Hakuba Ski Resorts
The Hakuba Ski Resorts are a paradise for winter sports lovers with a great range of Hakuba accommodation options. There are a number of ski schools with instructors teaching partly or exclusively in English to help you improve your skiing, or to get out into the beautiful backcountry of the area.
The Hakuba Valley is home to ten resorts, including 135 lifts (inc. 5 gondolas) accessing over 200 runs that offer an expanse of terrain and at least 9 terrain parks. There are 960 hectares of skiable terrain which equates to 137km of piste. Skiing offers Hakuba is varied across the resorts but it’s generally very well suited to beginners and intermediates with many long perfectly groomed runs and fantastic fall-line. There’s also some world class back country skiing on offer.
There are endless ways to enjoy skiing here, from long, scenic, tree-lined slopes to challenging bump runs—and especially deep, deep powder. The best months for skiing the Hakuba Ski Resorts tend to be in January and February, although great snowfalls can extend anywhere between November and May!
The Hakuba Valley itself consists of several main ski areas and these are broken into sub-areas. The Hakuba ski resorts aren’t interconnected via the slopes (except for Hakuba 47 and Goryu, and Cortina and Norikura), but they can be accessed off a common lift ticket and there are free shuttle buses to get around to the different ski areas. At the southern end of the Hakuba Valley are the resorts of Jigatake, Kashimayari and Sanosaka. Goryū, Hakuba 47, and the Olympic ski resort Happōone (pronounced Happ-o-ney) lay in the central areas, whilst to the north are the resorts of Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura, and Cortina.