At the base of the Northern Alps, Hakuba Valley is Japan’s largest snow resort!
Since hosting the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998, Hakuba Valley at the foot of the Northern Alps has become a famous place for winter sports enthusiasts. Consisting of 11 ski resorts, Hakuba Valley is extremely popular with Skiers and Snowboarders of all levels. Hakuba valley boasts 111 lifts with 147 courses of different variety, totaling over 130km of slopes for you to enjoy! The 11 ski resorts aren’t connected, but there is a shuttle bus to transfer you between the different areas. Hakuba Valley is known around the world for its amazing powder snow, so to fully enjoy it we highly recommend taking a guided backcountry tour! Hakuba Valley is extremely popular with foreign tourists and we have many Englishspeaking staff so we can share our Japanese culture and wonderful village with you.
Celebrate the 60th anniversary, with the superb view and powder, Happo-one is the most epic snow resort in Hakuba Valley. More than 220 hectares of skiable areas and 14 ski courses, you need several days to fully enjoy and appreciate the diversity of this classic mountain terrain. A new and radical off-piste area opens for ultra-advanced skiers/snowboarders, the Omusubi! *Opens from mid-January to mid-March. (Depending on the weather conditions.) All skiers/ snowboarders are required to go through the gate at the top of the terrain.
Excellent front side terrain for all ability levels with the greatest number of slopes in Hakuba Valley, breathtaking super gorgeous 360-degree panoramic views, Iwatake has something for everyone. For this coming season, Iwatake newly built a cafe, facing the Alps, “Hakuba Mountain Harbor”. An outdoor pop-up bar at the top is another treat while activities like buggy cruising and snow rafting are very popular for kids and families. Iwatake Back Bowl powder tree run area opens in 2018-2019 season. Iwatake offers guests one of the best landscapes in Hakuba Valley.
ABLE Hakuba Goryu
ABLE Hakuba Goryu is connected with both Hakuba47 and Iimori area and offers terrain suitable from beginners to experts. Not only you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding during the day but also at night with Goryu’s long wide slopes lit up. With the best base area in the valley and events throughout the season, Goryu is the right choice.
Hakuba47 offers the best well-maintained riding parks in Japan, pristine tree skiing and one of the most delicious stone-oven homemade pizza in Nagano! Connecting with Goryu and Iimori area, this north facing mountain ensures splendid snow and lasts the whole season with top to base skiing until May.
With challenging mogul runs and a variety of terrain park items, Sanosaka is a very popular snow resort for freestylers. New attempt for the coming season, Sanosaka opens a Ski Cross course for the guests. “The Lake Down Course” is especially recommended for the snow enthusiasts because of its beautiful views of Lake Aoki.
If you are looking for sprawling, wide open family friendly terrains, or freeride, adventurous powder snow experiences, Tsugaike will be the best place for you. 1.2km wide gentle slope is well suited for both beginners and intermediates, and 5km long cruising from the top is just spectacular. For the coming season, the adventure facility, “Hakuba Tsugaike WOW!”, will be open that offers fun for all the family including small kids with a very unique net adventure, a tube sliding activity and more.
Gentle slopes with wide groomers, Norikura is well suited for beginners and families. Not to worry, for those seeking a more adrenaline-boosting experience, “Sky View Gelande” offers some of the best powder and challenging technical slope on the resort. Norikura has extensive snow shoe trails and kids play park.
Cortina is a powder stash. Located at the northern end of Hakuba Valley, it is known for awesome snowfall and pristine tree runs. Cortina also offers nice and gentle beginner runs, well safety-managed kids park, quiet and superb night skiing, and a large Western style ski-in ski-out hotel at the base of the slope with excellent facilities. Cortina is well suited for serious skiers/snowboarders and it is also a fantastic, fun family destination.
Providing 120+hectares of skiable terrain for all ability levels. Kashimayari’s “Course 10” is the hidden gem for those who are seeking fresh and light powder. If you are blessed with snowfall, this challenging terrain with a maximum 28-degree angle will be one of the best runs for you.
Jiigatake provides wide open, very gentle slopes for kids and beginners, and the resort is located about 7 minutes drive from Omachi Onsenkyo, hot spring resort facility. If you are looking for a peaceful, hassle-free slope to play with your family, Jiigatake will be the best choice for you. www.jiigatake.com/