Furano

Hokkaido, Japan

ON THE GROUND REPORT

Jan 25 2020 10:45 AM: (Updated 11am when I realised I was looking at the wrong day's report for stats--basically more new snow than I thought, less cold temperatures than I thought) On this few-clouds-moving-in Saturday and lunar New Year, it's good snow riding up high, good piste skiing at all levels, and if you go off piste any aspects that caught the sun two days ago will be a bit icy and crusty down low. Read that again if all you saw was ice and crust. The base is 187cm with a glide layer of 8cm up top and 3cm down bottom. Supposedly it'll start snowing soon and we'll see if that happens and, if so, if it accumulates, but for now please enjoy the conditions. The whole resort is open with excellent coverage. Off piste is good up high but of course with every powder hound and their ... dog? ... riding it, there are tracks. That said it was gusty yesterday, so if you find the wind swept gullies you'll be putting your go pro on your head and making whooping sounds. Guides are in short supply right now but check our board outside the shop to see if there's a day trip you can join assuming you don't mind climbing, earning your turns as they say. From Lucy Morrell at Alpine Backcountry Rental, we shall see you in Furano!

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