HAKUBA SKI RESORT GUIDE
The largest resort in the Hakuba Valley, Host to the premier events of the ’98 Nagano Olympics.
Probably the best snow park in Hakuba, connects to Hakuba Goryu at the top.
Long steep pitches and tons of powder make Hakuba Cortina a favourite among advanced skiers & riders. Set in a natural bowl behind the huge Green Plaza Hotel, Hakuba Cortina receives the most snow in the Hakuba Valley. Most skiers/riders find their own line down the steep bowls over terrain that seems unbeleivable at times. Hakuba Cortina is about a 20minute bus ride from Hakuba.
A large ski area connected to Hakuba 47, First Class English speaking ski school at Imori.
Famous for the mogul course with a big air kicker situated right in front of the base area, Castor Plaza. Sanosaka has some good views down to Lake Aokiko. There is also a small terrain park.
Hakuba Norikura Ski Area
Hakuba Norikura Ski Area is sandwiched between Tsugaike and Cortina ski areas. Although not large, Hakuba Norikura has some mixed runs including the Sky View slope at 38 degrees. There are some nice runs through the trees making it a very pretty resort. No quad lifts only pairs and one triple. Great snow park with the Kitabata half pipe. Norikura is interconnected with Cortina - make sure you ask for the interconnected ticket when buying your lift pass.
A fun resort, a great place for a family day on the slopes.Iwatake is renowned for its' suitability to novice skiers and boarders. The atmosphere on the slope is very non-pressured and all the slopes are easy to get to, which also makes it ideal for families. A good network of beginners and easy intermediate trails extends over the back of the resort and offers hassle free skiing/riding. All front slopes end back at the same base area.
A large ski area with helicopter for spring skiing.Tsugaike Kogen is a beginners and intermediates paradise. The lack of crowds on the slopes and a huge amount of easy runs, will have absolute beginners and children zooming down the slopes in no time. There are more steeper and faster slopes further up the mountain for the stronger intermediates and advanced.