SkiHakuba.com is your onestop website for everything to do with skiing or snowboarding in Hakuba, Japan. Everything you need to know and everything you need to book is right here.
Hakuba may have been relatively unknown until recently but it is now the most post popular ski resort for foreigners on the whole of the main island of Honshu; These are the reasons why:•11 metres + every year of snow. •There are 9 resorts to choose from.•There are more than 150 lifts combined•Over 1000 mtrs+ of vertical•It has best the backcountry in Asia!•Easy access from TokyoIf you need more convincing Hakuba hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998. Find out more about Hakuba here.
Everyone is catered for in Hakuba. If you are fresh to the sport there are plenty of beginner slopes, however, if you want to go hardcore then Hakuba is the place - check out ourbackcountry page.Of course there is plenty in between. If you book a package ski trip, you will get “Hakuba Valley” lift passes which enables you to go to any of the ski resorts in the Hakuba area. There are also free shuttle buses that go to all of the resorts. No need to go to the same resort every day. More about the resorts here.
When is the best time to come?
That depends on your luck and also what you demand out of the snow. Put briefly (and every year is different) before the middle of Dec snow can be very unreliable , but on the other hand there are years when there can be metres of fresh snow and no-one to share it with.Goryu/47 are the best bet if you are coming early on. From xmas till the end of Feb is normally most reliable for powder. March can be warm and slushy, but usually there is still good snow coverage, the occasional dump and again little competition for the snow. In April the snow starts wearing thin, but having said that Goryu/47 and Happo manage to stay open till early May.