Cross Country Skiing
Cross-country skiing is unquestionably the more traditional way to ski.
In days gone by, it was for getting from point A to point B, as you can ski pretty much anywhere there is snow. It is also the cheaper of the two. Once you have your skis, you are free to explore around at your own pace enjoy the fresh mountain air, the solitude, the quiet snowy forests and friendly camaraderie of fellow skiers.
The systems of man-made ski trails in the Hakuba area usually get going once there is a good base of snow to work with and they can drive the groomers on the courses to set the tracks. Trails are maintained at the Snow Harp Olympic Cross Country Stadium as well as in front of Iwatake Snowfield.