Happo is the biggest and the most popular of all the ski resorts in Hakuba. It has all types of terrain from beginners to advanced and the backcountry runs are second to none in Japan. It has a whopping 23 lifts with a vertical difference of over 1,000 mtrs from top to bottom.
Goryu Ski Resort*
Goryu and 47 can both be accessed on the one ticket and is a challenger to Happo for the most popular ski resort. Like Happo, Goryu has slopes to suit everyone and it also has probably the steepest run in Hakuba (Champion course). It has a great beginners area as well with lessons in English.
Hakuba 47 Ski Resort*
Together with Goryu, 47 makes up the 2nd largest ski area in Hakuba. 47 is very popular with boarders and has the best snowpark/halfpipe in the valley. It has some great steep runs and being North facing, it is open every year till early May. It has some great patrol approved tree runs.
Iwatake Ski Resort*
Iwatake is another resort very popular with boarders because of the great park and halfpipe facilities. There are many intermediate slopes, but not many steeps or beginner slopes. It does have some powder runs that are left ungroomed and are great for learning powder on.
Cortina Ski Resort*
Cortina is known as the powder capital of Hakuba, both for the huge amounts of snow it gets, and also for the steep and bottomless tree runs . It is a progressive resort with a “go anywhere” policy. There is a great beginners area at the bottom along with many intermediate runs.
Hakuba, Japan Ski & Snowboarding Resorts
There are at least 11 ski resorts in the Hakuba region of Japan, and knowing which one to go to can be a little overwhelming at times. This quick reference guide will help you decide, but for more detailed information we have a whole page devoted to each ski resort as well.*Included on a Hakuba Valley Lift Ticket
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Sanosaka Ski Resort*
This resort is a great family one, if somewhat small. Most of the runs are fairly short and will suit intermediates.There is a great 4 way kicker at the base of the mogul run for some truly big air, and some lovely views of Lake Aokiko. Many people go to both this resort and Kashimayari on the same day.
Norikura Ski Resort*
Norikura is a medium sized resort next to Cortina. It is still big enough to be interesting for most people and it has a great terrain park, including a very popular half pipe. It tends to be spread across the mountain making most of the runs fairly short.
Kashimayari Ski Resort*
Kashimayari is a medium size ski resort with a good range of courses and is the first one you will see coming to Hakuba. It is also one of the least crowded resorts as most people tend to bypass it on the way to Hakuba proper. You can do both this resort and Sanosaka on a single Hakuba Valley day pass.
Yanaba Ski Resort
Yanaba is a tiny resort only but has 2 things going for it. Firstly, it is open 3pm-10.30pm (longer weekends) costing just ¥2,500 meaning you can sleep in to excess.Secondly, it has a great terrain park with a number of kickers, rails, high box jumps, step ups and of course the mandatory half pipe.
Jigatake Ski Resort*
A little far from Hakuba being about 40 mins away by bus but can be blissfully uncrowded during the week so can be a great place to learn how to ride. Great wide beginners slopes to boot. It does have great views looking down from the top as well, so something to keep the whole family happy.
Tsugaike Ski Resort*
Tsugaike is another large ski resort popular with families because of the abundance of beginner slopes, although it also has many intermediate slopes as well. It also has some awesome powder tree runs. It's a lovely 20 minutes drive from the Hakuba township on the free ski shuttle bus.
Sanosaka, Kashimayari, Jigatake
The 10 ski resorts included in the Hakuba Valley multiday lift pass
Goryu Ski Resort•No of lifts: 12•No of courses: 16 •Vertical drop:925mtrs•Steepest run:36cGreat variety of runs from beginner to advanced
Happo Ski Resort•No of lifts: 22•No of courses: 15•Vertical drop:1070mtrs•Steepest run:35cHome to some of the events in the 1998 Olympics.
Hakuba 47 Ski Resort•No of lifts: 6•No of courses: 8•Vertical drop:794 mtrs•Steepest run:32cGreat resort with some long steep runs. Fantastic on powder days.
Iwatake Ski Resort•No of lifts: 16•No of courses: 25•Vertical drop:539 mtrs•Steepest run:35cGood medium size resort very popular with boarders.
Tsugaike Ski Resort•No of lifts: 21•No of courses: 15•Vertical drop:904 mtrs•Steepest run:35cBig ski resort with great variety of runs including great beginner’s slopes
Norikura Ski Resort•No of lifts: 9•No of courses: 17•Vertical drop:600 mtrs•Steepest run:35cLarge resort with a great variety of runs and a great terraine park.
Cortina Ski Resort•No of lifts: 7•No of courses: 16•Vertical drop:500 mtrs•Steepest run:42cHome to the steepest and deepest tree skiing in Japan.
Minekata Ski Resort•No of lifts: 2•No of courses: 6•Vertical drop:210 mtrs•Steepest run:35cBest cross country cross with some great views.
Sanosaka Ski Resort•No of lifts: 5•No of courses: 6•Vertical drop:460 mtrs•Steepest run:33cSmall resort with nice views of Lake Aokiko with great terrain park.
Kashimayari Ski Resort•No of lifts: 7•No of courses: 22•Vertical drop:720mtrs•Steepest run:388Amazing views from the top with some good challenging runs.
Jigatake Ski Resort•No of lifts: 4•No of courses: 5•Vertical drop:250mtrs•Steepest run:28cGreat spot for families and beginners, especially on a weekday.