There are at 9 ski resorts in the Hakuba region of Japan, and knowing which one to go to can be a little overwhelming at times. This quick reference guide will help you decide, but for more detailed information we have a whole page devoted to each ski resort as well.
Happo One Ski Resort
Happo is the biggest and the most popular of all the ski resorts in Hakuba. It has all types of terrain from beginners to advanced and the backcountry runs are second to none in Japan. The steeper runs become moguled displeasing most boarders.
Goryu Ski Resort
Goryu and 47 can both be accessed on the one ticket and is a challenger to Happo for the most popular ski resort. Like Happo, Goryu has slopes to suit everyone and it also has probably the steepest run in Hakuba (Champion course).
Hakuba 47 Ski Resort
Together with Goryu, 47 makes up the 2nd largest ski area in Hakuba. 47 is very popular with boarders and has the best snowpark/halfpipe in the valley. It has some great steep runs and being North facing, it is open every year till early May.
Tsugaike Ski Resort
Tsugaike is another large ski resort popular with families because of the abundance of beginner slopes, although it also has many intermediate slopes as well. It's a lovely 20 minutes drive from the Hakuba township or a free shuttle bus trip.
Iwatake Ski Resort
Iwatake is another resort very popular with boarders because of the great park and halfpipe facilities. There are many intermediate slopes, but not many steeps or beginner slopes. Features great views of the alps.
Cortina Ski Resort
Cortina is known as the powder capital of Hakuba, both for the huge amounts of snow it gets, and also for the steep and bottomless tree runs. There is a great beginners area at the bottom along with many intermediate runs.
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This resort is a great family one, if somewhat small. Most of the runs are fairly short and will suit intermediates.There is a great 4 way kicker at the base of the mogul run for some truly big air, and some lovely views of Lake Aokiko.
Norikura is a medium sized resort next to Cortina. It is still big enough to be interesting for most people and it has a great terrain park, including a very popular half pipe. It tends to be spread across the mountain making most of the runs fairly short.
Kashimayari is a medium size ski resort with a good range of courses and is the first one you will see coming to Hakuba from Tokyo. It is also one of the least crowded resorts as most people tend to bypass it on the way to Hakuba proper.