HakubaNorikuraisamediumsizedresortthatisoftenoverlookedbyforeignvisitorsduetothe popularityofadjoiningCortina.YoucaneitherbuyliftpassesjustforCortina,oryoucanbuyajoint passthatwilldoboth.ItmaynothavethetreerunsorthesteepsatCortinadoes,butisperhaps bettersuitedforbeginnersandintermediatesandisalotlessbusythanCortina.Theresortisspread out across the mountain rather than up it, so most courses are a little on the short side.
The resort in detailFirstofall,ifyoudon’thavetheHakubaValleypassmakesureyougetthejoint Norikura/Cortina (5,000) pass so you can access both resorts. BEGINNER RUNSBeginnerswillwanttoheadtothe“HakunoriFamily”courseconvenientlylocatednexttothe carparkandticketoffice.Onceyoucanstringafewturnstogetheryoucanheadovertothe the“WakaguriForest”course,orthe“SatomiCentral”course.Havingsaidthatthough,most of the runs tend to be fairly flat at the bottom.INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED AND POWDERNoneofthecoursesshouldholdanyfearforIntermediateskiers/riders.Foragreatgroomer theSatomiRidgeCourse”ishighlyrecommended.BestpowderistobehadattheSkyview courseonthefarlookersrightbutthe“Snakecourse”and“Expertcourse”bothofftheNo.3 pairliftarealsogreatchoices.Ofcourseifpowderisyourthingthenyouwilljustcatcheither pair lift No. 8 or no. 10 over to 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).