Hakuba

Located only 4 hours from Tokyo, the Hakuba Valley consists of 11 ski resorts that offer a wide variety of terrain.  Whilst most of the Hakuba ski resorts are not interconnected via the slopes, they are accessible by shuttle, and the common lift ticket covering all resorts gives you the choice as to how you spend your day on the slopes. Hakuba Cortina, one of Hakuba’s most well known ski fields is part of Hakuba’s neighbouring Otari, a unique ski area in terms of the quantity of snow it receives given its location, the steepness of the terrain and more progressive off-piste policy.

Overall, this is an easily accessible ski region, with several resorts on offer, facilities to cater for the English speaking and offers great ski school facilities with an international ski school. Great for beginners and intermediates, Hakuba offers many long groomers and wide runs. Advanced skiers and snowboarders won’t get bored of the steep groomers and mogul runs, and freestyle skiers/snowboarders won’t get bored with the several parks on offer.

Check out the tabs below for more info on each of the major resorts which make up the Hakuba Valley.

 

“Happo 1 in Hakuba hosted many of the 1998 Winter Olympic events including slalom and ski jumping – a good indication that the resort has plenty of vertical. Best pow? Check out Cortina.”

 

Happo One is the biggest resort in Hakuba, with over 26 lifts and 1000m of vertical, there is truly something for everyone. Backcountry can be accessible from the tip of the mountain, and off-piste skiing is quite accessible.

 

HAPPO ONE RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1831m
Terrain: Beginner 30% / Intermediate 50% / Advanced 20%
Lift system:
Vertical: 1071m
Longest run: 8km
Average Snowfall: 10m
Terrain Parks: 

 

 

 

 

Tsugaike is a large resort, often less crowded than other resorts in the region, especially good for beginners and intermediates. Up top, there are steeper runs suiting intermediates, but lacks the mogul runs and steeps of some of the other resorts.

 

TSUGAIKE RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1704m
Terrain: –
Lift system: 26 lifts
Vertical: 904m
Longest run: 5km
Average Snowfall: 11m
Terrain Parks: Yes

The combined Hakuba 47, Goryu Toomi and Limori is a diverse mountain with something to offer everyone. The lower runs are wide with a consistent slope, perfect for those starting out. The upper part of the mountain, including Hakuba 47 provides more steep runs for the more advanced.

 

GORYU RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1675m
Terrain: –
Lift system: 13 lifts
Vertical: 925m
Longest run: 5km
Average Snowfall: 11m
Terrain Parks: 

The Goryu and Hakuba 47 combined resorts offer something for everyone. Hakuba 47 lso boasts the best terrain park and only superpipe in the area. The park is well maintained and has a variety of kickers and rails for all levels of ability.

 

HAKUBA 47 RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 167
Terrain: –
Lift system: 6
Vertical: 800m
Longest run: 6.4km
Average Snowfall: 11m
Terrain Parks: Yes

Iwatake is suited for the beginner, family and intermediate skiers and boarders. With plenty of wide open terrain it is perfect for those just starting out.

 

IWATAKE RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1289m
Terrain: –
Lift system: 16
Vertical: 539m
Longest run: –
Average Snowfall: 11m
Terrain Parks: Yes

Sanosaka is a great family resort with great views of the lakes district of Hakuba. Most runs are fairly short and suit intermediates, however for those freestyle junkies there is a 4 way kicker at the base of the mogul

 

SANOSAKA RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1200m
Terrain: –
Lift system: 5
Vertical: 460m
Longest run: 3.5km
Average Snowfall: 10m
Terrain Parks: Yes

Minekata is a small ski resort, famous for its cross country course at the top. Why not rent cross country skis and snowshoes for 1,000 yen for half a day and make the most of it?

 

MINEKATA RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1050m
Terrain: –
Lift system: 2
Vertical: 210m
Longest run: –
Average Snowfall:
Terrain Parks: No

Located at the northern end of the valley, Cortina is Hakuba’s best kept secret. It receives the highest amount of snowfall in the valley, boasts a huge open bowl with frequent snowfalls, deep pow and challenging tree lines and chutes. Perfect for the more experienced skiier/rider.

 

CORTINA RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1400m
Terrain: –
Lift system: 8
Vertical: 500m
Longest run: –
Average Snowfall: 12m
Terrain Parks: