Nine resorts spread out through the valley ensure you are spoilt for choice on any given day, with each mountain having it's fair share of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain. That being said, each resort has it's own personality and we encourage you to check out at least a few over the course of your stay. Happo-one is, of course, five minutes walk from our doorstep, but all the other hills are easily reachable by shuttle bus service. See you on the hill!
Hakuba can be your base for many fascinating day trips, on the way up or back from the major centres, or to break up your ski vacation.
The Japanese love of Hot Springs, or "onsen" is inseparable from the national character. People will gladly travel many hours just for the chance to have a soak in one of the many thousands of hot springs throughout this volcanic country. The "onsen" experience, like so many things in Japan, is a multilayered experience. Some hot springs form the focal point for a whole tourist region. with requisite souvenir shops and restaurants (a whole other topic meditating on the Japanese national character!) Others serve a very local constituency (outsiders are alwa...
Happoone, pronounced "Happo Oh-nay", is probably the mountain that first comes to mind when people think of skiing in Hakuba. It's slopes played host to the downhill and slalom events in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and it continues to take a leading role in the area.
A five minute walk from our front door will take you to the Happo Adam gondola, which gives you access to a range terrain that holds something from beginners to experts. Long wide cruising intermediate runs, often affording a panoramic view of the valley, also make Happo-one a treat to ride. These factors, as well as the obvious proximity makes it the Hakuba Springs Hotel staff favourite.
Iwatake offers a slightly unique view of the valley as the resort covers all sides of a mountain just off the main range. These 360 panorama views and a large number of runs suited for intermediates make Iwatake a nice place for beginners, for intermediates and still a few challenges along the trees for the experts.
Tsugaike has a very wide open near the bottom, serviced by many lifts, which makes it an ideal beginners mountain. The upper part of the mountain is challenge to intermediate skiiers, and Tsugaike itself is known for getting some of the best snow in the valley.
There is a good snow shoe course and plenty of cross country runs as well.