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 from its excellent terrain park. At the top, it links to Goryu, named after the four diamonds-in-a-diamond peak of the majestic Mt. Goryu in the distance. Goryu the resort has great views, wide intermediate slopes, and plenty of choice for beginners. With numerous events throughout the season and lots of customer-friendly touches (yes, cowgirls!), we think you’ll see why these resorts have grown in relative popularity even as the Japanese population as a whole has moved away from skiing.Goryu has two base areas named Toomi and Iimori. The former is home to the gondola that shoots up to the resort top in a single ride. What could be easier? The other lifts only reach partway up the mountain. Wide beginner runs starting from the slope above the Toomi base take you down to the Iimori base. This is home to a kids’ area and some intermediate slopes that see relatively little traffic.
At Goryu, beginners are spoilt for choice with the long slope above the Toomi base and many gentle runs over towards the Iimori side that many people tend to miss. Skiers who are just starting out should really head over this way. Iimori also has a roped off sledging area with an array of toys for toddlers. The Toomi base building meanwhile boasts a large indoor play area for younger children.
Note that beginners can access the upper slope shared by 47 and Goryu, enjoy the views, and then ride down either gondola if the descent seems too long or daunting. 47 can be ridden from the resort top to the base along cat tracks, but the lack of gradient in some sections makes it hard work for snowboarders or skiers without poles.
Goryu has a wide intermediate slope at the top of the gondola with great snow and three lifts to keep you moving.
At Goryu, simply do laps top to bottom off the gondola, taking the Champion Expert and not the switchbacks.
At Goryu, the upper Alps Daira slope is wide and un-groomed. Lap it up!
Goryu offers night skiing every evening until 10pm on the run above the Toomi base. We think it is Hakuba’s longest beginner-friendly