Hakuba ski resorts offer something for all ages and abilities.. If you are just beginning or you are an old Pro - you'll find exactly what you need in Hakuba. Skiers enjoy the best terrain in Japan, with long uninterrupted trails, a nice 1000m vertical descent and can have a crack on the downhill run from the 1998 Winter Olympic games. Cross-country skiers can also cruise the Olympic loops and take in the amazing scenery..Boarders are also well catered for with the resorts providing a stack of parks, jumps, rails, boxes & half-pipes combined with the all mountain powder stashes and tree runs... The choice is endless!
Starting from the southern end of the valley and heading north, you will find the Sun Alpina ski area. Next up is Sanosaka which is a nice place for beginners & kids. Across the valley to the east lies Highland & Minekata, these resorts are now closed, but you can hike the mountain for some runs. Heading back across to the western side are the much loved and linked resorts of Goryu-Toomi , Goryou Iimorii and Hakuba 47, where there are some challenging runs for skiers & boarders. Goryu Iimorii is a great place for beginners as the runs are gentle and wide. Heading North again and you find the massive Olympic ski resort of Happo-One it's situated in the heart of Hakuba and very close to Snowlines lodge. Happo is more of a skiers mountain with some challenging terrain and moguls. It has the greatest vertical in Hakuba and long top to bottom runs. It can take 2-3 days to get your bearings as the resort wraps around the mountain in a cresent type shape. Moving North from Happo you find the beautiful scenery of Iwatake it's a casual relaxed resort very good for beginners and intermediate with some hidden stealthy tree runs for the advanced shredders. Still heading North and another large resort usually less crowded than Happo & 47 is Tsugaike. It has wide open beginners runs, lots of intermediate and some advanced runs. From Tsugaike you can access some very nice BC areas - read our section on Backcountry touring. The most Northern resorts are Norikura and Cortina, they are impressive areas that usually receive more snow then the southern resorts and can be a real hidden powder stash. They rate highly amongst skiers and boarders alike, due to the steep terrain, tree runs and liberal ski policy or "self responsibilty code". Cortina has become quite popular in the last 3-4 years as many use the BC gates to access terrain beyond the resort.