HakubaNorikuraisamediumsizedresortthatisoftenoverlookedbyforeignvisitorsdueto thepopularityofadjoiningCortina(youcangotobothonthesameticket).Itmaynothave thetreerunsthatCortinadoes,butithassomegreatpowderrunsneveretheless,andisa lot less busy than Cortina.
The resort in detailFirstofall,ifyoudon’thavetheHakubaValleypassmakesure yougetthejointNorikura/Cortina(4,800)passsoyoucan accessbothresorts.Beginnerswillwanttoheadtothe Hakunoricourseatthefarbottomleftoftheresortthoughmost oftherunstendtobefairlyflatatthebottom.BestpowistobehadattheSkyviewcourseonthefarlookersrightaccessible bytheno.10pairlift(whichistheliftyouwanttocatchifyou wanttoheadtoCortina).Inbetweenthese2areastherearea myriad of intermediate courses that will challenge most.
FacilitiesThere is a free kids area at the bottom of the main slope outside the Alps Hotel. There is no terrain park as such but there is a series of rolling jumps alongside pair lift no. 5 suitable for park beginners. There are plenty of places to eat lunch at the bottom of the slopes with a typical lunch menu for about 1,000. There is a nice onsen inside the Alps hotel with both an inside and outside bath (800).