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Furano Ski Resort Guide

Furano Ski Resort Guide

Pension Furanui, Furano photo


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Latest Snow Report

Issued: 30 Jan

  • Last Snowfall: 30 January 2015
  • Snow Depth (upper): 180 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 120 cm
  • Piste: Good
  • Off-piste: Varied

Today’s Weather (727 m)

light snow
40 NNW40
-9 °C F-Level
snow showers
35 NNW35
-11 °C F-Level
light snow
45 NNW45
-10 °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

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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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Visitor Reviews of Furano

Powdah to the People from Australia writes:

Furano grows on you. We ended up with positive reflections on this place, as a whole. Like many snow fields in Hokkaido, it needs new snow to keep the skiing interesting. There are lots of flats and basically the bottom half of the mountain is no more than gentle cruise. The snow quality can be ridiculously good. In fact, on some powder days it was almost too light and no one needs fat/powder skis here (note: the gondola does not easily accommodate more than mid fat skis). Aside from the "Premium" run (great with every new snowfall)', the Kitonomine side is rather lacking. Unfortunately, they limit the opening hours of the ""Premium" area so that after 2pm you're done. The Giant run offers something but it is short. The "romance" chairs scattered around this hill are just too slow. The lift infrastructure and more specifically the layout isn't the greatest especially for young kids at the bottom of Kitonomine area. Furano side struck me as having a slightly better layout and fall line runs. I rate this side better for kids that are learning or improving. Nothing notable about the night skiing, it's all very tame with nothing challenging accessible. Rope ducking was tolerated and I didn't experience or witness any rigid ski patrol. Food is typical Japan resort fare. It's tasty and wholesome and there are a variety of places in town and at Kitonomine (limited options at the New Prince complex, however). We stayed at the ski in-(just about) ski-out hotels. The rooms and facilities at New Prince are much nicer but it's a cattle market and quite impersonal. Much more friendly at the old Prince. Staff were much friendlier here maybe because their English was so much better. Furano is conveniently located; try other nearby resorts but most tend to be even smaller. Asahidake offers some powder play time. It has good facilities and you get about max 50 people skiing there. You will not remember Asahidake for its terrain either but the pow is memorable.

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Mountain Peaks
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