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Furano Ski Resort Guide

Furano Ski Resort Guide

Pension Furanui, Furano photo


Photo credit: Mike Banks

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Photo credit: paul arnott

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Latest Snow Report

Issued: 27 Feb

  • Last Snowfall: 27 February 2015
  • Snow Depth (upper): 185 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 125 cm
  • Piste: Excellent
  • Off-piste: Powder

Today’s Weather (727 m)

light snow
25 SSE25
-3 °C F-Level
moderate snow
25 SE25
-2 °C F-Level
light snow
30 NNW30
-3 °C F-Level

Furano (in Japan) is located in the centre of the top island of Hokkaido. It's geographical inland location means it is blessed with excessive quantities of some of the lightest and driest powder snow you may ever experience. The ski area is well developed and has hosted 10 FIS World Cup Ski events and 2 FIS World Cup Snowboard events. Furano has plenty to offer to all levels from beginners to advanced. It has a large vertical drop of 964m. The mountain is beautifully groomed each day, but certain areas are left untouched after fresh snowfalls to provide excellent powder skiing. A wide range of accommodation from backpackers upwards is located close to the pistes. New Furano Prince Hotel and Furano Prince Hotel offer on field ski-in ski-out accommodation. Furano Ski Area is located right next to Furano town, which has a population of 25,000 locals. Furano town is packed full of bars and restaurants offering genuine Japanese food and a cultural experience to go with it. Furano Tourism organises regular cultural nights and events throughout the peak winter season. International guests are well catered for with a dedicated English speaking snow school, a 100 page definitive tourist guide printed in English, and a free Ski Host service where you get a free tour of the mountain and make friends with a local.

Resorts close to Furano include: Ashibetsu (25 km), Minami Furano (26 km), Shirogane Ski Highland Parkhill Valley (26 km), Biei Chomin (28 km), Kamisunagawadake Kokusai (30 km),

Furano ski chalets, resort hotel accomodation and ski lodging Furano Chalets, Ski Hotels & Lodging

Furano Location Maps

Furano Location Map

All Furano Resort Stats

Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 23
  • Beginner: 40%
  • Intermediate: 40%
  • Advanced: 20%
  • Cross-country: 6 km
  • Snowmaking: 10%
  • Acres of ski: 470
  • Terrain Parks: 1
  • Halfpipes: 0


  • Restaurants: 4
  • Bars: 1
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 964 m


  • Chairlifts: 8
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 2
  • Toplift: m


  • Season opens: 7 Dec 2014
  • Season closes: 6 May 2015

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Information supplied 24 Sep 2010

Visitor Reviews of Furano

Matt from Australia writes:

When it snows you don't need to duck the ropes to find powder but get a guide to take you backcountry and you will need to order skis. Amazing place: great food in the town down below and amazing skiing. If you want somewhere where English is widely spoken and you can get pizza for dinner go to Niseko. Come here to enjoy and participate in the Japanese culture. Been coming for six years and love the place although unimpressed with the increasing number of Australians wandering around drinking beer from cans in public and swearing loudly in the gondolas. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we are uncultured.
Kitanomine side is my pick for both the best snow and food but it is harder to get first tracks than on the Furano side which has a larger gondola.

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City Forecasts
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city forecasts
Shimo-furano, Japan 2 km
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Surf Breaks
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surf forecast
Livadia, Russia 790 km
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Patrokl, Russia 843 km
Choshi, Japan 859 km
Torami, Japan 900 km

Resorts and Mountain Peaks Surrounding Furano

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Mountain Peaks
Closest to Furano

mountain forecasts
Mount Ashibetsu, Japan 13 km
Mount Hachimori (Yubari), Japan 17 km
Mount Furano, Japan 23 km
Mount Kamihorokamettoku, Japan 26 km
Tokachi, Japan 27 km