Enjoy being chauffeured to the slopes in the morning and back to your accommodation in the afternoon. The Hakuba Valley ski bus service make it possible to do a bit of après ski. To travel on the buses, simply arrive at one of the specified ski bus stops prior to the scheduled departure time. Take your ski or snowboard equipment with you and let your ski day begin.
Riding the ski shuttle buses in the Hakuba Valley has gotten easier over the last view years, but it is still a little complicated for first-timers. We have tried to simplify it as best we can.
HAKUBA VALLEY BUSES
Hakuba Valley buses run between the 10 different resorts split into HV-1 ,HV-2 and HV-3. Hakuba Valley buses are free for those who have the Hakbua Valley lift passes. Your ticket will be activated for the day when you board a bus, so if you are not go skiing or riding, it won’t be worth validating your ticket.
Individual resort tickets are for only one ski area. With this ticket, you can still ride the bus, but you will be charged accordingly.
Strange as it seems, another point worth noting is that if you re-charge your pass online, it will only be activated when you pass through your first ski ticket gate, therefore incurring the appropriate fare HV1 (Omachi Line). It services Kashimayari and Jigatake and picks up at Happo Bus Terminal and Echoland Base Camp and is free.
HV-2 (Konayuki Line) services Tsugaike Kogen , Hakuba Norkiura and Hakuba Cortina for 500 yen to ride and 250 yen for kids.
HV-3 (Goryu-Happo-Tsugaike Line) has numerous pick-up points and runs from Goryu to Tsugaike, stopping at all ski resorts and main accommodation areas in-between. This is also 500 yen to ride, 250 for kids under 12.
INDIVIDUAL SKI RESORT BUSES
Individual ski resorts also run their own buses from most of the main accommodation areas. The buses are free if you are skiing or riding at that particular resort. Instances of customers being refused have occurred with those not in snow wear for a day on the slopes
EVENING SHUTTLE BUSES
In the evening, the GENKI-GO shuttle buses ply the streets between the main après ski areas. These finish at about 10pm, whereas you are on your own or in a taxi.