Hakuba 47 is not a huge area, but all of the runs are interesting and will suit intermediate to advanced riders.There is little in the way of decent beginner terrain and some of the runs including the main one down to the gondola can be dauntingly steep (there is a gentle cat track down). Hakuba 47 is completely North facing meaning it has a long season (till early May), and there can be substantial snow even at the end of the season. It will certainly suit people looking for steep powder runs and has a “Double black diamond tree run club” which is free to join (go to the ski school at the bottom carpark) and allows you to hit some of the steep tree runs. It is linked with Goryu and the same ticket does both ski areas. The 3 main runs are named Routes 1, 2 and 3. Route 1 is the longest course on the mountain and ranges from 22°to 28°. You will probably need to stop several times to give your legs a rest if you want to do the whole thing. Route 2 is a bit steeper and gets groomed every day but the sides are left ungroomed for powder hounds. Route 3 is the steepest at 32° and is often moguled. There is also a designated tree riding zone giving access to some good runs though you do need to sign a disclaimer down at the bottom of the mountain (free) and get a bib. The patrol will take you lift pass if you don’t do this-they are not much fun. The terrain park is widely considered to be the best in Hakuba with the biggest jump coming in at a massive 16 mtrs. To get here get one of the free shuttle buses, or if you are driving they have a huge car park that is completely free. Many customers sleep overnight in their station wagons or vans in the car park and the staff don’t seem to mind. The resort can get very crowded over holiday periods and weekends. Early season and late season as well it is often the only resort in Honshu that has top to bottom snow coverage so can get crowded then as well.
Hakuba 47 Ski Resort
Steep with a great snowpark
Lifts 6Courses 8Highest point 1615 mtrsVertical drop 794 mtrsAnnual Snowfall 11 mtrs/yearSteepest run 32°Terrain Park YesNight skiing NoChildren’s areaYes