Out of Bounds

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Skiers and snowboarders who have spent time in the backcountry generally agree that exploring out of bounds terrain is the pinnacle of the sport. Backcountry exploration offers a host of unique experiences and opportunities that present, for many a full … Continued

Battle of the Characters

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Japanese people love kitsch. Whether it’s frilly maids in Akihabara, grown women spending all of their holidays at Tokyo Disneyland, Pokemon or Hello Kitty painted fifteen feet high on the body of an airliner, … nothing can be too “kawaii” … Continued

Hakuba Cortina

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At the north end of the valley, Hakuba Cortina Ski resort rises behind the imposing Bavarian-style Green Plaza Hotel with its criss-crossed black beamwork and large red roof. You will never lose your bearings while skiing here! As the closest … Continued

Hakuba Norikura

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Hakuba Norikura is linked to its neighbouring resort, Hakuba Cortina, which can be ridden using the same pass if you buy the combined resort ticket. We think this is a must as it doubles the terrain that you can enjoy. … Continued

Tsugaike Kogen

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Located about 10km north of central Hakuba but accessible by a number of bus services, Tsugaike rises up the foothills of Shirouma-dake, the mountain from which Hakuba takes its name. Tsugaike has top-to-bottom vertical that rivals Happo One, but more … Continued

Iwatake Snowfield

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Iwatake stands on its own mountain in front of the extended Japan Alps range. Unlike the other Hakuba resorts, Hakuba Iwatake Snowfield, literally drops over the back side and has slopes on all points of the compass. This can provide … Continued

Hakuba Happo-one

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Happo-One (“oh-nay”) is Hakuba’s oldest, largest and central ski hill. Happo offers a  1000 meters of top to bottom skiing with stunning views of Hakuba’s three symbolic peaks. Host to the men’s and women’s blueribbon downhill and super giant slalom … Continued

Hakuba 47

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The linked resorts of Hakuba 47 .nd Goryu form Hakuba’s most popular hill in terms of visitor numbers. Both resorts can be ridden using the same lift ticket. Hakuba 47 is Hakuba’s newest resort and a young, snowboarder-friendly vibe emanates … Continued

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