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Furano Now!

Saturday 17th November 2012, 13:36pm
Weather conditions: Snow on upper mountain/rain in the village
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Today was supposed to mark the beginning of Ski Season in Furano, but unfortunately a lingering autumn continues to drag on, making things difficult for snow-making crews. This year marks the latest first snowfall of the season in central Hokkaido since they started keeping records back in 1888. While the upper half of the mountain has seen plenty of snow over the past two weeks, the town below has yet to see a single flurry fly.

The good news is, all that is about to change. It's currently 5 degrees above and raining buckets throughout the town. The upper half of the mountain, barely visible through the low-lying clouds, had plenty of snow on it this morning, putting the rain/snow line at about 600m. A low-pressure system working its way across Hokkaido will continue to dominate the area through the day and on into tomorrow evening. As the front passes through, it will pull in cold, polar air off the continent and all this rain should change to snow sometime tomorrow. Hopefully we'll get a solid base from this, the much-anticipated first snowfall of the season.

Furano is bracing itself for the first taste of winter this season. Everyone is busy putting winter tires on their vehicles, because today very well might be the last throes of autumn.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 17th November 2012, 14:30pm
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Just a quick report today to celebrate the official first day of the 2012/2013 season in Hakuba. Unfortunately, it's raining today but some eager souls have been making their way up on the lifts to get in those first turns of the season.

We are hoping for more snow overnight though and into tomorrow morning so hopefully not too much damage out on the slopes... though it may still be wet down in the village.

Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 and Happo-one plan to be open again today as today.

Going into next week it seems more clearer skies on on the forecast and not much snow to expect. We'll have to see what the plans are for the resorts...   Read more ...

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