had snow cats grooming it over the weekend, and it looks ready to go. However resort managements line is that they are just 'packing' the snow for a solid snow pack and will be opening in the second week of December.

Previously I had reported on here that the Furano Half pipe that is built for the World Cup will not be constructed this year (because there is no World Cup event). However, on Japanese ski maps advertising the resort it indicates a pipe will be available from mid January under a user pays system.

Some sad news from Tokachidake backcountry.

11 persons were caught in an avalanche a few days ago, 4 persons have been announced dead. The avalanche occurred on Kamihoro Kamettoku, which is the peak towards the volcano mouth to the north of Ryonkaku Onsen. The avalanche was 70m wide, 460m long and between 70cm and 200cm deep and is reported as the biggest avalanche ever for this time of year.

The group caught in the avalanche were not skiers or snowboarders, but members of the Hokkaido branch of the Japan Mountaineering Society and were doing winter climbing.

Currently the Japan Avalanche Network are investigating further, however it is thought that heavy snowfall in the lead up to last weekend, and an unstable snow pack, were contributing factors.

Tokachidake is extreme back country and avalanche prone terrain. All visitors to the region should be warned of the dangers and take appropriate care.

The excitement of the Furano ski resort opening has been tainted by this horrible sad accident.

Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Monday 26th November 2007
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Furano Now ski lift operation notes:

Furano Zone 2 lifts operational: Ropeway and Romance 2. Speis and Zaira courses are open.

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